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Old 11-12-2016   #41
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As uncool as it is to admit now, but when my Canon EOS 650 was brand new I thought it had the coolest shutter and auto-winder sounds. It just sounded so "high tech."

However, these days I really like the sound of my various rangefinders, Leica M3, Canon New Cononet QL-17L, Olympus XA. I just like the sounds quiet sounds of the shutters without mirror slap. I also have to admit that the Nikon Nikkormat FTn and the Konica Autoreflex T3n just sound right.

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Old 11-12-2016   #42
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Sweet is in the ear of the beholder? For the moment, I am thinking the mini-explosion of the Bronica S2A is sweet.
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Old 11-12-2016   #43
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I had a Bessa R for a while, I snap the shutter on it all day just to hear the sound.
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Old 11-12-2016   #44
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Thinking back to the M7 I had it was quite unique ... a very faint "kerplop!"
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Old 11-12-2016   #45
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a big serviced central shutter, TLR, LF whatever
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Old 11-12-2016   #46
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I like this topic!... I sold Leicas retail in the 70's, thought that click (M4P) was heavenly... I grew up shooting a Contax IIa, I still shoot that camera, and likewise think it has that same quality. On the other hand when I need a serious publishable image, the Sony A7II and Canon 1DX sound tell me with confidence that the results will please.
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Old 11-12-2016   #47
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My Nikon F5 is a joy to my ears. So quiet and well damped. Today I was shooting in a quiet environment (hospital neonatal maternity unit) and it went completely unnoticed !
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Old 11-12-2016   #48
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After I CLA'd my family FED-2, including burned curtain replacement, the sound of working shutter was sweet.
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Old 11-12-2016   #49
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I forgot to mention that I just picked a mint condition (really mint)black Nikkormat FT3 and (with the mirror locked up) it has a very discreet, smooth "click"
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Old 11-12-2016   #50
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Nikon F6 sounds great
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Old 11-12-2016   #51
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My limited experience, M2 3 4 Leica, Leica flex series except for R4 &5, Nikon F2.

Zone 6 4x5 is pretty quiet, but don`t know if you can count that. Had a nice quiet between the lens shutter RF in 60`s.
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Old 11-13-2016   #52
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Thanks for the replies chaps, it is good to know l am not alone in my appreciation of shutter sounds, a few year back l found a page on the net where a gentleman had recorded wav files of various shutter mechanisms including the Pentax mx
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Old 11-13-2016   #53
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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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'polaroid peel' I wonder what other sounds associated with photography evoke a response in people, or indeed, what other sensory factors associated with photography, touch, smell etc evoke emotions
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Old 11-13-2016   #54
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My favourite shuttersound from analog cameras comes out of Minoltas XD7 and XD5 which were sold in north america as XD11.
A similar nice sound has my digital Fuji X-M1.
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My Nikon FM2n was really loud, especially with the MD-12 mounted.
I has an Argus C4 whose shutter sound seemed as loud as a gunshot.
My Bronica RF645 lens shutter sounded like some asthmatic rodent.

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Old 11-13-2016   #56
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Old 11-13-2016   #57
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Best shutter sounds:

Mamiya 6 (almost silent snick)
Nikon F6 (low frequency and quiet)
Olympus OM-1 and OM-2 (also quiet)

Not so great shutter sounds:

Nikon FM3a and FE2 -- metallic clacky sound, especially with MD2.
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Old 11-13-2016   #58
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... a page on the net where a gentleman had recorded wav files of various shutter mechanisms including the Pentax mx
I remember this too. Was quite fun.
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Old 11-13-2016   #59
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Nikkormat. A Leicaflex is nice too, but between the two I would shoot the R glass on a Nikkormat (and have) w/ an adapter. No matter how nice the shutter sound, it is not worth lugging a Leicaflex around that is as big and heavy as a medium format camera.
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Old 11-13-2016   #60
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I remember this too. Was quite fun.
l wonder what happened to that web page
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Old 11-13-2016   #61
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I just sold mine, but I loved the sound of my Hasselblad. For the sheer fun of it, any Holga I've ever shot has made me smile! What a plasticky bit of noise that has!
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Old 11-13-2016   #62
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The almost inaudible "tick" from a Bessa 67 Wide.
The soft click of a well used M2.
The wonderful rattle and "clack" of a Nikon F36 motor drive - brings you back to the 60's photo-ops.
I also like the "burp" of the MD4 on a Nikon F3.
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The worst possible shutter (and whatever included) sound I've heard came from my Pentax 645. It was like KRACK - WHEEEE - CLUNK! The camera was an embarrassment to shoot in public :-p

