« on: December 27, 2013, 05:14:46 PM »
The questions in this post are unfortunately near and dear to my heart. (I dearly love my BR straps and I have 3.) The OP and several respondents raise excellent issues. First, my gut instinct tells me that the camera came off because the little tubular thingy that in theory locks the carabiner came unscrewed, and the coat compressed the spring on the carabiner. (I see no other way, if the attachment-point was still on the camera when it was recovered.) Second, I am alas dismayed by the cheesy construction of the carabiner itself-- a) it is easily worn down, because it is a cheap casting, by constant rubbing against the nice stainless attachment; and b) the pin/swivel at the top that goes into the square buckle that slides up and down the webbing is the weak point in the whole link--if is breaks, there goes your gear. I have repeatedly talked with BR about this, to no avail.
The other issue is: what happens if the strap is mounted to the tripod-collar, and the camera separates from the lens? (This happened to me, and to others on this board.) I have made a small length of 2 mm climbing shock cord, about 4" in length, with a bowline in each end. One end is permanently through a spare BR attachment point. This goes into the BODY of the camera. The free end of the cord (with its bowline) goes into the carabiner. So if the camera comes off the lens, it doesn't hit the ground or bottom of the Zodiac or whatever, it just dangles for a moment. It ain't pretty, but it works. (Like me.) I shall try to post a pic of this. (The carabiner, not me.)