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Disclaimer: This answer does not offer any help with decreasing shutter volume - it is an anecdote and therefore just a viewpoint that is related to your status quo. I think that there is not much you can do about it - if you are aware that your camera is non-silent and you try your best to avoid it being disturbing, you already did everything you could. ...


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Quiet mode slows down the motion of the mirror when it goes up and delays it going back down until the shutter-release is released. Normally the mirror going up and down is the loudest noise the camera makes. So slowing it down causes a longer shutter-lag but makes less noise. Also, the mirror normally comes back down immediately after a shot is taken so ...


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The only sound that would come from the sensor itself would be a self-cleaning function, which only happens when you run the self cleaning, or turn the camera on/off. The sensor vibrates to shake off dust. This would not be happening when you are shooting. When you half press, the sounds you might hear would be from the lens AF motor or image ...


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You're hearing the IS start to activate.


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Very briefly, in a typical SLR camera with lens, the noisemaking parts are: AF motor diaphragm (aperture) control, movable mirror (quiet mode may delay and/or slow the return of the mirror) mechanical shutter--both release and cock (quiet mode sometimes separates these and may slow the latter) optical stabilization (gyroscopes and ...


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With some image stabiliser lenses this is normal. Just like when you hold the trigger half pressed, the IS keeps running. If the IS motors are audible, the noise will come from the lens continuously.


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There's really little you can do that's practical within your constraints. Your options: Get a noise-reducing blimp or enclosure for your camera. This is what pro shooters use when they shoot at video productions. Expensive, but will work with what you have (you might need to be careful what model you buy given what lenses you want to use inside it). Use ...


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I checked on my 550D (good thing I'm alone in the room, I must have looked like an idiot with the camera on my ear) and a sound like what you described comes from the lens image stabilization. If I turn IS off, use a lens without IS or with no lens attached the camera is completely quiet (except for the AF motor, obviously)


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Yes, this is normal, even if a bit annoying. It's the aperture stopping down to meter. In the original firmware, the X-Pro 1 did this all the time, not just with the shutter half-pressed. If you're curious, more on the firmware update that addressed this here; the X-E1 is newer and so shipped with that already in place.


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Just use the Quiet Drive mode on your D3100. It is marked by a Q. What you hear is the Mirror-Slap and cannot be removed completely unless you change to a mirrorless camera which are extremely quiet. The Nikon 1 J1 for example is ultra-quiet because it does not have a mechanical shutter either, which is the other noise the D3100 does. To use the Quiet mode,...


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Make sure you don't have live view on. Live view is a camera mode where you are able to view the camera's current POV much like the eyepiece, except that you are able to simulate your exposure settings / software optical filters (such as sepia and contrast/white balance enhancement) on screen (assuming your camera has a screen). If live view is on, you ...


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The sound is not artificially added. (Why would they do that?) The act of zooming is powered by a motor, and the motor, by its nature, makes noise. You can't have the functionality of the motor without the sound. Therefore, you can't "disable" it. Crude analogy: I'd like a quieter lawn mower. Can I turn off the sound of my lawn mower?


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There's two* sounds on the D3100 - the mirror slap sound and the beep. The mirror slap occurs when the mirror flips up and down to reveal the sensor rather than redirect the light to the viewfinder. This happens in various degrees in all SLRs. The beep is an electronic beep that confirms focus. You can disable this in the menus. The D3100 does not have ...


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Yes, that's what it is. Different lenses use slightly different methods for implementing image stabilization, and it's more audible in some than others. Among other things, longer lenses need more motion to compensate. If you listen very closely, I bet you can hear it on the 18-55mm as well.


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Yep - this is the image stabiliser kicking in. Note if you flick the switch on the lens to turn IS off, the noise you describe will cease. (But obviously, you will then lose the benefit of it). In short - it is perfectly normal, nothing to worry about, and helps you achieve sharper shots by minimising the effects of camera shake.


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It always make two sound (four, to be precise). The first (pair) one is a mirror hitting upper limit (and shutter opening) to free the path to the sensor and the second (pair) one is the mirror hitting the lower limit to reflect the light in the prism (and shutter closing). If the shutter speed is fast enough you cannot notice these two (four) sounds as ...


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It sounds like you might have the two-second timer enabled. When you press the shutter button the mirror moves up. Then two seconds later the camera takes the picture. This is a useful feature when shooting from a tripod and using shutter times from around 1 second to 1/100 second when the vibrations from the mirror movement can actually affect the photo. ...


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The vast majority of the sound comes from the mirror movement. The shutter is generally the second loudest by a significant margin. Aperture adjustment, image stabilization and focusing are going to depend on the lens, but they are virtually silent on a good modern lens. You can hear them if you are operating the camera in a quiet environment but ...


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The noise you are hearing is the lens being slightly refocused by the active AF while using Live View. The EF 50mmf/1.8 II is one of the noisiest lenses in the Canon lineup when focusing. You are hearing it every time it moves just a tad. If the noise really bothers you there are a few options to avoid it. Turn off active AF while in Live View (if possible ...


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This is to be expected. The mode you are using when the rear screen shows the shot is called "live view", and in this mode, the camera uses contrast-detect autofocus, which is very accurate but inherently slow. If you use manual focus or prefocus, the lag should be somewhat reduced. In "normal" SLR mode, the mirror directs part of the light to your ...


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Man, this is definitely a serious overkill. First of all, you need a good quality laser AND good quality mirrors. I mean laser-quality mirrors, to have predictable results. Second of all, you cannot simply "stitch" resulting images, as only standing waves will show a time invariant pattern, all others will be time varying (varying with phase from source, ...


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I've had a few Canon DSLRs, one being the Canon Rebel XT. It does have a distinctive sound, one that I could pick out of a blind lineup against other Canon DSLRs. The biggest reason that it is louder is that it was a very early model in the entry level digital SLR camera arena. The Canon Digital Rebel was the only other predecessor in the line. Therefore ...


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It is normal to hear some clicking sound by shaking a lens, because of AF mechanism. Zoom lenses and VR make more noise because they are made of moving parts.


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This is a limitation of the electronic shutter used in your camera. Actually, it is a limitation of nearly all electronic shutters, some brands cap it at just 1/60s, some more, such as Panasonic with a 1s cap. It probably depends on the generation and these things are relatively new and bound to improve in future digital cameras. A mechanical shutter is a ...


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All three of those cameras use the EF-S lens mount, so they should work with pretty much any EF-S lens. If the lens in question has an STM auto-focus motor that is (or is not) noisy, mounting it on a different camera is not likely to change that, since the motor is entirely in-lens - the only role the camera body has is communicating with it via the ...


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The two second delay (if it is actually that long) is the amount of time it takes for the gyros in the VR to spin up to operating speed when it is activated. The time it takes could be potentially longer when your camera's batteries are low than when they are fully charged. When you release the shutter button the VR remains active for a short time and then ...


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It can vary depending on the camera and model. Mirrored DSLRs have their sensor covered in all times except exposure time. But mirrorless devices (also includes compacts) have their sensor open all the time except picture review mode. So there can be numerous reasons of hearing that sound. It can be the zoom motor. It can be the autofocusing mechanism. ...


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It is the VR in the lens. Even if you have it turned off, when power is first supplied to the lens it will center the stabilizing element. If the camera is allowed to go into stand-by mode and then awakened by pressing the shutter button the same thing can occur if the stabilizing element in the lens has moved.


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