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SirPuttsAlot Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Sep 2011Sat 29-Oct-11 12:44 PM
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"Strap for D7000?"


Poughquag, US
          

As my setup has gotten larger and heavier since I purchased it I find the strap that came with the D7000 very uncomfortable and it's time to replace it. I'm looking for something that I can use that is versatile, I can use walking around on vacation or indoors at a party.

My current setup is as follows:
D7000
MB-D11 Grip
SB-700 Flash
24-70 f/2.8 lens

In searching I stumbled across a strap made by BlackRapid which seemed interesting as it held the camera upside down and seemed very quick access. I really didn't find anything else that was out of the ordinary, just thicker, more sturdier versions of the strap that came with the Nikon.

Does anyone have any feedback on the BlackRapid and/or other suggestions?

  

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WD4MLA Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Sat 29-Oct-11 01:57 PM
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#1. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Sylva, US
          

Many Nikonians use the BlackRapid strap and it gets great reviews. I have never used one, I just don't like the idea of my camera hanging that low and on my side.

I have used the Nikonian neck strap for years and love it.
https://www.ppsna.com/product_info.php/cPath/23/products_id/30?osCsid=e4d0fc0aa6e4be4f3b63f662d7ab90ed

Click on the small photo in the upper right and you can see how it is angled in the back to take stress off the back of your neck. These are really comfortable to use compared to the ones that come with the camera

Jerry Jaynes
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of North Carolina

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gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Sat 29-Oct-11 09:03 PM
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#7. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Chicago, US
          

The Nikonians Pro Sling Strap is made by OP/TECH and is compatible with their straps. Note that the end clips are a male and female on the neck sling and camera straps this allows the neck sling to be remove and the camera straps be connected to each other creating a much shortened strap for hand holding or to keeping the strap out of the way on a tripod or mono pod. You can also replace the neck sling with BinoCam harness, the dual strap, or the dual harness just by unlocking the neck strap and inserting the clips into the new hairiness or strap. They also have different camera connectors for various camera mounts so it is very easy to mix and match your strap/harness to any camera mounting.

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NDGraham Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jan 2007Thu 08-Dec-11 02:07 AM
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#50. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Dorval (Montreal), CA
          

You're right, Jerry, many of us have switched to the Black Rapid swing strap. I learned of it at a D300 workshop last March with Steve Simons and I got one. I love it. It is really comfortable on your neck and lets you slide the camera up from your side smoothly and effortlessly. It is, of course, completely adjustable. It connects to the tripod mounting screw on the bottom of the body or can be attached to the strap brackets as usual. I think I'll get a second one for my D7000. The position feels more natural than the traditional one hanging in front of you around your neck.
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billgreen Registered since 14th Oct 2010Sat 29-Oct-11 03:09 PM
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#2. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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US
          

I bought the CarrySafe 100 Strap as a safety measure while traveling abroad.

http://www.amazon.com/CarrySafe-100-Camera-Strap-Color/dp/B000TCU1Z8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1319900389&sr=8-3

As a pleasant bonus I have discovered that it is a very comfortable everyday strap. I now use it as my only strap on my D7000. It is slash proof and can be connected and disconnected in less than 10 seconds. Very easy for you to remove but almost impossible for anyone else to accomplish on the sly. I have the model 100 and they now have a 200. It looks to be a bit wider.

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Mount Dora, US
          

Can't speak for the Nikonian strap, but I have a lot of experience with the Black Rapid strap. It makes carrying my D7000 and 18-200DX for long periods nearly effortless with the weight distributed evenly. Adjusted properly, the camera rests behind my right thigh/butt and doesn't dangle laterally. This keeps it safe from inadvertent bumps.

Also, it allows me to attach directly to the tripod mount of my 70-200/2.8 decreasing the stress to the lens mount from this weighty lens (especially with the 1.7 extender). It certainly makes carrying this heavy combination more tolerable.

I just leave a tripod plate attached to both the camera and the tripod mount of the 70-200 and clip the strap attachment to the ring on the plate. That way easy on/easy off when using the tripod for some shots and handholding others.

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mborn1 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Nov 2008Sun 30-Oct-11 10:32 AM
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#10. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Sun 30-Oct-11 11:46 AM by briantilley

Taunton, US
          


I agree with all the above. I use the Blackrapid with my D3s, D7K and my longer lens. Saves my neck.

