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Mar 03, 2011 11:19 |  #16

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That's right. Plastic and heavy gear don't mix. There's only one strap that I use and they've never failed me yet - the Canon Professional Strap. It's quick release but made of heavy metal, plus it has the Domke style rubber woven into the strap so as to not keep sliding off my shoulder. Professional and it works. See photos.

I've never seen that strap. Very cool.


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Mar 03, 2011 11:58 |  #17

that style of quick release clip aren't necessarily bad, and they have an extremely high tensile strength compared to weight, and (depending on construction quality) a very secure lock.

That being said, they aren't on my camera gear, but I use them quite a bit on my kayaking and climbing/hiking saftey gear and they have yet to fail under load.

I suppose like anything though - quality of the part construction and how positive they lock into place will contribute greatly to how well they stand up in use. My pack uses them exclusively to make all the connections. I've regularly loaded it with 250# and the only thing holding the straps together was that style of buckle.

IMHO - if they clip and lock securely they should not fail you in real use. but then again like so many things if you don't trust your gear - you will generate lots of problems you really don't need.

perhaps a simple test - put the strap on something solid, with a similar weight as your gear. put yourself in a couple trouble positions and test the buckle. bump it, shake it, make it work. if it holds then you can breathe easy. if it fails - then you have your answer and it's time to look for another option.


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Mar 03, 2011 12:04 |  #18

Only strap failures I've had were a PacSafe where the stitching ripped out and a Tamrac where one of the sliders (not a QR clip) broke. My OpTech POTN clips have done fine with up to a 1D3 and 300 2.8 (after the PacSafe failed).


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Mar 03, 2011 12:11 |  #19

cristphoto wrote in post #11948468 (external link)
That's right. Plastic and heavy gear don't mix.

The number of slings that include plastic quick release buckles despite being intended for carrying rifles and machineguns in harsh conditions would seem to disprove your theory. Lots of backpacks that use plastic buckles, too.


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Mar 03, 2011 12:47 |  #20

krb wrote in post #11948925 (external link)
The number of slings that include plastic quick release buckles despite being intended for carrying rifles and machineguns in harsh conditions would seem to disprove your theory. Lots of backpacks that use plastic buckles, too.

Feel free to use a plastic quick release camera sling. My concern isn't necessarily the shear strength but the accidental pushing of the release button. Dropping a backpack or having a belt buckle accidently open isn't as great an event as dropping a camera.

FYI: current military rifle slings (note no q.r. snaps)


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Mar 03, 2011 12:55 |  #21

cristphoto wrote in post #11949130 (external link)
Feel free to use a plastic quick release camera sling. My concern isn't necessarily the shear strength but the accidental pushing of the release button. Dropping a backpack or having a belt buckle accidently open isn't as great an event as dropping a camera.

FYI: current military rifle slings (note no q.r. snaps)

Pretty much any unit that is actually carrying the weapons is using some variation of "tactical" sling that allows the weapon to hang at the ready when not in use. Most of them choose a design that includes a QR buckle so that the sling can be released to prevent a hung up weapon from keeping the soldier trapped in a burning vehicle.


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Mar 03, 2011 14:24 |  #22
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You people realize that there are A LOT of professionals using OP TECH strap which incorporate plastic QR. Your as likely to accidentally unmount your lens from the camera as you are to open the QR.

The OP Tech strap is tested for:

“The actual quick release will break or pull apart at about 130 pounds or 59 Kg. This is per side so for a strap with two connection points that breaking point doubles.”


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Mar 03, 2011 16:37 as a reply to  @ MR do little's post |  #23

I think my 1D with the 500 f4 attached weighs around 5kg which is heavy for a camera but even with that the clips are only taking 2.5kg static load each. When walking there is obviously a dynamic component to the load but even if you double or triple the load it is still pretty low in the overall scheme of things


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Mar 03, 2011 19:14 |  #24

PWard wrote in post #11948142 (external link)
I use something like these.
http://www.amazon.com …F8&qid=12991680​27&sr=1-11 (external link)

cut them to be only about 3-4" and wrap them the same way as the OP/Tech straps, but these have a loop that can used to tighten and add additional grip.

Oh god, that is exactly what I was looking for!


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Mar 03, 2011 19:56 |  #25

I'm more concerned about these clips scratching the display or other stuff.


My imagine composition sucks. I need a heavier lens.

  
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