So, after I received the Cotton Carrier system for Christmas, I've come to realize just how much of a pain it is to detach and reattach my camera straps every time I use the CC. Now, being a somewhat poor college student, I didn't want to buy two new straps for my camera, so I went off looking for an alternative solution. In the end, I decided to make my own, using my Canon straps.
All you need are two of Optech's "Adapt Its" ( $3.95 for 4 at B&H http://www.bhphotovideo.com ...onnectors_Adapt_Its_.html ) and 2 stainless steel quick links (or other fastener of your choice), which can be anywhere from $0.50-1.00 individually, or cheaper in bulk at your local hardware store. I bought my in sets of three at Home Depot for about $1.50. All together, it cost me a little less than $10 to create a quick release system for my Canon straps.
First. Attach the adapt-its. They are kind of a pain to put on, you can soak them in hot water to soften them, then use pliers to squeeze them in. Here is a pic of what they look like on my 20d.
Next, attach the quick links (or fastener of your choice) to your existing strap. I attached my strap to the link just like I attach my strap to the camera. Sorry for the slightly oof pics, my nifty fifty is not aware it actually has AF , so I tried manual. Clearly, I need a little practice.
Finally, all you need to do is attach the quick links to the adapt-its.
And presto! Cheap and easy quick release.
My only concern so far has been whether or not the quick links will scratch the body/screen on my 20d, but seeing as it is already a few years old, what's a little more wear and tear? I looked at plastic hooks, especially plastic swivel hooks, but I just couldn't image that they were hardy enough to trust with my camera gear. In reality, I much rather prefer a few surface scratches than watching my camera and glass snap of my neck and shatter on the ground. *shudders*
So, just thought I would share my little project, feel free to question or comment.