The professional way to MUZZLE the noise created by Nikon and Canon cameras.

While imitators have come along, Jacobson sets the industry standard for muffling and silencing of sound, dependability, durability, efficiency, ease of operation and reliability. The new Sound Blimp is designed for the Canon 5D Mark 3 & Mark 4, the industry’s most popular cameras. The new utility bar will hold French flags, an auxiliary microphone, led lights and even a GoPro camera. In addition a side door allows easy access to the cameras external control panel and the LCD screen is visible through a viewing window.

1968An early Jacobson Sound Blimp on set with actor Burt Lancaster


Irving Jacobson began designing custom products for photographers in 1955 from his location on Vine Street in Hollywood, Jacobson Photographic Instruments was born.

It revolutionized the industry in 1966, when Irving Jacobson, cooperating with photographer Bob Willoughby, developed a device to take set pictures silently. The Sound Blimp camera enclosure was born and photographers could now take stills on set during the action. No need to coerce recalcitrant personnel after the shoot for publicity photos.

Since taking the realm in the mid 1970’s Irving’s son, Mark Jacobson and Sound Blimp have been synonymous. Mark continues to run JPI to this day and continue on his father’s legacy.

Irving (left) and Mark (right) Jacobson
Sylvia Jacobson, the wife of Irving Jacobson, wrote this introduction for the book of his patents, drawings, and personal items she made for him

Irving Jacobson of Jacobson Photographic Instruments was a photographic engineer and a man of many inventions.

It all began in the summer of 1937 when the initial curiosity in photo-mechanical problems had started with Irving. This was all due to a well known photojournalist by the name of Frank Filan who was complaining about his camera. Irving said to Frank, “for heavens sake, stop griping. I’ll fix your camera.”

Thus, began the career of Irving Jacobson, holder of 15 US and many foreign patents of devices designed for the photo-optical industry. The primary function of JPI is to modify existing photographic equipment so that it can do jobs for which it may have never been intended or for developing special systems. Some of Irving’s better know equipment include his blimps for 35mm motor-driven cameras. These blimps are used in motion picture and television sound stage photography where the noise of the camera would ruin a take. It is used today in many areas where a silent camera is needed.