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Richard Franiec offers clip-on cable-release mount for Samsung NX200

By dpreview staff on Apr 16, 2012 at 07:12 GMT

Accessory maker Richard Franiec has announced a clip-on cable-release mount for the Samsung NX200. The NX200 has no infrared or USB cable release option, so Franiec has created an arm that extends from the hot shoe to the shutter button and adds a thread to screw in a traditional mechanical cable release. The mount, made from the engineering polymer Delrin, will cost $19.95.


Press Announcement

New Samsung NX200 Custom Mechanical Cable Release Adapter (CMCRA-NX200)

Addressing the discontent of NX200 users who would want to expand the control of shutter release beyond finger press or reliance on self timer, this adapter is designed to do just that.

Precision machined from black Delrin, the adapter uses hot shoe as a stable anchor for perfectly positioned cable release point over the shutter button. Profile of the adapter does not interfere with on/off lever or any other vital camera controls.

Focus acquisition by half press shutter via cable release is very well controlled.

The adapter will become available by end of April 2012 for the price of $19.95.

Note: cable release is not included as this is a subject of user personal preference (length, brand, looks or any specific factors). All standard cables will fit the adapter, even old, collecting the dust ones.”

Comments

Total comments: 37
fotobo
By fotobo (Apr 19, 2012)

New NX210 now has smart phone remote via wi-fi. Cool!
Please make one of these mechanical cable release adapter for the Olympus Pen E-PL1. but keep the hot shoe and the pop-up flash usable. :) Lot more of these around with frustrated owners. ;)

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DemonDuck
By DemonDuck (Apr 17, 2012)

I had one of his cable release adapters for my Panasonic LX3. It worked great. So I contacted Richard Franiec and asked him if he could develop some kind of cable release adapter for my NEX c3. He said that if he got enough requests for one, he would consider trying to develop one. Here's his reply.

Richard Franiec wrote:
> > Hi Ken,
> >
> > I try to develop my accessories based on the user feedback (demand).
> > If I'll have enough potential buyers to support particular project,
> > everything is possible.
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> > Richard

So if you want to have Richard develop a cable release adapter for the NEX cameras send him a brief email -- see below.

You can contact Richard through his web site:

http://www.kleptography.com/rf/

His email addresses are:

tecsol@comcast.net

rfraniec@yahoo.com

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yukonchris
By yukonchris (Apr 17, 2012)

Why don't these camera makers simply provide a tapped cable hole on the shutter button any more - at least as good, if not better, than an electronic cable release in most circumstances. An example of one of those things that wasn't broken but got fixed anyway I guess...

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Apr 18, 2012)

It's not even close in functionality to an electronic cable release - you easily transfer forces through the cable release which will spoil the picture. So it's a crutch and it's inexcusable by the manufacturer not to have an electronic cable release port built into the camera.

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Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (Apr 18, 2012)

When used as intended, forces transferred by mechanical cable release cancel each other and won't result in camera movement. This is a proven fact as the concept works already for decades. On the other hand, sloppy handling, including taut cable (mechanical or electronic) can result in unwanted movements.Wireless systems possibly work best except when battery is dead.

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solarsky
By solarsky (Apr 16, 2012)

I've got one of Richard Franiec's custom camera grips and also one of these custom mechanical cable release adapters for my Sigma DP2s and it's all TOP-quality!
Buy this stuff, if you know what's good for you(r camera) ;-)

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Apr 16, 2012)

Nice idea - seems a shame to block the hotshoe, though - but what I want, what I really really want, is a slimline vertical grip or at least a second shutter button in portrait orientation. Not just for the NX200 but for mirrorless cameras in general. Even if it has to be a metal arm, like this, with a lump of empty, batteryless plastic in it.

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rondhamalam
By rondhamalam (Apr 16, 2012)

Does it have Film chamber at the back?

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Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (Apr 16, 2012)

What's with the tags at the top of the page? Samsung (who ballsed up) but not Richard Franiec (who created the fix)?

And well done Franiec for offering this gadget at a fair price - makes a pleasant change in this industry.

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Yves P.
By Yves P. (Apr 16, 2012)

C'est n'importe quoi ...

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audijam
By audijam (Apr 16, 2012)

d.u.m.b.

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Tech Talk Tony
By Tech Talk Tony (Apr 16, 2012)

D. U. M. B. = digital universe mind bender

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solarsky
By solarsky (Apr 16, 2012)

D.U.M.B. = deep underground military base

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Revenant
By Revenant (Apr 16, 2012)

D.U.M.B. = Don't use more bandwidth.

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diforbes
By diforbes (Apr 16, 2012)

Does he make these for other cameras? It's a great idea if a wireless remote is not available. Old school.

