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    First off, all SLR's are pretty loud. You cannot compare a focal-plane shutter and a swinging mirror with a leaf shutter. Add a motor-drive and there is no way you can be in stealth mode.

    I think Nikon was more interested in making robust, reliable, high-performance machines than quiet machines. My OM2 is quieter than my FE2, but the FE2 has a faster top shutter speed and sync speed. And the FE2 is pretty darn quiet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikongod View Post

    I think its just the presence of the F4. It gets noticed the second it comes out of the bag. If a Ferrari were absolutely silent, it would still turn heads. Maybe not quite as many as it does blasting down the street with the exhaust growling but still.
    If you are carrying around a Ferrari in your camera bag, you really need to think about downsizing!
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    Any blimped Nikon would probaböy be the most silent SLR. Although not the least visible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    If you are carrying around a Ferrari in your camera bag, you really need to think about downsizing!
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    I was waiting for someone to post that.

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    Typical Apug thread, starts out serious and ends up with porn! Agree that the FM2 is probably the quietest, no motor drive you see. If you really want stealth in a Nikon, then the Nikonos 11 or 111 are the quietest cameras ever made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie View Post
    Typical Apug thread, starts out serious and ends up with porn! Agree that the FM2 is probably the quietest, no motor drive you see. If you really want stealth in a Nikon, then the Nikonos 11 or 111 are the quietest cameras ever made.
    Or at least the quietest with shutters. Pinhole cameras are even quieter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP View Post
    Pinhole cameras are even quieter.
    And they have continuously variable shutter speeds, like the F2...

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    A well maintained Nikon FA is pretty quiet at least quieter than my Nikon F, Nikkormat FTN & EL

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