With so many cameras offering completely silent electronic shutter these days – which is understandable for things like weddings and events where the noise of shutters can be quite distracting – it’s easy to forget just how satisfying the sounds of some camera shutters can be. It’s also quite interesting how these sounds can take some of us back to our past when we hear certain sounds from cameras we’ve shot and have pleasant memories of.
In this video, photographer Sails Chong has recorded the sounds from 18 different camera shutters, and various other noises and compiled them into a very relaxing 5-minute video. The video covers everything from 35mm SLRs through Fuji, Hasselblad and Phase One medium format up to 8×10 large format.
The range of cameras is quite varied, including 35 SLRs such as the legendary Olympus OM-1 and Pentax SP as well as medium format cameras like the Fuji GX680 III (which sounds glorious and is still on my wishlist), the Hasselblad 503cw and Pentax 67. We also see some large format camera, such as a Rolleiflex with a LensControl S and the massive 8×10 format Sinar DB mount camera.
Even if you’ve never used or plan to use any of these cameras, it’s a wonderful video to watch and listen to. The sheer variety of sounds from different shutters always amazes me.
Which is your favourite? Which do you hate?