Wed 19-Mar-14 10:44 PM | edited Wed 19-Mar-14 10:56 PM by Ray Gerke
From what I can figure out the point of Q mode is to enable you to press the shutter once to raise the mirror and again to drop the mirror. It does separate the noise. But overall I dont think it is much quieter that S or C modes. I find that liveview is the quietest mode for taking photos without much noise. I find LV is a lot quieter than Q mode for taking multiple photos.
I have an earlier version of the Camera Muzzle (per the adorama link above) and it does a pretty good job of quieting the shutter noise, but doesn't eliminate it. I don't use it often; mostly in sensitivity situations like church services and sometimes wedding ceremonies. But it is difficult to get to the camera controls and generally a little awkward to hold and shoot.
>> >>This is a lot cheaper than a commercial sound blimp, and >>apparently, less effective: >>http://www.adorama.com/CZM.html?kbid=912610 > >I have an earlier version of the Camera Muzzle (per the >adorama link above) and it does a pretty good job of quieting >the shutter noise, but doesn't eliminate it.
I have one, too, but I find that it's a pain to use. However, in quiet places like churches or when you're close to an audience, it helps tame some of the noise. It also helps when shooting stills next to a video camera.
I'm not into mechanical designs of reflex mirrors but I think it's due to the large and rather complex mirror design and metal frame construction. AND, it's not just one mirror that's flipping about, there's another smaller mirror around 2/5 the full size hidden behind the main reflex unit for metering (?) and AF (?) .
I've never understood why they can make a quieter shutter on cameras like the D7100 or D610, but not on the more expensive bodies. I don't own either, but I really like the sound of the D610 & D7100. My D300s is more like the D800.
I guess that the FX mirror is about twice the size of a DX mirror = more weight and mechanic to move. I have never heard the D6X0 shutter sound though, my D700 was about the same as my D800's, different but loud too. My D7100 is quiet in comparison.
The shutter sound is anoying when shooting wildlife and if someone is doing videography next to you (at least my wife think it's annoying when I clicks away, while she's filming)