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R-Strap warning!!
Brian Cripe, Photographer, Assistant
East Lansing | MI | USA | Posted: 6:05 PM on 11.29.09
->> I'm not bashing R-Straps -I have been using an R-Strap for about 6 months and love it - with a 70-200, it's a fantastic setup for many sports, and I've used it on other body/lens combinations as well.

If you use the R-Strap, you should keep an eye on the D-ring at the lens attachment screw (the one the strap clips onto) - on two different mounting points screws (one on a 70-200, and one on a 28-300) the D-ring has spread out to the point that one end of it is no longer inserted into the attachment screwhead, creating a situation that if I hadn't caught could have resulted in sending a $6k camera/lens combo crashing to the ground when I let go of it. I fixed it by inserting the end back into the screwhead and crimping it down with a pair of channel locks and all seems to by well, but something to keep an eye on and check occasionally (along with the mount screws on lenses, etc).
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Paul Alesse, Photographer
Centereach | NY | USA | Posted: 8:06 PM on 11.29.09
->> They should improve on that and make it all one piece. I'm always checking to make sure the screw is tight against the rubber gasket too. I'd like to see a safety cable worked into the design. Otherwise, I love it.
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William Purnell, Photographer
Wichita | Ks | | Posted: 8:50 PM on 12.01.09
->> Good tip and warning. Thanks. Have you contacted the company about it, they seem pretty good about working to fix those kinds of issues.
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Richard Orr, Photographer
Longmeadow | MA | USA | Posted: 2:39 PM on 12.02.09
->> The nikon repair cost on the 70-200 damage for that is $420.

Don't ask....
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Rick Yeatts, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 4:07 PM on 12.04.09
->> It's something that has crossed my mind while jogging around the sidelines. I will be keeping a closer eye! Thanks! I've been using the R-Strap for a year and it makes carrying and handling a breeze.
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Richard Favinger Jr, Photographer
Pottstown | PA | USA | Posted: 7:39 PM on 12.04.09
->> On the same line as the R-Strap (as I just got mine a few months ago)... Does any one regularly use it to hold a 300mm 2.8 VR? Not necessarily with body, but a way to carry a lens...
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Paul Montague, Photographer
Swisher | IA | USA | Posted: 1:00 PM on 12.08.09
->> I'm about to order one of these, and I'm wondering if the "FastenR-2" (FR-2) fixes this problem. If so, do the new ones come with the FR-2 or is it still an accessory?

http://tinyurl.com/ylazgu2
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Paul W Gillespie, Photographer
Annapolis | MD | USA | Posted: 1:21 PM on 12.08.09
->> Not R-strap related, but strap related none the less. The O-rings on my Domke straps have repeatedly worked their way off the strap mounts on my cameras over the years. I would be walking along and suddenly one side of the strap would come off the camera and it would drop. I was lucky that each time it has happened I had a tight grip on the strap. I switched the O-rings for the triangle ones that came on the Nikon Straps and have not had a problem since. So check the rings and make sure they are not working their way off.
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Brian Cripe, Photographer, Assistant
East Lansing | MI | USA | Posted: 5:22 PM on 12.08.09
->> Paul -

The "FastenR-2" is the one I had problems with. The strap is still a good and convenient product, you just need to check the ring occasionally.
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Jimmy Jeong, Photographer
Edmonton | Alberta | Canada | Posted: 7:27 PM on 12.08.09
->> Thanks for the warning Brian.
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Jack Gruber, Photographer
Fall Church | VA | USA | Posted: 9:47 AM on 08.23.10
->> Any helps or hints or warnings on using two R-straps crisscrossed over the shoulder and head. I am not looking or wanting a harness system , just want the two straps to wrap around. I actually would like to be able to have a quick release plate on the bottom of camera in order to quickly convert from stills to video on tripod or monopod. Kinda looks like I would have to use a small twin plate to accomplish this???

Any thoughts or ideas would be most appreciated.
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Walt Middleton, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 10:00 AM on 08.23.10
->> I've got a recomendation to who ever wants it... This works great on my 300,
Drill a small hole in the back of the tripod mount and thread through it a key ring... Then just clip on anything you want on to it and you have as far as I've found fool proof sling for your body and lens...

