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    A really nice cable release

    I am about to get my first 4x5 camera and it is going to be a beautiful Chamonix C45F-2.
    So far I only shot 35mm and medium format and used the cheapest prehistoric cable release from the flew market for this.
    I know the ones I‘ve got may be good enough but because I am going 4x5 and the Chamonix is such a nice camera, I would like to do myself a favor and also get a really nice cable release for it.
    Can you suggest a beautiful and decent cable release? What properties should a good cable release have when we‘re talking 4x5?
    I know I may be overthinking it but it feels just wrong to use the 1€ releases with a 1500€ camera.

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    Re: A really nice cable release

    I recommend Nikon AR-3 cable releases. Well made and not expensive. You can find them on Ebay. Get two; cable releases are easy to lose and can be broken.

    Edit: Just looked the AR-3 up on Ebay and found them more expensive than when I last bought. Still a good cable release.
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    Re: A really nice cable release

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Pitman View Post
    I recommend Nikon AR-3 cable releases. Well made and not expensive. You can find them on Ebay. Get two; cable releases are easy to lose and can be broken.

    Edit: Just looked the AR-3 up on Ebay and found them more expensive than when I last bought. Still a good cable release.
    Nikon AR3 can still be bought new for $20. For some reason they're selling on ebay for twice that, which is more than a bit odd. I use one as well, and agree that they are a good choice

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    Re: A really nice cable release

    Minolta SR-T Cables releases are also good. Also well made and not expensive. Prontors are good too.
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    Re: A really nice cable release

    I picked up one of these last month at a local camera store for $20 in like new condition: https://kaiserfotous.com/20-professi...ase-with-lock/ It works on all of my lenses including Ilex and Alphas #5's which require a long throw. Best manual cable release I have owned to date.

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    Re: A really nice cable release

    Buy two.

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    Re: A really nice cable release

    Quote Originally Posted by grat View Post
    Buy two.
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    Re: A really nice cable release

    Most cable releases are ok, but the bad or broken ones really stand out... I hate the ones with the locking screws, prefer the self locking ones...

    As mentioned, the Japanese camera OEM cables tend to be very good... Some fancy high-end cables I have had little to like about them, so I avoid them...

    But cables are usually fairly cheap, so one you don't like can end up in the bottom of the kit in case of loss of your loved one...

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    Re: A really nice cable release

    I have two inexpensive ("cheap") cable releases (one went into 'backordered' status the instant I clicked "buy"), neither of which is particularly fancy. Both have the "twist" lock around the base of the plunger-- so I have to remember to test the cable release, and make sure the lock is (dis)engaged. One of them has a brightly colored handle to make it more obvious should it be left lying on the ground. The other is black on black on black.

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