Recessed Lens Board and the #$%!!#Cable Release : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Greetings, I have an ancient calumet 4x5 view camera. I recently bought a recessed lens board for my 90mm 6.8 rodenstock lens. Problem is.....I can't get the cable release to also fit into the recess. I have a clever litte angled (bent) cable release adaptor but it too won't fit. I have tried a number of different releases and none will fit. Does anyone have a solution? Thanks

-- Keith Baker (, September 14, 2001


The Gepe Pro Wide Angle Cable Release Adapter was made to solve just this problem. Available from camera stores.

-- Bob Salomon (, September 14, 2001.

bob - i went to your website looking for the item, since i have never been fully satisfied with the short metal flex adapters i have used for years (the metal sheathing tends to fray easily), but while i saw the gepe pro wide angle gizzie listed, it did not provide a picture or description. a couple of years ago, i tried one of the adapters that is rigid and has a swivel right angle, and uses internal springs and little ball bearings - that one failed on me the day i got it. can you provide a description of the adapter or a picture? thanks.

-- jnorman (, September 14, 2001.

I've got a 90mm lens I used on my old Calumet 4x5 (no longer with me) with a recessed lensboard in the past. I found a short (6 inches, maybe), very flexible cloth covered cable release (really cheap!) that I left on the lens permanently and could wrap around the lens.

I couldn't find a better option at the time.

-- Charlie Strack (, September 14, 2001.

Hi Keith,

I saw this on eBay large format pages today

EUROPEAN 45 Rotating L-Cable Release Adapter Item # 1274431291

It may be what you're looking for.

Kind regards

Peter Brown

-- Peter L Brown (, September 14, 2001.

Toyo makes (made?) some really nice extenders ... not cheap, though.

-- Jeffrey Goggin (, September 14, 2001.

maybe you could adapt the beautiful Linhof solution to your board, this "paperclip" and its holder maneges to reach and be adapted to most lenses or better said shutters releases. This is not the only recessed lens board (maybe the best, I hear Bob think) if you need another one look around. Good luck!

-- Andrea Milano (, September 15, 2001.

Gepe Pro is a vert shory PVC cable release extension with a very small tip so it can make very tight bends

-- Bob Salomon (, September 15, 2001.

The Wista VX recessed lens board uses a similar "paperclip" gizmo to the Linhof but is probably cheaper. It's possible you might be able to adapt one of these onto a Calumet plate. I use one with a Fujinon 65mm lens on the VX and can confirm that once you've got the shutter in the right place, it works a treat (though setting the aperture is still a pain).

-- Stuart Whatling (, September 15, 2001.

Gepe-Pro is on our website under "Latest News"

There is nothing to show as a picture. It is simply 3.25" long flexible PVC cable release material ith a small tip for the shutter and a threaded socket to accept the cable release.

This was mde to allow the 35mm Apo Grandagon to be fired when mounted into the double recessed lensboard for the Technikardan. It is the only device able to do this.

As we inport Linhof as well as Wista and L and U cable release devices we know that this item is the ONLY type that will properly do what you want.

-- Bob Salomon (, September 15, 2001.

As usual, the group has been very generous and quite helpful -- Thanks to all of you who contributed to the answer. Keith

-- Keith Baker (, September 15, 2001.

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