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    Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Hello,

    New to me is a Betax no 5 shutter for a 8 x 10 camera. It needs a long throw cable release to fire.

    Need advice as to what will work with this Betax.

    Thanks!
    David

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    if you can find a degroff air piston, it is hands down the best cable release
    i have ever used with betax, alphax and wollensak studio shutters. you can find
    them on ebay for not much $$ . good luck !
    Last edited by jnantz; 5-Jan-2020 at 05:55.
    enjoy your coffee

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    jnantz,

    Well, a check on ebay comes back with nada.

    Thank you for the idea.

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    There is a Gitzo, chrome with a grey plastic handle, probably from the 70's that works...

    Note that the threads are straight, not tapered on the tip...

    Steve K

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Does anyone know if this will work - from B&H.
    Gepe PVC Pro Threaded Cable Release

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Available here, https://www.drahtauslöser.com/SITE/index.html

    Recommended by member whirclick a Betax repairman. also check his site, https://alphaxbetax.com

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    I use the Schreck cable releases and they're great but the throw isn't quite long enough for some of these old shutters. The best ones I've found are the old Prontors - the ones that have the two metal "wings" that you hold with your 1st and middle finger while pressing with the thumb

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Quote Originally Posted by rrunnertexas View Post
    jnantz,

    Well, a check on ebay comes back with nada.

    Thank you for the idea.
    some people spell it with a space de groff, some people don't, degroff ... you need to check both spellings
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...+groff+shutter
    sometimes they sell as little as 5 dollars, the older ones are engraved and absolutely beautiful.
    if you ever use a studio shutter they are extremely useful --- with the one release, and knowing how to squeeze the bulb,
    you can get B, T, and 2 shutter speeds ( fast and slow ) ... once you get and use a de groff, you realize that most shutter releases are kind of lame by comparison
    good luck finding what you need
    enjoy your coffee

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    A Gepe Pro will fire my Betax No.4. It will also fire my Ilex Universal No.5s
    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.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Gebr. Schreck makes all of the Gepe Pro and Silvestri cable releases, and their website claims that all models have a 19mm stroke. Even though Wollensak’s literature claims that a 22mm stroke is needed to fire a #5 Alphax/Betax, in practice I find that 17mm or more works fine.

    Bottom line, the Gepe Pro at B&H should work. If it doesn’t, you can always return for a refund.

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