How much quieter is EOS 33 over EOS 50

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  1. maxim

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    Hi
    I have the EOS 50 and has been shooting some church
    ceremonies but wonder if i could get less noise
    from a EOS 33 ?

    what would be a mouse quiet camera ?
    OM 3/4 ?

    I need overall quiet operations not just in film
    rewind.......... :smile:
     
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    I've got the same problem with my T90.

    An outcome would be a camera with (coupled) rangefinder and leaf shutter.
     
  3. Sparky

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    get a blimp. they're cheap these days.
     
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    Most rangefinders are pretty quiet, even the cloth shuttered focal plane ones.

    My EOS 650 and my Pentax SFX -- both autowind, autofocus cameras -- are incredibly loud. On the other hand, I took a photo on the bus the other day with my Zorki 2C and the person sitting directly in front of me clearly didn't even hear it.
     
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    If you don't want to go the route of a rangefinder, than one idea is to get rid of the auto wind business. I think that an OM 1 or 2 (or probably an OM 3 or 4, but I have never used one) or a Nikon FE or FM series camera will be a great deal quieter than the EOS cameras, but not as quiet as a rangefinder. The winding mechanism in Auto Focus cameras seems to be very loud compared to using your thumb.
     
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    Yeah, my Pentax P50 is much quieter than the SFX although the mirror slap is still noisy compared to a leaf shutter or cloth focal plane shutter.
     
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    Sparky,

    what kind of blimb do you mean? I only know those for cine-cameras.
     
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    It's like a blow-up pillow that goes over the camera and muffles the sound. I've used them in court before.
     
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    Why not use a TLR Rolleiflex or similar. Very quiet and smaller than a blimp...slightly.
     
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    If you're talking about the Elan 7 (EOS 33's name in North America), the shutter slap is slightly softer compared to the Elan II (EOS 50), although the film rewind transport's similar. The Elan 7 is one of Canon's quietest film SLR, and compared to my EOS 3, it's hardly audible in a church environment, while the EOS 3's loud "ke-clunk" can be heard from outside a closed-door room.
     
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    The Minolta XD11 seems to be a quiet camera -- at least for an SLR.

    Not all rangefinders are quiet. The Voigtlander Prominent makes a lot of racket for a leaf-shutter rangefinder.

    The Retina IIIS probably is the quietest camera that I own -- noticeably quieter than a Leica LTM or M. The Retina IIa also is quiet.

    My Contax II (black dial) is very quiet when shooting at 1/50 and slower. A Rolleiflex TLR also is quiet.

    My Werra makes a little "ping!" when the shutter is released.

    With some manual cameras, there's a lot of noise emitted when the film is advanced -- a lot of clicking and ratcheting. And with motor-driven cameras, that's another issue altogether.
     
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    No - not the 'blow-up' kind as suggested by the other poster... they DO use these on film sets though.

    this kind.
    http://www.soundblimp.com/
     
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    Sparky,

    Thank you for that interesting hint. That range of blimps employs a damping layer plus a stiff outer, what should make it the most effective concerning passive noise reduction (plus the fact that all openings are isolated too).

    But (besides the fact that I don’t own an autofocus SLR) I’m a bit reluctant to control focussing, exposure and shutter just by one button.

    Getting my Canon FD equipment silent somehow is on my projects list, but at the moment I spend my time posting at APUG…
     
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    AgX,

    If you own Canon's Elan series and above cameras (Elan 7, 3, 1-series), you can always reprogram the shutter button to only manage exposure, and the * button at the back for focusing using your thumb. It's more accurate than just trusting exposure and focusing on the shutter button. I think it's under custom function 4 - 1.
     
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    If you look at those blimps (casings would be more appropriate) Sparky referred to, you will see that the cameras are controlled by a button outside the casing.
    Of course one could open the camera and rewire the whole thing...
    But I'm quite old fashioned, even on a motion camera I prefer those real wheels for focussing to those rocker keys.