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.
Once you start tromping around in the woods with 15+ pounds of camera gear, you should change your tune. Neckstraps suck
Also, you can't carry a tripod everywhere. It's not even feasible to carry a monopod everywhere. Unrelated, but people who go without straps are courting disaster.
Is this made in China? Certainly they wouldn't think of ever skimping on quality of workmanship or materials in products they export.
I'm 100% sure the Black Rapids are also made in China. It all depends on the company backing the product, not where it's produced. I'm sure Black Rapids has better quality over a non-brand product because it's more expensive and backed by a proper company; but they're ALL made in China. Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
I have a very similiar 'knockoff'... and it works great
I have the 'quick' strap I bought from Ebay for about $19 a few years ago. Mine had a different 'flat' plate that attached to the tripod mount, but I replaced it with the small round blackrapid nut which I like better. That put the price at not such a discount, but still about 1/2 the price of a black-rapid.
I carry a D90 with the vertical battery grip and 2 batteries, plus of course some good size lenses, including a 70-300. Its pretty heavy, and this strap feels great over the shoulder.
I'm NOT saying this is not cheaper quality - you usually do get what you pay for... and its definitely a copy of the blackrapid, but so far, absolutely no issues w/ the strap. I've pulled on the clip very hard to add more stress to it, and it doesn't budge a bit. I do agree though, if you're dropping $3K on a camera and lens, I wouldn't cheap-out and buy any knock-off equipment. LIke putting Regular gas in a Ferarri. But for me and my very limited budget, it was a great purchase.
Guys . I m a newbie with my first dslr _ d5100 ....can u guys pls advise whether the one in amazon will not break.....or any suggestions for a strap for my d5100...Tia
I would just choose a camera strap that attaches normally to the two points on the top edges of the camera. Wouldn't trust my gear hanging upside down by one screw in the tripod socket. The tripod socket, the bottom plate of the camera, and the tripod socket in any battery pack for that matter are not designed to support the hanging and bouncing weight of a heavy camera plus non plastic lens as someone carries and jostles it around. Maybe it won't break or come loose isn't a good enough reason to invest in the BR or to try a cheap Chinese knockoff.
I love my DIY setup. I got a cheapo Ebay Dual camera strap that has flat plates. I went to the hardware store and got 2 bolts with lockwashers. One side is in my battery grip on my D300, The other is in the tripod mount on my Tamron 200 500 with my QR bracket. Total invested was about $19... It's not going anywhere. It looks like this..
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