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Old Feb 12, 2006, 1:33 AM   #1
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I bought the Pentax DS a few days algo, a big upgrade from my fuji S5200. One thing that I notice was how loud it was when taking picture. I never really used a dSLR before and thought that this was strange.

I know with PnS digital camera you can turn the noise on or off, but on the DS it sounds more like a machincal noise.

Also the lense is somewhat loud too when it is trying to focus. The lense that I have is the stock lense that came with the kit. If I was to buy a new lense would it still make that noise when trying to focus?
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Old Feb 12, 2006, 2:45 AM   #2
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Its an slr..


But yes, it is quite loud compared to the Canons and Nikons, but its certainly normal.
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Old Feb 12, 2006, 1:26 PM   #3
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As far as lens noise, if you buy a manual lens it won't make any noise when you focus it:G. I think all autofocus lenses make noises, but I'm not sure about that - the kit lens is the only one I've ever used. If my old Pentax 70-210 F lens is repairable (still haven't gotten the estimate yet) I'll have another one, but I had been using it on a manual body before, so I don't know what it will sound like.
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Old Feb 12, 2006, 2:18 PM   #4
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In DSLR's there is a mirror that moves out of the way to take a photo, and that makes noise, some makes more than others.

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Old Feb 12, 2006, 3:40 PM   #5
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It may be loud...but not much louder than my Canon G3. That shutter noise just gives me the solid feel that I have just taken a great Pentax photo.
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Old Feb 12, 2006, 4:36 PM   #6
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All SLR cameras make some noise when the mirror moves out of the way in normal operation.

Compared to my Pentax film SLRs my DS is much quieter.

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Old Feb 12, 2006, 6:22 PM   #7
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Ah, but compared to my uncles Canon dSLR it sounds like an oncoming train :-)
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Old Feb 12, 2006, 8:17 PM   #8
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I think your camera is normal. The loud sound actually comes from 3 sources inside the camera, and as you said they are all mechanical ones:-
1. Mirror up and down;
2. Shutter opening and closing;
3. The movement of the mechanical aperture coupler and interaction between the couplers of the lens and the body.

THe DS actually has a virgorous mirror action of which the mirror sound is large. The real bad effect is that this also cause more camera shakes. When compared with the *ist D, the *ist D's mirror action is much gentle and smooth.

IMO, the shutter sound of the DS is not very noisy.

Finally, it is interesting to note that the aperture coupler sound characteristics will vary with different lens mounted.

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Old Feb 12, 2006, 11:04 PM   #9
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You will also hear the apeture lever using the DOF control (the rotary switch on the shutter release) as it stops the lens down, and on manual when you take a metering with a non-A lens


But yep, all real sounds, and they are not sound effects like on the point and shoot digicams or mobile phones.
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