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Linhof Heavy Duty Cable Release with T-Lock - 30"

BH #LICR30 • MFR #002434
Linhof Heavy Duty Cable Release with T-Lock - 30"
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Linhof Heavy Duty Cable Release with T-Lock Overview

The Linhof cable releases are ridiculously well made and built to last-one often encounters perfectly operational Linhof releases upon the secondhand market, manufactured more than half a century ago and with many thousands of exposures under their belt.  They have a particularly long, strong throw.  In fact, they are amongst a very short list of cable releases which can trigger Copal Press shutters(which release and cock again all in one action, requiring more force) with crisp reliability.

The 002434 is a 30" (76 cm) cable release that helps prevent camera shake for super telephoto shots, macrophotography and bulb exposures.  Cable releases are also quite handy for taking pictures of difficult-to-approach subjects as well as minimizing vibrations with closeup and lengthy timed exposures.

Rotating nipple
Durable coated finish resistant to moisture & dust
Broad, well-contoured plunger design
Classic T-lock mechanism
UPC: 053661095724

Linhof Heavy Duty Cable Release with T-Lock Specs

Cable Length
30" / 76.2 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.12 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
3.8 x 1.7 x 1.2"

Linhof Heavy Duty Cable Release with T-Lock Reviews

Excellent as expected.

By Orlando
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-26

Worked better than I thought. It has a long throw which makes it very useful for multiple brands of cameras that I use.

Great but pricey

By James M.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-17

I've used a number of brands in the past three years.. This is the one to get and it actually fits my cameras. Some of the cheaper brands are difficult to thread into some of cameras. You get what you pay for.

Excellent German craftsmanship

By Miller
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-28

I would expect nothing less from a company whose name is synonymous with quality and expert manufacturing. Not one iota of thoughtfulness was spared in the conceiving and execution of this little wonder. I will certainly get many years of perfect function from this beautifully crafted German cable release.

Solid German Manufacturing

By Miller
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-28

This is one beautiful little piece of machinery. Not one thing was skimped on in the crafting of this cable release. Quality that one would expect from a company whose name is synonymous with performance and dependability.

Well made, but does not actually have long throw

By Christopher
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-13

The short version of my review is that despite what the description says, this only gives you about 12.5 mm effective throw and my Copal press shutter needs about 13-13.5 mm to fire. I decided to buy this when I bought a used 4x5 outfit. The outfit didn't come with a cable release, and I have a few old ones passed down to me from the 70s/80s (originally used on SLRs etc.) that are a little longer but poor quality. What appealed to me was the idea of buying something like this once and having it for life. The difference in price is really not *that* much compared to a Gepe et al., so may as well have the best. To that end, I will say that it is certainly well made. The all-metal control/grip area is a pleasure to handle and use, though I think it could be a little bit bigger for easier handling without sacrificing its elegance. The screw lock feels confident. The cable itself is thick and feels very durable. The real key is that the action is super smooth and decisive-feeling even when the cable is coiled, which is what you don't get from the cheap cables. However, there are some issues. First, the length sounds long but is actually a little awkward. It's too long to just leave hanging, but at least with a 4x5 or larger camera it's not actually long enough to wrap around any part of the tripod. I stick it through the leather handle that my camera has (a Wista SP 4x5 field camera), but if your camera doesn't have something like that, it's awkward. 40 would probably be enough to wrap around part of the tripod, but this is the longest one Linhof makes. Second, as others have pointed out, the tip that screws in is very small and can be tricky to attach in some cases. You do gain some slight extra flexibility in exchange, but not as much as you might think and it's not enough that you could attach it inside a recessed lens board or anything like that. The flexibility may be useful in some circumstances, but a bigger grip for attachment would be better in almost all circumstances. It is not really a show-stopping issue, but it's the kind of thing that bugs you more and more over time, which is the opposite of what you want in a buy-it-for-life expensive item like this. Finally, the description for the Linhof cable releases all take pains to note that these are some of the very few cable releases available that have a long enough throw to fire Copal press shutters. The Wista SP 4x5 outfit I bought came with a lens with such a shutter. Specifically, because YMMV, it's labeled for Wista - S - No. 1 - you can actually still buy this same shutter new right here on B&H, listed as Wista #1 Press Shutter - Self-Cocking. The Linhof cable release does, in fact, fire this shutter, but - and this is a key but - only if the cable is held so that it is more or less straight for its whole length. I didn't realize this at first - because of its awkward length, that just happened to be how I was always holding it. But then I had the camera positioned for a unique shot for which I coiled the cable release slightly in a way I normally wouldn't... and the shutter didn't fire properly. I realized with a few seconds of testing that it just wasn't pushing in far enough. I straightened out the cable in the process of testing and it worked. I brought the lens and the cable release in to my repair person (lens needed a CLA anyway) and they couldn't find anything wrong with it, but they pointed out that the throw on the cable release seemed unusually short to them. All the cable releases they had around in the shop measured around 15-16mm. I can't guarantee that my particular press shutter doesn't need more throw than others. But I do think it's very strange that a shutter release cable advertised as having particularly long throw actually has shorter throw than average. It has about the same throw as the shorter cables I have that are meant for small cameras. Measured with calipers, I get about 14mm throw when it's perfectly straight, and more like 13.5mm if it's bent slightly as would be typical - still enough to fire the shutter, but any further bending shortens it beyond being able to fire. You only really get 12.5mm of guaranteed throw at any angle or amount of coiling of the cable. (To be fair, that is more than enough for the other two lenses I have which have standard Copal shutters.) I don't think my particular cable is a dud, either, because it looks identical in length in the product photos here. I bought one of the Gepe Pro models which have 21mm+ of throw (and the throw is adjustable). For less than half the price, though it's not as elegant, quality seems excellent and, importantly, it works flawlessly every time. FYI my understanding is that the Pro models from Gepe are the only ones guaranteed to have such a long throw (and seems that there are quality control issues with their cheaper line). One final thing that shouldn't matter but kinda does... if you're factoring in resale value into the high price of the Linhof cable, it does say Germany on it, but it doesn't say Linhof anywhere.

