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    Muffling a power winder?

    I have a Canon AE-1P. I picked up a used Power Winder A on the cheap online. It works, but it's a bit louder than I expected. I definitely am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth and this was a great deal.

    However, is there by any chance a way to open the winder unit up and pad/line the box with some sort of thin foam or felt? Just some subtle way of blocking the sound waves a bit? If I ever use this baby on people it'll definitely turn a head or two. It's about as noticable as a really bad Canon shutter squeak.

    I'm fairly handy when it comes to tinkering. As long as I don't have to rewire anything (one of my weak areas) I'm sure I could take it apart, but the question is would this even help? Is there even any clearance inside to do that?

    Has anybody tried something like this? Surely I'm not the first!




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    Nope -- for the most part, they all seem to be surprisingly loud. This is based on my experience with a Nikon MD-12, winder for a Yashica Contax 137, winder for a Pentax ME, winder for a Rolleiflex SL 35 E and a winder for a Minolta XD11.

    There's not a lot of extra space inside a winder for sound-deadening material. Perhaps, something for the outside?

    I'd be curious to know how things work out, if you give it a try.

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    There are customized "blimps" for movie cameras when used for recording live sound, and I've seen a few for still cameras, mainly for photographing performances in a theater, and these are always bulky, cumbersome affairs.
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    Blimps? I assume bulky, as the name suggests?

    The question is, if I surround the outside, what about the battery case? Whatabout between the body and the motor? Will that be enough to still be loud?

    I'll keep it, and I'll use it. However, I have grown accustomed to thumbing the lever after so many years. I could just leave it off until I figure something out.

    It doesn't have a tricky method to open it, does it? If I tried to open it just to explore I wouldn't risk snapping off connectors, or the like?

    Anybody have a manual/maint. guide for the Winder A?
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    Nothing special holding it together, 3-4 concealed screws on the top. No soldering involved.
    A blimp wouldn't be difficult to make, Use the fabric from an old quilt. A lot of tiny flowers in the pattern would be nice. =<)
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    I bought one for my OM and it is the sweetest sound to hear. It is the sound imitated by all the Hollywood movies even when they show someone with a dlsr. Embrace it. People will look, for the right reasons...

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    I've got the same setup and compared to my Canon Elan 7e, it is a lot louder. If you don't want to be noticed with the camera noise why not just remove the Power Winder and wind it manually.

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    The key to blocking sound is mass, pure and simple. Foam only serves to reduce reflections, like in a sound booth, but does very little to keep sound OUT/IN, save for the very high frequencies. That being said, I don't think there's much you can do.
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    Here is what a Jacobson Sound Blimp looks like--

    http://www.soundblimp.com/canon.htm

    They're the standard.

    Nikon used to make their own sound blimp, but I couldn't find a photo of one easily on the net.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Here is what a Jacobson Sound Blimp looks like--

    http://www.soundblimp.com/canon.htm

    They're the standard.

    Nikon used to make their own sound blimp, but I couldn't find a photo of one easily on the net.
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