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Nikon D700 with Sound Blimp
Michael Moriatis, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 2:04 PM on 10.16.08
->> Is there anyone in SportsShooter land that has used a D700 with a Sound Blimp? I would like to get your feedback. Main question, Does the blimp quiet the shutter sufficient enough?
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Myung Chun, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 3:16 PM on 10.16.08
->> Depends on the type of blimp -- soft or hard?

The soft quiets minimally, good enough for a courtroom or louder parts of a philharmonic. Sometimes I'll shove a t-shirt in there just to add a little more muffling.

The hard blimp is silent. Cons are it's expensive and awkward to use but can't beat it for quiet operation.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:18 PM on 10.16.08
->> Jacobson Blimp is the way to go.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:19 PM on 10.16.08
->> http://www.soundblimp.com
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Michael Moriatis, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 4:54 PM on 10.16.08
->> I plan on getting the Jacobsen Blimp but I was wondering about the D700. I played with the D700 and the shutter sounded loud without a blimp compared to my other Nikons. I have used some Canons in a Jacobsen and the sound seems to be dampened very well with the Canons.
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Myung Chun, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 5:03 PM on 10.16.08
->> Michael, another thing to remember is the lens tube. They have them up to about a 70-200. If you're planning on using something longer, 300/2.8, 400/2.8 etc., there won't be a lens tube long enough and shutter noise will come out of the lens port.

In that case, wrap a dark-colored t-shirt (less conspicuous) and rubber band / bungee cord / gaffer tape it to cover the opening in the lens port. I've done it this way many times with a Canon long glass and hard blimp and it's very quiet.
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David M. Russell, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 9:55 PM on 10.16.08
->> I think my D3 is louder than my D700, and I use it in the blimp (Jacobsen) a few times a week and it has never been a problem.

I have an old blimp for an N90 that I plan on adapting to work with a grip-less D700. Looking forward to working with a less bulky blimp.

BTW: I think Canons are much quieter than Nikons, so I'm sure they're absolutely silent in a blimp.
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David M. Russell, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 9:58 PM on 10.16.08
->> Re: Myung's suggestion...

You'll find that if you end up having to use a lens for which you don't have a complete tube, you can either use the collar from another tube and stuff it with bubble wrap or even just forget the tube altogether and stuff the opening in the front of the blimp with bubble wrap and you might just get by as long as you're selective with your shooting
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Jeff Snyder, Photographer
Metro DC Region | MD | USA | Posted: 11:33 PM on 10.16.08
->> Michael-
Another option is this less expensive Camera Muzzle:

http://www.adorama.com/CZM.html?searchinfo=muzzle&item_no=1

Jeff Snyder
ADORAMA
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:58 PM on 10.16.08
->> The D300 and D700 are much quieter than my D3 bodies.

If your needs are for the most noise suppression, the Jacobson is the best I've used ... and I have tried many blimps over the years.

Yes they are expensive, but the best usually is.
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Myung Chun, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 1:36 AM on 10.17.08
->> Jeff, the camera muzzle is very cool. How much noise dampening is there?
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