Nikon Strap Rings, A $3 Bill, and the Holy Grail. . .
I am having a hard time finding OEM Nikon triangular strap rings, the ones with the black plastic guard on them (to prevent the rings from scratching the camera). Precision photo, the one web vendor I know of that stocks various small parts for Nikon has had them listed as back-ordered since November of last year and makes no estimate of when they will have them in stock. No one else seems to have them, including Adorama, B&H, Ritz, Calumet, Abe's, KEH. Nikon has them, but want's $12.95 to ship two rings that weigh in at under 5g and 2cc volume total! I have seen them, USED, on eBay for *upwards* of $15/pair (even $10-12 each!), *plus* shipping.
What gives! Why are these so hard to find? Nikon (apparently, from what I can tell) is still using the same strap rings on all its DSLRs, including new models like the D600 and D7100, so still making them and shipping them attached to new stock. Please help me find these darn silly little buggers! I am going partly mad with frustration, and no, I will simply not, nope, won't, can't, mustn't, shouldn't, wouldn't be prudent to pay so much (at least not used and scuffed up!).
Where Oh Where have my little strap rings gone, oh where oh where can they be?
#1. "RE: Nikon Strap Rings, A $3 Bill, and the Holy Grail. . ." | In response to Reply # 0Nikon32250 Nikonian since 16th Mar 2004Fri 26-Apr-13 08:14 AM
I bought some from eBay a month or so ago. Do an advanced search and you should find them. I would stay away from Precision Photo aka Boca Photo. I ordered a pair from them 4 months ago but never received them. They never replied to my emails. Just a quick note concerning Precision Photo. Apparently there is another company with virtually the same name that is reliable but they don't carry the small Nikon parts.
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#2. "RE: Nikon Strap Rings, A $3 Bill, and the Holy Grail. . ." | In response to Reply # 1Googlyelmo Registered since 10th Oct 2012Fri 26-Apr-13 11:12 AM
Precision/Boca is a mixed bag. I got some Nikon, and some house-brand eyecup/eyepiece parts from them, and am satisfied with the items and the price. And nice assortment of some small parts that are hard to find. Still, as you experienced, they NEVER answer emails. I would have spent double what I did, had they answered my query about some ambiguous listing and compatibility.
As for the strap rings, I bit the bullet and ordered from Nikon directly, to the tune of $25-ish shipped, for a pair, with the Nikon-embossed plastic protectors. Lord knows why something like this is so expensive, especially when every DSLR Nikon ever made to date (and every SLR since the F3) has come with the same. Nor do I know why they are so hard to find anywhere else (except that Nikon limits you to 10 pieces per order).
Just started to notice, when I browse eBay or KEH, how many Nikon bodies are offered for sale without strap rings. Sort of like the thing with Bentley/Rolls Royce cigarette lighters. . .
#3. "RE: Nikon Strap Rings, A $3 Bill, and the Holy Grail. . ." | In response to Reply # 2Larry Chan Registered since 07th Apr 2013Sat 01-Jun-13 06:28 PM
Actually, Nikon deviated from that practice of supplying those triangular strap rings with the Nikon F90X- the strap connectors were built into the body. When the F100 was introduced, the triangular strap rings came back.
Oddly enough, the Nikon V1 is sold with mini-versions of those triangular strap rings