Since this post is about shutter sound, I would like to introduce it with the words of Tiziano Terzani:
“My life changed on the 30th of April 1975 [Note: last day of the Vietnam War], because on that day – when Americans flew from the roofs of Saigon – a skilled Vietnamese thief was able to steal a Leica M3 of an American. I met him at the market of Saigon a few days later and bought that camera. Wonderful. Simple. For 100 Dollar! It became the camera of my life. […]
The nice thing of that camera is, that it is very easy to load the film, that’s very important. […] You keep it around your neck, turn, open, insert film, close and – trum-pum! It’s ready to use. Easy. And once you selected shutter speed, aperture, black & white, 400 ASA, you take the picture. You simply cannot do anything wrong!
And then there was an almost erotic aspect, I mean, you put this camera for example at 1/125 and when you take the picture it makes a “cloc-cloc” that is such a joy to hear!”
“Cloc-cloc” or “click-click” or “flap-flap“. Whatever the sound is, I agree with Tiziano that pressing the shutter button and hear it sealing the moment is a joy.
And now, after this introduction, let’s see how the shutter sound of the Fujifilm X series evolved over the years, thanks to a video by nyphotog2006 you can see below.
The comparison is between:
- the brand new Fujifilm X-T4
- the ninja shutter of the Fujifilm X-H1
- and the Fujifilm X-T3, X-T2 and the glorious X-T1
To me, the Fujifilm X-T4 shutter sounds even a tiny bit more quiet than the Fujifilm X-H1 shutter, which is rather impressive!
Then he throws a Fujifilm X100V into the comparison, but that’s like cheating, as it makes almost no sound thanks to its leaf shutter .
- X-T4: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / FocusCamera
- X-T3 (save $200 + Free Vertical Grip): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera
- X100V: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera
Cultural Sidenote: I love the books of Tiziano Terzani, and highly recommend you to read them. They also made a movie out of one of his books, it’s called “The End is my Beginning“. If you have some spare time, it’s worth to watch it. The actor playing Tiziano is Bruno Ganz, an absolute gigantic actor, who played iconic roles in film history, like the Hitler in Downfall and Wings of Desire of Wim Wenders.