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Review Gariz Soft Release Buttons

Discussion in 'Reviews, Tests, & Shootouts' started by Amin Sabet, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Soft release buttons aka "softies" are buttons which create a larger, more protuberant shutter release button on your camera. On Leica rangefinder cameras, there is a threaded hole in the shutter release button for the cable release, and you screw the soft release button into that cable release thread.

    The purpose of the soft release button is to make it smoother and more comfortable to trigger the shutter release and thereby improve the sharpness of images taken at slow shutter speeds. The buttons come in a variety of designs with either concave or convex designs.

    Since our Micro 4/3 camera shutter release buttons lack a cable release thread, there is no way to use traditional soft release buttons made for Leica cameras. A Korean company called Gariz makes stick-on soft release buttons which serve the same purpose, and after learning about these from one of our members, I decided to give them a try.

    Gariz buttons come in either convex or concave designs. The convex buttons come in sets of red/black, and the concave in silver/gold. I chose the convex design since it allows me to comfortably hook my finger around the button. Also, I like the red :smile:.

    Here's what they look like in the packaging (photo from Rakuten Worldwide : Rakuten, Inc.):

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    My E-P3 with the red Gariz soft release button (also Aki-Asahi skin and Gariz leather half case):

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    Next to the E-PM1:

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    The soft release changes the way I shoot these cameras, using the inside of my first knuckle instead of the finger tip:

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    The soft release improves comfort and seems to improve my ability to hold the camera steady at slow shutter speeds. $12 well spent!

    I bought my soft release buttons from Pricejin on Ebay. The free economy shipping took about 3 weeks.

    [Thanks joseetan]
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2016
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  2. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Thanks Amin!

    Question - is it still very easy to half press to lock focus and recompose, before triggering the shutter?
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Yes, still easy to do that with the soft release installed. I've misfired a few times, but I think that's just a matter of getting used to the new release. It is a bit more sensitive.
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  4. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Oh, one other question I meant to ask. Does it seem you could remove it easily enough? That is, it wouldn't damage the camera on removal, would it?
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I don't have an answer for that one. I'm more concerned that it might get removed too easily, for example in the process of putting it into my coat pocket. So far it seems to be a sturdy attachment.
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  6. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Interesting. Have you tried it on a Panny body? I was surprised to find that the G2's shutter feels a lot different (for the worse) compared to my Olys.
  7. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    I've had mine on my gf1 for about 3 months and still feels like it's not about to come off any time soon.

    For something so simple I feel it is an improvement on the shutter button. For me....it's not a gimmick, I feel it works.
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  8. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    I use them on my M9/7 and X100. I love them!!
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  9. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    The button looks HUGE on the E-PM1! Lol :rofl:

    I fear I may have to buy these buttons. I'm a sucker for red too. :tongue:
  10. agwe

    agwe Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    Thanks for the review Amin! I've seen these on some dslrs here but never on a m43 body. Think it's time to pimp my gf1. Thankfully there's a local distributor here in Manila so its just an overnight shipment away.

    my HTC Desire sent this
  11. darrenleow

    darrenleow Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    Got a set already on the way and this review is only making me impatient. It's gonna be a long wait still....
  12. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Gosh, I am really tempted to order one set for my E-P3, since I sometimes have to hold my camera in an awkward position, with my right hand holding my 3-year-old kid, leaving me with my left hand trying to reach for the shutter release button from the front of the camera (Can you imagine that?)

    My main concern is that the release button on the E-P3 seems too sensitive already for most non-DSLR users, that no casual user (my wife included) will be able to half-press the button and focus properly on my E-P3 after I added the Gariz soft button. Anyone here has such an experience, or am I the only one who is letting others use my camera?
  13. Spaceghost33

    Spaceghost33 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    Christopher Stelter
    Tried em'

    I tried one of these on my GF1 and it worked well enough, I just grew tired of it. Didn't seem to help me much, but that might just be personal preference. It removes just fine and doesn't damage the camera (as long as you're careful). I wish they didn't put their logo on it, would look better in just red or black.
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  14. Sieg

    Sieg New to Mu-43

    Oct 6, 2011
    Hey agwe! can you point me to that local distributor you were talking about? wanna try one on my gf2. Thanks!
  15. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Dublin, IE
    Thank you, Amin. I has been eyeing one of these for a long time, and your review was enough for me to finally click the 'Buy it now' button.
  16. winx14

    winx14 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 1, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Anyone try a DIY version of this? In hindsight, it sounds simple enough: 3M double sided tape, a circular button.

    I want to order it, but the shipping times are ridiculous. Sometimes when I order stuff from Asia, they come in the mail and I totally forgot about them.
  17. agwe

    agwe Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    Here you go:

  18. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    I have one of these too. I rather like it for my E-P2, and have always been satisfied with Gariz products. I also have a neck strap. I don't have a Gariz case though, as they seemingly don't make one for the E-P2 :(  I like that the batter and card can be removed from their cases without having to take the whole case off.
  19. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I looked for one to fit my E-P1 as well. Nice looking cases.
  20. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    Tell me about it...

    "Can you take a picture of us? Hold the shutter down lightly 'till it focuses then press down."

    *click click click click click click click click click*

    "hmm...thanks for the 15 blurry pictures" :rolleyes:  :smile:

    PS- Sometimes the E-P3 touch-n-shoot feature is a blessing. "Just touch the face...thank you."
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