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Nov 28, 2012 11:59 |  #1

I wish I could claim this idea but I just saw it on CNET:

http://reviews.cnet.co​m …s/?tag=nl.e404&​s_cid=e404 (external link)

I think it's pretty cool for just $10 or so, and not a bad idea for those who sling their camera in that fashion. ;)


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Nov 28, 2012 12:12 |  #2

Look out here comes that discussion about hanging cameras from the tripod socket...not to mention the
"Sturdy 2-inch (or wider) key ring ". Lol.




  
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Nov 28, 2012 12:24 |  #3

Elfstop wrote in post #15300234 (external link)
Look out here comes that discussion about hanging cameras from the tripod socket...not to mention the
"Sturdy 2-inch (or wider) key ring ". Lol.

I hear you :lol:.

I would not go that way myself, being concerned about the weight of my 5D and other lenses. My custom setup used the body lugs only. Now I COULD see some special mod based on this for carrying a tripod or monopod.


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Nov 29, 2012 03:11 as a reply to  @ sapearl's post |  #4

Good post sapearl! These things are always interesting.:D




  
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Dec 13, 2012 19:05 |  #5

sapearl wrote in post #15300182 (external link)
I wish I could claim this idea but I just saw it on CNET:

http://reviews.cnet.co​m …s/?tag=nl.e404&​s_cid=e404 (external link)

I think it's pretty cool for just $10 or so, and not a bad idea for those who sling their camera in that fashion. ;)

While I can see using this setup with a light or cheap camera, there is no way I'd use it without some modification with any of my DSLRs. The Keyring could pop open and allow the camera to fall to the ground getting smashed to bits.

I do like this idea and the cost. I think a simple fix would be to weld the keyring shut or find some other trick to insure that it can never open when yanked on. Otherwise I think this project looks descent and very usable with the keyring being the weak link.




  
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Dec 13, 2012 19:10 |  #6

Sorry but that looks ghetto as hell and likely to fail since all the hardware store parts are from China and probably made from pot metal.




  
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Dec 13, 2012 19:14 |  #7

mike_d wrote in post #15363963 (external link)
Sorry but that looks ghetto as hell and likely to fail since all the hardware store parts are from China and probably made from pot metal.

LOL...The video did suggest painting the parts black so it doesn't look bad, but I do agree if you use the cheap metal parts, they could break. Personally, I'd probably spend the money for a decent strap designed for this purpose unless I could be absolutely sure the parts are not going to break.




  
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Dec 13, 2012 19:27 |  #8

sbatson wrote in post #15363977 (external link)
LOL...The video did suggest painting the parts black so it doesn't look bad, but I do agree if you use the cheap metal parts, they could break. Personally, I'd probably spend the money for a decent strap designed for this purpose unless I could be absolutely sure the parts are not going to break.

Agreed - I've always been happy with Tamrac straps with their proven hardware variable configurations ;).


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Dec 13, 2012 19:29 |  #9

sapearl wrote in post #15364010 (external link)
Agreed - I've always been happy with Tamrac straps with their proven hardware variable configurations ;).

Yeah, I've been using OpTech stuff in various configurations for a few years now. No problems at all, even with the quick disconnects. Its not like most straps are really so expensive that I'd risk thousands of dollars to save a few bucks making my own.




  
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Dec 13, 2012 19:37 as a reply to  @ sapearl's post |  #10

I don't think I can trust that setup with my 40D + grip (6AA batts) it's just too heavy. I agree unreliable metal parts. Secondly all those metal parts are just another thing that could scratch my camera.

I did a similar setup using paracords, but when I read about the tripod mount issue. I stopped using it.


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Dec 13, 2012 19:52 |  #11

Eliminate the key ring for a screwgate carabiner, do away totally with the swivel clasp, and dip the quick link in Plasti Dip, then maybe, just maybe...




  
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Dec 13, 2012 19:58 as a reply to  @ Samgoit's post |  #12

that should be a huge hit in FF/pro community.


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Dec 14, 2012 23:46 |  #13

Here is a better option:

IMAGE: http://gallery2.plebeians.net/d/34079-2/bagstrap.JPG

Combined with a standard eyelet from BlackRapid. All of it is rated to >100kg, and would cost ~AU$15



  
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Dec 15, 2012 08:03 as a reply to  @ takai's post |  #14

mike_d wrote in post #15363963 (external link)
Sorry but that looks ghetto as hell and likely to fail since all the hardware store parts are from China and probably made from pot metal.

sbatson wrote in post #15363977 (external link)
LOL...The video did suggest painting the parts black so it doesn't look bad, but I do agree if you use the cheap metal parts, they could break. Personally, I'd probably spend the money for a decent strap designed for this purpose unless I could be absolutely sure the parts are not going to break.

Canajun wrote in post #15364063 (external link)
I don't think I can trust that setup with my 40D + grip (6AA batts) it's just too heavy. I agree unreliable metal parts.

I think you guys are way underestimating the strength of these metal components.

I use fasteners smaller than 1/4-20 on components at work that are designed for much higher loads. But confidence is key. Even if the components will be strong enough, if you're constantly worried it's going to break, it's probably a good idea to step up a size, seeing as weight isn't a crucial factor in performance in this situation




  
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