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Why can't the press get 21st century cameras?

Posted on 06/23/2010 7:21:55 AM PDT by ronjon

Why is it that when the press is allowed into the white house to cover comments being said by the anointed one, you can barely hear the talking due to the extreme clicking and clacking of the (apparently) antique cameras making so much clatter?

My gosh - Are these news agencies so broke that they can't upgrade to nice, quiet 21st century DIGITAL cameras instead of 20th century (probably dating back to the '30s or '40s) cameras?


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cameras; noisy; shutters

1 posted on 06/23/2010 7:21:57 AM PDT by ronjon
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To: ronjon

Even digital SLRs have shutters.


2 posted on 06/23/2010 7:23:55 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: ronjon

It’s by design


3 posted on 06/23/2010 7:24:15 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: ronjon

For the same reason that 911 does not have Caller ID?

I had to call 911 yesterday because of a car PARKED on a US freeway.

The dispatcher asked me for my telephone number. I said, “You don’t have Caller ID?”

He said “no” and did not want to talk about it.


4 posted on 06/23/2010 7:24:59 AM PDT by earlJam
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To: ronjon

You could buy a car with what most of those cameras and lenses cost.

Point and shoot digital cameras take crappy pictures compared to SLRs and they are probably as quiet as they get.


5 posted on 06/23/2010 7:26:36 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: ronjon

Digital cameras click. And most of the wire services are dumping many digital images on the web immediately following an event.


6 posted on 06/23/2010 7:27:12 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: ronjon

My digital SLR still “clicks” even with all the warnings and indicators turned off. Some photographers still prefer old fashioned film.


7 posted on 06/23/2010 7:27:57 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: earlJam

I know for a fact that 911 definitely has caller id in some jurisdictions. A 911 hang up will result in a visit by the local constabulary.


8 posted on 06/23/2010 7:28:12 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Dallas59

A digital SLR has a mechanical shutter mechanism, that switches the incoming light from the viewfinder to the CCD. It allows a much higher number of frames per second(FPS) and much shorter latency between depressing the button and the shot being taken.


9 posted on 06/23/2010 7:31:29 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: ronjon

So where can one readily buy flash bulbs and flash cubes? They worked great connected to trip wires.


10 posted on 06/23/2010 7:32:31 AM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, you know chances will be taken that's for sure.)
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To: ronjon

When I take pictures I use my excellent Kodak P888 digital.When I take photographs I use my 30 year old Canon A-1 with Kodachrome 64.


11 posted on 06/23/2010 7:32:47 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: ronjon

It’s the mirrors in SLR’s that make all the noise flipping up and down, not the shutters. Especially when shooting in ‘burst mode’ (multiple frames per second) which is what press photographers do.


12 posted on 06/23/2010 7:33:57 AM PDT by libh8er
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To: ronjon

My digital camera does have a soft shutter click, but not the load whirr of the film advance. I sometimes think the noise is a soundtrack dubbed in just so us ignorant peasants would know people were taking a lot of pictures.


13 posted on 06/23/2010 7:34:10 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: ronjon

I don’t know about yours but the state of the art digital SLRs that I use have shutters that click and motors that re-cock the shutter. They are somewhat quieter than film cameras due to the winder/motor drive not having to advance an inch and a half of film through the gates.
Digital point and shoot cameras are indeed quiet but have limited optics and sub par picture quality compared to DSLRs.


14 posted on 06/23/2010 7:34:13 AM PDT by Afisra
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Most have ID, and also the Latitude and Longitude of the caller.

The location is also shown on a map for the dispatcher.

15 posted on 06/23/2010 7:34:48 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: ronjon

Duguerreotypes [spelling highly suspect] were silent, right? Maybe they could do those again.


16 posted on 06/23/2010 7:35:38 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick
& oh man, did they have a flash!

I'm still waitin' for my eyebrows to grow back!

17 posted on 06/23/2010 7:37:21 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: Yardstick

Consider it a blessing!


