I agree the motor is very loud, but I don't care. When I used my N90s alot, there was no question as to who was taking photos and when the photo was taken. Which can have it's advatages and disadvantages. If I need to be quiet, I bring something quiet like an FA or FE. Quiet as a mouse without the big winders on them.

May I suggest there is a mental "advantage" to a loud winder? At least with older folks for sure. Nobody made that much noise unless they were "a professional" and had a pro camera too.....

Bob E.