In a companion post to my podcast episode of the same name, we compare shutter sounds of modern digital cameras and vintage film cameras, with photos of the old cameras
Have you ever given any thought to the sound of the shutter?
I don’t mean the loudness of the shutter, like during weddings or events . . . I mean the actual quality of the shutter sound. Is it important to you how the shutter sounds? I’ve realized since I started shooting with Sony cameras that I don’t enjoy the sound of Sony shutters. This is admittedly a minor quibble — Sony makes amazing cameras and the image quality and reliability are obviously the primary concerns — but you hear the sound of the shutter hundreds or thousands of times per session. I’ve recognized that for me, the sound of the shutter is an important part of the aesthetic experience of photography.
In this episode we compare the sounds of modern digital camera shutters to old vintage film cameras from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Podcast Episode 13: The Aesthetic Appeal of Camera Shutter Sounds
Photographs of the vintage cameras mentioned in the podcast
Below are photographs of the vintage cameras mentioned in the podcast, in order they are discussed.
Sony A7 R II not pictured.
Canon 5D Mk III not pictured.
Canon 7D not pictured.
iPhone not pictured.
Thanks for reading.
Note: There are no paid endorsements in this post or in the podcast episode.