Lensmate Soft Release Button Installation & Tips
It is the nature of release mounts to be very shallow, this is because if they were made any deeper adding a soft release button could interfere with the cameras electronics.
All our custom soft release buttons come with a tiny O-ring. Once the button is installed correctly, the 0-ring puts a slight amount of pressure against the head of the button, stopping it from unscrewing itself with use.
- Place your camera on a hard surface like a table.
- Use your thumb and first 2 fingers to make a tripod.
- Hold the top of the button in your hand tripod, pressing down while turning - be sure to keep the button perpendicular to the camera to avoid cross threading.
- Turn until the button is tight.
The button is nice and secure when used as intended, pressing down. The button does not do well with sheer forces, so if it is bumped from the side going in and out of a camera bag or caught on a neck strap it can weaken the connection to the camera. This is true of all brands of soft release buttons.
To ensure a secure connection in situations as described above, we would recommend using a temporary product like loctite - it will be the blue version. Put a tiny amount of loctite on the buttons threads, not on the camera. You want a very small amount, otherwise you may not be able to remove the button later should you want to.
If you do not want to buy a bottle of loctite, and are ok with a semi permeant solution, you may use a tiny bit of clear nail polish. Put a drop on the threads of the button, you want the smallest amount possible so wipe off any excess, let the polish dry somewhat. You want it to be tacky to the touch.
Then follow the install instructions above.