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    cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    I guess my 50 dollar cable release really wasn't worth as much as I paid. I was shooting the other day and the release simply fell out. There was no unnatural twisting or turning or pressure on my part.

    So now I am stuck with about 4 turns of a cable release thread stuck in the shutter release of my copal shutter. I have no idea how to get these threads out. Help?

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    Re: cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    Most modern cable releases have a tapered thread, so it should be fairly easy to unscrew the broken part. Try placing a very small drill bit--ideally a left-turning drill bit--into the broken-off part, and slowly turn it out by hand. Be patient, go slowly, and be very gentle, and it should come right out.

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    Re: cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    My best guess would be to buy the smallest size Easy-Out at a hardware or auto supply store. It is sort of like a screw with reversed threads. As you screw it into the hollow treads of the cable release (turning it counter-clock-wise), it will eventually jam itself tightly and then start turning the broken cable release threads.

    Good luck! My only use of easy-outs have been auto-related (man...don't I hate breaking bolts off in flywheels!)

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    Re: cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    I have had that happen as well, I just stuck a tiny jewelers screw driver in the hole and it came out easily. Good luck
    erik

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    Re: cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    I will try all of these soon, thanks everyone.

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    Re: cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    Quote Originally Posted by rphenning View Post
    I guess my 50 dollar cable release really wasn't worth as much as I paid.
    Gepe?
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    Re: cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    One reason why I use the Linhof quick cable release mount on all my 4x5 and 8x10 lenses: no screwing to do, nothing to break off......

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    Re: cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    If I didn't think it was an invitation for disaster, I'd be tempted to say something like, "Nothing like that ever happened to me" and "I have never spent that much money on a cable release". But that might bring bad luck. So let me say this: Sorry to hear about your dilemna. A small screwdriver jammed in the hole (or easy-out if you have one that size) will likely remove the remnant with very little effort.

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    Re: cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    I'm with you. The one time I spent big bucks on a cable release, it was to buy an Ebony. Now, I have had great luck with the Ebony and I think it is a great product. But I have two Nikon AR-3s that I think are every bit as well built and feel smoother. So while I won't say anything negative about "expensive" cable releases, I think you can do just as well for twenty bucks or less. I got a Gepe used for about ten bucks that looked, felt and smelled brand new. It broke on third outing where I put it to use.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    If I didn't think it was an invitation for disaster, I'd be tempted to say something like, "Nothing like that ever happened to me" and "I have never spent that much money on a cable release". But that might bring bad luck. So let me say this: Sorry to hear about your dilemna. A small screwdriver jammed in the hole (or easy-out if you have one that size) will likely remove the remnant with very little effort.
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    Re: cable release thread snapped off in shutter release thread

    unfortunately nothing worked. I am now looking for a new release mount for my Copal 1.

    To add some clarification the shutter release was not 50 dollars. I made a mistake in claiming it to be so, it was closer to $15-20. The entire order that the release came with was around $70 so I think I might have replaced that in my head / subconsciously wanted to be dramatic. I found this out when I looked up the order to find out who made it so I could write them some fan mail.

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