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  1. #11

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    Two ways to deaden camera sound: the classic blimp, which is a large hard case surrounding the camera (like the Jacobson mentioned above); and a sound barney which is a soft covering that does not completely cover or entirely silence the camera. They are used a lot with motion picture cameras that are not entirely silent in close quarters when recording sync sound. This guy makes custom ones with his own secret combination of lead and other dense materials: http://www.customupholsteryproducts.com/index.html I don't see why it wouldn't work for a still camera.

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    I have the A-1 with a motordrive (12 AA batteris) which is kinda noisey but I kinda like it.

    Jeff

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    I called off my efforts.

    I took the screws out then realized i'd have to rip off the faux leather covering to open 'er up. Did not really want to do that right now. I then bought some fresh AA's for the occasional use. Turns out it's not as loud as before. I guess my rechargable batteries I used to test this weren't too "fresh" and were driving the servo slower (making it louder).

    Popped a few test shots with the winder in place on my AE-1P and realy didn't notice it as bad with the fresh AA's. I think I'll leave it for now, based on the above testimonies and the reduced noise of fresh batteries.

    Maybe in the future I'll revisit this idea.
    -Markster

    Canon AE-1P 35mm | 50mm/f1.8 FDn | 28mm/2.8 FD | 70-200mm/f4-5 FD | 35-70mm/F2.8-3.5 Sigma FD

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    You'd probably find that there isn't enough room inside the motor for enough insulating material to make a difference.
    Even if you did try to stuff some in, there could then possibly be the risk of the motor overheating.

    The people who designed them really weren't wasting space or making them bigger than they had to!
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Anybody ever try to gut it and put a newer 2010-era servo in there? Something that's 10x smaller and just as powerful?

    I know electronics have improved quite a bit since the 1980s :P
    -Markster

    Canon AE-1P 35mm | 50mm/f1.8 FDn | 28mm/2.8 FD | 70-200mm/f4-5 FD | 35-70mm/F2.8-3.5 Sigma FD

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