Low Light + NO Flash + NO Noise.... Suggestions?

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  1. apertureman

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    I plan on shooting a chamber orchestra and opera concert at a cathedral. It will be low light and no flash or noises are allowed.

    I can get the low light and no flash part covered by using a high ISO film, like 3200 (I don't mind the grain) and providing is set my lens on the widest possible f4.0 I will need no flash and can still get good shutter speed.

    My problem is the "no noise" part. It's a manual SLR and the shutter mechanism is pretty loud. Do I have any options other than using a Rangefinder or opting out for my terrible POS?

    All suggestions welcome.

    Thanks.
     
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    have you tried wrapping it in a thick fabric, like wool?

    I would just experiment at home in a quiet room by wrapping it with different materials and seeing how loud it is.

    If there is a commercially available option, I'm sure this method would be cheaper.
     
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    Rangefinder.
     
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    I would think the bigger problem would be advancing the film as opposed to the shutter.
     
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    On the contrary, actually. Because I will be using my manual, the film is advanced manually with a lever. It is a lot more quiet than the shutter.
     
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    I would use a rangefinder if I had a few thousand to spare... but the prices are ridiculous.
     
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    I will try that, never crossed my mind. Thanks.
     
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    id use a faster lens honestly.
     
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    I will be getting a 28-70mm zoom with f2.8 on the low end, so that should give me a 1-stop faster shutter speed.

    Is there a way to fasten the mirror to the top with a piece of tape so it wouldn't go up and down during shutter release? Because technically, it's not the shutter that makes noise, it's the mirror. I know it sounds ridiculous but I just thought I might ask. :O
     
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    Does your camera have a "mirror up" mode? Some slrs allow you to swing the mirror up manually before taking a photo... it's much quieter. Although framing your shot will be a challenge.
     
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    usually mirror lock up brings the mirror up with the first click, then the second click opens the shutter then drops the mirror back down, so that will still make noise.
     
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    I think you are confusing the term rangefinder with new in the box Leica. With the right body, a used body and lens can be had for under $700.

    Or they could get a trusty QL17. Runs around $50 and has a super quiet leaf shutter.
     

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