The Olympus OM-D's is beautiful; the Canon 6D's is remarkable for an SLR. The Leica film M's is pitched just right, a quiet click that personally spoiled me for other cameras for years—never could get used to that of the Pentax LX (otherwise a fabulous camera) afterwards. The Mamiya 7II's is even quieter, I think. The Pentax 67's was often described as being like "a howitzer going off," or words to that effect, but the loudest one I ever heard—or at least the most disruptive—was the Nikon EL2's, a crisp, vibrant crack no one nearby would ever miss. You could hear it in a crowd.
But this is the very best shutter sound I've ever heard. (No need to go full screen here. Just listen.)
JonA contributed this to the comments yesterday but I just wanted to make sure no one missed it! I wasn't really impressed with it until I did some research and found out it's probably for real. (Seems like an Internet joke in the digital age. And if it's not real, please, nobody tell me. I should call my friend Sue the ornithologist.) I'd never even heard of this fellow before yesterday. His shutter sound has got to be the coolest ever.
His motor drive is fantastic too, albeit maybe not as good as his chainsaw!
(Thanks to JonA)
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GKFroelich: "It's quite real. The Lyre Bird is named after the male's tail feathers, which resemble a lyre. This particular footage has been around since about 1979, when Sir David produced the ground-breaking Life On Earth series.
"Many birds are excellent mimics. Here in the U.S., it's the Northern Mockingbird that excels at mimicry (its scientific name is Mimus polyglottos). I have personally had them mimic the shutter and motor-drive sounds of my Nikon F3 with MD-4. My favorite story, however, involved going with a friend to his super-secret fly-fishing spot in northern New Mexico one September. After a nice drive and a very long hike, we arrived at the special spot. Dave immediately started casting, but after a few minutes, we both began hearing someone else fly casting nearby.Dave was quite upset that some interloper was fishing 'his' patch of the river. After a little searching around each bend, we found the source of the sound, and yes, you guessed it—a Northern Mockingbird had begun duplicating the sound, making it a prominent part of his repertoire!"
roy: "This clip is from The Life of Birds. Like most of Attenborough's work, it's a riveting series.
"The BBC survives, just, despite the efforts of successive reactionary British governments to dismantle it and move all mass media into the hands of robber barons like the loathsome Murdoch and the unspeakable Branson."
Gordon: "Typical Australian male. We'll say anything to get the girl."
Lynn: "We used to have a couple of lyrebirds visit our front porch when I was young. We lived near a bush reserve. I only remember hearing them mimic other birds' calls, very accurately. They may have mimicked human sounds, but because of the accuracy, it would've escaped my attention.
"When my wife and I bought our current house, we were driven mad by the sound of a loud and shrill telephone ring that seemed to come from next door. It rang so frequently we thought they were running an illegal bookie (racetrack betting) operation, but it turned out to be a bird—not sure what type, as there are several other good mimics in Australia apart from the lyrebird."
Ilkka: "Incidentally, Sir David used an OM-1 at the time of making the Life on Earth series."
Mike Haspert: "We once had a bird in our Mountain View neighborhood that made the same four quick beeps a Honda Accord makes when you try to lock it with the keyfob when a door is ajar. Sounded very strange coming from the top of a redwood in the middle of the night."