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Quietest current dSLR?

Ralph Jensen , Sep 20, 2007; 10:27 a.m.

A friend who does pet photographing asked me, and I had to admit I don't know (perhaps numbers of them are very close).

No rangefinder or P&S recommendations, please; she has those but wants an SLR and is not yet invested in any system.


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Ellis Vener , Sep 20, 2007; 10:30 a.m.

any DSLR in a Jacobsen Instruments "sound blimp": http://www.soundblimp.com/

Juergen Sattleru , Sep 20, 2007; 10:32 a.m.

I can only speak for the Canon line - I believe the quietest DSLR is the digital Rebel XT or the XTI. My wife owns one and it is very quiet compared to my 5D.

Mike Earussi , Sep 20, 2007; 10:50 a.m.

Sigma SD14 has the quietest shutter I've ever heard, even more so than the Elan 7E I used to own.

Jim Powers , Sep 20, 2007; 11:33 a.m.

I second the XTI. I have 5D's and have owned most of the other Canon digitals, and the XTI is the quietest of the bunch.

Ralph Jensen , Sep 20, 2007; 11:33 a.m.

Hmm, Sigma. Hadn't occurred to me....

Frank Skomial , Sep 20, 2007; 12:01 p.m.

Get the quietest camera recommended, then put it in the Jacobsen sound blimp enclosure, recommended. This will set you back $800 for sound blimp, and $200 to $275 for lens tube, but most likely nobody will hear you taking pictures with DSLR or SLR.

Todd Peach , Sep 20, 2007; 12:31 p.m.

Can't chimp the blimp. Sorry, couldn't resist.

Ralph Jensen , Sep 20, 2007; 02:35 p.m.

"Can't chimp the blimp."

My thoughts exactly. Blimps are fine for where the elements remain constant enough that settings need not be changed (an orchestral concert, for example) but pretty useless for semi-candid moving-target photography under changing lighting.

I suspect she'll stick with rangefinders and point-and-shoots, but thanks to all for the advice.

Todd Peach , Sep 20, 2007; 02:54 p.m.

So I guess her assumption is that pet shooting would be adversely affected by the noise of a DSLR? Maybe she should rent something and see if it's as bad in the 'real world' as she thinks it is.

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