I would like your suggestions and comments on what I have done to provide myself with a more assessable camera operation. Since I don't have a lot of experience with these cameras I want to make sure I won't unknowingly damage the camera.
I purchased the Nikonians' camera strap to allow me to carry the camera on my hip and have better shoulder/neck support. I like the strap with one exception. It's straps often get in the way of operating the camera. The two straps connected to the mounts often cover the eyepiece or controls. I have to stop and move them before shooting.
So, I screwed a 1/2" by 1/4" carriage screw into the tripod mount and attached one of the straps to it. You can see it in the pictures, I have two support points, the left hand camera mount and the bottom of the camera. This allows me to carry the camera comfortably on my hip and quickly bring it up to use.
I can't see where this could be dangerous for the camera, but I want to get more experienced advice.
Tripod plates which attach to the base of a camera are designed and supplied with a mounting screw which is long enough to bite the threads, but not so long that tightening the plate in place will result in the screw erupting through the base.
As long as you're making sure to use a spacer with a swivel attachment to which the end of your strap can be connected) and a carriag or machine screw of the correct length, you'll avoid punching through the lower part of the internal camera frame. If you've tighten the carriage bolt all the way into the threaded receiver, IMO you should immediately check that it's not touching/stressing the base.
>Howard, Thank you for your detailed and informative reply. I >had the screw finger tight against the bottom of the plate. I >can easily shorten it and add the swivel attachment. > >I make make a more elegant solution out of brass this weekend.
Seems like you've nailed a good idea. Consider adding to the modified attachment a few drops of Loctite and you'll have an excellent rig I think.
You could get a plate that goes on the bottom and it usually has a connecting ring. This should not penetrate further than necessary thereby not harming the camera. Get the Black Rapid strap which is designed to attach to the ring. I use the RS5 and it is very secure and easily moved for quick camera use. The RS5 sells for $65 and you can search their web site for a demo. Good luck.
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