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mpappa Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jan 2009Sat 29-Oct-11 04:48 PM
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#4. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Doylestown, US
          

I have the Op/Tech Pro strap on all my cameras (10 at last count), and find it very comfortable.

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Sat 29-Oct-11 05:57 PM
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Seattle, WA, US
          


>I really didn't find anything else
>that was out of the ordinary, just thicker, more sturdier
>versions of the strap that came with the Nikon.

Many times "just thicker, more sturdier" is exactly what you are looking for. For neck straps, the thick boomerang style is excellent. For example:
http://www.tamrac.com/g_camerastraps.htm#N-27


>Does anyone have any feedback on the BlackRapid and/or other
>suggestions?

While I have not used them, many of my coworkers love the BlackRapid straps.

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Joanna, US
          

Hi Ray,

I use the Black Rapid SR5(?) and find it very convenient. It has additional carrying pouches for cards, batteries, etc. and the strap can be adjusted as needed. Imo the only con is that if you have to bend down very far the camera may slid forward toward the ground. It comes with an attachment that goes into the tripod mount hole and the strap clips to it or if using a plate it will attach to it.

John

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Cleveland, US
          

I'm using the Black Rapid RS2-Sport strap. I carry my D7000/70-200VRII combo with it, and it is very comfortable.

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Netanya, IL
          

Each to his own, I suppose.

My strap of choice is the Luma Loop (as recommended on a Nikonian forum over a year ago). It served me well with a D300 (now sold) and I don't take my D7000 out of the house without it.

Googling "luma loop vs black rapid" will take you to a number of sites comparing the two designs.

Whatever you decide, stay comfortable!

Nathan

  

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West Lafayette, US
          

Bill writes that he uses the "Carry Safe" strap. I think he actually means the "Pac Safe" since he writes that he uses this for travel abroad. This is what I have on my 7K and I love it--very comfortable, carries weight well even with battery pack attached to camera. And besides, it is slash-proof, making it secure for travel in places where a camera might get ripped off.

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West Lafayette, US
          

I use the same strap that Bill mentions in his post--the CarrySafe by PacSafe. Not only is it comfortable with my D7K and its attached battery pack, it is also slash-proof for extra security in those places where a camera might be stolen. I, too, use it for travel abroad. It is also slip-proof on my shoulder, another plus.

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#13. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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St Petersburg, RU
          

The stories of straps being cut through just does not fit the nature of street crime in most countries....I have not been in some...but most, 86 and counting.
Those who prey on distracted tourists work by stealth, pickpockets or opportunity thieves such as putting a camera over the back of a chair. A confrontation is very rare so doing anything that makes you a little less ripe as a target, such as putting the strap over your head instead of the mindless way many people put purses and camera straps over one shoulder. If the thieve is a pro, usually those in tourist area are, they will go for the target that offers the least chance of being detected.
We value our camera and think a higher end camera will be more of a target but that is not the case. The thief does not want another camera, and a fence will not give much for one regardless of model. What they want is credit cards and cash.

To address the original question; neck straps cause pain even if a lower weight package is supported. The neck is not designed for lateral tension, although it is very good at supporting axial weight. So either carry it on your head or get it off your neck.
I took my Nikon strap and threw it away as an evil pain device.
My rig is a D7000, grip with batteries, SB900, SD-9, and 70-200vr or 17-55 2.8, 85 1.4 etc, plus a Black Rapid RS-5. I can do an 8 hour event or walk around, and over hills, and not even notice the weight. One reason, besides getting the weight where it belongs, its that the camera rig is not bouncing against me. The added bonus by having the camera to the lower side is that it is extremely quick to access. I keep the 70-200vr on the strap, hanging by my side if I change lenses to a smaller one. The camera is still secure because a hand strap is used for any shot. The hand strap is just loose enough to be an automatic receiver for my hand when I drop it to my side, where the camera is riding at that same level. This way, the camera is always attached to me even when changing lenses and the 70-200 is safely handing along on the RS-5. Changing lenses again back to the 70-200(the walk around lens mounted most of the time)
Watch the videos on the Black Rapid web site and you can see how fast and secure it is, and why people who try one never use a neck strap again.
Stan
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#14. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Enid, US
          

I use a type of "backpack" style strap made for binoculars by Crooked Horn Outfitters. Quite comfotable even if using a larger lens. All of the weight is carried by your shoulders and can still use the supplied neck strap for a measure of stability.

http://crookedhorn.com/cms_ver_03/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.v5.tpl&product_id=31&category_id=12&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72

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#15. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Mon 31-Oct-11 07:43 PM by briantilley

US
          


Stan, I agree. BUT, if the strap meets all your needs and requirements (as it does for me) PLUS it is slash proof for that extra margin of safety....that was my point.

