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    Is there a quiet MF SLR?

    I shoot a lot of candid portraits with my Kowa Six. I love it, but it's loud. That mirror slap stuns everyone around.

    What are the quietest 6x6 SLRs?

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    Hi Mel, I went through that too, although a while ago now. Ended up having to chose a MF whose deep clunk sound I preferred over the slaps, whips and crunches - after choosing the optics of course You can always try mirror lockup.

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    Any of the rangefinder MF are very quiet as are the TLR models, in the SLR design, you will find that all of them make noise, some just louder than others, the Kowa and the Bronicas were the loudest, the mamiya RB is loud as well, the SLR designs are all prone due to the size of the mirror swinging, but as said, you want quiet, get a rangefinder model or a TLR

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    Thanks for the reminder Dave, I forgot, my Mamiya TLR is super quiet in comparison to the blad. Fantastic brick, they never hear it coming.

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    Some MF SLR's can be used with lenses in shutter. this might reduce the overall noise a bit. I have never used an MF SLR equipped as such so can't comment about any reduction in noise -- it just seems logical.

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    If you do a high percentage of candid work, maybe you should just give in to a rangefinder? I've got a little Bronica 645RF that is ideal for this duty and the vertical format lends itself well to this sort of duty, too. I've got some Fuji 645 equipment and these have excellent optics but of course, lack lens interchangeability. I use the P67 system for an slr and these are famous for their loud "kerchunk!". When I think of what I use the P67 gear for, it makes me realize that 90% of what I do could easily be handled by a rangefinder alternative. I would love to switch over to a Mamiya 7 system but currently have other financial priorities keeping me from the plunge. Here's one I took yesterday and just now scanned.... I snuck a picture of this girl on our local high school ski team after she managed a face plant in the morning. This was available light with the Bronica inside the chalet using window light. She didn't know her picture was taken. If you look closely, there is a line on the upper part of her eye from a face plant done one week prior at the previous race. I just resized the shot to be small enough to upload and it's lost its "snap" but I consistently have been getting shots indoors with this rig using HP5+ that are very gratifying. This shot easily delineates her eyelashes and her eyes have a watery sheen that exhibits very good detail and sharpness when viewed at full resolution.
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    The RZ67 and pro s is really smooth. I shot that after using a Kowa 66 and was stunned at really how smooth and quite it was.

    I took a few 1/30 hand held shots that were fine.

    RB Lenses are easier to find than kowa lenses too.

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    If you really want a quiet MF camera, I'd get a TLR or rangefinder rather than an SLR.
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    After shooting for many years with SLR, I find it almost disquieting (pardon the pun) to shoot with my Littman and my Mamiya 7 II. I'm so used to a response from the camera that when I hear the little click, I always look down and check it.

    I agree if you want stealth get a rangefinder.


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    Another vote for a TLR. A Rolleiflex is probably the quietest camera out there. They make Leicas sound noisy.

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