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    Duran Duran Girls on Film Motor Drive Sound: Which one

    Ok, here's something completely random. I have never seen the video
    of "girls on film" only hearing it on the radio for the past 20+ years or so.

    I think its an Olympus motor drive listening to the rate and the high-pitched sound it makes.

    Does anyone know which camera/drive they recorded?

    Now, back to our regular topics....
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    Can't help you with that particular question, but since we're discussing motor drive sounds, I thought I'd share this.

    A couple of days ago I got a Nikon F3 with MD4 motor drive. Never used it before, and I don't ever use motor drives, but this one came as a set...

    So, I got the camera and loaded some batteries in the motor drive to test it. When I heard the sound it makes, I suddenly felt like the proverbial Proust with his "Madleine" cookies...

    It looks like I finally nailed the source of the "camera sounds" in almost 99% Hollywood movies I've seen so far. You know, that idiotic motor drive whizz-clack sounds you hear in a Hollywood movie when the main character shoots e.g. a 1950-ies Leica or even a Rolleiflex (sometimes even including a visual of the stroboscopic flash firing - and the flash is nowhere to be seen)

    Ahhh, one of the mysteries of life solved

    So, when I saw your question, I thought it could also be that one - don't have that song at hand, so can't really verify...

    But, I could record the F3/MD-4 combo sound and provide the sound recording for you to compare

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    I don't have an answer either. Although I have to admit that, as a young adolescent, it was my favourite video!
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    Jeffrey - I think this line of enquiry officially designates us as "camera geeks". However, acknowledging this to be true, I searched my iTunes list and "Girls on Film" shows up (twice, actually) in my 80's playlist.

    After listening, my money (or at least a beer) would be on the familiar Nikon F3/MD-4 combination, and I bet there would be a lot more of those around at the time ('81-ish?) than the Oly drive. Graham
    Last edited by GM Bennett; 02-09-2008 at 09:13 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: typo!

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    I just love the sound of my Nikon F3 with motor drive!!
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    In the video there are two cameras, a Nikon and a Hasselblad. I just watched it seventeen times to make sure...
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    ok, I have an MD-3/F3 but really thought it was the Olympus. Glad to know there are a lot more people than myself wondering about such things.

    MD-12 it is (thanks for the nikon trivia link).
    --Jeffrey

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    I just watched it seventeen times to make sure
    Slow night, Andy??
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