Soft release buttons
I have used shutter soft shutter release buttons for more years than I like to admit to and the reasons for using them are pretty simple.
First of all, there are two types of soft shutter releases. The ones that have been around for years have been the type that screw into the shutter release on a camera. There are a few manufacturers that use this type of shutter release the original purpose, for screwing in a cable release that would fire the camera via the cable a few inches or in some cases a few feet away. That is the end of the history lesson.
Cameras such as most Leica cameras, and the Fuji Xpro1 and Xpro2 and XE series are the ones that come to mind.
Then there are the majority of cameras that do not have a screw in thread, but do have a button which is okay but far from perfect for a smooth and quick release of the shutter.
No matter which type of camera you have, the soft shutter release button will help provide a smooth travel of the shutter release with a minimum of pressure providing speed and steadiness which for some reason has escaped most camera manufacturers.
- A soft release places the first joint of the shutter finger over the shutter button. Properly designed soft release buttons are designed to fit very comfortably under the index finger first joint, enabling a softer shutter release and allowing lower shutter speeds without shake.
- You can also finger tip.with a concave model.
- Properly soft release buttons are equipped with an o-ring around the threaded shaft which creates friction between the soft release and shutter, preventing accidental loosening. I only say this because there are cheap ones that do not use a rubber o ring and they can unscrew and get lost just from movement in a camera bag or rubbing clothing.
My choice for for soft release buttons that are threaded is LENSMATE and no I am not affiliated with them nor do I benefit from highlighting their product.
For those cameras which do not have a screw in thread you can get a soft release from LOLUMNIA.
This soft release, which I use on a Fuji XT1, and it will work on all Nikon, Canon, Pentax, etc. It uses a special 3M stick on pad that incorporates a tapered screw with a rubber bumper. Then you choose which color you want for your soft release button. That button screws on to the post and it is VERY SECURE. And again I am not affiliated with them nor do I benefit from highlighting their product.
Balance plays a big role in how your final in camera image is going to look. A thumb rest on small mirrorless cameras provide stability and comfort.
A thumb rest enables you to hold your Leica M series and others or Fuji X camera or Sony RX’s with improved balance, comfort, and security. It is pretty certain that have more
control over getting the compositions right, your images sharper, with the added benefit of a more secure way of holding on to your body and lens.
These are accessories that go beyond dressing up your camera gear. They are all highly functional and could make your photography experience better.
- The sculpted thumbrest relaxes your grip on the camera, reduces camera shake and allows slower shutter speeds.
- Makes one handed operation easier and prevents unintentional button presses. Camera specific design retains access to all controls.
- Integrated silicone insert provides both thumb grip and bumper between the rest and camera body.
- Silicone insert in the hot shoe tab provides resistance to unintentional ejection.
- Machined out of solid 6061 Aluminum rod, then bead blasted for texture and anodized for a tough finish. Cost $59.95.