I very much like the sound of the Leica M shutter. Yet I must say the best shutter sound comes from my Nikon F100.
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Old 11-13-2016   #64
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l wonder what happened to that web page
This isn't the same one I remember:

http://www.soundsnap.com/tags/camera
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Old 11-13-2016   #65
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My old Zenit, a gift from a friend in Chisinau. Think ''hammer on anvil'' but without the sparks...
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Old 11-13-2016   #67
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I had a Bessa R for a while, I snap the shutter on it all day just to hear the sound.
I was in at a Greek Orthodox festival & while inside the sanctuary snapped a photo with my Bessa R. Everyone turned to see what the noise was. I smiled & the tour went on. It does sound wonderful, you're right. I think even a Leica would of echoed in that place.
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Old 11-13-2016   #68
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The Nikon FA makes what I call the ideal shutter sound. The kind of sound movies would use as sound effect, and disposable digitals would opt to play it when you hit the shutter button. Always feel a bit of loss as other FM cameras make only a dull metalilc clang.

The Nikon F6 gives a click that is decisive and assuring. Being an automated camera, there's no motor sound that follows the release. Just amazing.
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Old 11-13-2016   #69
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My favourite was my M4P, sort of a snickclick. Least favourite was the Fuji GW690ii. I think the shutter itself was quiet but the mechanism was ridiculously loud...
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I am divided between the Mentor and Graflex SLRs - wooden doors banging and a roller blind going up. Essentially a sound older than photography...
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Old 11-13-2016   #71
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Hexar AF in stealth mode.. The sweet sound of silence.
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Currently enamored with my Voigtlander VF101 and I love the shutter on that. A good solid click. Metallic but not ringy. You definitely know you've taken a picture
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The leaf shutters on my two Retinas have a precise mechanical sound. The focal plane shutter on the M3 sounds business like and the shutters on my two Zorkies sound like a sick hay baler.
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+1 for a Hasselblad.

I do also miss the barn door sounding shutter on my old Mamiya RZ67. Don't miss the back problems that came with carrying that hunk of metal though...
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The leaf shutters on my two Retinas have a precise mechanical sound. The focal plane shutter on the M3 sounds business like and the shutters on my two Zorkies sound like a sick hay baler.
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I rather like my Compound pneumatic shutter on one of my Zeiss large format lenses. No matter the speed, it's just a very quiet "click" followed by another "click." No whirring or buzzing of gears, since the speeds are determined by an air piston.

Years ago I was at Point Lobos shooting with my Mamiya 645E, which, like any MF SLR with a focal plane shutter, was quite loud. I took a shot and the fellow nearby using his 35mm SLR (DSLR?) gave me a strange look. He thought it was a video camera (an understandable confusion considering the "tube" finder on that camera) and was shocked to hear a mirror/shutter sound.
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I rather like the description of the Bronica RF "asthmatic rodent" shutter sound. Have had it for a couple years and never came up with that apt a description for it!
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X100s but only on silent mode. In other words, no sound at all is preferable.
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Of the cameras I currently own, I probably love the Copal 1 that has Fujinon EBC 180mm glass hanging out of it. At least, I like that one for the results it can give if I do my job with the camera itself.
I really like the shutter of my Nikon F2 with the mirror locked up and my 2.1cm mounted.
My Leica M4 has a great shutter sound that is familiar like a very old friend.
My Kodak Retina IIa shutter is great as well. Satisfying "click."

Past cameras with excellent shutter sounds that I loved were: the Hexar AF in silent mode, Nikon F4 and Contax RX. That RX shutter really is great sounding.

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WHAT? Theses guys



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— Seriously: Care to explain what you mean?


Dear Robert,

as far as I've learned, that was/is a question, when you're shooting in an environment where silence is required. E.g., in a court room.
The original poster was not referring to the volume of the shutter, but the "sweetness" (whatever the hell that is supposed to mean) of it's sound.
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