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    what is the greatest power winder noise...

    please forgive the boys and toys nature of the question..

    i was shooting today,i have a contax n1 a nikon f6 and a nikon f4s.
    all the cameras have a very lovely positive fire and transport sound.
    but the f4 i think makes the most perfect noise,a little brutal maybe but a sound that seems to instill confidence.the other thing that has surprised and impressed me about the f4 is it's backward and forward compatibility,with really old manual and modern autofocus lens.

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    The greatest power winder noise is that which you do not hear at all.
    No power winder manages to be that quiet. Alas.

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    I think the Hexar AF had an autowinder that was near silent (or, at least in silent mode) but i don't have one so i'm not sure (i'd like to though).

    My Polaroid 232SL is pretty quiet. Or, at least when i'm using it it's quiet enough i can't hear it over "Who just took a picture?!"

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    Nikon FM2n and MD-11, noisy and just like the sound at the start of Duran Duran's 'girls on film'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan doyle View Post
    please forgive the boys and toys nature of the question..

    i was shooting today,i have a contax n1 a nikon f6 and a nikon f4s.
    all the cameras have a very lovely positive fire and transport sound.
    but the f4 i think makes the most perfect noise,a little brutal maybe but a sound that seems to instill confidence.the other thing that has surprised and impressed me about the f4 is it's backward and forward compatibility,with really old manual and modern autofocus lens.

    I think the F4's winder sounds like a sick coughing cat. And it's not just my camera...they all sound like it (IMO)!

    Anyways, my favorite winder sound has to be the Nikon F100. It sounds the way a :rolleyes:REAL:rolleyes: camera should sound like.

    Also, any kind of medium format power winder sound make my ears happy. Especially the Bronica power winders. They sound like trains...quieter though, of course.


    Edit: Does the Polaroid SX-70 film eject sound count? I get chills down my spine every time I hear one of things go off.
    Last edited by AlexG; 06-15-2009 at 04:22 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Added somethin'

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    MD-4 running with a just off the charger MN-2 Ni-cad pack, lock the mirror up and let it fly. Truly awe inspiring, the tack-tack with that shutter is so sweet. The spring loaded snapback of the MD-12/11 is cool too, and is the 'Girls on Film' sound creator.

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    Canon EOS 1 RS when set in RS mode, great sound but only lasts 3 1/2 seconds for a roll of film
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    [QUOTE=AlexG;813009]I think the F4's winder sounds like a sick coughing cat. And it's not just my camera...they all sound like it (IMO)!


    i think you need too feed your cat some cream,maybe it does not like the chinese kodak ultra your giving it.
    try some kodak solar flare patrol film,the cameras love it.

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    The sound of a Leningrad firing (A Soviet 1950'-60's spring motor-driven Leica M semi-clone): The spring motor itself makes no noise, but the loud "Clack! Clock!" of the shutter cocking and firing sounds like a machine gun being loaded & cocked...
    Enough to send people within hearing range dodging for cover!
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Motor drive sound

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexG View Post
    I think the F4's winder sounds like a sick coughing cat. And it's not just my camera...they all sound like it (IMO)!

    Anyways, my favorite winder sound has to be the Nikon F100. It sounds the way a :rolleyes:REAL:rolleyes: camera should sound like.

    Also, any kind of medium format power winder sound make my ears happy. Especially the Bronica power winders. They sound like trains...quieter though, of course.


    Edit: Does the Polaroid SX-70 film eject sound count? I get chills down my spine every time I hear one of things go off.

    I can't say that I have ever heard any of those cameras, with the exception of the SX-70.

    I own and use two Nikon Fs, with F-36 motors, and they make a "clack-whirr/squeel" sound when they trip. They command respect...at least from their owner!

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