I've been doing some reading and apparently the Linhof releases are well-known for having long throws, and the usual Linhof build quality. I'll just have to suck it up and spend the $35 on a cable release! First though, I'll check with my photo buddies. An interesting work around I've discovered is that when the flash-sync lever is engaged then my release will trip the shutter! It's too short by a millimeter or less otherwise. Thanks for the quick reply Ian!