Scatterbrained wrote in post #18301009
I'm aware of that, but when I'm shooting something fast moving I don't stop to chimp, I rely on the shutter sound coupled with the brief mirror blackout to tell me what the image I just captured looks like, if that makes sense. That last image before the mirror flips up freezes in my brain just long enough to recognize it. With a mirrorless camera set to silent mode you lose those mental references. It can be a bit disorienting. You don't realize how much your brain relies on the cues the camera provides until you take them away.
I do understand what you are saying. When I use my 1D4 in silent mode, I lose the connection with the subject, and the resultant timing that I rely on to get the best possible image.
Some years ago I went to great means to try to muffle the sound that the shutter of my 1D Mark 2 made.
I was shooting Ruffed Grouse from a blind at close distance, and the very first time I would take a shot, the Grouse would flee and not come back again that day. So I would get up at 2:30 in the morning, sit in the frigid cold for hours, waiting for it to get light, and then get absolutely nothing out of the whole endeavor, all because of that stinking shutter noise. Damn the noisy shutters! Damn them!
I tried everything I could to muffle the camera noise - getting a neoprene protective cover around the camera, wrapping a heavy fleece hood around the camera, using a heavy blanket to line the blind with, etc. Nothing worked at all, because the one place that you can't insulate against escaping sound is the lens itself - the horrid shutter noise will carry through the lens barrel and the glass and escape out the front of the set-up, no matter what else you do to try to stop it. So you basically have no option other than to aim that sound directly at the spooky subject.
The whole thing is a messy business indeed, with no perfect solution.