I've got something like 10 LF lenses, so that would be $200-$300 for cable releases.
Yes, I do think that's big money for something so simple and easily found on the used market for about 1/10th the cost. I understand others will just pony up but I like to get a deal. It's kind of the same mentality that leads me to buy Technika-type lens boards on ebay for $13 each rather than genuine Linhof ones for however much they go for, which is a rip-off.
I have a nice collection of LF gear, but I wouldn't have even 1/3 as much if I bought everything new. Everyone knows the little accessories get marked up like 400%. Who wouldn't buy them slightly used for almost nothing?
While I personally can't justify the cost of a "designer" cable release, Gepes are by comparison very reasonably priced.
Once a year, I'll either add or take one item in my kit or dark room and try to upgrade it (print washer, light box, cable release, loupe, filter holder, light meter etc...) with a better version. Over the course of a decade I've been able to transition into better, more reliable gear without breaking the bank.
I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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Like I mentioned in my previous posts, I've gotten Nikon AR-2 releases for a buck each, and a lot of Bronica-labeled releases that are of superb quality and have been a treat to use. I am NOT talking about cheap Chinese releases, which I have had and have broken the threads off of.
Used, high-quality releases are easily found on ebay, that's my point.
There's nothing cheap about a cheap cable release. Unfortunately, the camera shop in town doesn't stock good ones anymore, and the last time one jammed up it locked open
my shutter and ruined a sheet of 8X10 film - in fact spoiled my shot of the day with no
backup film! Then I've had plenty of times I had to use the tip of the Phillips screwdriver on
my Swiss Army knife like an easy-out to remove a broken cable tip. I'd rather spend the
money up front. So I appreciate the tips on where to acquire better cable releases.
Perhaps you guys aren't understanding what I'm saying. I'll try again:
All of my cable releases are HIGH QUALITY name-brand cables, NOT cheap Chinese ones, and they all were purchased for $2 or less apiece on eBay.
They include Bronica, Nikon, Gepe, and other brands.
I AM NOT advocated getting a pile of those cheap junk releases. I have had them and the threads do indeed break off.
If you want to spend $20/release, more power to you. I'd rather purchase more film. And personally, I like to have cables for all my lenses so I don't have to scramble to find one as the light fades. Besides, like I said, they only cost like $2, and are readily available used on eBay, even really nice ones.
I hope that clears it up.
Oh come on it's just a bunch of old farts joshing with you -- we all know you're just shilling for jinfinance or zenoybiHK on eBay... ;-p
I'm sure Leaving them on the lens is a lot less stressful on them, it's the constant screwing and unscrewing that wears them out. I've been lucky with this Ebony and I have an uneasy feeling about having a release wrapped around the lens in the bag.. The OP said he wants a good cable release and there's not one better than the Ebony.