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#51. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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St Petersburg, RU
          

Why slash proof? Have you ever been a victim of someone slashing your straps before? I deal with 40,000 tourists with cameras each summer and have NEVER once seen a case where a theft occurred or was attempted via slashing a strap or any other type of weapon.
Pickpockets are the main threat and are seldom confrontational, the victim is usually confused just where they lost their wallet because they never noticed it done until trying to make a payment hours later.
A nylon strap is not that easy to cut in a fast manner to afford a getaway in as short of time as possible. When there are other tourists with much easier to grab careless handling, why would a thief bother or risk dealing with a camera hanging over someone's neck?

Also consider that fact that cameras are not worth much to street thieves, they have to be sold and that adds to the complexity. If they take it to a fence, the type and value of the camera to the ex-owner is of little consequence, the fence is going to offer very little. What thieves want, the only things they want are cash and credit cards. Those have real value to them but only for a few minutes so all their withdrawals need to be made within 15-20 minutes of the grab. In tourist areas the thieves work with runners who collect the cards and take a batch to a cooperating merchant to make fake charges until the hold is placed on the card. The last time a card was compromised for me was last month in Ukraine. I used cash everywhere except for once to buy a train ticket and in another city to withdraw cash from an ATM. Both times the card info was taken and large withdrawals were made a few hours later. The bank put a stop on the card which I did not even find out about until back home in Russia when I tried to deposit money in my account at an automated teller.
I doubt many people have traveled in as many countries where theft was of much concern as I have, 86 countries so far, and have seen every type of tourist exploitation scheme and as a result, the slashing straps legend just seems illogical. There is however a risk of having a backpack slashed when in crowded transportation or lines, we are not very sensitive to light pressures on the back where nerves sensors are much less densely distributed. Thieves can work more at leisurely pace in cutting or unzipping pockets on backpacks because many tourist have wallets and cards in outside backpack pockets.

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#53. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Stan,

Pardon me for mentioning it.

Bill

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#54. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Mississauga, CA
          

I have been using the Matin fast action strap and the Matin grip 20.

and I am very happy with it, just the fist day having the camera hanging upside down beside me was a bit weird.

Andy

  

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#16. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Vancouver, CA
          

Another vote for the BlackRapid. Have used it now for a year - absolutely saves my neck which got pretty sore carrying around even the D7000 and 18-200 for a day. Now that I have my 70-200 I use the BlackRapid connector attached to the foot that came with the 70-200, and have another foot to use when I use my tripod - no removing the connector, just remove the foot! On the camera body itself (if using a lighter lens) I connect to the d-loop on the left side of the body.

Love the BlackRapid.

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#17. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Cave Creek, US
          

I used to use the BlackRapid adapted to take a Luma Loop attachment, as I didn't like the metal to metal attachment system on the Black Rapid.

About 6 months ago I moved to the new Luma Labs remodeled "Loop" and love it. Very comfortable; has proven to be very secure, and easy (for me) to quickly detach for tripod use etc. Highly recommended.

Chris

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#18. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Netanya, IL
          

YES!

  

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#19. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Toronto, CA
          

I use UpStrap products almost exclusively. The best shoulder strap on the market IMO. Look for them here. I like the SG MODEL MEDIUM DUTY model for the D7000.

The BlackRapid RS is probably the best cross-shoulder/sling strap on the market right now.

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JohnE Nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jun 2010Tue 01-Nov-11 05:51 PM
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#20. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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I use the Black rapid 7 and love it. I use the side camera strap ring if I know I will be using a tripod as I dont trust my tripod release ring to support camera. I mostly attach from below and can 'wear' the camera all day with no aches. I have used the 70-200 but mostly use 18-200, 35-70, 35 or 50 primes.

