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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Slightly off topic. I'm starting 4x5 LF. Which type cable releases are recommended? Length? Locking? Thanks.

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    I had this problem a few years back with a 14" Wollensak Veritar in a #5 Alphax shutter. At first I thought that there was something wrong with the shutter and took it to a local photo store that also repaired shutters. Nothing was wrong with the shutter - just needed a "long throw" cable release to trigger it. They had a drawer full of used releases and we tried several but none had a long enough throw. They we tried a new release and it worked! It's been years but I believe this is the one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ease_with.html

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    Slightly off topic. I'm starting 4x5 LF. Which type cable releases are recommended? Length? Locking? Thanks.
    I like Gepe Pros with the Zeiss disc lock because they'll fire all my shutters, and I work with an assortment of lenses in both old and new shutters.

    Regrettably, after selecting an unsuitable cable release before leaving on a wilderness experience, I've learned to standardize.

    My sole non-Gepe is a Minette and reserved for my smaller formats, but thankfully it's bright red and unmistakable.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kasaian View Post
    I like Gepe Pros with the Zeiss disc lock because they'll fire all my shutters, and I work with an assortment of lenses in both old and new shutters.

    Regrettably, after selecting an unsuitable cable release before leaving on a wilderness experience, I've learned to standardize.

    My sole non-Gepe is a Minette and reserved for my smaller formats, but thankfully it's bright red and unmistakable.
    The lenses I'll be buying are either Schneider or Rodenstock with Copal 0 shutters. How do you know which release to get? Recommendations?
    Is this the Gepe Pro you're referring too? Would this work with my lenses?
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...op+Nav-Search=

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kasaian View Post
    I like Gepe Pros with the Zeiss disc lock because they'll fire all my shutters, and I work with an assortment of lenses in both old and new shutters.

    Regrettably, after selecting an unsuitable cable release before leaving on a wilderness experience, I've learned to standardize.

    My sole non-Gepe is a Minette and reserved for my smaller formats, but thankfully it's bright red and unmistakable.
    My Gepeís wonít fire an Ilex 5, I had to resort to some old one I found on eBay. Itís in the mail so fingers crossed this damn thing works. The plunger looks much longer than my models at home. I literally sat at my desk and plugged in 12 releases and none worked.


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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    The lenses I'll be buying are either Schneider or Rodenstock with Copal 0 shutters. How do you know which release to get? Recommendations?
    Is this the Gepe Pro you're referring too? Would this work with my lenses?
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...op+Nav-Search=
    All Gepe Pro releases will work with a Copal 0, 1 or 3. Also with Compur and most Prontors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodphotography View Post
    My Gepe’s won’t fire an Ilex 5, I had to resort to some old one I found on eBay. It’s in the mail so fingers crossed this damn thing works. The plunger looks much longer than my models at home. I literally sat at my desk and plugged in 12 releases and none worked.
    I just measured the plunger for the #5 Alphax: 3/4" or 19.05mm. My two #5 Ilexs' will fire on 1/2" or 12.7mm as will all my other 4x5 and 8x10 lenses - Copal 1,3 and Compur 3 - and MF and 35mm. I use an electronic shutter release for the 645NII and F6.

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Wow, the responses and help are great!

    I found a release that should work - a vintage Prontor branded release that has about 3/4" throw or a bit more.

    Ordered this morning and should be here by Friday.

    Thank you all for the help!

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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Quote Originally Posted by dodphotography View Post
    My Gepe’s won’t fire an Ilex 5, I had to resort to some old one I found on eBay. It’s in the mail so fingers crossed this damn thing works. The plunger looks much longer than my models at home. I literally sat at my desk and plugged in 12 releases and none worked.


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    Interesting! I haven't had a problem with mine.
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    The lenses I'll be buying are either Schneider or Rodenstock with Copal 0 shutters. How do you know which release to get? Recommendations?
    Is this the Gepe Pro you're referring too? Would this work with my lenses?
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...op+Nav-Search=
    That's the one. A Minette should work too. Copals aren't demanding as vintage Universals and Wollys
    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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