Pentax ist DL - loud shutter compared to other DSLR cameras?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by prem, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. prem

    prem Guest

    I purchased Pentax ist DL digital SLR since I had several lenses from
    my old Pentax SF10. I am happy with the pictures that the DL takes. I
    sometimes take pictures of my daughters playing their instruments on
    stage and in other situations. Generally photography is permitted but
    usually NO flash. The camera usually does OK in this situation and I
    am satisfied with the pictures. However, the shutter on this camera
    seems to be particularly loud. I feel obliged to take my pictures
    during robust portions of the music. If I take a picture during a
    quiet passage in the music, I get nudges from my wife and perhaps looks
    from other patrons. This limits the usefullness of the camera to me.
    In normal light and outside, I am very happy with the camera.

    Since I do not have any direct comparison to other digital SLRs , I ask
    the following questions.

    1) Does the ist DL have a louder than "normal" shutter (especially when
    compared to other sub-$1000 DSLRs)? If yes, are any DSLR cameras known
    for quiet shutters so I can take advantage of the opportunities
    presented to me when my daughters are playing?

    2) I also like the high iso of the Pentax. Can I get a quiet shutter
    and low light shooting (no flash) without breaking the bank (sub

    Need suggestions for the quietest (sound of shutter or other physical
    noise) DSLR with descent low light performance in the sub-1000 category
    (hopefully including a decent zoom lens). If necessary, I will
    consider non-DSLR if it can fulfill the need with a descent built in
    zoom). The ist-dl is just too noisy to use at musical performances.
    Thanks for any suggestions.
    prem, Nov 12, 2006
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  2. 1) Does the ist DL have a louder than "normal" shutter (especially
    It's *slightly* louder than others, yes. But any DSLR is going to be
    *much* louder than a non-DSLR. Most of what you are hearing is the
    sound of the mirror flipping up and back, not the sound of the shutter
    itself. Realistically, any DSLR is going to make enough noise that you
    will want to be careful about when you snap if you're in the middle of
    the audience (as opposed to, say, in a specially designated "press"
    Zooms won't be your problem. Low light performance will be. The built
    in zooms on many P&S cameras are nice, and have relatively large maximum
    apertures with image stabilization, but in order to get the sort of
    shutter speeds you need to avoid blur, you'll still often want a higher
    ISO than these cameras can deliver with acceptable results.

    Marc Sabatella

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    Marc Sabatella, Nov 12, 2006
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