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12-20-2010, 01:37 PM   #1
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K7 Shutter, the sound of silence?

With the release of the K5, prices for the K7 are now within my reach and I plan to make a purchase with a combination of tax refund & sale of my Oly E-PL1 kit. It will be nice to have a Pentax in my hands again. Had the 10D & 20D before shifting back to all film for a while... I have been unable to find the K7 in any local shops and would like to hear the sound of the shuter firing. It is reputed to be kinda quiet. Is there a place online that has this???
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I'm not sure, but I can confirm that it is deathly quiet. Whenever I meet a Canikon user they are instantly awed by the sound (or lack there of) of the K-7's shutter.
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The end of this video shows the sound difference pretty clearly.

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I just switched from a K100 to K7 and the sound difference is amazing. The K100 always sounded "tinny" but the K7 sounds like a pro's camera. I know it shouldn't make a difference, but it does!!

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Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm looking forward to shooting with this quiet, weather resistant beast.....
12-21-2010, 06:43 PM   #6
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Guys, the K-7 is not silent. It freaks my dog out every time I take a photo of her.
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QuoteOriginally posted by v5planet Quote
Guys, the K-7 is not silent. It freaks my dog out every time I take a photo of her.
It's not the camera.....
12-21-2010, 08:41 PM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by wshi Quote
The end of this video shows the sound difference pretty clearly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bibld_jSR0
It sounds to be similar in volume. It sounds different, but nowhere near silent.

How was he getting the K100DS to shoot so fast? It only has a 3 shot buffer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by GoldenRGuy Quote
the K7 sounds like a pro's camera.
When I first fired the K-7 (and now the K-5), I was surprised by the diffident whisper of the shutter/mirror slap. While I see it as a clear practical advantage over louder cameras, it doens't give me the same satisfying Ka-chUNK that I really love from my D3. To me, THAT is what a pro's camera sounds like.
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It's quiet enough that the noise some lenses make when autofocusing makes me want to jump out of my skin in comparison. The shutter firing sound seems to be quickly deadened in the density of the K-7 body.
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I have both the Kx and a K7 I much prefer the K7. Loud slapping shutters are not very professional or welcome in many places and situations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JHD Quote
Loud slapping shutters are not very professional
That must be why, whenever we see a situation where large groups of pros are shooting (press conferences, etc.) simultaneously, we can barely hear anything else over the sound of mirrors slapping.

Sure, there are some scenarios where it's critical to be as silent as possible. Golf, certain kinds of performances, etc. In many of these situations, even the K-7/K-5 would not be appropriate, and photogs are using blimps, or non-dSLRs.
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It's not the camera.....
I don't know. She completely ignores me until the shutter goes off and then she flips around freaked out.
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I don't know. She completely ignores me until the shutter goes off and then she flips around freaked out.
Maybe there is some ultrasound from the camera. Dogs are presumably senstitive to that. You wouldn't here it. Have you tried how she react on the lens cleaning? I suspect the lens cleaning and SR could create some ultrasound. Try turning SR off and see if she react in the same way.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
Maybe there is some ultrasound from the camera. Dogs are presumably senstitive to that. You wouldn't here it. Have you tried how she react on the lens cleaning? I suspect the lens cleaning and SR could create some ultrasound. Try turning SR off and see if she react in the same way.
No, it's not the ultrasound. I with my puny human ears can hear the sensor doing its cleaning routine. She clearly reacts suddenly and dramatically to the loud THWACK of the mirror locking up and the shutter snapping.

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