Self-timer help please

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Dave E, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Dave E

    Dave E Guest

    Hi all,

    I've just bought a small item - a 'no name' self-timer to use with my older
    gear (and Bronica ETR-Si). See: http://tinyurl.com/on25a. I'm struggling
    to use it as I expected.

    I thought it would just screw into place, you'd wind the timer mechanism and
    it would fire as it arrived home, x seconds later.

    What it actually does is begin to produde the release shaft (for want of a
    better technical term) way before the rotating timer gets home and then jams
    against the shutter as the little rod tries to stick its way deep into my
    camera.

    I'm sure there's a technique to using this thing, but as embarrassing as it
    is to admit, I'm not doing it properly. Any help please??

    Many thanks,
    Dave E (Sydney)
     
    Dave E, Feb 20, 2006
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    k Guest

    "Dave E" shyly writes:

    | I've just bought a small item - a 'no name' self-timer to use with my
    older
    | gear (and Bronica ETR-Si). See: http://tinyurl.com/on25a. I'm struggling
    | to use it as I expected.



    | What it actually does is begin to produde the ...shaft ...and then jams
    ...the little rod

    ....tries to stick its .. deep into my ..


    ....as embarrassing as it is to admit

    ... I'm not doing it properly.


    Any help please??




    sorry about the poor clipping.

    These little mosters seem primarily designed for older 35mm cameras with
    deep bowels into which shafts can be thrust.

    you *might* find that by roating the collar the rod can be encouraged not to
    be so enthusiastic re the thrusting, alternatively if you can mangle an old,
    short cable release and clip the end to the appropriate length, stuff the
    timer into that, and that bit into your camera..

    I've done this before and with some jiggling and length adjustment you can
    get it to behave appropiately with your camera

    hope this helps

    and don't be embarrassed, it happens to all of us at one time or another

    karl
     
    k, Feb 20, 2006
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  3. Dave E

    Dave E Guest


    Hi Karl,

    I appreciate the encouragement. It only seems like yesterday I scoffed at
    such support-group discussions. I guess in time, as you say, these things
    can get the better of all of us - sad but inevitable.

    I will go and butcher the shaft of one of my more worn out thingys - one
    that is perhaps a bit sticky and doesn't release as well as the others. I'm
    sure some appropriate jiggling and I can get the thing to go off like a
    champion.

    So off I go to fossick around my bits and pieces and hopefully I'll come up
    with a nice clean solution.

    Many regards,
    Dave "Carry On" Photographing
     
    Dave E, Feb 20, 2006
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    kosh Guest


    there should be an adjustmet on it which will move the part with the
    cable release thread further down the 'shaft', kepping it from
    protruding so far down. It will most likely be a collar f=urther up the
    shaft which unscrews. You shoul dbe able to use this in any camera witha
    mechanical release facility.
     
    kosh, Feb 20, 2006
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