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PCM-madison

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Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:10:56 PM »
I like to carry my camera with a Black Rapid strap which uses the tripod screw mount on the bottom of the camera. I use a tripod ball head with an Arca Swiss clamp. To switch between them, I unscrew the strap and then attach an Arca Swiss camera plate. I'm hoping for advice for a better/faster way to switch between strap and tripod.

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Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2018, 11:25:14 PM »
You can use the round clip, rather then a screw in piece. With that, you could get a Arca Swiss plate like this. I've seen them on amazon and ebay.


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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2018, 11:33:28 PM »
I attached the BR lug to a Kirk 1" clamp with a bit of Loctite Blue on the threads.  That lets me easily move the strap attachment from the body plate to a lens collar plate, or remove it to mount the camera on a tripod.  I use that setup with lenses up to a 600mm f/4L IS II.

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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2018, 11:48:09 PM »
Thank you for the fast responses. I have ordered the Kirk clamp.

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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2018, 12:51:30 AM »
Yes, it's called the Peak Design Slide.

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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2018, 12:22:54 PM »
After Neuro posted his method a few years ago, I also bought a 1 in Kirk Clamp.  It works great.

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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2018, 02:30:19 PM »
Hi Mt Spokane.
Same here except I use a larger generic (read Chinese) clamp with quick release lever instead of a screw type clamp, just personal preference.

Cheers, Graham.

After Neuro posted his method a few years ago, I also bought a 1 in Kirk Clamp.  It works great.
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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2018, 03:16:42 PM »
I also use Neuro method. +1
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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2018, 08:07:38 PM »
Yes, it's called the Peak Design Slide.

Exactly. Peak Design’s straps really are at the top of the tree for practicality and versatility. My Holy-Grail like search for the perfect strap system was expensive and went across almost all of the main players plus a few you’ve likely never heard of, and finished when I got my first Peak Design Leash strap. I now have 3 Leash, Slide and Slide-Lite.

Difficulties in the move from strap to tripod or monopod are a distant memory.

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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2018, 08:30:35 PM »
Peak Design’s straps really are at the top of the tree for practicality and versatility.

IIRC, last time I looked at Peak Design, they lacked as effective solution for collared lenses.  Has that changed?
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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2018, 11:55:07 PM »
Peak Design’s straps really are at the top of the tree for practicality and versatility.

IIRC, last time I looked at Peak Design, they lacked as effective solution for collared lenses.  Has that changed?

I got around that by using a Swis Arca plate that comes with holes in it, and attached it   to the foot of the collar.  Works great, is easy.

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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2018, 12:15:49 AM »
Another plus on the neurologist method.

I do check all connections each time for tightness.

One failure that occurred was from the area where the carabiner post is inserted into the strap rectangular metal as seen in neuros post.  Over time the “post” hole enlarged from fictive wear and the carabiner fell out.  Luckily I was holding the camera lens at the time. 

I believe newer black rapids have eliminated this type of connection.
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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2018, 04:19:21 AM »
My brief love affair with BR ended abruptly years ago when the BR attaching screw pulled the thread straight out of the (genuine) grip on a 5DII, while I had a 70-200 f/2.8 attached. Expensive. The threads in bodies may be stronger, but maybe less so in grips. The body/grip threads are possibly engineered to satisfactorily hold a body securely on the tripod/monopod where the pressure is coming down on the  tripod/monopod. A body and lens's weight swinging upside down, just relying on that tripod thread was too much.

True, I should have moved the BR to the lens foot when I mounted the fairly heavy 70-200. Learned my lesson. Peak Design...

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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2018, 10:03:28 AM »
I got around that by using a Swis Arca plate that comes with holes in it, and attached it   to the foot of the collar.  Works great, is easy.

I have no plans to drill a hole in the replacement foot for my 600/4. 
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Re: Is there a better way to switch between BR strap and tripod?
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2018, 12:43:57 PM »
Hi Mt Spokane.
Same here except I use a larger generic (read Chinese) clamp with quick release lever instead of a screw type clamp, just personal preference.

Cheers, Graham.

After Neuro posted his method a few years ago, I also bought a 1 in Kirk Clamp.  It works great.

Using one with a QR lever seems to me to be inviting a serious point of failure, if not locked down, it might easily flip open.

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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2018, 12:43:57 PM »