Pro Loop Connector Through the BR Double Strap

Podcast 288 : Camera Straps and Safety Measures

For a while now, I've been using the Black Rapid R-Strap and Double Strap when using two cameras, but during my recent Antarctica expedition, the camera body dropped off the lens a few times. Had this happened while I was walking down the gangplank to the Zodiac, it would have...

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  • Owin Thomas
    Posted at 18:30h, 29 May Reply

    Hi Martin,

    was thinking about getting one of the BR straps for a holiday trip as I usually have the camera/lens on a wrist strap. But I don’t think the wrist strap is up to it for a 70-200mm.

    My question is, I have heard a lot about thieves using knives to cut the strap and stealing the camera, is the BR strap capable of averting this, or is it easily cut?

    Why strap manufacturers don’t weave in some steal fibres into the straps to help avoid this sort of theft?


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 23:09h, 29 May Reply

    The Black Rapid strap is just nylon, like most others. I imagine in someone went to cut it, it would cut.

    Personally though, if someone is ready to cut my camera away with a knife, I’d rather let them. If I make it difficult for them, it might be me next. Insure your gear for when you are away from home, and hope that the bad guys don’t target you. That’s my advice.


  • Gary Green
    Posted at 00:06h, 30 May Reply

    I do something similar, but use the Upstrap QR Loop attached to one side of the camera body. The loop goes around the R-Strap. It works well but your solution is a little more elegant.

  • Frank Field
    Posted at 21:18h, 30 May Reply

    Martin — Your portrait photography site looks great! You have a clear ability to capture portraits that clearly and warmly express happiness of your subjects. People are bound to feel a connection to these photos. I wish you very good luck with this aspect of your business. Frank

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 21:27h, 30 May Reply

    Good to hear that you’re sorted Gary. I’m sure your way works fine too.

    Frank, thanks so much for the kind words. Japan still doesn’t do this sort of portraiture a lot, but there are a few people starting, and doing a good job. I’m hoping to carve my own little niche in this space too. 🙂


  • Byron
    Posted at 07:32h, 31 May Reply

    Martin, I highly recommend Photobiz for portrait websites! Not only do they have amazing templates, a shopping cart, client viewing, and mobile sites, but their customer service is absolutely incredible! If you get a chance, talk with David Hutnik, he’s one of the best human beings you’ll ever have the pleasure of speaking to!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:28h, 31 May Reply

      Hi Byron,

      Thanks for the recommendation. I actually don’t need any additional sites though. I’m hooked up with PhotoShelter if I need to create light-boxes or sell direct, but that’s not part of my portraiture model. I’ll certainly keep Photobiz in mind though, if the need arises.


  • Nick
    Posted at 19:28h, 31 May Reply

    Hi Martin.

    Only listened briefly, bt was it this podcast where you were mentioning your frustration at Adobe for extracting more money from us to enable us to publish E-Pub Books?

    I am with you, but I found this tutorial from Terry White who shows how to export an InDesign document to E-Pub format.

    If that is something you would like to do then this may be of use.



  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 19:44h, 31 May Reply

    Hi Nick,

    I know how to create and export ePub books. The problem is, standard ePub books don’t look very good. If you have seen a Kindle book, you’ll know what I mean.

    What I want to be able to do is create a verticle layout, and a horiztonal layout, and package them together into one Article, so that people who view on an iPad see the correct view depending on the orientation they are holding their iPad in. This is like the iPad version of WIRED magazine. If you’ve seen how that switches between vertical and horizontal, you’ll know what I mean. It’ such a rich experience compared to the ePub format.


  • t.linn
    Posted at 16:11h, 03 June Reply

    Hey Martin,

    I have to tell you that you can’t just casually mention that your body dropped off your lens a couple times without providing the details of what happened! How did your body come loose from your lens? What a nightmare. And how did the BR fastener come loose? Didn’t you talk about using the updated fastener with the rubber base in a previous episode? I would think that would prevent it from coming loose. Or maybe you just mentioned that the fastener had been updated with the rubber base.

    Anyway, thanks for another interesting podcast. I too use the Op/Tech Pro Loop system and I really like it. What hadn’t occurred to me is connecting the two fasteners to create a hand strap – a very useful idea.


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 10:43h, 04 June Reply

    Hee hee. Truth is Tim, I don’t know why the lens drops off the lens. I’m thinking that I must have at some point touched the lens release button, then the lens just gradually rotated to the point that it comes away from the lens, but I had this happen to me once a year ago as well, and so always ensure that I carry the lens with the button away from me, to avoid pushing it.

    Apart from that, I really don’t know how this happens. I thought about asking Canon, but I know they’d just fob me off with an answer about me needing to use the strap that they provide or something.

    On the Black Rapid, yes, I do use the rubber bottomed fastener. I think this came loose because I was supporting the weight of the lens myself, and so the faster had some play, but this has never happened to me before. I check that it’s tight quite often too, and have never even felt it coming loose.

    I found myself using the 5D Mark II this week with just the Pro Loop connectors linked together as a hand strap. It was just around the studio, but it was nice to have something to grab when I reached for the camera.


    • Robbug
      Posted at 07:21h, 13 June Reply

      I know this is a late reply but I just stumbled on this podcast. It requires a lot of things to line up for this to happen. I posted a video on this very issue.

      This has happened to me twice in a row one day. I now have a carabiner with parachute cord attached to the strap as a safety line.

      Without having to watch me blabber for several minutes, the quick and dirty is this:

      If your strap is attached to the tripod ring like normally (aligned on the lens in the horizontal mode) and ..

      The strap length is enough to allow the camera to swing near your pocket or other item that may trigger the lens release button and…

      You have a battery grip on your camera or a 1D to provide torsion.

      The camera lens release button can be hit by objects in your pocket while walking as the camera is swinging by your hip. It’s rare but happened enough to me to stop carrying objects in my right pocket.

  • Nigel Jones
    Posted at 01:51h, 14 January Reply

    Thanks for this, I’ve been trying to decide what to do for a while, I’ve just bought a Canon 28-300L for travel (hoping to have to carry only one lens), but there’s no way I can carry that thing around my neck it’s a monster. I’ve just bought all of the bit’s you’ve mentioned for both bodies thanks!!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:06h, 14 January Reply

      I’m happy this was useful Nigel. Thanks for the update.

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