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    Releaing the shutter without release cable

    A help needed for a LF newbie:
    I've acquired a used 150mm/5.6 lens (Fujinon) and had finally arrived.
    After picking it from post, I had just a few minutes to play with one (have no camera yet, so just played a bit with aperture lever and shutter ring) and apparently accidently cocked the shutter. Since this is my first time handling LF lens, I'm not really familiar with lens operating procedures, whether the shutter ring and aperture can be altered after the shutter has been cocked, or I cannot touch then prior to releasing the shutter.
    Also, is there any way to release the shutter without release cable ? Say, can it be done by inserting gently a thin needle into shutter release terminal ?

    Thanks, Alex

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    Doesn't the shutter feature a manual lever to fire the shutter? What type of shutter is it?

    Changing aperture won't do any harm after cocking the shutter. On changing the speed dial, opinions do vary.

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    What kind of shutter? I frequently fire the shutter without the cable. There should be a way to do it manually, a lever or something, without sticking things in the hole. I am notorious for forgetting cable release.

    I would not adjust the shutter speed without first releasing the shutter. The aperature is not a problem. Play with that all you want.
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    Thanks guys.
    Shutter is regular Copal #0, but I apparently misinterpret the shutter release terminal with another one sticking out of the shutter barrel (thin round one with thin hole in teh center). Am I confused ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexz
    Thanks guys.
    Shutter is regular Copal #0, but I apparently misinterpret the shutter release terminal with another one sticking out of the shutter barrel (thin round one with thin hole in teh center). Am I confused ?
    Yes you are, this is the pc sync for flash. You should see either some kind of hole with threads, this is where you put the release cable.

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    That sounds like the flash sync. There should be a lever on one side of the shutter; this is the shutter release.
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    Oh yeas folks, I figured what you were talking about. :-)
    It is released easily just by my nail :-)
    Thanks you all, and my apology for a stupid question..this is what 35mm/digital automation does - just forcing people to trust the automation forgetting to employ their brains..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexz
    Oh yeas folks, I figured what you were talking about. :-)
    It is released easily just by my nail :-)
    Thanks you all, and my apology for a stupid question..this is what 35mm/digital automation does - just forcing people to trust the automation forgetting to employ their brains..
    There are no “stupid” questions on this forum. Many many years ago, I was sent out on my first ever field assignment with a Speed Graphic which I had used around the studio but never in the field. I grabbed the camera, several negative holders, closed the camera and proceeded to the site.

    On arrival on site, several Co, Wheels, escorted me to the location. Desiring to appear “cool”, I whipped out the camera and only then discovered that I had no idea how to open the darn thing! I fumbled about for a few seconds trying to appear busy preparing the shot while frantically searching for the catch or lever or whatever to open the case. For a while I thought I would have to phone my boss – not an option. (No cell phones in those days.)

    Almost by chance, I pushed the little bump covered by the leatherette on the side near the top (Speed users will laugh here) and the front fell open. Whew!
    I love the smell of fixer in the morning. It smells like...creativity!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr bob

    On arrival on site, several Co, Wheels, escorted me to the location. Desiring to appear “cool”, I whipped out the camera and only then discovered that I had no idea how to open the darn thing! I fumbled about for a few seconds trying to appear busy preparing the shot while frantically searching for the catch or lever or whatever to open the case. For a while I thought I would have to phone my boss – not an option. (No cell phones in those days.)

    Almost by chance, I pushed the little bump covered by the leatherette on the side near the top (Speed users will laugh here) and the front fell open. Whew!
    LOL....I am glad I was not the only who did this. I did have to ask a friend how to open the darn thing..

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    There are no stupid questions, but we reserve the right to give stupid answers. We are all here to learn from each other. The wealth of photographic knowledge in this community is amazing, use it.
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