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    if it's not something other than a standard screw in cable release, it's definitely not there. there is something else sticking out of the lens that i have no idea the functionality of, so i thought maybe a special cable release was meant for this lens. there's also a little whole where a cable release hook up should be. sounds like that's something i would have wanted. and sounds like maybe thinking i'll just use this lens at 1/30+ is silly?

    anyway, pulling over from the previous page ...




     
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    Just use some gaffers tape and jury rig it together until you can get a different lens with a proper release. Just make it secure, use more tape than you think you'd need and it will work.
     
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    ^don't think that will work. sticking the cable release in the little hole at any angle doesn't cause the lens to fire.
     
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    My guess is you're trying the pc connection. That's for firing strobelights n such.
     
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    oops. after looking at some more photos of large format lenses, i see that the missing piece just fixes the cable so that it presses the lever. so sticking the cable release in the hole certainly isn't going to work. alright, i will try tons of tape. or probably epoxy putty. thanks!

    the issue makes me think of this photograph ...

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-r0muzr5rB...g/Q99yKsZa7Mk/s1600/sallymannuntitled1974.jpg
     
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    Cable releases are threaded. You'll need to spin it into the hole.
     
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    i'd role my eyes at that, but a few moments ago i was sticking the pin of a cable release into a screw hole at different angles hoping it would cause the shutter to fire. so i suppose nothing is too obvious to state. in my defense, it's just a hole as opposed to a threaded hole.

    anyway, the hole is to attach a small metal fitting with a screw. the cable release would then screw into that fitting so that pressing the cable release would press the external shutter lever. that fitting is not there.
     
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    yeah. I meant to tape the cable to the lensboard above the known shutter release lever. Usually there is a sort of arm there with a threaded hole that sits just above the lever. It's nothing sophisticated. But a little bit that you screw the cable into so it sits above the release. It's funny that it's not there and doesn't seem to ever have been I'm wondering if the shutter is off some other system camera?

    You don't need it to be crazy tight. Just enough so that it doesn't come a little loose every time you do an exposure. Epoxy would probably be overkill.

    As for your tripod, no, it shouldn't be too jiggly, but that can kind of a challenge with monorails. I ended up getting a field camera, and preferred it a lot. Your tripod base should be as large as the rail block, and you'll need to make sure the tripod is rated for at least (if not significantly more) than the weight of the camera - and lucky for you, your camera weighs a ton.
     
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    Looks like the lens is missing this part to hold the cable release, think it isn't to difficult to improvise and create something to hold the relaease cable.

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    If the part is missing, it may be possible to locate a replacement with a bit of an online search. You might try posting over at the Large Format Photography forum. You could also try contacting the View Camera Store.

    More detailed photos of the lens would be much appreciated.
     
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