That was certainly true with the old copies (which weren't even really copies) back from when the F was current and into the FE/FM era. I thought maybe they did a better job today, and I suppose maybe they aren't all the same and CGW's could be good as the Nikon original. The difference was quite noticeable in the old days; sure the cheapies worked, but not well enough that I preferred them over the bare release.
Originally Posted by brucemuir
When I got back into F's a number of years ago I was lucky enough to have a friend give/loan me 3 Nikon made soft releases.