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

[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]

Subject: Re: [Leica] Soft Release
From: "Michael E. Bérubé" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 19:27:50 -0500

OK...I wasn't gonna post again today, but I've got to say that $10 for an 
accessory as great as the softie is for a camera system that usually costs 
at least $2k is a frequin' bargain.

(no affiliation with TA, just love the softies...which are now on my 
minolta SLRs as I don't have an M any more.)

At 06:28 PM 3/13/01 -0500, you wrote:
>  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

Replies: Reply from "Dante A. Stella" <> (Re: [Leica] Soft Release)