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    Soft release for A7/r

    Back when I first bought the camera I asked about a soft release for it. I ended up sticking a rubber button on it in the end. Seems that a company have done it properly now. I'm rather tempted.

    Lolumina introduced new soft-release buttons for non-threaded shutter release cameras | Leica News & Rumors
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Saw that yesterday. Looks decent enough.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Decent enough price too. Out of stock when I checked though.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Only the silver is in stock currently. The red and black (I prefer black) are both out of stock though.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    I want the red
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Call me crazy but I ordered the silver (only complete in stock) and added a black and red button. Even with all that it's still cheaper than anything else I ever order when I had the M9. Great find - tip of the day to Ben!
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    I was just about to order then I began to read and they are introducing more designs in the future. I think I'll wait for a concave design.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    For the $9 for a new button it's not that big a deal to buy multiple methinks.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    I bought the black and it has shipped. Hope to have it in a few days. Bloody bargain if the adhesive works well and I like the way you can change buttons. Clever and affordable.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Got the kit a couple days ago and put it on; just forgot to mention it here. Impressed with the packaging and instruction are straight forward. Be prepared for little, and I do mean little parts and pieces to handle. The button makes the shutter release slightly taller which might be a problem with smaller hands. I honestly can't tell you if I feel all that much of a difference but will continue with it in the meantime.

    I'll see if I can't post a pic of it installed soon.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Thanks Don! The red one is still out of stock worse luck.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Finally back in stock! Just ordered the red kit.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Got mine yesterday. Seems well made and was easy to attach. So far, I like it.

    Here's a couple shots.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Got mine today, letting the glue set for a day before screwing the button on as per the instructions. Nicely packaged, looks like a quality item. I like the fact they send two screws and an added rubber gasket.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Some guy on fm had his strap caught on the soft release and it took the shutter button with it.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    I could see that happening to be honest. um, here's to hoping.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    I know people seem to love these soft releases, but I just don't get on with them. To me, they assist me in jiggling the camera more—I've tried them on several occasions, just didn't work.

    I use the finger guard around a shutter release to rest my finger on and gently roll my finger onto the release button ... zero shake that way. Somehow holding my finger above the release and trying to push straight down, no matter what kind of soft release is there, makes me move the camera a lot more.

    Not trying to start a controversy, I am just very curious as to why others find these things so desirable.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    It's a delight for me under the finger. The stock sony release on the A7/r is awful, hard to find and with no feeling. I had a rubber button stuck to it which did help but this is another world. Shot a couple of pictures of my wife with son asleep on her this afternoon, it was just a pleasure to feel under my finger.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_vs_ryu View Post
    Some guy on fm had his strap caught on the soft release and it took the shutter button with it.
    You freaking jinxed me! Guess what happened to me tonight. Took the camera out of my bag. No shutter button. Actually the aluminium is just a shell, there is still a button underneath. The shell snapped back on easily enough and doesn't pull off easily. If it happens again I'll have it glued on permanently by my local shop.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Think I might have to try one of these out. And camera straps? Can't stand 'em...don't use 'em.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    These are the best for the best price

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    RED RELEASE

    black

    THE BEST BLACK SOFT RELEASE NEW!

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    You freaking jinxed me! Guess what happened to me tonight. Took the camera out of my bag. No shutter button. Actually the aluminium is just a shell, there is still a button underneath. The shell snapped back on easily enough and doesn't pull off easily. If it happens again I'll have it glued on permanently by my local shop.
    Yuck. Sorry to hear it.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Quote Originally Posted by ryc View Post
    These are the best for the best price

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    RED RELEASE

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    THE BEST BLACK SOFT RELEASE NEW!
    Do they fit onto an A7/r?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryc View Post
    These are the best for the best price
    Those appear to be standard screw-in soft releases. They won't work with the A7, since it doesn't have a threaded release button. That's what's different about the Lolumina kit; it's designed for non-threaded release buttons.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Unfortunately not designed for sony's rather lackluster glue on the underside of its shutter release!
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Happened again except this time it ripped the shutter release completely off cracking the plastic post underneath (the shutter button under the aluminium cover is a T shaped plastic post, the leg of the T snapped in half). Superglued it back on for the moment but I honestly have to warn people off the lolumina until they can design a model which does not have that lip. The sony shutter release is not built to resist the torque of that lip catching on stuff, the 'stuff' in question being the edge of my crumpler bag or the dividers inside of the bag (one strike each). In the meantime I'm going to have to get the shutter button assembly replaced at some point soon and it's going to cost. Not hugely happy.
    Last edited by Ben Rubinstein; 25th August 2014 at 06:49.
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    Their soft release sure looked like a great idea at first but has proven otherwise. The company now has uninstallation instructions on their website. I used a combination of the recommended dental floss in combinaton with a brand new straight razor blade to remove the adapter from my Sony A7. Very clean removal with no trace of adhesive.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Yeah well the super glue didn't work other than to glue the post into the camera so that now whether I like it or not the button assembly has to be replaced. Off to the camera shop. I removed the lolumina with a finger nail, no floss needed. Came straight off. Annoyed as heck, I had a shoot on Thursday.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Repair guy is on holiday until Monday when I'm sure he has a huge backlog. I took a drawing pin, cut down the pin part and gaffered it onto the shutter, hey presto a new 'T' post. Um, sort of. It will do for the shoot at the end of this week. Mcgyver would be proud.
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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    I have had no problems at all with my soft release.

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    Re: Soft release for A7/r

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I know people seem to love these soft releases, but I just don't get on with them. To me, they assist me in jiggling the camera more—I've tried them on several occasions, just didn't work.

    I use the finger guard around a shutter release to rest my finger on and gently roll my finger onto the release button ... zero shake that way. Somehow holding my finger above the release and trying to push straight down, no matter what kind of soft release is there, makes me move the camera a lot more.

    Not trying to start a controversy, I am just very curious as to why others find these things so desirable.

    G
    I have long fingers, and pushing the shutter button on my A7 or Leica M with the pad of my finger is very contorted. By using a soft release I can place the tip of my finger on the mode dial, and the first knuckle is lightly touching the soft release. To take a shot, the knuckle softly depresses the now elevated shutter button.

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