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Subject: [Leica] IMG:Re: Even more Adelaide photos from Brian's visit
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 13:21:05 -0500
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I've never used an M, so I can't comment on their soft release 
characteristics.  However, I have, and currently am using one on my Barnack 
cameras.  The soft release shown in the link below was on my IIIa when I 
purchased it in 1952.  It currently resides on my IIIf RD. While I have 
heard others say that similar devices caused their button to stick, mine has 
worked flawlessly for more than fifty years.  The additional height helps in 
keeping the finger from dragging the shutter speed dial, and the concave 
shape of the top gives excellent control of the button itself.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alan Magayne-Roshak" <amr3 at>
To: "lug" <lug at>
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 12:56 PM
Subject: [Leica] IMG:Re: Even more Adelaide photos from Brian's visit

> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 : Geoff Hopkinson <hopsternew at>included:
> <>
> =============================================
> This is a priceless shot!  I love it.
> About this: <>
> I just don't get it - Leica M's have the best, softest, most predictable 
> shutter release ever made, so
> I don't see the point of those "soft-release" gadgets.  I use the feel of 
> the dished-in shutter surround
> to know exactly where I can hold the button just on the edge of firing; 
> then a micro-press sets it off.
> When I tried one of those attachments the shutter would go off 
> unpredictably since there was no gauge
> of how far I was pressing, and I thus the camera might not have been as 
> steady as it should have been.
> But as they say, YMMV.
> Alan
> Alan Magayne-Roshak, Senior Photographer
> UPAA POY 1978
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> University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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