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MartinaB
By MartinaB (Apr 16, 2012)

This is news for the worlds biggest camera site? - a cable release?

Two things come to mind, friends in high places or DP just wants to irritate all the other small companies they ignore.

; )

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Tech Talk Tony
By Tech Talk Tony (Apr 16, 2012)

It also shows that they cover smalls as well as big news. Deal with it.

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MartinaB
By MartinaB (Apr 20, 2012)

I don't mind the smalls being covered. It's the inconsistency and bias.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Apr 16, 2012)

Seems odd that Samsung would not put a remote receiver in this camera. I use the remotes for my cams from time to time and while not always in use, they are necessary and will be used sometime.

More fail from Samsung.

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Tech Talk Tony
By Tech Talk Tony (Apr 16, 2012)

It's easy to take shots at camera manufacturers, pointless too.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Apr 16, 2012)

To cover up the hot shoe is to limit the camera's functionality.

For the same price they could had added an extended hot shoe on top of the camera's hot shoe.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 16, 2012)

How would it be the same price? Even a cold shoe costs some money. A hot shoe requires more, and a full TTL pass though would require some reverse engineering.

Either way, you are just looking for something to complain about. This solves one problem, not all problems.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Apr 16, 2012)

It solves a problem by creating another problem, it blocks off the hot shoe.

Have you heard of using ring flashes or off camera flashes when using a remote control, mechancal or electrical?

Your statement that I am looking for something to complain about is incorrect and unacceptable and rude, and shows your ignorance on the subject.

Hopefully you just learned something.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 17, 2012)

This response further proves you have a delicate constitution.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Apr 16, 2012)

neat design. also a reasonable price.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Apr 16, 2012)

What a pity that such a crutch is needed at all in a modern camera - this truly is sign of a warped sense of design vs. functionality by the manufacturer.

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viking79
By viking79 (Apr 16, 2012)

I agree, it is like a camera such as a Nikon D4 or Canon 1Dx requiring the purchase of an external unit for wireless transfer when that should just come built into the camera.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Apr 18, 2012)

Not quite. Adding a wireless transfer unit to the camera will make the camera more expensive, put constraints on the design of the hull (see the Apple iPhone antenna debacle) and - most importantly - would make the camera unfeasible for some as Wifi is not legal everywhere in the world without extensive unit testing - which can take up to 3/4 of a year to complete in some areas!

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Fred Briggs
By Fred Briggs (Apr 16, 2012)

Very neat piece of kit but I would have doubts about the effectiveness. Buit-in releases, at least modern ones, normally use an electrical signal to trigger the shutter so no mechanical force is involved and hence no virgration to the camera - one of the main reasons such devices are used.

In contrast this adapter (admittedly cleverly) appears to use the the release cable to mechanically operate the standard shutter button. I would imagine that unlike an electrical cable, this will not be a vibration free way of actuating the shutter, though probably an improvement on direct manual actuation.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Apr 16, 2012)

Mechanical cable releases have worked like this for a very long time, Fred. The forces cancel each other out exactly, since the plunger reacts against its holder with equal force to its downward force on the shutter-release button.

There still exists the possibility of direct transmission of your hand movement through the momentarily taut cable, but with a little care, that should be very small. As you surmise, this release will be a great improvement over stabbing the shutter release with a stubby finger!

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JWest
By JWest (Apr 16, 2012)

I still find it utterly bizarre that Samsung would omit a remote shutter release jack from the NX200. My ageing NX100 has one. In every other respect the NX200 is a really professional piece of kit.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Apr 16, 2012)

It's because the Samsung fanboys on that forum defend everything the company does. I'm sure they're rationalizing why it was a good decision to make.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 16, 2012)

How can people rationalizing a decision be the cause of that decision? The flow diagram for that one would be interesting.

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bencotto
By bencotto (Apr 16, 2012)

I'd love this for my e-pl1 (i already have it for my lx-3).

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blue camera
By blue camera (Apr 16, 2012)

Hama makes a universal add-on cable release that is basically a velcro wrap. Maybe it would work for you in a, pun intended, "pinch." I have only seen it online; no experience with it.

http://www.hama.de/00005345/hama-cable-release-for-digital-cameras

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-Cable-Release-Digital-Cameras/dp/B000CDGWDE

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fotobo
By fotobo (Apr 16, 2012)

Tons more of Oly's E-PL1's in need of this. Anyway to keep the hot shoe still available by a wrap design? Button placement prevents use of the Hama velcro design on the E-PL1.

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bencotto
By bencotto (Apr 16, 2012)

@blue camera: thanks! i wasn't aware of this velcro thingy
@fotobo: too bad it doesn't work on the e-pl1, though.

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