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 10:22:36 -0500
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I agree.  I used it for several years before I realized that all Leicas were 
not made this way.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "leica" <leica at>
To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Soft release

> Looks the way the shutter should originally have been designed, just  a 
> little proud of the surrounding dials.
> Bruce,
> On 24-mrt-2009, at 15:17, Lawrence Zeitlin wrote:
>> 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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