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ronaldnd Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Apr 2008Wed 02-Nov-11 12:44 AM
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#21. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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CA
          

My vote is for the Nikonian strap, I like the logo and the strap is very comfortable. I agree, the one that comes with the camera looks nice but is not great for any length of time.

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SirPuttsAlot Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Sep 2011Wed 02-Nov-11 07:38 PM
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#22. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Poughquag, US
          

Thanks for all the replies. I ended up going with the Black Rapid RS-7, should be here in a few days.

  

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Mekbuda40 Registered since 30th Oct 2011Thu 03-Nov-11 06:00 PM
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#23. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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US
          

I see you have already ordered the RS-7 but if something goes wrong or you dont like the way your camera hangs you should check out the Carry Speed Sling Strap. They can be found on Ebay for $28.99+ free shipping. The Carry speed has the same design as the Black Rapid but IMHO its better. I own both and i was far more impressed with the carry speed strap. The camera hangs in a different way making it easier to grab your camera and shoot. Also has a better padding in the shoulder. Like i said im not knocking the Black rapid but you really should check the carry speed out.

  

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mpappa Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jan 2009Fri 04-Nov-11 03:57 PM
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#24. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Doylestown, US
          

John,

What is the side camera strap ring? I am considering the Black Rapid RS-7. I shoot with a tripod most of the time, and I don't like the idea of removing the Black Rapid strap from the bottom of the camera to attach the camera to the tripod. Too easy for the camera to slip out of my hands.

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JohnE Nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jun 2010Fri 04-Nov-11 04:56 PM
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#25. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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The metal triangular rings which hold the Nikon strap at the side of the camera. The black plastic inset needs to be removed and can be used instead of bottom tripod mount. The only downside is that strap crosses in front of your neck, which you will get used to. If you use a tripod frequently there are tripod mounts which may be worth looking into.

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mpappa Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jan 2009Fri 04-Nov-11 08:45 PM
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#27. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Thanks, John.

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#26. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Poughquag, US
          

Got the BlackRapid yesterday. Went for a quick walk with my camera all decked out with everything. This strap is awesome! Camera feels like a feather hanging at my side, second best purchase I have made for this camera, the 24-70 f/2.8 being the best.

  

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waltschwab Registered since 05th Oct 2011Thu 10-Nov-11 06:22 AM
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#28. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Westbank BC, CA
          

I have the BlackRapid RS7 and it's great with my bigger lens's and when I'm out most of day with my camera.
Just got the medium UP Strap and I find it great for smaller lens's ie: prime 35,50, etc.

  

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jmiguez Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Oct 2010Thu 10-Nov-11 12:13 PM
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#29. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Lafayette, US
          

Has anyone has issues with the plastic snap connectors? Somehow, they look rather flimsy and make me nervous about having $3000 plus hanging by a plastic snap connector.

I have the Nikonians strap and like it. I bought a Rapid Strap connector that screws into the bottom of the camera, and I connected it to both of the plastic snaps. In this way if one breaks or comes loose hopefully the other will hold. The issue with this is that I have to unscrew the connector if I want to mount the camera to the tripod. My tripod mounts do not have little d-rings to tighten them. Besides, I wouldn't trust that little ring either.

Recently, I have started using a recycled shoulder bag strap. It has a padded shoulder strap connected to metal swivel snaps. I bought a couple of key rings that I put on the camera's eyelets and just snap the strap on and off as needed. The key rings stay on the camera. I could also attach other things to the camera using climbers canberras or D- snaps. Still looking for the "perfect" strap, however.

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SaurianFire Registered since 11th Feb 2011Thu 10-Nov-11 02:28 PM
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#30. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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US
          

>Has anyone has issues with the plastic snap connectors?
>Somehow, they look rather flimsy and make me nervous about
>having $3000 plus hanging by a plastic snap connector.

Hey John

Are you talking about the triangular connectors that come on the camera??? If so take a closer look that plastic is a partial cover for a metal connector.

>I have the Nikonians strap and like it. I bought a Rapid Strap
>connector that screws into the bottom of the camera, and I
>connected it to both of the plastic snaps. In this way if one
>breaks or comes loose hopefully the other will hold. The issue
>with this is that I have to unscrew the connector if I want to
>mount the camera to the tripod. My tripod mounts do not have
>little d-rings to tighten them. Besides, I wouldn't trust that
>little ring either.

Don't know if you will like this solution either but some screw the Rapid Strap connector into a a quick shoe connector and then connect that to the camera or lens plate.







