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    Cable release won't trip shutter

    So I bought a 10" commercial ektar and as soon as I got it I screwed one of my cable releases into it. I cocked the shutter and pressed the button and...nothing. I took a closer look and the release is pressing the trigger correctly, it's just not pressing it far enough.

    Are there any cable releases that have a pin that sticks out particularly far that I could try with the shutter?
    CK

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    Re: Cable release won't trip shutter

    I found that my aged but trusty Fuji Fujica GM 670 was unresponsive to a "King" brand cable release. The guy behind the counter suggested the not inexpensive Nikon (I've forgotten the model) which has proved to be very good with any lens. It's very flexible, too. It has a lock off for long exposures.

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    Re: Cable release won't trip shutter

    According to Bob Salomon of HP Marketing, all Gepe and Linhof cable releases are long throw. I think the model Ross is talking about is the Nikon AR3.

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    Re: Cable release won't trip shutter

    I found that Gepe's seemed to be the most reliable in that regard.
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    Re: Cable release won't trip shutter

    I recently acquired a 10" Commercial Ektar from a forum member (GREAT lens, by the way!). I took it out with a Nikon AR-3 cable release and it worked just fine.
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    Re: Cable release won't trip shutter

    I went to freestyle today. A Gepe professional release (the one with the knurled ring to lock it up) does the trick. A 20" one cost $18 and feels like it will hold up well.
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    Re: Cable release won't trip shutter

    Is it in an Ilex Unversal shutter? These are the ones requiring a longer throw than usual. If it is in a Acme then the shutter might need adjustment.
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    Re: Cable release won't trip shutter

    I'm afraid I don't know the difference. Above the glass it says "Ilex" and below it says "#4 Acme Synchro."
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    Re: Cable release won't trip shutter

    The Ilex, #4 Acme shutter does require a long throw cable release. They cost more because they are only made by the better manufacturers.

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    Re: Cable release won't trip shutter

    Indeed the Gepe Professional is a long throw (21mm) release. I had to get one for my Betax 5 shutter and it works with room to spare. Expensive, but it was the only cable release I could find with the long throw.

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