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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 25, 2012, 03:36:39 PM »
I have battery grips on both bodies, and the grip provides the lower attachment point for the strap.

Yes, that's the Kirk clamp I use (I chose it over the small RRS clamp because the latter has little nubs on the bottom where the FastenR-3 goes).  I attached the FastenR-3 to the Kirk clamp with a bit of Loctite Blue on the threads.  I do have a spare FastenR-3, but haven't had any need to use it - the Kirk clamp makes it so easy to change where I attach the BR strap.

It is interesting you mention the RRS have the nubs that would interfere with the Fasten-R3 - check out the link, the forth picture over has exactly that combo:
The nubs are likely to mate with a BH-25 or the like, although that forth image implies that the nubs have been removed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 25, 2012, 11:20:20 AM »

No L-bracket yet, but I'll be getting one for the 1D X.  I do have a Wimberley P-5 plate on my 5DII (will go on the 7D), and P-20 lens plates on all my tripod collars, and all of those and the hand straps stay permanently attached. Since I frequently change from a standard lens to a big zoom on my 5DII, being able to quickly relocate the BR attachment point is very convenient (not a big deal on the 7D which I use almost exclusively with the 100-400).

I too have a Wimberley P-5 plate but it does not have a lug to put the hand strap through. How do you affix the Canon E1 strap and the P5 plate?

I also like being able to quickly remove the BR strap without leaving the lug behind, more comfortable for portrait grip with just a plate (or L-bracket) and I still have the handstrap to carry it more easily.

Do you un-screw the BR FastenR-3 from the underside of the P5 or do you use the Kirk 1" clamp like you mentioned earlier in the thread?

The photo below shows how I have been using my BR and L-bracket for over a year - super solid as the Ty-Rap has a metal locking pin inside. I love the setup and may try to loop the E1 onto the Ty-Rap too. I also really like the idea of the Kirk 1" clamp. Is this the one you use?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:59:57 PM »
I use Canon E1 handstraps on both of my bodies, and they're great, but they require a battery grip to attach.  The new Canon E2 strap comes with a lug for the tripod socket, but that would mean detaching the BR lug.  If you use the Arca-Swiss system, some camera plates/L-brackets have the slot for a handstrap, and a 1/4"-20 hole for the BR lug (although I have my FasterR-3 attached to a Kirk 1" clamp that I then attach to a camera or lens plate as needed.

Thanks everyone for your replies.

Neuro, your setup is identical to mine, RRS L-bracket, BR strap. I just bought a Canon E1 strap off of eBay for $5 - it looked legit but time will tell. I have seen the Kirk plate and BR combo before - it looks pretty slick. You must keep your L-bracket and hand strap permanently mounted, correct?

I like the L-Bracket on the camera as it adds a nice later of protect on two of the planes. My 40D L-Bracket has the loop for a hand strap but I can't tell of the 5D3 has the same provision, I can't tell from the photos. I will call RRS on Monday to inquire about this and I will place a pre-order over the phone as they owe me free shipping on my next purchase.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 24, 2012, 10:39:29 AM »
I was thinking of getting a hand strap to augment my Black Rapid RS-4. There are occasions when I might prefer a hand strap rather than a sling. I know Canon makes one, although it is not wuick to mount or remove.

Any suggestions? I am open to eBay stuff if you have a link to a decent one.

Thanks in advance!

Whhops! And here's the link I mentioned earlier: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,3077.0.html

I too like the BR RS-4 for travel, it does not look too technical and is comfortable for all day use.

There is a big long thread on sling straps here that you may find useful.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:10:01 PM »

Just a heads up MasterCard, Visa, and AMEX from the major Cdn banks all charge 2.5% to the best of my knowledge.

Because of that and not wanting to give 2.5% to the credit card companies for nothing when I travel to the U.S. and more importantly when I spend fair amounts of money at B&H, I got a U.S. Dollar Bank of Montreal MasterCard.

It costs $25/year, however, when you spend over $1000/yr on it, they waive the fee, as in it's free. 

Since last summer I've placed all of my B&H orders using the card and I don't pay any credit card fees on the USD transactions.  All I have to do is pay off my U.S. Dollar MasterCard when the bill comes with U.S. funds.  I don't have an account with BMO so I withdraw the U.S. funds from my U.S. account at my bank in the form of a draft and pay then my M/C with it.

I have a BMO U$D card too and U$D account but it still costs money to change money unless you trade in the millions. 2.5-2.9% is pretty standard.

On a CDN 5D3 note, I just went on lunch and picked one up in a kit, I bought the extended 4yr warranty 'cause he knocked $80 off of it and I had him throw in an extra battery. I was not sure if I was going to jump in yet but I did. It might be a slight upgrade from my 40D ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: (CAN) Henry's extended warranty of 5D3
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:29:40 PM »
i think you are better off with the Canon Warranty.. 4 years is a long time.. do you think you'll still be owning your 5d3 in 4 years? is the warranty transferrable? just in case you decide to sell?

personally, I for one am SURE that my 5d3 will be gone in +/- 3 years.
Yes, it is transferrable and would likely help with a potential sale down the road, say three years out. It is a lot of ca$h for insurance trhough, that is why I thought I would ask peoples opinion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:09:10 PM »
I tried to get some of the Canadian shops to match the U.S total price of $3995 taxes and duty included
You have to keep in mind you will pay a 'spread' on your credit card of approx. 2.9% for the conversion. Right now the dollar is almost exactly at par so 2.9% of 3995 is $115.

Henry's is selling for $3699 plus tax which comes in at ~4180 verses $3995USD * 2.9% = ~$4110

There is only $70 difference by my math.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:59:41 AM »
Yup - same username over there. Things are good. If you are a Canon shooter and I know you are, this is where is has been at of late.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:46:25 AM »
Hey rhommel, welcome to CR! Good to see you Bud!

EOS Bodies / (CAN) Henry's extended warranty of 5D3
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:45:26 AM »
I have the option of buying an extended warranty on the 5D3 for $469 or the entire kit at $599. This would give me the following for a total of four years:
Anti-Lemon Protection
30 Day Price Protection
90 Day Defective Exchange
Global Coverage


1- I know it is only insurance, do any of you have any experience with this, good or bad, that you can share?
2- Is it worth it?

Thanks in advance.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:41:59 AM »
My rep at Henry's downtown Toronto just called me to say the 24-105 kit I asked to 'see' (not order) is in stock and on hold for me until Tuesday. Decisions, decisions....

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:08:59 AM »
I just got a call from Henry's that my camera is in.   :D
Which location? Body only of the kit?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:31:07 PM »
Henry's offer an additional 3yr warranty on the 24-105 kit for $469 - does anyone have any experience with this? Is it worth it (besides the obvious, "if you don't ever need it - it was a waste of money")?

Good copies of 24-105 can be had for 850-900 on the used market so I don't think almost a $500 premium for insurance would be worth it unless you are planning to give it a real beating for the next three years. Also consider that you may want to resell within the three years and you may not be able to recoup that money having to compete with other ones priced below $900.

If the warranty is for the whole kit, it may be different a bit. This is a really expensive camera after all so an extended warranty may be justified if you are planning to make money with it.
The lens tend to add $800 to the kit price plus tax. I just checked and I was wrong about the extended warranty pricing. It is $469 for the body only and $599 for the body/lens. Yikes, that is a lot of ca$h extra.

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