The Camera Muzzle, a sound muffling enclosure for Canon and Nikon digital SLRs, has been redesigned to improve both its usability and noise squelching capabilities.
Changes in the new Camera Muzzle version include:
Improved sound reduction It's still soft sided, but the use of new muffling material and the elimination of all remaining velcro on openings add up to a quieter Camera Muzzle experience
Larger rear LCD window The clear window on the back of the Camera Muzzle has been made bigger, to accommodate the rear LCD and nearby buttons of newer cameras such as the EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark III and Nikon D3.
Tripod mount access The bottom now incorporates an opening through to the tripod socket on the base of the camera. The opening itself sports a metal grommet for durability. The standard-length 1/4"-20 stud of a typical tripod or other mount may not be long enough to attach securely to the camera's base, which means the mounting stud will need to be lengthened by about 1/4". Some heads allow for the stud depth to be adjusted, including the Manfrotto Magic Arm's camera plate,
Expanded compartment opening To ease camera insertion, the zippered opening on the Camera Muzzle has been made a bit larger.
As before, the Camera Muzzle is available in a single version meant to fit best on the larger digital SLR bodies in Canon's and Nikon's lineup going back several years. A foam block i s inc luded that, when placed inside at the bottom of slightly shorter pro models, helps hold the camera snugly in place. The same foam block can be turned on its taller side to absorb extra space when the Camera Muzzle is used with much smaller midrange models such as Canon's EOS 20D/30D/40D and Nikon's D200/D300.
Also as before, the Camera Muzzle comes with an optional lens baffle built to fit 70-200mm f/2.8-sized lenses from both camera makers. The eyepiece opening of the new version fits well around both Canon and Nikon cameras, but Nikon users will still benefit from using an eyecup.
Most Liked Positive Review
When I get an assignment from a department head to shoot an event and then during the event, I get shushed by the president, I'm in kind of a jam. This product, while pretty awkward to use, does what it's supposed to and quiets the camera quite a bit. It seems to remove the harshness from the shutter sound. You still have it, but it's a little less loud and a lot less harsh. The lens cover is really a pain, though, and it doesn't seem to do much, so I just leave it off. It's probably best to ...View full Review
When I get an assignment from a department head to shoot an event and then during the event, I get shushed by the president, I'm in kind of a jam. This product, while pretty awkward to use, does what it's supposed to and quiets the camera quite a bit. It seems to remove the harshness from the shutter sound. You still have it, but it's a little less loud and a lot less harsh. The lens cover is really a pain, though, and it doesn't seem to do much, so I just leave it off. It's probably best to use it in dark theatre settings because otherwise, people stop you to ask, "What the heck is that thing?" And, oh yeah, your hand gets pretty sweaty, too.
Most Liked Negative Review
Helps somewhat, and not $1200
While it does muffle the sound somewhat - especially the higher frequencies, the camera (a D700 - admittedly a pretty loud body) remains plenty audible. May be quiet enough for a large lecture hall. If you require silent operation, you'll want the blimp.
Reviewed by 19 customers
For an inexpensive muzzle, I didn't expect much but I was pleasantly surprised. The controls are easy to reach on my 7D and it is very quiet (I was on the set of a pilot and needed to be silent). All in all, I would highly recommend this for your DSLR.
With or without battery attachment, this enclosure works with any DSLR. Ideal for classical music events, conferences, and wildlife shooting. Combined with silent shutter settings or mirror lock mode you could spy with it. Nobody will hear your camera. It helped to make me the exclusive photographer for 2 classic music orchestras since 2011 and has given me out of the box wildlife captures when using it with a radio remote trigger. It helps in keeping batteries and electronics warm under extremely cold temperatures as it retains the heat emitted by the LCD screen. I love it!
The muzzle seemed large and too big at first. Once I removed the extra filler material (I have a battery grip on my 7D) it all made sense. I used this on the set of a pilot being shot and boy was it quiet. This device really works. It's very easy to hold also since your hand slips inside. I would recommend this muzzle with big savings over a "professional" housing costing over $1000. It also offers good camera/lens protection.
I used this during a pilot shoot and it worked like a charm. Much better than paying 9 times the price for a professional case. My camera has a battery grip so it fit well (I didn't need the block filler that came with it). It's not difficult to insert the camera into the muzzle, just make sure it is turned off first. Very quiet and inexpensive. Thank you!
Purchased this item to shoot piano classes in a quiet auditorium setting with audience present. I've done some experiments and determined that the lens portion of the muzzle is not needed. Foam block is too large for my camera so I will have to use a towel or similar to take up the space in the bottom so I can utilize the windows and the view finder hole. It's a very good product. Does the job nicely.
A must for classic concerts and ballet performances. The audience will stop staring at you. Great for wildlife though animals are more concerned with movement than mechanical sound. Large enough for cameras with dual battery accessory. If you have a small camera or just not using the battery pack, cut some styrofoam padding and place it on the bottom to ensure the enclosure remains aligned. I did my research and found that the next best option is 10 fold more expensive and way cumbersome.
On the plus side it does muffle the mirror slap. As for the cons it didn't fit my 7D even with the foam block. It was trying to take pictures with boxing gloves on.
A bit big, even for a D4; I added foam to bottom. Once on camera, works well, but not 100% silent. A bit hard to put in place, and remember that your tripod must attach to lens, not body. Worth it because it solves a specific problem i.e. stage photography.
It muffles the shutter enough to keep the sound guys from complaining. This way I get natural pictures without having to repeat scenes.
If you need to reduce the sound of a clanky 5D Mark II or other FF shutter this will effectively halve the sound emitted. It's not effective enough if you're dealing with any sound recording devices. If you've got a DSLR with a silent shutter function this muzzle does very little additional stifling of sound. Bottom line: if you need to make a DSLR without a silent shutter function 'quieter', this will work. If you need to further reduce a silent shutter it's pointless.