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Old November 24th, 2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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Do you hear yours too?

So I finally decided to spend some time alone with my camera : ). I was in a near silent room and I was practicing zoom and focusing techniques. I noticed that when I zoom using the rocker, I can actually hear the servos moving. Kind of a rubbing sound i think? Should I be able to hear these?

I have used servos in the past in building projects so I know they do make noise...I just thought the A1 used some type of mystery solution that allowed silent operation ; ). Seriously though, does this mean anything? Or am I just dreaming of a camera that can operate with absolute zero sound? I have less than 100hrs on the cam.

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Old November 24th, 2008, 07:18 PM   #2
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Nope, I can hear mine too. Funny, just realized it as well since I almost never record in such quiet conditions.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 09:05 PM   #3
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Every zoom lens I've ever used has made noise, but I never zoom when recording dialog so it's not a problem.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 10:22 PM   #4
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good just making sure everything is normal.

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Nope, I can hear mine too. Funny, just realized it as well since I almost never record in such quiet conditions.
If you really want to hear the servos go crazy turn on the high speed zoom ; )

glad I'm not the only one.

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Old November 24th, 2008, 11:02 PM   #5
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I have heard it too. It can get awfully dammed quiet in a snow field. Depending upon your mic, it will pick it up. The on board mic definitely will.

That said, I've never had is spoil the audio. Not too many rocket zooms when shooting nature. And when you're shooting people, it's not likely to happen then either.

Forewarned is forearmed. Now you know and although you'll consider the issue from time to time, it'll be in your memory bank when you're out in the field.
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Old November 26th, 2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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Purchase a Mic. isolater with a shock mount. RODE sells them as well as other audio suppliers. I think it is a SM-5.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 01:48 PM   #7
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If you REALLY want to hear loud zoom noises, set the speed to high, and zoom while the camera is pointed straight up or down... i guess it does not like working against gravity!!!
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Old December 4th, 2008, 02:23 PM   #8
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idk how to word this

but does anyone of you, when you zoom with the ring, feel and hear friction noise?

i dont get it at all with the focus and iris ring

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