Cable release in COLD weather. : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Who makes a cable release that doesn`t get stiff in COLD weather. To those of you that live in the south, fifty degrees doesn`t count... I`m thinking around zero or so...Thanks,Steve

-- Steve Clark (, February 27, 2001


Any of the cables without plastic should be fine.

-- Sorin varzaru (, February 27, 2001.

If you call Calumet you can order one of their cloth covered cable releases. They work very well and don't get stiff and crack in cold weather. (personally tested at 43 below zero on thermometer with wind chill factor at -80). I favor the ones with a red & black 'checkered' cloth covering over the cable as they seem to last pretty much until I lose them. They have a circular disk lock.

-- Dan Smith (, February 27, 2001.

Steve: Avoid plasticized plastics, vinyl is one of the worst offenders. It not only becomes rigid at low temperatures but as it loses the plasticizer it becomes rigid also. Silicone and some urethanes are the only common materials that maintain cold temperature flexibility, unfortunately no one makes silicone or urethane covered cable releases that I am aware. There really is not much else. Cloth as others suggested is definitely better but of course one never knows what lurks under the cloth.

-- Julio Fernandez (, February 28, 2001.

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