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Build your Own Sound Blimp for your DSLR for around $80

By Anthony Thurston on June 10th 2013

DSLRs can sometimes be quite loud, especially in a silent room where music is being recorded or maybe a play or other event is being performed. In many situations this often means sacrificing on shots so you don’t disturb what is going on. But what if you could build a soundproof box or “Sound Blimp” that would suppress all noise from your DSLR, allowing you to shoot in complete silence?

Sounds pretty good huh, want to know what makes it sound even better? You can do it for only $80! Atleast that is what Photographer Dan Tabar says in his DIY Photography Tutorial on building the unit. In the post Dan Says:

“Having worked on a few sound stages, sets, and studios now, I felt the need for something to effectively suppress the rather loud shutter actuation and mirror slap of my D800. The “quiet mode” on that camera is a bit of a joke, and definitely does not cut it when sound is rolling on set. This limits when I can get behind-the-scenes/production shots without the audio crew wanting to murder me.”

You can read the full tutorial over (Its broken into three parts) on Dan’s Website. If your curious about what you would be getting take  look at the images below.

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It looks useful, my only concern is how awkward it much be to use that and focus it and shoot it via remote. I guess like all things though you could probably get pretty good at it with practice.

What are your thoughts on this DIY build? Is this something you may try to build?Let us know in a comment below. 

[via DIY Photography]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Brian Stalter

    This would be great so long as you have remote control over the camera – but if you have a manual focus lens you are basically SOL.

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