CHEAP DIY cable release adaptor for TLR Yashica, Nikon and Leica

So I have been wanting to get a cable release for my Yashica D Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera for a while, have a few normal screw on type which are used on my over film cameras, but Yashica TLRs and from what I believe early Nikons and Leica use this screw over type.

I had found a few cable releases to fit for around £20 on eBay the Nikon AR-2 being a popular one, I also found a few adaptors for around £10-£15.

However I found a cheaper option, I discovered the thread over the shutter is the same as a standard Schrader valve as found on most cars and bicycles and you can pick up valve dust caps for very cheap.

I found my set for £1.99 on eBay (free delivery) for 4, also loads available on Amazon 
You can find a set of 2 for Bikes, or a set of 4 for cars.

What to look for:

  • Metal caps are best
  • Make sure its the same size thread
  • Make sure the thread comes all the way to the end of the dust cap
  • The top is flat to drill through
What you need
  • Electric Drill
  • 1.5mm and 3mm drill bit
  • Small screw or tap and die set 
  • Pliers

Step by step guide:

Step 1
Mark the centre.

Step 2
Drill pilot hole with 1.5mm drill bit

Step 3
Drill 3mm hole
You may need some pliers or something similar to hold the the cap in place 

Step 4
If you have a tap and die set thread the hole with that, or use a small tight threaded screw and screw it through the centre hole, this is enough for the cable release thread to catch and hold.

Step 5

One of the great thing with being able to use dust caps is the large selection of colours and styles available so you can really customise your old Yashica TLR to suit you. 
Really pleased with this and works a treat.


  1. This is such a great tip. thanks !

  2. I'd be happy to buy one of these from you and pay for shipping, too. I have a Yashica-Mat Copal MXV.

  3. I'd be happy to buy one of these from you and pay for shipping, too. I have a Yashica-Mat Copal MXV.

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  5. That's brilliant! Will be doing this soon!

  6. Great stuff Will, came across this post while looking for a cable release adapter for a Miranda D , works for this camera too, top job 👍


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