This way all you have to do is take off the quick shoe connector to use a tripod. This solution though elegant and quick is expense.

Or take a look at this Kirk strap.

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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Thu 10-Nov-11 03:04 PM
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#31. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Toronto, CA
          

I think that stacking a plate, mount and BlackRapid connector may be asking for trouble. No doubt the plate and mount are tough and well made, but they were never designed to be used as hangers. I think it's just too easy for the plate retaining screw (on the mount) to loosen, so the Kirk strap assembly scares me.

I know that BlackRapid has a lot of happy customers and I certainly liked even the early models (with a slightly problematic connector design) that I reviewed. But I still think the BlackRapid sling system works best and most safely when you always keep one hand on the camera hanging at your side.

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SaurianFire Registered since 11th Feb 2011Thu 10-Nov-11 03:21 PM
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#32. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Thu 10-Nov-11 03:35 PM by SaurianFire

US
          

>I know that BlackRapid has a lot of happy customers and I
>certainly liked even the early models (with a slightly
>problematic connector design) that I reviewed. But I still
>think the BlackRapid sling system works best and most safely
>when you always keep one hand on the camera hanging at your
>side.


I agree but that goes for any system. I use a Camdapter ProStrap for just that reason.

http://camdapter.com/img/BK3.jpg

http://camdapter.com/handstrap/prostrap.html

Edit: I forgot to mention this a high quality luxurious leather strap that can be connected to any Kirk, Markins or RRS camera plate.

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agitater Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Thu 10-Nov-11 03:41 PM
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#33. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Toronto, CA
          

>>I know that BlackRapid has a lot of happy customers and
>I
>>certainly liked even the early models (with a slightly
>>problematic connector design) that I reviewed. But I
>still
>>think the BlackRapid sling system works best and most
>safely
>>when you always keep one hand on the camera hanging at
>your
>>side.
>
>
>I agree but that goes for any system. I use a Camdater
>ProStrap for just that reason.

You're right Frank - safety first with all our expensive gear. Still though, I think that sling systems are less foolproof than they should be. I've also seen one sling strap connector torqued so firmly into the camera that the bottom plate of the camera is slightly warped. The user of that strap really like the carry method, but had also become fed up with the connector loosening slightly at least once per hike.

I've also seen a Camdapter-like handstrap, a BlacRapid sling strap, a tripod plate and clip pigtails (for a harness strap) all simultaneously on the same camera. The guy was having real trouble using the camera (a D300) because of all the strap paraphernalia getting in the way of the camera buttons and controls. While fiddling with the camera settings at a photography meetup last spring, he actually dropped the whole works in his lap. No damage done obviously, but it was still momentarily funny to see.

One of the people I regularly shoot with tried all of the handstraps on the market and finally settled on a Camdapter too. He can walk for hours holding the camera with the help of the Camdapter, but usually only carries the camera via handstrap for a few minutes at a time - while setting up and making a shot. The camera then goes back into his Kata slingbag.

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SaurianFire Registered since 11th Feb 2011Thu 10-Nov-11 03:54 PM
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#34. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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US
          

Hey Howard

What's your opinion and experience on the Op-Tech quick connectors??? Thanks.

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#38. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Toronto, CA
          

>Hey Howard
>
>What's your opinion and experience on the Op-Tech quick
>connectors??? Thanks.

Op/Tech, UpStrap, LowePro, ThinkTank, Kata and Tamrac all use a very tough grade of polycarbonate for their quick-release connector assemblies, ladder buckles and retainer clips. The grade of polycarbonate being used has an enormous operating temperature range, very high impact resistance properties (no striation, no starring, no fracturing), and has very low surface tension (so it doesn't get slick in wet weather.

There are a couple of other Monsanto-developed and DuPont-developed plastics showing up for these applications lately, some of which are proving to be as tough as polycarbonate but easier to work.

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SaurianFire Registered since 11th Feb 2011Fri 11-Nov-11 04:22 AM
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#41. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Fri 11-Nov-11 04:26 AM by SaurianFire

US
          

>Op/Tech, UpStrap, LowePro, ThinkTank, Kata and Tamrac all use
>a very tough grade of polycarbonate for their quick-release
>connector assemblies, ladder buckles and retainer clips. The
>grade of polycarbonate being used has an enormous operating
>temperature range, very high impact resistance properties (no
>striation, no starring, no fracturing), and has very low
>surface tension (so it doesn't get slick in wet weather.

