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Sio
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Noise when taking pictures

I just bought my canon 6d mark2 with canon with canon 20-70 ii lense and it’s noisy when I take pictures
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Re: Noise when taking pictures


Sio wrote:
I just bought my canon 6d mark2 with canon with canon 20-70 ii lense and it’s noisy when I take pictures

What is noisy?  The camera or the lens?  Some shutter noise from the camera body is normal.  The lens should be quiet.

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Re: Noise when taking pictures

I mean when I click to take pictures t it sound weird
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Re: Noise when taking pictures

I suspect you are used to using P & S cameras which do not have to flip a mirror up before opening & closing a mechanical shutter & then lowering the mirror back down.

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Re: Noise when taking pictures

"The lens should be quiet."

 

Quiet but not silent.  All DSLR's make noise when they operate.  The exception is mirrorless cameras which the 6D Mk II is not.

You really need to be more specific about "noise".

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ebiggs1 wrote:

"The lens should be quiet."

 

Quiet but not silent.  All DSLR's make noise when they operate.  The exception is mirrorless cameras which the 6D Mk II is not.

You really need to be more specific about "noise".


Yes, lenses can make soft whirring and purring noises.  BUT..A lens should be idle, and dead quiet, when you press the shutter.

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DSLR cameras actually have a mechanical reflex mirror & shutter mechanism.  The noise you are hearing is mostly the sound of the mirror-slap when the shutter activates.

 

Many digital cameras (that are not DSLRs) make a little noise meant to emulate the sound of a shutter (they play a little audio clip that sounds like a camera click) but they don't actually have a real mechanical shutter.  DSLRs DO have a real mechanical shutter... the sound you hear isn't an audio clip... it's the real deal.

 

Here's a YouTube video that shows you what's happening inside your camera (filmed at high speed and played back in slow motion so you can actually see what it's doing).

 

 

I believe your 6D II also supports the "silent" shutter mode.  It isn't really silent... what it actually does is runs the reflex mirror slower to reduce the sound of the mirror-slap ... so you still get noise, but it's not as hard & loud as when you run the mirror at normal speed.  The photographer and people who are very close to the camera still hear the sound, but those farther away may not hear it (or at least it's quiet enough that it doesn't bother anyone).

 

Wedding photographers like the feature because when they're trying to be discreet while shooting during a wedding ceremony, the traditional "click click click" of the shutter was distracting to those at the ceremony... but the very soft click that the near-silent mode uses isn't distracting.

 

When you change the shooting modes on your camera, you'll notice a couple of them have a small "S" next to the icon... those are the (near) "silent" shutter modes.

 

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"BUT..A lens should be idle, and dead quiet, when you press the shutter."

 

If a lens has IS it makes a sound when you press the shutter button.  It is not 'silent'.  And the OP said, "...canon 20-70 ii lense and it’s noisy when I take pictures"  He must be pressing the shutter button.  Don't you think?

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"...but the very soft click that the near-silent mode uses isn't distracting."

 

Ever shot a wedding, Tim?  Don't believe that for an instant.

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ebiggs1 wrote:

"...but the very soft click that the near-silent mode uses isn't distracting."

 

Ever shot a wedding, Tim?  Don't believe that for an instant.


 

Ernie, I've done about 500 weddings... what was the point of your asking such a question?

 

The studio used Hasselblad 500 c/m cameras (it wasn't my personal camera).  This camera is probably louder than most... not only did it have a huge reflex mirror, it also had a couple of "barn doors" that protected the film plane.  T'he actual "shutter" was a leaf shutter inside the lens (which also meant it didn't have max shuttter speed sync issues like most focal plane shutter cameras).  But it was distractingly loud (and we took a few precautions to try to reduce the distraction... but there's only so much you can do.  If you use such a camera, everyone in that church hears the sound.)  I had a Rolliecord (a low end Rolleiflex) and these TLR cameras only have a leaf shutter... no mirror slap, no barn doors, etc.  So they have pretty quiet shutters.  I knew a few studio wedding photographers who used Rollei's.  

 

Meanwhile back to DSLR cameras... my 5D II was pretty loud.  However I've also shot with my 5D III & IV in "silent" mode... and the shutter isn't technically "silent"... but it is much softer and that's basically the whole point of the mode.

 

Ernie, I'm not sure what recent Canon gear you own or if you've had a chance to use one of the newer models with the "silent" mode (or used one at a wedding) but they are pretty soft.  My 5D IV is softer than my 5D III.

 

 

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