There were several main factors that needed to be fixed. The first glaring problem was that the foam had deteriorated. It would crumble in my hands. So that needed to be removed and replaced. The next step was to bring the shutter release up to date. Then finally, installing some new foam.
|Step 1. Remove the nasty foam...|
|The original button. Shutter release only.|
Not only was it a 3-pin adapter instead of the 10-pin needed for the Nikon D300, but this Jacobson was build before the days of autofocus. That means there was only one button, the shutter release, but no button for autofocus. The one button was on the back of the blimp, and we wanted to put the second release on the front. I ordered a small switch from mcmaster.com (which is a great website full of DIY goodies), and a D300 shutter release from Amazon. Really all I needed from the shutter release was the D300 pin adapter. I stripped the wires of the D300 pin adapter and soldered them to the two buttons on the Jacobson. Hold one for autofocus, and tap them both to shoot.
|The new button, all wired up.|
|Second button installed to enable autofocus.|