A Shutter Sound Symphony Created with $30,000 in Nikon DSLR Gear

Photographer Benjamin Von Wong was taking a tour of Nikon Professional Services facilities recently when he had an idea: with so much Nikon gear around, why not try making music with the cameras? After all, it’s not often that you have tens of thousands of dollars in gear at your disposal to create something fun. The video above is what resulted.

Ben tells us that he was inspired to create it after seeing the recent video that compared the shutter sounds of various Canon DSLRs — a Nikon one appeared shortly after — and that he used about $30,000 worth of Nikon gear for the video:


After gathering the gear together, the challenge was to create as many different sounds as they could with the cameras. The bodies had different continuous shooting FPS speeds, and the team also played around with the “CL-Continuous Low” setting to milk 1, 2, and 3 FPS speeds out of the bodies.

In addition to shutter speeds, they also incorporated Live View toggling, Mirror toggling, various beeps within menus, and even slamming one of Nikon’s pro bodies onto an apple crate.


Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing how the project went down:

Oh, and if you want to listen to or download the MP3 file of this “song,” you can do so here:

You can find a little more info on this project over on Benjamin’s blog.

Image credits: Photographs and videos by Benjamin Von Wong and used with permission

  • Vlad Dusil

    Holy f***ing s***balls, that was EPIC.

    THUMP! D3 lands.

  • cezar

    holy music!!!

  • WarDamnPhil

    Can’t do this with Canon unless you’re cool with “clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk.”

  • John

    This is utterly unimpressive.

  • radiancedeluxe

    this seems more like an intro of a much more interesting video

  • Stewart Doyle

    Hmm, I wonder what results I can get with two Nikon bodies…
    Nothing as cool as this!

  • OCD_Guy

    Who had to clean all those sensors when you were done? ;-)

  • Kiltedbear

    Nikon is better than Canon…Canon is better than Nikon. Just grow up. Both are fantastic DSLR lines. Canon and Nikon cameras aren’t meant to be musical instruments…not that the video was at all musical….

  • Trey Mortensen

    Reminds me of when Julian Smith did something like this with a Jeep

  • Marti Hunte

    Would make a better advertisement than Ashton Kutcher.

  • Fabricio

    Taken from Ligeti’s Poème symphonique right?

  • Eugene Chok

    hahahaha thats your benchmark for camera quality …

  • Eugene Chok

    THE DUST OH THE DUST :( poor sensors

  • no

    you’re being dramatic

  • WarDamnPhil

    I’ll admit that it’s a trivial detail, but Nikon’s shutters sound better. There’s no denying that. Like an artist who has a favorite paint brush just because of how it feels in his hand, I have a favorite camera because how it feels and sounds when I click the shutter.

    The Canon/Nikon rivalry is all about the little things, and like with any rivalry, we needlessly and incessantly pick at the other.

    Long story short: get over yourself and have some fun.

  • WarDamnPhil

    Ask a Leica user how he feels about the sound of a Leica shutter and then get back to me.

  • MagnusRolls

    Sounds a lot like “Boing Boom Tschack” by Kraftwerk.

  • MagnusRolls

    This Leica M9 user and owner feels disappointed in the rattle and hum of the shutter mechanism.