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    What situation are you in where you need to shoot with a motor drive *and* do it quietly? You can very easily shoot 1 fps with any old manual SLR advanced by hand.
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    I use the Olympus MD2 motor drives on my Olympus OM-3Ti/4Ti bodies and find it to be rather quiet. "Back in the day" (late '80s, early '90s), the Olympus kit was considered the quietest pro-level outfit for wildlife work. It's so quick and smooth, it's essentially doing just a "snick" sound.
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    Nikon F100 in Cs is very quiet. The Elan 7ne with the belt drive technology is even more so. Extremely quiet camera.

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    The quiet mode of the F4 and F5 (I've owned both) are pretty quiet.

    It's subjective, of course, but quieter than the normal drive. You may be able to lock up the mirror too (if it's tripod mounted) during exposures to lessen the noise even more.

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    The F5 sounds a bit like an F3 that has a weak MD-4 attached, when it's in Cs mode. The F4 is quieter, at least when you're using both bodies in S, Ch, and Cl modes.

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    Few fast (5 fps or more) winders are quiet. My old Pentax MX with Motordrive MX shrieked less than my LX with Motordrive LX. (Nicer form factor, too--much like the OM1/2/3/4 series motordrives).

    My F5 on CS mode in a blimp is very quiet indeed for a camera with a moving mirror and auto advance. Coreless motors probably have something to do with it.

    Later Leica rangefinders also had options for winders, and of course have less mass to move around (no swinging mirror). Can't say about how quiet they are from experience, though.

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    All my motordrives are quiet, I just put in my earplugs!

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    Canon Elan for sure
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    I believe that the Canon Elan is very quiet.
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    Just fired the N90, F100, Elan, Robot, and Leningrad. The drives on the N90 and F100 are essentially silent, with the F100 having a slightly quieter shutter. The Elan has a slightly quieter shutter than the F100, but while the motor drive is very quiet, it can be heard. The Robot whined a bit, but that may be a function of being over 60. The Leningrad doesn't whine, but has a quite noticeable thunk at the end of the advance. I think you would be hard pressed to find something much quieter in use than an F100, unless you go to a leaf shuttered rangefinder.

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