Strangely enough, my 124G likes the release cable better than my stubby fingers...It's much more difficult for me to release the shutter without a cable because the button has to be pressed all the way in. I much prefer the release button on my "D" when doing hand held shots.
I've rigged up a handle frame so that I can hold the handle, focus and press the shutter cable with my left hand and crank the film advance with my right. It can look pretty silly with a flash attached too, but hey, it works...
Ah the magic words. It's the turning back the wind handle till it stops that does it. IDNKT (I did not know that),\.
Originally Posted by b1bmsgt
This is a funny coincidence. I recently discovered that my Yashica Mat 124 also has troubles with a cable release. Not in that the winder mechs get muffled, but that the cable release will not trip the shutter. The only way to trip the shutter is to push the button.
I have 2 cables, both of the locking sort. They look like they have a pretty good length to the pin. Is there anything else that can be the problem? Would anyone here know about that?
The cable release pushes the same internal lever that the button does, just through the center of the button. However, there should be a small rod in the hole in the button that the cable pushes against which may be missing. Shine a flashlight into the hole and see if the rod is there. You should see it blocking the hole just a few mm in. If you can't see anything but the hole, then that is probably your problem. Where the rod went is anyones guess. If you bought the camera from someone else, they might have taken it apart and lost it. If one doesn't know it's there it is easy to drop on the floor without even seeing it.
Hope this sheds some light for you...