Olympus OM system close-up and macro equipment

Double Cable Release


The Double Cable Release is intended for use with the Auto Bellows, and allows the auto diaphragm of a Zuiko lens to be closed just before the shutter is released.

Double Cable Release

Olympus OM Double Cable Release

The shorter of the 2 cables is attached to the camera. The longer cable, which has a red ring near its tip, is attached to the lens mount of the Auto Bellows; the socket is on the same side as the smaller knob.

The length of the needle in the longer cable must be adjusted so that the shutter is tripped just after the diaphragm is fully closed. This adjustment only needs to be done once, and has to be done when there is not a film in the camera. There are instructions in the manual for the Bellows.

The double cable release provides automatic diaphragm operation with the 4 auto bellows macro lenses, the 3 ordinary auto macro lenses, and with non-macro lenses.

US catalog no. 104-110
Introduced 1972
Discontinued 2002

Manual for Macrophotography Group

Extract reproduced with permission from the copyright owner, Olympus Optical Co., Ltd
Printed 0777


• The two needles at the ends of the double cable release must be adjusted before loading film in the camera.

When using standard lenses or the Zuiko Macro Lens 50mm F3.5 with the Auto Bellows, you can retain automatic stop-down exposure operation by using the double cable release. To ensure proper operation, the double cable release must be adjusted to synchronize the actions of the lens diaphragm and camera shutter at the moment of exposure.

In auto bellows operation, the diaphragm blades must close to the pre-selected aperture at the moment the shutter release is triggered. To assure this synchronization, the longer needle length must be adjusted by turning the knurled ring. The longer needle (upper in photo, left) is connected to the lens mount board and the shorter needle (lower) is threaded into the shutter release button on the camera.

Use the following procedure to test the synchronization of the cable release and repeat it until proper operation is assured. (Ascertain that the selector lever of the OM-2 is set at the “MANUAL” position prior to steps below.)

  1. Set the camera shutter speed ring to the “B” (bulb) position.
  2. Set the lens aperture ring to the minimum aperture.
  3. Open the camera back.
  4. Release the shutter slowly by pressing the plunger on the double cable release.
  5. Look through the back of the camera. As the shutter opens, the diaphragm blades should close to the preselected aperture.
  6. Apply additional pressure to the plunger. If the diaphragm blades continue to close, make the needle in the lens mount board longer. Re-test until no further movement of the blades can be seen when the plunger is fully depressed.

• Timer Screw

To take time exposures (over 1 second), first rotate the timer screw counter-clockwise and press the double cable release plunger. Tighten the screw until the plunger remains depressed even after your finger is removed. When the exposure has been completed, loosen the timer screw. The plunger will then return to its original position.

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Olympus OM system close-up and macro equipment