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Sep 18, 2011 02:35 |  #1

My op tech strap just broke. The strap ripped where it attached to the camera.

I will never use an op tech strap anymore.

I'm in the market to get a new strap.

Which strap is the safest/strongest?

Thanks


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Sep 18, 2011 02:38 |  #2

Is your gear damaged?

Try the Upstrap or the Think Tank strap, or the Domke Gripper strap.


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Sep 18, 2011 02:42 |  #3

How old was your strap and what's your typical camera rig?

Stuff does wear out and sometimes needs to be replaced.


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Sep 18, 2011 02:42 |  #4

Do you have a picture of the damaged strap? My OpTech stuff looks really solid.




  
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Sep 18, 2011 07:07 |  #5

Upstrap is woven Kevlar, with a good shoulder pad. This may be overkill for you, but I use this steel cable strap (external link) as a daily carry. I travel occasionally to theft-prone areas, and live in one (for tourists anyway) and always feel secure. It takes up some space when packing, more than a regular strap.

I've taken the strap to a local tailor and replaced the metal carabiner hooks with composite ones from Optech (in the last photo), and use Adapt-Its (camera image and next-to-last photo) on the camera lugs.

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Sep 18, 2011 07:10 |  #6

I've been abusing my Optech for three years. Still looks like new. Can't imagine it failing in anything less than another twenty years or more.


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Sep 18, 2011 08:27 |  #7

Same here. Not to say that, depending on use, a faulty one may let go after a short while. Still, like shoes or anything else, nothing lasts forever.

Optech is one of the big players. You would hear about any durability issues with them by now.


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Sep 18, 2011 11:32 |  #8

I would say about 1 years old. At the time It was attach to my gripped 7D + 70-200 + flash. I know it's a heavy rig, but most of the time it's either no lens attached (body cap only) or just the 50 1.4.

Thank God, at the time I wore it criss cross across my chest with my 5DII and somehow it got stuck to the other strap and didn't fall.


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Sep 18, 2011 11:34 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #9

Sorry for the phone pic


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Sep 18, 2011 12:02 |  #10

That couldn't have happened overnight.




  
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Sep 18, 2011 12:03 |  #11

Can't even imagine those straps breaking like that without some outside help in the matter. Very strange.


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Sep 18, 2011 12:06 |  #12

luciddreamer wrote in post #13122439 (external link)
Can't even imagine those straps breaking like that without some outside help in the matter. Very strange.

Either the strap was tied around a tree and the camera shot out of a cannon, or that strap had been abraded for a long time before failing.




  
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Sep 18, 2011 12:24 |  #13

mike_d wrote in post #13122448 (external link)
Either the strap was tied around a tree and the camera shot out of a cannon, or that strap had been abraded for a long time before failing.

I'm guessing the tree would break first or the cannon would be shot backwards before the strap would break. The loop on the Canon would definitely go first.


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Sep 18, 2011 13:13 |  #14

That looks like some serious abrasion and not a defect or poor quality. My strap, at the camera lug looks new. No fraying whatsoever.

As mentioned... that abrasion would not have happened in a day unless deliberate.


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Sep 18, 2011 13:50 |  #15

psxindo wrote in post #13121109 (external link)
My op tech strap just broke. The strap ripped where it attached to the camera.

I will never use an op tech strap anymore.

I'm in the market to get a new strap.

Which strap is the safest/strongest?

Thanks

I am sorry about you op tech experience. Hope your equipment is OK.
I use op tech too (5 years running) and no problems so far. It still looks brand new inspite of heavy use. I will keep an eye for wear from now on.
You should probably should call op tech to let them know. They are a well respected company and will either replace your cord and/or take corrective action in their design to fix it.




  
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