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Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Swordman, Jan 30, 2018.
My earlier post:
Of silent, or near silent ones, I love the shutter of my humble Olympus mju. I know, it is not a classic one and it has no manual control, but I like it a lot.
You can't beat the KA-CHOW sound it makes, so that everybody around you KNOWS that you just took their pic. Similar to slamming a door on a Yugo.
The smoothest shutter feel, of all the cameras that l have, is on my Yashica 35GSN. Just a subtle 'click', and the film advance is also quite smooth and silent.
I must find one of those.
Here is one I was tempted to purchase:
Don't know if it was sold, but seems like a good one.
Common as rocks and inexpensive. Consider the FT2, as it can use modern batteries.
I love the click of leaf shutters. Also the superfast click-wind of canon 1v.
Until the auto advance shatters the silence
Indeed, but not badly!
It's why I prefer thumbwheel advance to motorised drive, there's no point having a quiet shutter if it's followed be bzeeep..! A few auto compacts, including my Minolta AF-DL only advance film after you take your finger off the shutter. The shutter makes a barely audible click, and you can walk somewhere less obtrusive to allow the film to wind on.
I had mine forgotten in a box with other compacts! I will definitely try it as I am on a spree with compact AF cameras.
I prefer all mechanical ones, but once in a while I get a p&s out just for the quick fun of it.
If you prefer thumbwheel advance then surely you must be a fan of the Oly XA -- a very quiet and unobtrusive camera if there ever was one.
Yes, I prefer my XA3 over my MjuII. I also prefer zone focus over AF cameras.
Another Oly winner in this regard is the Trip 35, another zone focus camera. I have a copy. The selenium meter still works and gives correct exposure.
Snagged this off the 'net. Mine looks just like this one. Black, that is.
I really like the shutter feel of my Nikon FM.
I think the cameras with the smoothest shutter release and film advance are the Minolta XE/XE-1/XE-7 and the Minolta XD11, designed and built in cooperation with Leica, and which were the bodies Leica based their R3 and R4 on. Of the two I think the XE is the smoothest (buttery smooth!) and is fun to play around with even without film loaded.
I concur with your assessment. When I tested my MLU equipped SLRs - with the mirror in the up position, to determine which has the least vibration, I found that the Minolta XK's shutter was noticeably more quiet then the others.
BTW, XK is for the US market, X1 for European market and initially XM for Japanese market. Later, the motorized XM was for all markets.
I actually started taking a video of some of my cameras and how they sound. Here is one of the Nikon F.
After taking a few, I now have to refine it by controlling ambient noise, reflections, manual audio, etc. Anyone else doing this?
Nope, but you've given me an idea . . . .
Your F sounds just like mine, by the way.
Can't make up my mind. Is it the Leica M3 or the Leica M2? Almost whisper quiet. However if louder sound is your thing, you are correct. There is nothing to beat the classy "thwack
' of the Hasselblad 500CM........Regards!
Nikon F3 w/the dedicated soft release.
There is some confusion here. Shutter feel and shutter sound are different, right?
Sound, I've become very fond of: Kiev/Contax, Nikon F, Rolleiflexen, screwmount Leicas & their higher quality clones.
Release feel: Nikkormat, F, F2, Leicas especially a good M3, good screwmount Pentaxen, Kiev/Contax but the postwar Contax is smoother.
Nikon F2 and Nikkormats are a bit harsh soundwise, particularly the F2, but the cameras are so good it doesn't matter.
From electronic machines most probably Nikon F80 (N80).
From old school mechanical devices - Olympus OM-1 and OM-2
You should definitely try Bronica ETR camera. It sounds like slamming a door on something much bigger than Yugo When you release the shutter, birds fly away in terror and at least three bodyguards are likely to slam you down on the floor for firing a weapon.
I have an ETRSi and yes, it's mirror slams with a fair bit of authority, but it doesn't hold a candle to the artillery discharge that is the mirror on my Pentax 67!
I should have guessed, since its wooden handle looks like it's borrowed from WW1 machine gun.