Cable release for Betax #2 Shutter? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I just picked up another old lens. It looks like a proper shutter release could be a cable with a fairly long throw and a cup on the end that screws into the shutter. Any help on where to get one would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

-- Kevin Crisp (, December 24, 2001


Kevin: I took my old Betax to the camera store and tried several until I found one with a long enough stroke to cock and trip the shutter. Forget the lightweight release cables. They won't last until you get home on the Betax. Incidentally, I have two of these shutters. The one I am using has an internal socket plus the outside threads. Check yours out. The other one of mine does not, and I have not found a release. You may be able to rig up an outside release on the lens board if yours does not have the internal threads. Also, a well equipped camera repair shop may be able to cut internal threads for you if needed. I'm sure Steve Grimes could do such work.

Merry Christmas,

-- Doug Paramore (, December 25, 2001.

The outside thread accepted a DeGroff air-release cannister for a bulb-type release system. It will be hard to find.

-- Steve Artz (, December 26, 2001.

It doesn't have an outside thread, it looks like I need something to screw into it, but the actuating end needs to be (instead of a pole) a cup shaped something to match up with the stick inside the shutter.

-- Kevin Crisp (, December 26, 2001.

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