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    Nikon F soft release... Advantages?

    I see many people who use the Nikon F like to use the soft release. I have never had the opportunity of using one, and I was wondering exactly what kind of benefits such a device gives you.
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    I use with the camera in the Tripod.

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    If you are talking about the Nikon AR1 soft shutter release It's very effective , I used to have one, by increasing the area the finger presses it enables you to relese the shutter gently, and does what it says on the tin, or do you mean the Nikon AR2 cable release ?
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    The AR-1 is very useful, especially since the shutter release on the F is located at the back of the top plate, rather than the front like the F2, makes it a bit easier to find quickly, especially if you use F2 or F3. They used to be found new for 10.00 or so, now since discontinued, they go for way more. Nice heavy chrome plated brass, real quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingWaves View Post
    The AR-1 is very useful, especially since the shutter release on the F is located at the back of the top plate, rather than the front like the F2, makes it a bit easier to find quickly, especially if you use F2 or F3. They used to be found new for 10.00 or so, now since discontinued, they go for way more. Nice heavy chrome plated brass, real quality.
    Note, that the AR-1 does NOT work on the F3...It is only for the F1, F2, and Nikkormats.
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    Another vote for the AR-1. After using mine for a number of years, I would hate to be without it. One of the rare things that actually works ---

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    After a looooong time since the last post I have a question.

    AR-1s are not produced any more and I need three of them

    Did anyone ever try the cheap AR-1 clones that are available on big auction sites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmo View Post
    After a looooong time since the last post I have a question.

    AR-1s are not produced any more and I need three of them

    Did anyone ever try the cheap AR-1 clones that are available on big auction sites?
    They're not as over-engineered as the AR-1 but with one moving part, what's to screw up? Have several on various Nikon bodies and they work fine. Very handy on FM/FE bodies.

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    I have soft releases on all my Nikon F's, and love them. If you use an FTN prism, they also raise the button a little which I find more comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmo View Post
    After a looooong time since the last post I have a question.

    AR-1s are not produced any more and I need three of them

    Did anyone ever try the cheap AR-1 clones that are available on big auction sites?
    Actually I have a few ar-1's from Nikon and 2 of the aftermarket ones.
    I noticed the action on the Nikon ones is better.

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