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Tom Abrahamsson's Shutter Soft Release - Classic Size or Mini  

Many experienced shooters report the larger Classic Soft Release and the smaller MiniSoftRelease button actually helps take sharper pics.  By helping you squeeze the shutter more gently, there is less camera movement and sharper pics.   They are one accessory which can help you take better shots -- if you are careful shooter.   On the other hand, if you're the type that clinches down on your shutter release with the 2,000 lbs. psi jaw strength of an alligator, it's not going to make much difference if you use a soft release or not, or what type of lens or film you use, or even if you bother to load your camera with film at all.   The larger Classic size is best for a Leica M body (except the M240 and ME) -- BUT the Mini is more versatile as it will fit cameras the Classic will not while STILL fitting Leica M bodies as well.   Please note that Leica changed the shutter release thread on the M240 and ME, which means you must use the M240 version of the Classic Soft Release on those cameras.


They are other soft releases on the market. Why use Tom's?  It's better.  Seriously.




Standard MiniSoftRelease for Voigtlander Bessa R3M, R2M, R3A, R2A, R2, R, T, and L (not R2S & R2C) Black or Chrome (AND most cameras using standard mechanical cable releases).  

So what kind of a photographer would shoot with an old beat up Leica CL like this one?  A photographer named Al Kaplan.

    WHAT IS A MiniSoftRelease?

Collectors: Your eyes do not deceive you: the photo does indeed show the  ultra rare MiniSoftRelease prototype.     I wonder if that guy Barnack realized the collector value of his prototypes.  The 1st Elmax Leica A or black motorized Nikon SP takes it. (grin)

The MiniSoftRelease is a simple idea, but a great idea.  The difference will surprise you.

What's a MiniSoftRelease?   Well, it's not anything you will find in the Kinsey report.  A MiniSoftRelease is the mini version of Tom  Abrahamsson's  popular Soft Release button which improves even the likes of the fabled Leica M6 and M7.    Either big or small version might seem a bit un-necessary, UNTIL you try them: then you will understand.    These darn things make picture taking bit easier,  faster and smoother.  For only 15 bucks  you will have a hard time finding a more cost effective improvement  to your Cosina Voigtlander Bessa -- or Leica M for that matter. 

The Bessa's shutter release is smooth and comfortable, but Tom Abrahamsson's  MSR in Chrome or  Black  make it better.  If you own the Cosina Voigtlander Bessa L, T, R or R2,  buy the MiniSoftRelease.   

How does the MiniSoftRelease work? Just gently screw it clockwise into the threaded cable release socket atop of your shutter release.    According to my super precision $1.00 closeout sale plastic calipers, the MiniSoftRelease measures 10 mm in diameter and adds an astounding 4 mm in height to your shutter release.   

Like most mechanical cameras (and many electronic cameras), the Cosina Voigtlander Bessas use a standard inexpensive mechanical cable release via the threaded socket on the shutter release..      The lowly mechanical cable release was never appreciated much,  until some diabolical camera designer from the dark side realized they could squeeze out another $50 per sale by requiring the damned specialized electronic cable releases which are only good with a particular camera.   To make it worse, you have to buy different @&*~#! electronic shutter releases for different @&*~#! electronic cameras.   grrrrrr. 

Construction: Unlike cheaper stamped competitors, the MiniSoftRelease is machined from quality aerospace alloy on a CNC (computer numerically controlled) machining machine.  It will NOT bend and break off from your shutter release.   The edge is knurled to easily mount, or un-mount it.  Two colors are available: chrome or black.    Some photogs use the different color Soft Release to indicate different types of film loaded in the camera.    

About the only negative I can think of is the MSR will help you take pics a bit easier, even if you don't mean to.   In other words,  the raised shutter height of the MSR will inadvertently trip your shutter faster and better in your camera bag if the camera is put away with the shutter cocked.  This strikes me as a small price to pay for its benefits.   The MSR will fit on the Bessa R2S/C,  but not as well. Cosina changed the cable release thread on the R2S/C for some reason.  Now the MSR will not screw down as far into the cable release socket.

Gray Voigtlander R3A with 40/1.4 SC Single Coat lens, side grip, deluxe strap, LH-6 lens hood and Abrahamsson Mini-Soft Release.


The MiniSoftRelease fits most mechanical cameras using a standard mechanical cable release, including 

Will the MiniSoftRelease Fit YOUR camera?  IF your round shutter release button has a threaded socket for a mechanical cable release,  the chances are the MiniSoftRelease will work.  The MiniSoftRelease will NOT fit cameras requiring a cable release adapter which fits OVER the shutter release (instead of screwing INTO the shutter release), such as  Nikon rangefinders, classic Contax Rangefinders, Nikon F and F2, and Leica screw mount rangefinders.  

RangeFinderForum 10th Anniversary Classic Soft Release  2004-2014   SOLD OUT

ONLY 100 Produced!  Get them while you can !  As you can see, they came out BEAUTIFULLY!


Ever wonder what 100 Soft Releases look like?
 Props are a Midland M4, military M2S, and unmarked IIIC K.


RFF Softies - Mini and Classic Size Sold Out

  Only 99 of each size produced world wide!



Special Edition Mr. B Softie

Only 85 Produced World Wide! Sold Out.

This special limited edition Mr. Barnack the Cat Softie was produced by Tom Abrahamsson of Rapidwinder fame in December 2009. 

The first edition as shown here had a total world wide production of only 85 units!  It proved a quick sell out at!



This is a full size Softie, suitable for all Leica M cameras.  While Mr. Barnack is not saying if more Mr. B softies will be produced,

 he is determined no more will be produced in this distinctive 1st edition color scheme!

Tom and his owner Mr. Barnack the Cat, at their castle in Vancouver Canada

Mr. B RIP 2010

Tom RIP 2017

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