long shutter release cable

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by SteveB, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. SteveB

    SteveB Guest

    I have a Sony DSC H1, and I am building a mount for it so that I can get
    about a foot from feeding hummingbirds. The Sony does not have a pre
    drilled pre tapped
    receptacle for the common shutter release cable. So, I shall have to
    fabricate a mount for one, or build one. I do welding and machining work,
    and it will be no big deal, but being able to buy ready to go components
    will be easier than building something from scratch.

    Does anyone know where I can buy a three to six foot long shutter release
    cable? I'm kind of stuck because my camera does not have a remote control,
    or even the machining to receive a cable.


    Thanks.
     
    SteveB, Jul 10, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    Is there no electronic or infrared release for this camera?
     
    Pete D, Jul 10, 2007
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    Bob Salomon Guest

    Or you could just call your local camera stores and order a Kaiser
    strap-on cable release adapter. Works with any camera without a cable
    release socket.
    Gepe makes long cable releases. The same store that you buy the Kaiser
    adapter from can sell you a Gepe Pro cable release. The long ones are
    available with T or disk lock and in cloth, PVC or spiral steel
    sheathing.
     
    Bob Salomon, Jul 10, 2007
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  4. SteveB

    N Guest

    : In article <HQDki.487982$>,
    :
    : > So, I shall have to
    : > fabricate a mount for one, or build one. I do welding and
    machining work,
    : > and it will be no big deal, but being able to buy ready to go
    components
    : > will be easier than building something from scratch.
    :
    : Or you could just call your local camera stores and order a Kaiser
    : strap-on cable release adapter. Works with any camera without a
    cable
    : release socket.
    : >
    : > Does anyone know where I can buy a three to six foot long shutter
    release
    : > cable?
    :
    : Gepe makes long cable releases. The same store that you buy the
    Kaiser
    : adapter from can sell you a Gepe Pro cable release. The long ones
    are
    : available with T or disk lock and in cloth, PVC or spiral steel
    : sheathing.
    :

    Spoil sport. Why not let him re-invent the wheel?
     
    N, Jul 10, 2007
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  5. SteveB

    SteveB Guest

    No.
     
    SteveB, Jul 10, 2007
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  6. SteveB

    SteveB Guest

    I will have to do some fabbing to make a mount to hang out in space next to
    the hummer feeder. Will post pics when finished on alt.binaries.birds.

    Steve
     
    SteveB, Jul 10, 2007
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  7. SteveB

    SteveB Guest

    I can make a brace out of sheet metal. The cable will protrude out of the
    sheath, and I can put a rubber knob on the end that will touch the camera
    button. For me, this will be the easiest.
    I can do an electrical that either does a magnet or servo motor to push a
    rod that contacts the button.
    See above.
    Considering this, just looking for the components.
    As I said, I will photo it as I go along, then post them with the successful
    tries and the unsuccessful ones, too. With my camera it's the only way to
    do a remote. There's no electronic hookup, and there's no machined
    receptacle on the button for a common cable. How stupid is that?

    Steve
     
    SteveB, Jul 10, 2007
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    ben brugman Guest

    If you are making a cable release, how is the cable release going
    to press the shutter button ?

    I can think of a few methods for cable release :
    1. Electrical, but then the camera has to be prepared.
    2. Mechanical, sheated cable, which depresses the button (but how?).
    3. Ear, long tube, where a 'bulb' depresses the button.

    With the DSC H1, I would think the third method, but this still
    will take some inventing and tooling.
     
    ben brugman, Jul 10, 2007
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    Hmm ... note that standard cable releases are designed for low
    effort trips inside the camera, and the longer the cable release, the
    more it binds inside the cable, so you may have great difficulty getting
    it to trip when *you* want, instead of some seconds later. With
    hummingbirds, this is a singficant problem.
    I have about a ten foot one somewhere -- but it has never proven
    very useful, except with a Synchro-Compur shutter on the front of a
    4x5 Crown Graphic (one of those low-effort internal shutter trips.)
    With either the older Mirandas, or the Nikon Fs (both of which required
    a screw-on cap over the shutter button and pressed on a button which was
    designed to resist a bit more to avoid accidental tripping) it would
    tend to bind and be difficult to trip.

    Look for one of the ancient ones which had a pneumatic cylinder
    at the camera end, and a squeeze bulb back at your end, with whatever
    length of rubber hose you needed between the two.

    A solenoid at the camera would be likely to introduce too much
    vibration.

    Good Luck,
    DoN.
     
    DoN. Nichols, Jul 11, 2007
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : In article <HQDki.487982$>,
    :
    : > So, I shall have to
    : > fabricate a mount for one, or build one. I do welding and machining work,
    : > and it will be no big deal, but being able to buy ready to go components
    : > will be easier than building something from scratch.
    :
    : Or you could just call your local camera stores and order a Kaiser
    : strap-on cable release adapter. Works with any camera without a cable
    : release socket.
    : >
    : > Does anyone know where I can buy a three to six foot long shutter release
    : > cable?
    :
    : Gepe makes long cable releases. The same store that you buy the Kaiser
    : adapter from can sell you a Gepe Pro cable release. The long ones are
    : available with T or disk lock and in cloth, PVC or spiral steel
    : sheathing.

    Doesn't anybody make air release cables anymore? That used to be the common
    way of handling this problem at distances greater than a foot or two.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jul 14, 2007
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    JoeT Guest

    You mean like this?

    http://tinyurl.com/3xpfye


    What I don't get from the image is exactly how it attaches to the camera.
    That looks like it ends in a mini plug?
     
    JoeT, Jul 14, 2007
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    Jeff Guest

    What you see there is the standard tapered thread used on cable releases
    for mechanical shutter buttons. That would screw into the strap-on adapter
    mentioned above.

    Back in ye olde times, most cameras had a tapered thread hole in the
    shutter button to accept the end of a cable release. When the
    release is pressed, a plunger extends into the camera to actuate the
    shutter. On modern cameras, the shutter button is just a short travel
    electric switch so using a switch on a cable or infrared release is more
    appropriate.
     
    Jeff, Jul 15, 2007
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  13. SteveB

    JoeT Guest

    Thank you for that explanation. So using this shutter release and a strap on
    adapter such as mentioned above would solve the OP's problem since his
    camera has no threaded hole in the shutter button nor IR or other remote
    capability. Plus the available lengths are more than enough to meet his
    requirement. Locating a dealer with the item in stock who'd ship to his
    location would be the primary concern since this particular site lists
    prices yet doesn't appear to provide purchase capability.
     
    JoeT, Jul 15, 2007
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    Jeff Guest

    Both are right here:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/3results/controller/home?O=search&A=search&Q=&s
    hs=kaiser&ci=4948&sb=ps&sq=desc
     
    Jeff, Jul 15, 2007
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    JoeT Guest

    JoeT, Jul 15, 2007
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  16. SteveB

    JoeT Guest

    Ah different site! Thanks!
     
    JoeT, Jul 15, 2007
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