Press shutters and cable releases

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by vick_vickery, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. I have two lenses in "always cocked" press shutters, a Wollensak 90mm
    Estreme Wide Angle in an Alphax shutter and an old Wollensak triple-
    convertible in a Betax #2. A standard cable release slips off of the
    internal release arm jamming the shutter. One responder on another
    site suggested filing the tip flat...I had already tried this with
    limited succes and then filed a little "+" in the end which helped a
    little more, but it still slips off about 60% of the time. I seem to
    remember cable releases many years ago with a larger "cupped" tip on
    them for use with this type shutter...does anyone know if I'm
    remembering correctly and, if so, where I might find one of these
    things? Thanks, Vick
  2. Your memory is correct. Some of the older style cable releases have a small "cup" at the end which works best for some of the older shutters, e.g., betax. I came across several in one auction on ebay several months ago, but have not seen or looked for any since. This is the only place I have seen them.
  3. Plunge the tip several times in a drop of instant glue (let it dry each time after you plunge it) until it makes a small ball at the tip. You can then file the ball at your will. You could also use solder instead of the glue and file it in the same way.
  4. Thanks, y'all! I hadn't thought of George's solution...might well be the way to go!

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