Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/13

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Soft Release
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 18:28:52 EST

 I wish that the alloy used was cheap. It is a certified areospace alloy that 
costs about US$ 15/kg and after that it is run on an automated turning center 
that costs about $200/hour to operate. I dont know if you know anything about 
machining, but the Softrelease is done in a single pass through the machining 
center and the program for running it, boggles the mind! Several people have 
said the same thing and gone to machinists to try to have the Softies 
duplicated. In all cases they have been told 'Can't even run them for $10 
each".  There are plenty of Softreleases available in "cheap" aluminium but 
they suffer from one major problem. The threads are pressed in to the metal 
and they often break off in the cable release thread of the camera. Simple 
design is not necessarily cheap and high quality material never is!
Tom A