I hate the squeeze bottle. All the ones I've used are cheap and have a high failure rate. But, they are the only thing that works (for my cameras) when needing to trip the shutter from some distance.
I would get the one with the push button and I would get at least two. You can easily donate one to the wilds of where ever you are. Back ups become very handy. I have not always followed this advice but do now. I carry three. Eventually, I will have one on every shutter all the time.
</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (lee @ Feb 16 2003, 08:46 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>I would get the one with the push button and I would get at least two. You can easily donate one to the wilds of where ever you are. Back ups become very handy. I have not always followed this advice but do now. I carry three. Eventually, I will have one on every shutter all the time.
Good advice! I have lost so many of these things that I sometimes think I've single handedly kept the cable release industry in business. I would only add that the kind with the ring lock are better than the ones that lock via a a hand screw.
Same goes for flash cords. You always want two or three.
Many people think that Linhof cable releases are the best, and they're fortunately one of the more affordable Linhof accessories.
I don't know about your shutters, but if I am out in the boonies and have lost my cable release I just tie a piece of thread (actually several twirled together) to the shutter release lever. Works in a pinch, but kind of useless for time exposures. I make this little thread release about 10 inches long. Actually you could use it for time exp's by tying something heavy enough to it to keep the shutter tripped during the exposure. That way your shaky hand won't transmit any shake to the camera. Lack of wind would be a necessity!
Just call me the Inspector Gadget of LF LOL! http://apug.org/forum/html/emoticons/laugh.gif
For those who may ever be interested, Calumet has a squeeze bulb one that is very high quality and with variable length hosing. The bulb is the kind used for a sphygnomometer. If Cindy Sherman were on this forum I'd recommend one for her since she ONLY does self portraits!
For cables, I took a hint from Jack Dykinga's book: I have one already screwed into every LF lens I have, and one for each camera bag, even the LF ones. More than a few times one has kinked or fallen off or was left in a hotel room or something and I simply used another one from the bag or another lens. Saved my butt countless times. I am kind of in the habit of getting one whenever I am at a camera store or local swap meet...five times a year or whatever...
I like the pushbutton ones better. The squeeze bulb type is a pain to use. I like to know for sure that when I mash the button, the lens will fire. Squeeze bulbs do not always create enough pressure to do it.
My Mamiya 645 doesn't get on well with cable releases...
I had the same cheapy one for years when using my Nikon....
I got a beater Mamiya 645 and the destruction began...
When carrying the 645 around on the tripod I usually lock off the shutter release so I don't fire off pictures of the ground/sky. After setting up a shot, I forget to unlock the shutter and press the cable release which 9 times out of ten destroys it! (One day I'm gunna learn that if there's any resistance.. stop pushing on it!!!)
After a couple of 5 buck cheapo ones, I decided to buy a $70 (Aussie dollars BTW) super duper one.... 2nd day using it... oops... broke that too!
I'm back to $5 ones...
One kind to avoid, in my experience (although I think they are directlyh recommended in one of the AA trilogy) is the kind with the clear plastic sheath. I have had several, and they seem to stick the most...stick extended, that is, complicating recocking the shutter and T and B shutter settings.