18 posted on 06/23/2010 7:37:51 AM PDT by marlon
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To: ronjon

The press tends to use smaller microphones (the active element is relatively small) so they are more sensitive to a high frequency transient than a larger mike, or your ears.

The modern high end digtals still have a shutter and mirror, you can find camera reviews that have .wav recordings of the camera sounds. The mikes tend to “like” clicks and pops, so they pick up all those Nikon D90s and Canon 40Ds and DS-1’s working. The cameras tend to be close to the mikes, too- you see a small forest of shotgun mikes with low shrubbery of cameras blasting away in full-auto mode. Clack-clack-clack....


19 posted on 06/23/2010 7:39:41 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: ronjon

If I recall correctly, the “click” on the DSLR’s is the sound of the mirror moving out of the way. This is normal. The cameras certainly are not “antiques”.


20 posted on 06/23/2010 7:43:03 AM PDT by The Toad
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To: All

http://media.the-digital-picture.com/Sounds/Canon-EOS-40D-Burst.mp3

here is a recording of a 40D in burst mode


21 posted on 06/23/2010 7:43:03 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: ronjon
Digital SLRs are still "Single Lens Reflex" cameras, and as such you are looking through the lens via a mirror in the camera body that reflects light to the viewfinder. When you take the picture, the mirror flips up (blocking your view in the viewfinder) then the shutter opens to expose the film or digital sensor. Since only the film has been replaced by an electronic sensor, you still get the mirror and shutter noise from a DSLR.

The only noise missing from the old film days is the sound of the power winder. (But that can usually be simulated through a speaker.)

22 posted on 06/23/2010 7:44:22 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: ronjon
The high end cameras still have shutters. What should they use - pocket digitals?

Marooon!

23 posted on 06/23/2010 7:51:07 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Dan(9698)

Do you mean LAT/LONG for GPS equipped mobile phones? I think landlines give the address.


24 posted on 06/23/2010 7:53:55 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Deaf Smith
So where can one readily buy flash bulbs and flash cubes? They worked great connected to trip wires.

Hey, I never thought of that. Maybe we'll have to go back to old-fashioned flash powder.

25 posted on 06/23/2010 7:56:56 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. More @ www.book-resistancetotyranny.com)
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To: ronjon

Maybe it’s more of a problem with microphone placement, than it is with camera clicks.


26 posted on 06/23/2010 7:58:10 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

>>>I know for a fact that 911 definitely has caller id in some jurisdictions. A 911 hang up will result in a visit by the local constabulary.

True for land-line originated calls. Not always true for cellular originated calls - the really up to date dispatch centers would not only get your cell phone # when you call 911, but your phone’s GPS would tell the dispatcher where you are.


27 posted on 06/23/2010 8:00:13 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa
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To: Army Air Corps
Even digital SLRs have shutters.

Exactly... The best DSLR's in the world make noise. Professional photographers do not use point and shoot digital cameras.

28 posted on 06/23/2010 8:03:29 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

Frankly, I like the sound of the mirror and shutter on my DSLR and it is a little quieter than my old SLR.


29 posted on 06/23/2010 8:11:13 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: JoeFromSidney

We used to rig them to doorways at estimated head height.


30 posted on 06/23/2010 8:37:04 AM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, you know chances will be taken that's for sure.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I maintain the data for our County system.

The Cellphones on Verizon's system have GPS build in.

The ones in Union Wireless do not. The Union system calculates coordinates if two or more towers receive
the signal, so most report the coordinates.

The Land line report the address, and the system has a data file of addresses with coordinates, so there is also a map point for Land line phones.

We only get one or two calls each week that do not show a map point of the location.

31 posted on 06/23/2010 8:44:17 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: Dan(9698)

Thanks for the 411.


32 posted on 06/23/2010 9:08:22 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Army Air Corps
Even digital SLRs have shutters.


33 posted on 06/23/2010 9:24:41 AM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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