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Old Jun 28, 2009, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Silent, Articulated LCD, 10+MP, Live View Camera, please?

Hi,
Ok, please put your thinking caps on. Here's what I'm looking for:
--Silent (shutter/everything)
--Articulated LCD
--10 MP, ideally 12
--Live View
--Good lens and image quality
I'm a fine art photographer looking to photograph people as unabtrustively as possilble, and will produce 30x40" prints.

Here's what I've found so far:
I was thinking about the Lumix G1 but found it too noisy; the Olymus EP-1 seems like it has a shutter sound as well, and lacks an articlulated LCD.
I've toyed with using a ZigView, a third-party product that adds a flexible LCD panel to some camera's eye piece, but most DSLR's still have a flipping mirror and shutter sound.

The Canon 5D has a "silent mode" but it still produces a "click", unless I am doing something wrong.

A camera Blimp is too obtrusive but a "Camera Muzzle" might work wrapped around the lens and camera body.

I heard about an 45 degree mirror accessory that attaches to an LCD that acts as a waist finder viewer but am not sure if this works.

Any other thoughts? Older digicamera? Sony R1? Other camera's or accessories I've not thought of?
Thanks!
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 2:46 AM   #2
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If you want quiet and unobtrusive.

New Olympus Pen.

Leica M8/M8.2

Or if you are doing low volume work (which it sounds like you are) then why not use a film camera and scanner? A Leica M7/MP is worth a shot, but really for such enlargements something like a Mamiya 7II (totally silent in operation) would be your best bet. Rolleiflex TLR is also worth considering if you really don't want to have to bring your eye to the viewfinder.

But I am slightly skeptical that you really need it. What kind of environment are you going to be operating in that you need such a silent camera? In any kind of street or public setting a camera like the G1 or 5D2 (in silent mode) is very quiet, people won't generally notice you unless they notice YOU.

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Old Jul 3, 2009, 7:23 AM   #3
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The E-620 or E-30 from Olympus.
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Old Jul 3, 2009, 10:23 AM   #4
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Or if you are doing low volume work (which it sounds like you are) then why not use a film camera and scanner? ...
How about a Konica Hexar AF with a silent mode. I see three different listings for them on Ebay right now:

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories

Here's a youtube demonstration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnA4417sVn4

Here's a wiki page discussing their silent mode:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konica_Hexar#Silent_Mode

Sorry, no live view or LCD. :-)
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P.S.

I've got a little Konica Revio KD-510z 5MP digital camera, and it has a menu option that lets you turn the shutter sound off or on. If you turn it on, it plays a recorded sound of a Konica Hexar when in non-Silent mode whenever you take a photo. It's sounds very realistic and I usually leave it turned on. I found that it's too quiet if you leave the shutter sound turned off, since I like to listen for a shutter closing before releasing the shutter button (to make sure the camera is steady while it's exposing an image to reduce blur from camera shake).
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