Mamiya 7 - 65mm lens - shutter almost silent! Is this normal?

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  1. Thingy

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    I have just tried out my "new", second hand Mamiya 7 camera and am astonished how quiet the shutter mounted in my 65mm lens is, having used leaf shutters on large format cameras. It was so quiet this morning that I assumed the camera wasn't working, but when I looked at the lens whilst firing it it worked.
    Are all the lenses for this camera as quiet? If so, it would make an excellent documentary camera. :smile:
     
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    Yes, they are all that quiet. In fact, the 150mm is so quiet that I sometimes have to check the lever just to be certain that it actually took a shot. The 43mm and 80mm aren't that far off either and the 210mm is little louder, but barely above Leica levels for sure. I haven't tried being sneaky with it, but I think it would be most excellent. Congrats on the new system!
     
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    Now you're wiser AND have a Cameron portrait of yourself! Aren't Mamiya 7s not cool?!? Probably the softest shutter sound except for some pocket 35mm cameras.
     
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    The M7 lens shutters are coveted for their near silence and vibration free shooting, just one of many definitive reasons why these MF tools are in a class by themselves.
     
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    Totally normal, as others have said. Very quiet shutter, and you can hand hold it at 1/30th if you're still, and you won't get any shaky affects... of course, you might like them from time to time, too!!
     
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    This is true. One of my best shots was taken handheld at 1/60, which for me is quite slow (cant seem to hold the camera still). Blew my socks off when I first enlarged it.
     
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    Thanks for all your replies. It's certainly a shock after some of my supposedly "quiet" shutters! Had I realised I'd have bought one YEARS ago! :D