You of course do this at your own risk, but it has worked for me.
I figured this step out right after a d ring spread and I just happen to catch my 300 on the way to the ground....

If any of you have any questions, email me and I'll put pics up of it...
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Ron Manfredi, Photographer
Merrick (Long Island) | NY | | Posted: 3:45 PM on 08.23.10
->> Jack,
If you already have the R straps, then the "CoupleR" might be what you are looking for:

http://www.blackrapid.com/product/hardware/coupler/

You wear the 2 straps as shoulder straps, NOT across your chest, and use the coupleR to hold them in the back. A bit awkward to put on, but once in place, I have found it to work very well with my 70-200 and a 24-70 f/2.8 lenses.

As far as a quick mount onto a tripod, you might look at the Bogen 3157NR base, and use the ring on it to clip onto the R strap.

see:
http://www.tripodquickrelease.com/Bogen_Quick_Releases.htm

about half way down the page, under the section marked 200/3157.

Ron
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 4:51 PM on 08.23.10
->> +1 for what Ron said for both cases. I've found both to work well. The CoupleR is a little awkward to put on, but does help keep your cameras from falling forward anytime you bend over.
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Dave Breen, Photographer
Somerset | PA | USA | Posted: 5:47 PM on 08.23.10
->> Jack -- Wouldn't crossing the straps cause one to be in the way of the other camera?
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Jack Gruber, Photographer
Fall Church | VA | USA | Posted: 7:56 PM on 08.23.10
->> Awesome. Yep, I have the bogen plates and just realized it has a place on the bottom to clip on. Ok, here is another question. For the price if you already have two R Straps, the coupler is what I would be looking for but it is around $110. Why not just spend $20 more and get the RS DR-1 Double Strap and have options either way? Either way, I am not always going to want the double strap option and for about the same price, getting two R Straps for around $55 and the double strap for $130 seems like a great option?

thanks

jack
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 9:49 PM on 08.23.10
->> The CoupleR should be around $16 not $110, http://www.blackrapid.com/product/hardware/coupler/
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Jack Gruber, Photographer
Fall Church | VA | USA | Posted: 11:25 PM on 08.23.10
->> Ah ha, thanks. I am glad I asked for some advice here. Really appreciate it. The coupler would be just about right. Thanks
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Troy Taormina, Photographer
Richmond | Tx | USA | Posted: 2:50 PM on 08.24.10
->> Just bought an R strap, so I'll be looking out for the D ring problem. Thanks.
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Michael Pina, Photographer
SF Bay Area | ca | usa | Posted: 4:41 PM on 08.24.10
->> Hi all, i have been using the much improved "FastenR-3". They are so much better all around. I have changed all of our straps to these. Not only are they more secure, they also feel much better in your palm when shooting portraits. Hope this helps. Here's the link in case you need to pick one up.
http://www.blackrapid.com/product/hardware/fastenr3/
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 6:26 PM on 08.24.10
->> "i have been using the much improved "FastenR-3"."

+1 ... no moving parts to deal with ... does a great job, much more secure ....
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Dave Breen, Photographer
Somerset | PA | USA | Posted: 9:53 AM on 08.25.10
->> A general R-strap question (or two):

Do you keep it on the camera(s) all the time, or swap it with a regular strap? How easy is it to change?
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Ron Manfredi, Photographer
Merrick (Long Island) | NY | | Posted: 10:37 AM on 08.25.10
->> Dave,

I use an Op-Tech strap with the quick release buckles for some work, and when I use the R-strap, I disconnect the Op-Tech's buckles, remove the shoulder pad part of the Op-Tech and loop the remaining short straps through the R-strap as a "safety chain." I leave my 2 connectoRs mounted; one screwed into the camera base and one on the 70-200's foot.
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 2:09 PM on 08.25.10
->> I use two bodies for most every assignment ... on one I use the standard strap that came with the camera, and the R-strap on the other ... all the time ... haven't found a need to use a different strap on the second body ... I keep the FastenR-3 on the body, and a Manfrotto 200PL-14 quick release plate on any lenses that have a tripod collar.
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