Used to find it a bit of strain on my neck especially if I was using my D700 with the 70-200VR, luckily I started using a sling style strap that put's the weight on the shoulder, so much more comfortable & convenient. http://luma-labs.com/products/cinch
I have the Black Rapid RS-7 and I love it... very comfortable. Also have an RRS "L" bracket mounted so I had to find a way to attach the Black Rapid easily without the thumb screw option they provided as it's pretty small, thus another bracket from RRS, the B2-FAB 38mm clamp with threaded socket which is easily attached to the "L" bracket... problem solved.
Had ordered an OP/TECH OPSP38RB Pro Strap 3/8" (Royal Blue) which I used for a while but found a neck strap to be highly uncomfortable with the D700's (24-70 or 70-200) weight, thus the purchase of the Black Rapid RS-7. Will probably sell the OP/TECH strap in the not too distant future.
I have the DR-1 Black Rapid double strap, and recommend it as well. The D700 is not light, but I want something sturdy to work with, and not worry about in poor weather. Besides, once the adrenalin kicks in for that certain 'special' photo, I don't seem to feel the weight.....
Unless you need the MB10...get rid of it. I don't have one...shoot weddings, events, and never even think about getting one. The D700 has plenty of battery life without it. It's just dead weight. So, lighten your load.
Mon 05-Mar-12 08:13 AM | edited Mon 05-Mar-12 08:14 AM by SirPuttsAlot
That is correct. I went the other way when I had a D700 and MB-D10. I used the battery only in the grip and didn't put one in the camera. While it put the additional weight lower vs more centered, I found it annoying to continuously have to take the grip off to recharge the battery.
The vertical grip really enhances hand holding and would be desirable even if no battery was used. Holding a camera in an optimal arms-tight- in-to-chest shooting position in portrait mode, with proper control access, is worth the extra cost and slight weight many times over. The only way it is not clearly a superior way of shooting is tripod mounted shooting. It is rare to hear of someone who has tried it and still does not see the value of it. Usually the naysayers have not used them in serious shooting applications.
I'm with you Stan. While I do use a battery in the grip, I got it primarily for it's added size for hand-holding, and for its controls when holding the camera vertically. The grip pays off for me day after day.
I'm not a youngster at 64, but I don't have a problem with the weight, while shooting or while carrying the camera/grip.
I keep my L-bracket on my D300 all the time. My RS-Sport is attached to the tripod mount on the bracket, which seems to have at least 6 internal threads. I can't see how that would fail under even the worst of conditions (many of which I have approached...LOL). And with this setup I have very little if any fatigue even on an all-day shoot (D300, grip with battery, L-bracket and typically 80-200mm 1:2.8D). Cheers, Dave
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I've been using the Black Rapid for 3 years and lot it. I use it primarily on the lens foot of my 70-200 2.8 and seldom on the camera tripod mount. I just drop the larger lens to my side when switching lenses and mount a smaller lens when needed. Since I always have a hand strap also mounted, I use the light camera and small lenses with support by the hand strap alone. It really solves the hand fatigue that a 8+ hour event can induce. The hand strap is just loose enough to allow slipping my hand in securely, instantly, which the larger lens are mounted, and the camera/lens/flash are hanging effortless by my side. That is my standard set up if an indoor event or a sunny Sunday afternoon in the park....flash is just as useful, as fast lenses in mid day as evening indoors. That weight could be tiring if not supported away from the neck or by conventional straps.I took my original Nikon neck strap off the second day i got back into photography with my first DSLR and tossed it.
I don't know about the RS-7 system but the "Cotton Carrier" system at (www.cottoncarrier.com) works well for carrying two D700's with the 24-70 and the 70-200 Nikkors. I use the "PacSafe" steel reinforced camera straps (www.pacsafe.com) and (of course) our own Nikonians foam padded camera straps. The image shows me sporting the Cotton Carrier system.
Typical, late again as I've only just seen this post Two things, firstly regarding the MB-D10 grip.
<<I used the battery only in the grip and didn't put one in the camera>>
Trouble with that is that doesn't only one battery get charge cycled. I use two batteries and when the D10 runs down, charge it and put it in camera. By reversing them it may improve the life.
Regarding camera straps, I bought the Sun Sniper sniperpro see http://www.sun-sniper.com/en/sniper-strap-the-pro-steel-bear.html I find this strap superb as it takes all the weight off the neck. Also, as I often carry a long telephoto lens it screws into the tripod foot and balances superbly. I guess it's a similar product to the Black rapid.
><<I used the battery only in the grip and didn't put one >in the camera>> > >Trouble with that is that doesn't only one battery get charge >cycled. I use two batteries and when the D10 runs down, >charge it and put it in camera. By reversing them it may >improve the life.
Hi Richard, Your method is fine also, but using your method assumes that I had 2 batteries where I only had 1. Also it would require my lazy butt to still have to take the grip off each time I charged the battery to reverse them, so it didn't solve anything for me.
As for it being a problem, I don't think so. These batteries do have a finite number of charges in them, but they don't have charge memory like older batteries. And that finite number of charges will be used up regardless of the battery being in the camera or the grip.
If I had 2 batteries, I probably will would only have kept 1 in the Grip and carried the other in the bag and just rotated them out. But that's just me, there is no right/wrong here.
I just got my black rapid rs7 and used it with my d700/mb10 and 70-200 lens for my son's soccer tournament at Jeffersons cup here in Richmond,Va and loved it. However, today I will use my Nikon 400 2.8 lens. That will be a problem!!! Ray