Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/03/24

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Subject: [Leica] Soft release
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:20:36 -0500
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Hi Larry,

Thanks for looking.  I have never had a need to disassemble my soft release, 
but I could tell the spring was there.

The external threads on the IIIa and IIIf don't appear to be identical, and, 
at first, I could not get the soft release to screw far enough down on the 
IIIf.  However, after some persistance, it finally made it.  The heightened 
release position works great for me.  The only down side is that you can no 
longer see the dimple of the original button which shows that the film 
rewind is going smoothly.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <lrzeitlin at>
To: <lug at>
Cc: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <lrzeitlin at>
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:17 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Soft release

> On Mar 23, 2009, at 5:35 PM, Jim wrote:
>> 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.
>> +Barnacks.jpg.html
> Your original Leica soft release is indeed a jewel. I had one on a  IIIb 
> that unfortunately got stolen. It screwed on the threaded flange  that 
> surrounds the shutter button. The release contains an internal  spring 
> that assists in depressing the somewhat stiff button. The  higher lip of 
> the soft release prevents accidental operation.  Unfortunately the M 
> cameras have no threads around the shutter  button, just a threaded hole 
> in the button for a cable release.
> Larry Z
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