I carry my camera around my neck usually with one hand on a tripod/monopod and the other on the lens. I like the idea of the strap... but not nearly enough to try it. It's no biggy... but it's not for me.
Having a great time and visiting family are mutually exclusive.
similar, but not the same product -- especially the part that connects to the camera (look at the pics on both links)
That doesn't mean it is any less likely to fail. While I can see the camera plate failing has been brought up in the reviews (which this design eliminates), most of the failures seem to be with the clip. The failure point is where the carabiner attaches to the rectangular loop that slides up and down the strap. That is why the key-ring acts as a back-up: everything with the plate and carabiner stays together, but the joint/hinge that allows the caribiner to rotate either breaks or pops out. This aspect of the design might be exactly the same between the Meritline and Amazon versions (if Meritline's photos are even accurate).
Although I hate the fact that BR was awarded an asinine patent and has no legitimate competition now, I wouldn't risk using a Chinese rip-off even if my insurance deductible was zero. I already have the BR double strap anyway, and I'm small enough that it works as a solo strap on me when I disconnect the two halves.
There are some things you don't skimp on. Camera straps are one of them. This is something I do for a living and I'm not about to use a sub-par off brand strap on a $3,500 body with $1,000 - $2,500 lenses.
There are some things you don't skimp on. Camera straps are one of them. This is something I do for a living and I'm about to use a sub-par off brand strap on a $3,500 body with $1,000 - $2,500 lenses.
Sure, for your $5k kit. But for those with say a $200-400 kit, it'll probably be both lighter (less likely to break) and the percentage ($50 savings) is much higher. I don't hesitate to put my T2i with kit lens on here for easy access while walking around. Congrats to you and your expensive gear, but that's not for everyone, just like how this strap is not for you.
Sure, you effectively double the price, but it's still half as much as the genuine article.
That said, I use a real Blackrapid strap (R-Sport) with my kit - it's solid, works well, and is amazingly comfortable, especially when carrying around a full-size DSLR plus 70-200 f/2.8 all day. Not sure I'd trust $6K+ of equipment to a knock-off, and this one is one of the most shameless copycats I've ever seen.
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