Excellent quality but major design flaw

By Ritch
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-02

As you can see in the images, the metal post with the knurled grip for screwing into the shutter is TOO SHORT. I can't get a grip with my fingers to tighten it sufficiently. Seems like a MAJOR oversight for such an otherwise well made (and expensive) item. The one I'm showing for comparison is about 9 long with no manufacturer's markings. Had it forever. Easy to screw on. Too bad, I waited for a few months before this was back in stock. I suppose it could work with an attachment but for the price it should be designed without needing one.

Recommended for both Pentax 67 and ZeroImage 69

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-25

There are many, many cable releases out there, all designed to do one thing: press down on the nib in the shutter button recess and release the shutter. Simple? Well, not necessarily so. Some shutters will not trigger with many cable releases, particularly those with deep recesses or long throws. This is where these made-for-purpose cable releases come into their own. Until I purchased one I had loaned one from a collegue and it is a perfect trigger match for both the Pentax 67 and ZeroImage 69 multiformat pinhole camera - both of which have long-throw shutter releases and require the extra pin length of the Linhof cable. Definitely not a purchase to regret, despite it being the most expensive cable release I have ever bought in 46 years of photography!

Challenging Usage

By Colin Alexander
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-25

This cable release doesn't have an autolock like others I have used and while this makes sense in B mode photos from the 1-5 second range, having to turn the lock to hold the plunger is a nuisance especially when trying to prevent movement in the camera

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will this cable release work with my Leica M Typ 240?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, this cable release will work with a Leica M 240.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Will this work with a Mamiya 7?

Will this work with a Mamiya 7?
Asked by: Anthony
Yes, it will work with the Mamiya 7.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2019-08-12


Will this release fit a 90mm lens for the Fuji GX617?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, this cable release would fit a 90mm lens mounted on a Fuji GX617.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Will this work with a Leica M6?

Will this work with a Leica M6?
Asked by: Benjamin
Yes Linhof Heavy-Duty Cable Release with T-Lock (21") is compatible with the Leica M6.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2023-03-14


Can this cable release be used on a Nikon DSLR, specifically the Df? Thanks in advance.
Asked by: Anonymous
That cable release can be used with the Nikon Df, but that would be the only Nikon digital camera it is compatible with.
Answered by: Matthew C.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Could it be used with Sony DSC-RX1?Thanks.
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the Linhof Cable Release is compatible with the Sony RX-1.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will this work with a Leica M240?
Asked by: Wayne
I think it would work. The Linhof cable release has a regular cone shape thread. Kinda universal size. You better check it out on your own first.
Answered by: Monica A.
Date published: 2018-08-27

How long is the throw? I need 7/8"

How long is the throw? I need 7/8"
Asked by: Rudy
According to the MFR the throw is 1.7~1.8cm.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2022-09-15
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