Bug-O Soft Release - Red
We use solid brass to make the BUG-O Bip, because it does not bind in threads and does not break easily – unlike some metals – eliminating the possibility of our soft releases jamming or snapping off in the shutter button.
The BUG-O Bip is manufactured to very high tolerances using computer-controlled CNC machining. Also, our soft releases are individually boxed after painting, keeping them in pristine condition until they reach you.
First, the profile of the BUG-O Bip have been carefully designed to release the shutter button gently and smoothly as well as for comfort. The height of a domed convex profile and its curvature or the curve of a concave shape are crucial for the soft release to work correctly and minimize camera shake.
Secondly, soft releases from some other companies work loose because they have angled or knurled edges that catch on bags, clothing, and anything else. BUG-O Bip is perfectly smooth and won't catch on anything. This, in combination with their accurate computer controlled- thread cutting, means that BUG-O Bip will stay on your camera!
The BUG-O Bip has a domed (convex) profile with a side rubberized O-ring. This soft release can be pressed with your finger in the same way as Boop. But there is another technique that can be used with convex soft releases that reduces camera shake to the minimum – think of squeezing the trigger of a target pistol.
1. Control your breathing – take a breath, let it out, inhale normally, exhale a little until comfortable, then hold your breath.
2. Place your finger across the top of Bip so that the soft release is between your first and second joints – the exact position depends on the length of your finger and comfort.
3. Apply pressure to depress the shutter button partway (on the Leica M7 and M8, this is the point at which the exposure is locked in AE mode).
4. Continue squeezing gently until the shutter fires.
This technique may need a little practice, but, once mastered, it can allow you to hand hold your camera one stop slower by not only minimizing jerking (caused by pressing the shutter button too aggressively) but also by preventing flinching (a reflex caused by anticipating when the shutter will release) – if done properly, you will not be able to tell when the shutter will release, so you won't flinch.