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EagleEye Opticzoom Generic cable-release adapter bracket
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3 40792 Mon April 16, 2007
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33% of reviewers None indicated 5.3

Description: Cable-release bracket. Fits numerous cameras and allows use of cable-release to reduce camera shake when taking photos at high magnification.
Fits via camera tripod socket.

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Andy Bright


Registered: August 2002
Location: Watford
Posts: 4945
Review Date: Sun October 26, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: build quality

This is the new generic cable-release bracket from EagleEye Opticzooms, fitting most digital cameras (and probably plenty of 35mm compacts). In most respects this is identical to the Jessop's version.... there's not much scope for radical design in these things.
The main differences between the two are:
The new EagleEye version is devoid of plastic, the part where your cable-release screws into is metal and it's thread is unlikely to be damaged with regular use.
The section where your cable-release screws into is a far simpler affair than the Jessops model as it cannot rotate.... so the release probe is always vertical. If you knocked the Jessops version you could end up with the probe coming out at a odd angle and not tripping the shutter button. This may not be quite as good for those with slanted shutter release buttons (cp4300 and some others). All of my cable-releases fitted o.k. The main support post doesn't look as if it can turn on the base, which is good, where-as the Jessops can.... but you can tighten with an Allen key.

The EagleEye device has a slimmer build all round, so no need to get the file out to remove excess metal at the base to allow a change of batteries. The base has one long slot for adjusting how far out you want the cable-release to extend from the camera, the bolt that secures the bracket to the camera fits into this slot but is one of those designs that means it can't fall out. This bolt is quite small, has a knurled edge and has a receiving thread to allow the whole set-up to be mounted upon a tripod.
I felt that the EagleEye bracket was more secure/stable in use than the Jessops version and quicker to set-up/align. I wouldn't expect someone using the Jessops to bother purchasing this item... but it's an alternative for newcomers to digiscoping, as well as a bit easier to order for some overseas digiscopers.

also, if you're particularly bored, try - mediocre aviation photography
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Registered: January 2003
Location: Hakodate Hokkaido Japan
Posts: 1971
Review Date: Thu December 21, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: easy to use, works with lots of different set-ups
Cons: flimsy, bits fall off,threads wear out

I bought one of these earlier in the year. It definitely works on all set-ups but I was a bit disappointed with it to be honest.

Firstly the arm (the bit where the cable screws in) fell off and was lost. It tended to work loose and there\'s nothing at the top of the main column to prevent it slipping off. I called Eagle-eye to ask if they could replace this small part and they were rather rude and dismissive and I ended up having to buy the whole thing again. After 2 or 3 months the place on the (new) arm where the cable screws in lost its thread and is now useless (the cable doesn\'t screw in anymore).

I ended up buying a similar product from another company.

This product DOES work and is definitely better than nothing. However it just doesn\'t last long enough. Maybe I was just unlucky but after 2 letdowns I won\'t be re-odering this again.

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Registered: April 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Posts: 71
Review Date: Mon April 16, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 2 

Cons: Thredds stripped in 1 month of light use/Plastic sheeth comes loose

Will find a similar product with a stronger frame and consider this a misfortunate buy.
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