Objects of Desire: AquaTech Sound Blimp

June 7, 2011

By Dan Havlik

Ever wish your digital SLR were a little less noisy so you could make your photo-taking more discreet? If so, you might want to consider getting a Sound Blimp from AquaTech.

No, this blimp won’t float your DSLR over a scene dirigible-like for some unique aerial shots, but it should make you a stealthier shooter. Custom-cut from sound-dampening foam, the Sound Blimp fits snuggly over your camera like a padded case to muffle the sounds of the shutter and others noises emanating from your DSLR.

According to AquaTech, anechoic chamber tests showed a 98 percent reduction in camera noise with its Sound Blimp fitted around a DSLR.

AquaTech’s blimp is made from polyurethane so it’s relatively lightweight but tough. Controls on the blimp are constructed from stainless steel, hard-anodized aluminum and durable plastic. There are six different models to fit a range of Canon and Nikon DSLRs. All have tripod mounts with both 3/8 and 1/4-20 threads, a quick release clip with a safety latch, and a two-stage shutter release. You can also incorporate some compatible lenses with the blimp thanks to AquaTech’s interchangeable front lens port system.

Potential uses for this Ninja-like system include when shooting at quiet locations such as movie sets, sound stages and theaters or in courtrooms. But we could also see it come in handy when photographing shy subjects such as wildlife, children or camera-phobic celebrities.

Cost: $995 
(lens tubes range in price, $195-$395)
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