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Locking the Shutter
I think the feature I miss most on the TL120 is a shutter locking
mechanism. The shutter is cocked only during the first stroke of the film
advance lever which leaves you two options:
- Carry the TL120 un-cocked. The shutter can't accidentally
fire and waste an image, but you must advance the film before you
are ready to shoot. It guarantees no wasted images but also
means the camera is never-ready.
- Carry the TL120 advanced and cocked. You will always be
ready for your next shot but you run the risk of tripping the
shutter as you put the camera in your pack. This wastes an
image and means the camera you thought was advanced and ready to
shoot now needs to be advanced and cocked again.
I prefer option 2 but was too frequently tripping the shutter by
accident. For $11, I cured the problem without having to open the
|A Nikon AR-9 "Soft Shutter Release"
B&H plus $3.70 postage)
|A Mexican 50¢ piece
Remove the plastic bit from the AR-9 and grind or file the chrome off
the top surface.
Use a dremel tool to grind a small relief in the back of the 50¢
Solder the AR-9 into the recess in the 50¢ piece
Screw your new shutter lock into the cable-release socket of your
TL120. If you ground a deep enough recess in the back of the
50¢ piece, the rim of the coin will strike the rim of the shutter
button before the shutter can fire. I didn't get mine exactly right
so had to shim the bottom with a ring of black flocking paper.
I can free the shutter and return the camera to its original condition
by unscrewing the shutter lock and putting it in my pocket. The
irregular edge on the 50¢ piece means it is also easy to back
the lock out one turn with my finger tip. This creates sufficient button
travel to fire the shutter and its equally easy to spin the lock back into
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