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Those little split ring thingies
Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 3:28 PM on 02.17.16
->> Has anyone found a good source or alternatives for the split rings for camera straps?

My Nikon bodies use those triangular ones with the plastic inserts and those inserts have a propensity for wearing out quickly. Without them the straps can work their way loose - and that's not good at all.

I've tried regular split rings, but those are worse. YEARS ago one of the brands of straps came with split rings with teenie tiny latex rubber surgical tubing to keep the webbing from working their way back through the split rings, but those didn't last long.

Some company must make a good alternative, right?
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 3:58 PM on 02.17.16
->> I've never heard of the inserts playing a role in loosening straps. HOW one threads the strap ends through the buckle however plays a big roll. You need to take the end and loop it backwards so it tightens down on itself and won't slip when pressure is applied. Think of it as water having to flow upstream to drain the lake.
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Tim Hynds, Photo Editor, Photographer
Sioux City | IA | USA | Posted: 5:00 PM on 02.17.16
->> I have the problem where the split rings - either triangular or round - will actually deform and allow the strap to thread it's way out of the split ring. I assume it's because I always carry my camera bodies on my shoulder/neck from car to assignment vs having them in a bag.

For me, it's not a problem of the strap ends going loose or coming apart.

Needless to say, I'm looking for a better alternative too.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 10:18 PM on 02.17.16
->> Tim...

Your problem is easily solved if you use a soldering gun and let a tiny drop of solder seal the link. It won't take much heat; just keep your straps clear. You'll have to later use wire snips to cut off the rings for replacing, if even necessary.
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Tim Hynds, Photo Editor, Photographer
Sioux City | IA | USA | Posted: 10:03 AM on 02.18.16
->> Doug,

I like that idea! Thanks.
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Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 1:03 PM on 02.18.16
->> Wow, solder - nice idea. Someone responded off the board and said he uses something called "Liquid Electrical Tape"

I stopped off at Home Depot and got a jar of it, some tiny paint brushes and a pair of split rings. I'm going to try one with solder and one with the liquid tape.

Doug - do you have to sand off the ring's original finish to get the solder to stick?

Rob Dicker
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 2:52 PM on 02.18.16
->> Rob...

No sanding. Maybe a dab of flux, which is a cleaner but it isn't necessary for something like this since the rings are basically clean anyway.

As to the liquid tape, that is nothing more than a sealant -- the same as if you used aquarium sealer. It will not stop the ring links from separating if they want to. Solder will.

I picked up the solder tip some 40 years ago from the camera repair gents at National Geographic when I was there. There are also solder strips which look like small pieces of aluminum foil. You wrap one around what you want to bond and use a match or lighter to heat/melt it. It was/is a standard item in travel kits for field repairs.
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Baron Sekiya, Photographer, Photo Editor
Hilo | HI | USA | Posted: 7:46 PM on 02.18.16
->> You could also use a little bit of Instamorph to both hold the ring closed and provide a scratch-free bumper. You can find instamorph at Amazon and at the company's website http://www.instamorph.com
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Michael L. Palmieri, Photographer
Barnegat | NJ | USA | Posted: 3:02 PM on 02.19.16
->> Interesting that the first image on the instamorph is a gun held together with the stuff.

Hmmm....
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Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 5:14 PM on 02.22.16
->> I actually think I'm going to try the solder and also try heat shrink tubing
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