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What camera do you think has the sweetest shutter sound
Old 11-12-2016   #1
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What camera do you think has the sweetest shutter sound

As I sit here exercising my leica, (M2 & III), before reloading them a thought suddenly occurred to me, 'they do sound so sweet'. Which camera that you own do you think has the sweetest sound, for me it has to be my M2
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Old 11-12-2016   #2
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1/30s, M2 and III.
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Old 11-12-2016   #3
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Contax IIa at speeds above 1/25.
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Old 11-12-2016   #4
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The "sherflunk" of a Hasselblad is hard to beat, even though it is far from quiet.
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M2 button rewind, any speed. Contax IIa one second.
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Old 11-12-2016   #7
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Old 11-12-2016   #8
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Contax IIa and Synchro-Compur leafshutters at 1sec
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Old 11-12-2016   #9
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Probably will be seen as blasphemy but I think the X Pro 2 shutter is very slick sounding.
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Old 11-12-2016   #10
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Old 11-12-2016   #11
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thanks for the replies chaps, l must add like the sound of kodak Retinas too
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Old 11-12-2016   #12
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Of the cameras I use that make a sound, the Nikon F2 makes the sweetest shutter sound.

However, I prefer silent cameras and my Canon G15 is my camera that makes the least amount of noise.
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I'm going to suggest the Nikon F3
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Old 11-12-2016   #14
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Old 11-12-2016   #15
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In the summer of 2015 I got my M4, and when I tried the shutter it was lyrically quiet... so much that I thought something was wrong with it. I loaded it with film and went on a walk, trying different EVs. I developed and scanned the film and everything was fine. I compared it to other M bodies and there was no match. Now I am convinced that shutter sound is particular and individual to each camera.

BTW, my other M bodies sounded rather coarse in comparison.
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My .72 M7. Such an understated cluck. The .58 M7 is much more of a click, hollower sounding.

Perhaps the Voightlander 667W, tho I can't hear it. Seriously I can't hear it 90% of the time. Thankfully I can feel it in my hand.
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Old 11-12-2016   #17
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Hard to beat the shutter sound of a Canon FD camera that has just been cured of the "Canon Squeal" virus.
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Old 11-12-2016   #18
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My pinhole has a really, really quiet shutter. Ha!

Agree with the sound from a Rolleiflex but my Mamiya TLR sounds nice with any of the lenses.
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Another Kardashian moment here at RFF.
There are any number of serious reasons to purchase a camera body.
The sound of the shutter isn't one of them.
I own 10 different camera models and don't give the sound of the shutter even a moment's thought.
Perhaps we should start a thread about which camera has the prettiest ISO setter or the nicest typeface on it's shutter speed dial.
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Old 11-12-2016   #20
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Old 11-12-2016   #21
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I agree with sepiareverb:
Leica M7
Bessa IIIW.
Leaf shutter cameras in general are very soft and discreet.
Rolleiflex is a prime example.
After these cameras I find SLRs to produce a huge cacophony with their mirror movement as well as diaphragm stop down and then shutter movement all in a short period of time.
This applies to my Nikon F F2 F3 as well as my Canon FTb.
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Old 11-12-2016   #23
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Another vote for the X-pro2. So satisfying.
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Old 11-12-2016   #24
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Another Kardashian moment here at RFF.
There are any number of serious reasons to purchase a camera body.
The sound of the shutter isn't one of them.
The good thing about buying cameras for shutter sound is that you can have more fun without costly film than with it...
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The good thing about buying cameras for shutter sound is that you can have more fun without costly film than with it...
True enough, if you're a Poser. Not so much if you're a photographer.
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Another Kardashian moment here at RFF.
There are any number of serious reasons to purchase a camera body.
The sound of the shutter isn't one of them.
Sure it is. The shutter on the M8 and M9 is much louder than the M240 onwards. Reducing stealthy-ness when you are taking incredible street shots of the back of people's heads. Or of cats.
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Another Kardashian moment here at RFF.
There are any number of serious reasons to purchase a camera body.
The sound of the shutter isn't one of them.
I own 10 different camera models and don't give the sound of the shutter even a moments thought.
Perhaps we should start a thread about which camera has the prettiest ISO setter or the nicest typeface on it's shutter speed dial.
Robert
This post was meant as a bit of fun, and if you are inferring that the post and/or indeed the original poster are dumb, you could not be further from the truth, for many people cameras have certain aesthetic qualities, (which evoke a multitude of emotions). Appreciating how cameras sound and look may not be such a 'Kardashian moment', after all, many here on RFF and out on the 'street' appreciate quiet 'sweet sounding shutters' when undertaking their work.
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Another Kardashian moment here at RFF.
There are any number of serious reasons to purchase a camera body.
The sound of the shutter isn't one of them.
I own 10 different camera models and don't give the sound of the shutter even a moments thought.
Perhaps we should start a thread about which camera has the prettiest ISO setter or the nicest typeface on it's shutter speed dial.
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I see your point but I have to disagree. My a7rii produces a very annoying shutter sound that peaks much later than the actual exposure and that always makes me feel there is a delay and I missed the moment. Thus I switch to the electronic silent shutter most of the time but that comes with its own problems like rolling shutter artifacts and the fact that there is no audio feedback.
Similarly typing can be much better experience with mechanical keyboards that offer very precise haptic and auditory feedback.
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I do like the current Leica typeface, sorta a variant of Eurostyle, but quite dislike the ISO dials on the film cameras. Don't know if there is a best ISO dial...
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Canon 1D series, there is no substitute
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Canon 1D series, there is no substitute

Dear lxmike,

Nothing sounds as sweet as anything from the digital Canon 1D series to me.

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I had a Nikon FM that sounded like a doorbell when fired. That was pretty cool.
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I had a Nikon FM that sounded like a doorbell when fired. That was pretty cool.
I would like to have heard that
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True enough, if you're a Poser. Not so much if you're a photographer.
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Not sure about being a poser, I first became aware of the need for a quiet shutter 'sound' when I freelanced for various religious newspapers in the UK, mainly for the Catholic press, (I was studying for the priesthood at the time), I photographed many religious leaders during services and a quiet shutter and/or camera became a must. I started with a Pentax Mx and then an Lx, (both of which I considered too loud), I eventually settled for the rangefinder option for their 'clandestine' qualities and nature.
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Each of my M's sounds different from the other; all are very good.
The Nikon F3 at 1/125th sounds pretty good too. A Hassey 500C, same if not more drum-like.
But the one that the kids like and get genuinely enthused over??? The Pentax 6x7.
Every time. Kah-whallop! I think they like the theater of the whole device: huge tripod, huge camera, huge wood handle, and huge-huge sound.
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The shutter/mirror slap sound of the Olympus OM-1 is pretty nice. Nicely damped.
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1/15th of a second on John's (jmilkins) chrome M2.

It really needs a service, and the shutter sounds like a laser gun being shot in Star Wars (but much quieter), pft, pft, pft.
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I always liked the sound of the Copal shutter in my now long-gone Nikkormat FTN. For different reasons I like the mirror and shutter sounds in my RB: you really know you have fired the shutter after that sound sequence.
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Just put a roll of acros into my M3. Gosh does it sound nice! Going to exercise it tomorrow at the Arboretum.
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Leica M8?
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Just kidding. I vote for : M1 and M6.
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Nice thread Mike!
Indeed I like the shutter sounds of my M2s but the mirror slap from a Mamiya RB67 was something pretty cool too :-)
Slightly off topic, one of my favorite "photography" sound and practice was the pulling out sound of a polaroid peel apart film from a camera back, just gorgeus :-)
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