I am seriously considering purchasing a new D800 and have a question regarding the shutter. Does the D800 have a silent shutter or a quiet shutter mode, such as the D4 and the new D610? Is the D800 shutter very loud? I currently shoot with a D700 and would like something quieter.
Quiet mode on D800 lifts the mirror and trips the shutter normally, but the mirror only drops when you release the shutter button. It is not significantly quieter.
Nikon shutters have given me some nervous moments over the years, especially when photographing large game on foot. Rhino especially seem to get a bit jumpy. Also in hides where the noise seems louder than other cameras (except the P&S crowd with their electronic beeps and fake shutter noises). A true quiet mode would be great at times.
Do you have a specific subject that needs quiet? I ask because the Q mode is quieter but for many subjects it is still rather loud. I shoot theater and ballet sometimes and demonstrated how quiet my D7000 was to theater director and got a personal letter from him to allow me to shoot during performances with advance permission. I am not even going to bother asking permission for the D800. I was asked 2 weeks ago by a theater to capture shots of the cast during performances in a small intimate theater. I knew the lighting would require the D800 and used it by shooting only during scenes that had masking noise. It was a dramatic musical with each cast member singing at various times. I had seen the original performance so had a good idea of what the sound levels would be from stage in each scene. So that worked but I could never count on that routinely.
So whether the goodness of the D800 is available for quiet subjects depends a lot on the details of the subject and how fully you know when click masking sounds are high enough level to overcome the noise problem. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Gentlemen, thank you for your responses. I have a lot better idea now regarding how quiet the D800 is.
There are many times when I would prefer to have a silent shutter compared to my present D700. A good example is when I am standing near a golfer in a pro event who is either preparing to swing or is already in his swing motion. At the last pro event I went to, I ended up trying to just shoot after the ball was struck; however, I really was not happy with the results. A shutter click at the wrong time can be a problem in this case as well as others. The same for taking pictures of animals without being noticed or without the animal flinching at the shutter noise.
Sun 13-Oct-13 10:36 AM | edited Sun 13-Oct-13 10:36 AM by Luke_Miller
>There are many times when I would prefer to have a silent >shutter compared to my present D700. A good example is when I >am standing near a golfer in a pro event who is either >preparing to swing or is already in his swing motion.
Unfortunately in the Nikon DSLR world only the D4 gives truly silent operation. You get a 1920 x 1280 jpeg and you have to chimp to convince yourself you actually took the shot.
I checked my owner's manual and don't see how to access the quiet or silent shutter mode on the D800. I have not seen the "how to" on this thread either. How does one access the quiet or silent mode, please. TIA, Bill P.
>I checked my owner's manual and don't see how to access the >quiet or silent shutter mode on the D800. I have not seen the >"how to" on this thread either. How does one access >the quiet or silent mode, please. TIA, Bill P.
Quiet is on the top knob with CH, CL, etc. It's "Q".
There is no silent on the D800, only the D4.
"Q" is basically a single-release mode but half the release is when you push the shutter, half is when you release the button, so you control how close the up and down slaps come together, noise wise.