Thank you for the reply. Can this be inferred to be a positive, safe and reliable connection???

I haven't read any negatives yet about these connectors. They seem very secure and as you state the same material is used by many camera accessory firms.

Edit: Oops, I just read your reply to John, Thanks.

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#43. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Toronto, CA
          


>Thank you for the reply. Can this be inferred to be a
>positive, safe and reliable connection???
>
>I haven't read any negatives yet about these connectors. They
>seem very secure and as you state the same material is used by
>many camera accessory firms.
>
>Edit: Oops, I just read your reply to John, Thanks.

Despite my reply to John, I personally subscribe to the Less-Is-More principle of equipment decisions. So if you really don't need quick release connectors, eliminate them from the carry/strap/sling system - purchase a shoulder strap or sling which doesn't incorporate QR connections. To me, personally, QR connectors are just another needless so-called convenience.

Obviously there are photographers who need or prefer a certain type of carry, or who regularly change from shoulder, sling or neck strap to a hand strap, or who simply need to quickly ditch a strap in certain situations. For them, QR connectors are very useful indeed. For everyone else, they're just in the way and also represent one more thing to check (is the clip fully seated and clicked in place, did you rove and cinch the QR ladder lock properly, etc.).

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JohnE Nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jun 2010Thu 10-Nov-11 05:35 PM
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#35. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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New HArtford, US
          

>The user of that strap really like
>the carry method, but had also become fed up with the
>connector loosening slightly at least once per hike.
>


Black rapid recommends wetting the black rubber prior to installing to prevent loosening and hence a tight seal is created.

I often check both the connector mounted on camera and metal Carabiner lock to ensure they stay tight, when using for extended periods. If I properly install the strap and tighten carabiner lock I feel secure with strap. I dont need to keep my hand on camera, but it's important to know exactly where it is so that it can be grabbed quickly like the gunslingers used to do.

http://www.blackrapid.com/video/r-strap-shootout/


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jmiguez Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Oct 2010Thu 10-Nov-11 07:16 PM
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#36. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Lafayette, US
          

>>Has anyone has issues with the plastic snap connectors?
>>Somehow, they look rather flimsy and make me nervous
>about
>>having $3000 plus hanging by a plastic snap connector.
>
>Hey John
>
>Are you talking about the triangular connectors that come on
>the camera??? If so take a closer look that plastic is a
>partial cover for a metal connector.

Nope! I am talking about the male-female snaps on the straps. I am sure they are strong enough, but I just keep having these visions of the plastic snaps coming apart as I do my best Indiana Jones impression in crossing a ravine on a log. LOL

OK, so my vision really is the snaps breaking as I walk down some street in some city, anywhere in the world.

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#40. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Toronto, CA
          


>OK, so my vision really is the snaps breaking as I walk down
>some street in some city, anywhere in the world.

No way John - the polycarbonate and other high-impact, tensile plastics used for these applications by all the major strap makers (Op/Tech, UpStrap, Lowepro, Tamrac, Kata, Think Tank and so on) is very tough stuff indeed.

The only thing anyone has to remember when using quick-release clips is DUE (Dumb User Error). If the QR clips aren't fully seated - clicked in place - bad things will happen. If anyone mixes and matches clips from different strap makers ("Well . . . they seem to click together properly" - a phrase also sometimes referred to as 'Famous Last Words'), bad things will happen. Somewhere in the online marketing materials and product descriptions, most of the major makers actually brag about their QR clips, findings, ladder clips, strap materials and construction.

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#42. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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providence, US
          

I use the OP Tech sling strap and love it. The camera with my Nilor 70 to 300mm hang lens down comfortably to my side from one camera connector. I did the same with my D90. I feel perfectly confident that the camera is secure. I like keeing my tripod connect on the camera for easy on and off.
I also like the OP Tech lens stabilizer. Its just a couple of straps with some velcro With practice in holding steady, I was able to walk through some swampy areas to get pics of baby egrets this spring without taking my monopod. Awesome fun!

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#37. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Raleigh, US
          

My favorite is the Op/Tech Super Classic Strap - Uni Loop. I prefer the short uni loop connectors so that when I use the camera around the house or on a tripod, I can remove the strap and just have the short uni loop connectors on the camera which do not get in the way.

