EOS 5D Mk3 shutter

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by ruslan, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Can anyone estimate the noise of the Mk3's shutter compared to EOS 5D Mark 2 which I find noisy?
  2. I'm always curious as to why people are so concerned with shutter sound. I don't have a mk II to compare it with, but the 5D III doesn't sound extremely loud to me. It is a full frame mirror however, so it may be louder than an APS-C shutter such as the 60D or 7D. If you are concerned with the noise level, the 5D3 has a silent mode that works beautifully, allowing for faster successive shots than previous models (the 1D IV is my only comparison) and is even quiter. It barely makes a sound at all. I've used it in churches during weddings and I doubt anyone heard it.
  3. I've used the 5D2 since it first came out and I certainly wouldn't say it has a noisy shutter. Full frame cameras are usually noisier than their crop counterparts due to their larger mirror. If you want to know what a noisy camera sounds like, try an EOS 3.
  4. Oh man, I recall being amazed how quiet the 5D2 was! Of course, I had shot for 10 years with an EOS 3 and FM2N so the only way to go is softer. Obviously I can hear the 5D2 in a quiet room, especially since it is next to my head, but it is pretty much soundless when shooting on the streets or beaches of Honolulu. Pretty hard to hear anything over our crazy traffic or crashing waves and wind.
    I have an Oly E-P3 and you can disable shutter "sound effects" for silent shooting. Maybe you should consider an ILC as the lack of a shutter and reflex mirror make is as quiet as it gets.
  5. The 5D mk 3 has a silent shutter mode which is significantly quieter than normal mode. Certainly not silent, but it does help a lot when you're working somewhere quiet. It does reduce the maximum frames-per-second to 3.
  6. I owned the MkII and now shoot with the MkIII. The shutter sound is different and a little lighter sounding, but not enough to make a decision toward the III; however, the silent shutter mode is very quiet, if that's important to you, then the difference is huge and the fps is roughly the same as the MkII.
  7. The Silent Single Shooting Drive Mode is quieter than the 5D Mark II Single Shooting Drive Mode.
    Go hear it on YouTube.
  8. Ruslan,
    You can listen to the shutter sound of the 5DMkII and 5DMkIII (single shot, continuous, silent mode) on:
  9. Let's face it.. we all have little things that we judge that have no bearing on output of photography. Shutter sounds are all different.
    The 5DMkIII is great. It has a sound you can be proud of. It is noticeably different than the MkII. It is not as long in duration and not as clunky in my opinion.
    Silent mode is wonderful. I shoot in silent mode even when I don't need silent.... it sounds so sweet!
    For those times when a quiet shutter is desirable the 5DMKIII will amaze your family and impress your friends... :)
  10. As sort of hinted, much of the noise is more mirror sound than shutter sound. NTIM
  11. Puppy Face, you are speaking not about I am. Mk2 is a really noisy. My friend has it and I was shocked how noisy it is in the emply room. I shot with Mk2 too. It does not matter if the camera is FF or not. I do know what a silent camera means - Nikon F100, D300...
    Johan - thank you but recorded sound does not correspond or match what we hear by ear.
  12. Ruslan,

    You are right about the recorded sound. It only gives you an idea. Maybe you can rent a 5DMkIII for a day? That way you can compare it with your friend's MkII.
  13. Maybe you can rent a 5DMkIII for a day?​
    Depending on your location, daily rentals can cost around $175 - $195 CAN. Why not just bring the 5D2 to any camera store and compare the mirror slap with their display 5D3 for free?
  14. +1 Peter.
    The bottom line is that shutter/mirror noise (on ALL cameras) is sooooo incredibly subjective (as well as dependent upon shooting location and environment) that someone complaining about how loud it is can mean almost nothing to 99 other shooters. I've heard plenty of cameras which I thought were far louder than my mk2, which 99.9% of the time is noticeably ZERO. OTOH, I do (rarely) wish it had the option to turn on 'quiet mode'.
    However, the shutter/mirror noise also helps me behave appropriately (since sometimes I get a bit wrapped up in my shooting *whistling innocently*)... In silent prayer moments during a wedding (for example), it helps remind me to think should I be shooting right now? A quieter shutter wouldn't really change that, (since it's often quiet enough to hear a fly walking across the window) but every situation is different.

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