Gepe cable release bad after maybe 15 shots

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by nathancraver, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. I am curious if anyone else has had this issue. I have a brand new Gepe cable release, about 20" long that has become pretty much
    useless after about 15 shots at the most. It is a cloth covered cable release and I bought it because I have heard great things about
    Gepe and it is much more flexible than my other cable releases which are wrapped in plastic. I have used it mostly with my Copal
    shutters and a few times with my Pentax 67II.
    Today, I took my Pentax out for a spin, set up on the tripod, hooked up the Gepe, and it would not trigger the shutter. I was upset at first
    because I thought it might be the camera, so I removed the cable release, camera worked just fine. I looked at the release and noticed
    that it no longer has full travel. The release, when pushed, only moves about 1/8" at the most. It used to move about 1/2" to maybe 3/4".
    I have been careful with this release, I know I haven't forced anything while using it, there are no kinks in it, and this particular release has
    no sort of depth adjustment (that I can find). I can pull the release trigger in the opposite direction, and it moves about the same distance
    it should normally move, but when I let go, it just springs back in.
    Does anyone know if there is a way to get this thing working again, or is this thing just a piece of garbage?
  2. No, this one has a knob sticking out of the side for the lock. That's ok, the whole thing just fell apart so, if it wasn't
    garbage before, it is now!
  3. I'm surprised. I have Gepe and Kaiser and they both are very well made - no issues. The Kaiser unit is usually in the glove compartment....just in case.
  4. Well, I did learn today to carry a spare. Unfortunately, I missed a great shot because of it.
  5. I have two of them, one with a chrome head, and they are working fine in the last 40 years. Sometime even a Rolls-Royce can break down. Actually, I have 5 mechanical cable release, stuck one in a small pocket of every camera bag I have. So is the electrical cable release, 3 of them. Just incase.
  6. I'll probably get another one, I'm sure this was just a fluke. When it worked it was great, the extra flexibility helps prevent
    the cable from transmitting vibrations to the camera unlike the more rigid cables I have.
  7. I believe most of them are made by this firm: Gebr. Schreck.
  8. It is fully warrantied. Just send it to HP Marketing 16 Chapin Rd PO Box 715 Pine Brook, NJ 07058 with a note containing your return address and you will receive a N/C replacement. Or let your camera store do it for you.
  9. I have a Gepe that has survived hundreds of shots. Hopefully it is just your copy.
  10. I've decided to have one cable release on every lens plus one in a pouch with filters, loupe and other accessories. I have had multiple failures, misplacements, etc. One failure was with a cloth covered release that got wet. It seemed the cloth stretched beyond the travel distance of the release.
  11. I just came across this thread as I am currently looking for a good quality cable release. As Ferdi Stutterheim suggests, I don't think these releases are actually made by Gepe, just branded so; I cannot find any mention of cable releases on the official Gepe website, and I only see them available in North America.
    FYI, the B&H website says this:
    Cloth covered cable releases are the most flexible and are designed for average use.
    Plastic coated cable releases have more strength, are waterproof, and are available in various colors.
    Woven metal sheath releases are very durable, yet are still very flexible.
    Spiral steel releases are stronger, but less flexible; their plastic coverings make them waterproof.
  12. Since I wrote it here is the entire info:
    Cloth releases are the most flexible and are fine for average use.
    Plastic coated cable releases have more strength and are waterproof.
    Spiral steel releases are stronger, but less flexible and with their plastic covering are waterproof.
    Woven metal sheath releases have the greatest strength and are
    very flexible. Plastic covered ones are also waterproof but less flexible.
    Locks are available in 2 different types.The T-Lock and the auto disk lock.
    The disk lock is released by a simple push.
    Rotating and non-rotating tips are available. With rotating tips the cable release is not twisted to
    attach or remove it.
    Cable releases can have T-grips, enlarged grips or no grip. For best handling use a release with a T-grip
    or an enlarged grip.
    To eliminate vibrations there should be some slack between the ends of the release. For this purpose we
    offer releases up to 40”.
    Our releases are the long throw type to work with professional shutters. The Profi Release has an
    adjustable throw.

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