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#39. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Louisville, US
          

BlackRapid all the way here. I just got back from a vacation and most of the time had the camera with me and got some great shots. I use to leave it at the hotel most of the time before I purchased the BlackRapid because it was a hassle to hand around your neck. With this BlackRapid the camera was always ready and comfortable to ware.

I even had some pretty good size lens on there with no problem.

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#44. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Thu 17-Nov-11 06:39 PM by mikesrc

OKLAHOMA CITY, US
          

After reading this tread for a few days I went for the Carry Speed Camera Strap. Half the price of the Black Rapid and you can use it on a tripod without removing the bracket. After getting it adjusted doesn't even feel like I'm carrying anything. Also comes with $20 dollars worth of accessories at no charge.Picked it up off of Amazon for $28.95

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#45. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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US
          

>After reading this tread for a few days I went for the Carry
>Speed Camera Strap. Half the price of the Black Rapid and you
>can use it on a tripod without removing the bracket. After
>getting it adjusted doesn't even feel like I'm carrying
>anything. Also comes with $20 dollars worth of accessories at
>no charge.Picked it up off of Amazon for $28.95
I just ordered myself one as well.

  

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#46. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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East Windsor, NJ, US
          

Any issues with the RS straps secured to the battery grips? MB-D11 or alternates - Zeikos...? I am confident that the tripod mount on the camera base will hold up -- what about these battery grips - are they able to take the load without breaking free from the camera?

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gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011Wed 07-Dec-11 03:16 PM
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#47. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Canton, US
          

>Any issues with the RS straps secured to the battery grips?
>MB-D11 or alternates - Zeikos...? I am confident that the
>tripod mount on the camera base will hold up -- what about
>these battery grips - are they able to take the load without
>breaking free from the camera?
>

I have a Meikos grip and I have had no issues. The words 'epic failure' come to mind and I believe it would take one to cause an issue. Maybe if you tried carrying a huge lens, like a 600 f4, (which nobody would anyway, IMHO) on their hip, you might strain things. Of course this excludes the odd snatch and grab thief who might try to wrestle the camera rig from your person.

Of course if you are using a heavy lens, like the 70-200 f2.8, you'd secure to the tripod socket on the lens anyway, so the question would be moot. The only lens I have that might cause issues, albeit slim chance, is my 70-300 VR, which is rather hefty with no tripod socket. All this aside though, I would have a hard time believing an MB-D11 or Meikos/Zeikos would be so flimsy as to fly apart. Besides, most photogs like me would have their hand on the camera, ready to take that quick shot, or to prevent any movement of the camera while walking about, so you would feel anything untoward going on and would most likely catch the camera before it fell. Just my $.02 worth.

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#48. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Without taking apart a third-party grip, it's probably difficult to say for certain whether it's designed and made well enough to stand up to the kind of stress imposed by the BlackRapid-style carry. Personally, I wouldn't take the chance.

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gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011Wed 07-Dec-11 09:40 PM
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#49. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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Canton, US
          

>Without taking apart a third-party grip, it's probably
>difficult to say for certain whether it's designed and made
>well enough to stand up to the kind of stress imposed by the
>BlackRapid-style carry. Personally, I wouldn't take the
>chance.
>

Probably a good idea not to tempt fate or whatever, plus without the grip the camera/lens is lighter and smaller. I have used the RS with my 3rd party grip with no issues so far. But that was with my 50 1.8D and the 18-55 AF-S, both lightweights. I have yet to try my 70-300, or my Tokina 100 f2.8. Guess I'll have to give the idea some thought.

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#52. "RE: Strap for D7000?"
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St Petersburg, RU
          

The question of strength of the grip housing really has not come up for me because my standard walking around configuration is the camera, SB900 and 70-200vr all suspended on the lens foot. Since there is a hand strap attached to my camera, when changing to a smaller lens like the 85 1.4 or 17-55 2.8 I release the heavier lens, let it drop to my side suspended by the RS-5, and mount the small lens and use it handheld with the hand strap. Changing on the fly is simple and fast, the larger lens is right there by my side. With these lighter lenses I am fully confident that the grip will not be a point of failure. I was never tempted to use any strap on the body when using a lens that had or needed a foot.
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