This time, we just had to share about the 5D Mark III’s silent shooting mode. It’s seriously a game-changer for wedding photography (for us, anyway). You guys are going to LOVE it during your wedding day.
Also, we had one person ask on Vimeo a question about the actual noise difference as it still sounds a bit loud in the video. The noise in the video could easily have to do with how close I hold it to the microphone (that was about 3″ above my head and 2″ in front of me). So, we did a quick, unscientific, iPhone App, test. Here are the results and what I wrote there:
The Results from 1ft (12″) from the front of the camera with the camera 3″ off the surface:
5D2 Normal Mode: 93
5D2 Video Silent Mode: 84
5D3 Normal Mode: 92
5D3 Silent Mode: 80
Results from 2′ (24″) away from the camera with the camera 3″ above the surface:
5D2 Normal Mode: 90
5D2 Video Silent Mode: 77
5D3 Normal Mode: 87
5D3 Silent Mode: 76
Result from 4′ away (48″) with the camera 3″ off the ground:
5D2 Normal Mode: 84
5D2 Video Silent Mode: 71
5D3 Normal Mode: 81
5D3 Silent Mode: 72
Results from Across the Room (roughly 10′):
5D2 Normal Mode: 56
5D2 Video Silent Mode: 48
5D3 Normal Mode: 56
5D3 Silent Mode: doesn’t register above room noise which is 43
Walking in cross country shoes is 45 at this distance
In person, however, the 5d3 silent mode sounds, to the ear, significantly quieter than the non-silent mode.
At a ceremony, I can easily hear the click of the shutter across the room (if it is a room). However, with this, and we’ve yet to use it in this situation, so, take it with a grain of salt, I expect it to be barely audible. With 50+ guests in the room, I expect only those within 10′ to be able to hear it at all.
P.S. This video was recorded with our other new 5D Mark III in Av mode using Evaluative metering.
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Anna and Spencer are married full-time wedding photographers together based in Atlanta and have been shooting for over five years. While based in Atlanta, Anna and Spencer travel quite a bit for weddings - some of the locations include France, Italy, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands, and all along the East Coast of the United States (NYC, Charleston, Hilton Head, Sea Island). They enjoy a challenge, new locations, and love what they do (and love that they can create outstanding imagery of weddings together).Anna and Spencer are regular speakers locally and nationally on a wide variety of photography topics ranging from lighting to getting published.
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