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01-10-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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The K5 is quiet, very quiet compared to my Kx!

I got my K5 yesterday and had to leave while waiting for the battery to charge, but when I got back I decided it was time for some fun! I noticed one thing when compared to my Kx, and that is the K5 is REALLY quiet! Id it that the K5 has a really quiet shutter, or is it that the Kx is simply really loud? What would make this kind of difference?

01-10-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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The weathersealed body has a lot more material in your camera and the tighter seals probably make a bit of difference.
01-10-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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it is just that the kx has very very loud auto focus and shutter sound...
i've tried a number of friends' nikon and canon, none of them are as loud as the kx.
01-10-2012, 09:38 PM   #4
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Agreed... My brother has a t2i, and while it feels like a toy, its focus and shutter noise are significantly softer than my K-r. (It focuses faster, too, but that's another thread. ) Can anyone comment on the noise-dampening techniques involved? Are there just simple pads involved, or is it more sophisticated than this?

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My K10D sounds like a machine gun compared to my K-5. The newer models are much quieter.
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It's partially due to the faster mirror, I think, since the FPS is higher.

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Yes, the K-5 shoots as quiet as the flutter of butterfly wings, even at fast fps. It has been a very pleasant experience. The K-x is certainly more noisy.
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I did have the shutter noise scare the crap out of a squirrel I snuck up on before. Maybe this will change for me!

01-11-2012, 09:21 AM   #9
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the funny thing is i got my first pentax (k-x) because i like the loud shutter, it gives me a nice high tech mechanical feeling.
(none of the other camera i tested in B&H give me such loud noise)

and later i got quite annoy to use it on quiet enviornment that i am so stand out and people looking at me weird.
and i finally sum up getting the k5.
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Oh my yes A couple of times at events, I had to stop shooting my K-x once the performance started because people were shooting dirty looks every time I fired the shutter ;D Thank goodness I wasn't doing any weddings at that time :P With the K-5 I'm a bit smug when people ask me, "Oh, is your shutter in quiet mode?" "Nope. It's always this quiet." Smugness is a sad sad emotion....but I indulge once in a while
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QuoteOriginally posted by vonBaloney Quote
My K10D sounds like a machine gun compared to my K-5. The newer models are much quieter.
My K10D has been compared to Kalashnikov many times, it certainly has that robust sound though.
The Kx sounds a bit more delicate and the k5 is simply quiet, don't get much emotion from that one.
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Perhaps it is just me but my K-r seemed quieter than my K-x. The K5 is clearly almost silent in comparison. It's made a difference in taking candids with my children and other people. One of the unsung but seriously nice pluses of going to the K5 in my book.
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My hearing is finally returning after using a K100d for a couple years. However, though the K-5 seemed quiet in comparison when new, I now wish it was quieter...

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