Jacobson Sound Blimps Retiring

Dear Friends,

After 52 wonderful years Jacobson Photographic Instruments wishes to happily announce our CEO, CFO, Head Technical Designer, and Chief Floor Sweeper Mark Jacobson’s retirement to the beautiful Ojai valley. Before I ride off into the sunset I want to make sure all of the Amazing Photographers who have given me such a great life will have everything they need to get through their transition into the quiet mirrorless camera world.


If anyone needs a new blimp body, lens tube, repair, or tune-up of any kind I’m keeping the office/shop open thru early October before closing the doors forever. Also if you know of anyone interested in the machine shop equipment and/or tools it will all be available after I finish filling everybody’s orders, so come by early and take a look. I would especially love to see the equipment continuing on in Hollywood helping to make that Hollywood Movie Magic for another lucky persons lifetime.

Thanks Everyone,


Muffling and silencing is essential in areas where extraneous noise cannot be tolerated or would prove distracting: motion picture and television sound stages, surveillance and sporting events such as golf. The Sound Blimp also provides protection for cameras where environmental conditions can affect delicate camera mechanisms.


JPI’s founder, Irving Jacobson, invented the first Sound Blimp, the company continues to produce quality instruments used internationally by professionals in the film, theatrical and photographic industry where the muffling of sound, ease of use and durability is paramount.


Constructed and serviced by JPI’s experienced technicians at our facility in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles, our sound blimps are designed to work with both Canon and Nikon 35mm cameras.