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#1 james

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:42 AM

Hi Gang,

Long time no see!

I've been shooting a lot of dance lately, and my 1DsIII body is just too darn loud to shoot in a packet theater.  It makes a HUGE click every time you fire the shutter.

I'd like to get a good quiet camera and have been looking for my options.  Of course I'll keep my 1D series + seacam for underwater use but would love to get a "quiet" camera that is also good for underwater use. 
 

To fill all those requirements I need something with:

 

A decent viewfinder

GREAT continuous autofocus

A fast stabilized sport lens (I currently shoot w/ the Canon 70-200 IS f2.8)

Good wideangle and fisheye options

Good housing available (I have Subal and Seacam ports but am willing to switch)

What are your thoughts?

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#2 KirkD

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 02:57 PM

I think, by the sound if it, you are looking for a sound blimp for your camera. If you are not familiar with them, they are a housing, just like what you have for underwater use and is primarily used by photographers who work on films set, theatre, or anywhere else that you need to silence the camera. Never used one, but I assume it is much lighter than the UW setup.

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#3 Steve Williams

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:58 PM

Hi James!

Welcome back,  maybe time to go check out that 5D Mk III with shutter mode on "silent"..  

 

Probably lots of other options, but it would your AF and viewfinder needs.  

 

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:37 AM

Pentax K-5 and K-3 (maybe the whole K serie) has a soft shutter sound.

But I guess 5D mkIII is a better match for the lenses you already have.



#5 james

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:22 AM

Thanks guys - I went online and had a look at some of the 5DmkIII videos to hear the "silent shutter" mode.  And while it is quiet (and would use all my lenses) I'm not sure it's quiet enough.  Off to the camera shop!

I must say I'm also intriqued by the new Oly - but the housings only look marginally smaller than my Seacam lol.

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