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01-31-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Reducing flash zoom motor noise

I have the Sigma DG 500 super and like it...but the noise from the flash is darn right loud!
It was this way since new...nothing wrong with it.
Doing a wedding last year everyone looked at me when the flash zoomed. It was when we were at the house and they were practiced their vows!
Is there any way to quit it, like some sort of lubricant or something?

Any opinions welcome



01-31-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Churches seems to be acoustically optimized for camera noises, don't they? I'm not familiar with the workings of that particular flash, but you could always put a piece of electrical tape over the pTTL pins, but leave the center pin exposed, then set your flash to something fairly wide, 35mm maybe, or 50mm if you're further away. You'll lose pTTL functionality of course. Another way to avoid zoom noises is to use a prime lens, or use a zoom lens as a prime (i.e. zoom with your feet)
01-31-2013, 10:07 AM   #3
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Doubt it...
Not sure how much range you need but you could manual zoom the flash, set it to the widest angle the lens goes and it should be fine.
However you do miss some power on the lon end.

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