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Apr 26, 2012 08:49 |  #1

Hey!

On another thread on this forum, a user wrote to Canon and asked if the Black Rapid system is safe to use with his camera and Canon replied that

"Thank you for your E-mail inquiry regarding the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera.

To confirm, the tripod mount on the EOS series camera is designed to support the camera when being used on a tripod (optional accessory). It is not designed for the manner in which this neck strap is being attached. In addition to this, the weight with which it can support, is not a documented specification. Therefore using such an accessory would be at your own accord and is not recommended by Canon."

My question is simple:
Has anyone had a problem with their BR failing to hold the camera?
If you have an ebay knockoff of the BR - feel free to comment as well.

Thanks!


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Apr 26, 2012 09:09 |  #2

Never had a problem with my black rapid.


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Apr 26, 2012 09:17 |  #3

Newb777 wrote in post #14331978 (external link)
Hey!

On another thread on this forum, a user wrote to Canon and asked if the Black Rapid system is safe to use with his camera and Canon replied that

My question is simple:
Has anyone had a problem with their BR failing to hold the camera?
If you have an ebay knockoff of the BR - feel free to comment as well.

Thanks!

That's a typical cya response. As for the Black Rapid, can't answer that. I very happily use an Optech and have it mounted quite differently.


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Apr 26, 2012 09:35 |  #4

Thanks for replying guys!

That's a typical cya response

Yep, thats what I figured as well and so picked one up from eBay... but just to be a bit more sure I asked in the forums to see if anyone has had any "failures" using the system.

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Apr 26, 2012 09:48 |  #5

For the weight of your lenses I'd say you'll never have a problem. I usually carry a ten pound lens so I made a plate that fits between my QR plate and the lens. Different situation than you have. I wouldn't trust mine to the tripod screw in the body. Not only the weight on the threaded hole but the weight being carried by the lens mount in the front of the body.


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Apr 26, 2012 10:24 |  #6

luciddreamer wrote in post #14332282 (external link)
For the weight of your lenses I'd say you'll never have a problem.

Thanks!
I may be going FF this year as the Mark III is _TEMPTING_! I'm thinking I'll also rig up something with fishing wire to the strap braces as a "just in case" - What do you think?


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Apr 26, 2012 10:32 |  #7

the knock off failures ive seen (havent experienced it first hand) are caused by the knock offs craftmanship and not because of the cameras tripod socket. and as lucciddreamer said, the weight of your gear shouldnt be cause for alarm.


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Apr 26, 2012 10:45 |  #8

I have meet three people who's camera bodies fell when using a Black Rapid. Some were due to user error where they didn't properly wet the rubber gasket when attaching to the camera's tripod socket.

Personally I wouldn't hang long, heavy lens on a BR strap, such as a 70-200/2.8L IS, when attached to the camera body's tripod socket. Would rather attach to the lens' tripod collar.


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Apr 26, 2012 11:28 |  #9

marcosv wrote in post #14332591 (external link)
Personally I wouldn't hang long, heavy lens on a BR strap, such as a 70-200/2.8L IS, when attached to the camera body's tripod socket. Would rather attach to the lens' tripod collar.

But what about for lenses that dont come with a collar (for instance when Canon gets cheap and does not include one in the 70-300L :mad: ) ?


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Apr 26, 2012 11:56 |  #10

marcosv wrote in post #14332591 (external link)
I have meet three people who's camera bodies fell when using a Black Rapid. Some were due to user error where they didn't properly wet the rubber gasket when attaching to the camera's tripod socket.

Personally I wouldn't hang long, heavy lens on a BR strap, such as a 70-200/2.8L IS, when attached to the camera body's tripod socket. Would rather attach to the lens' tripod collar.

I used a Domke Gripper strap for 20+ years on various cameras. Any failure of the strap or if I install it wrong, and I would drop my camera and lens.

I own a BR strap, but I've stopped using it. I don't like the carabiner design. It has a tiny pin welded to it, and I can't judge the quality of the weld. The pin joins the pre-manufactured carabiner to the rectangular shaped strap loop. If that weld is a bad one, or if it fails, then the camera and lens fail the drop test. I shall either find a connector I like, replace the strap, or continue to use a conventional camera strap. That's my choice, but comes from past experience. I regret not buying a Luma Loop strap when it was offered. And I'm reluctant to spend more money on sling straps.


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