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11mm buckle? Making a detachable camera strap...

Discussion in 'Other Carrying Devices' started by Narcosynthesis, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Narcosynthesis

    Narcosynthesis Loaded Pockets

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    As a pretty varied and inventive bunch, I figure you may be able to help me out with a possible project I am looking at and give me a few ideas/sources...

    I shoot regularly with a couple of different cameras, and get constantly annoyed with the camera straps I have on them - alternating between getting annoyed with the strap getting in the way, and then later on getting annoyed because I have taken the strap off and need it to 'wear' the camera - the strap being a flat webbing at the ends that loops around a flat metal lug on the camera and through a plastic friction buckle to hold itself - which is annoying to take off and put on regularly.

    Hence the thought occurs of a way to give me a quick connect style strap I can easily pop on and off when needed without having to faff about.

    So far the only solution I have come up with would be to use something like a plastic buckle as you often see holding bags shut - permanently sewing one part to the lugs on the camera, and attaching the other half to the strap as normal so I can use the strap when needed, and only have a short length of strap left attached to the camera when removed.

    So far the problem I have had is finding the right size - I need an 11mm buckle to fit the straps I have, and I have so far just gotten lost on google trying to find the right thing amongst all the belt, watch and other misc buckles that appear...

    So any thoughts? A secure way to do it? Any better alternatives or good sources for parts?

    Cheers for any help.
     
  2. indigo_wolf

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  3. Narcosynthesis

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    Pretty much a DIY and slightly tweaked version - much shorter pieces on the camera, and the option to use the straps I already have (including switching between a neck and wrist strap).
     
  4. Synaptic Misfire
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    I looped gutted paracord through the strap loops on both of my bodies and made a 2 inch wide sling with swivel snap hooks at the end. Allows to carry cross body, both bodies or one and it comes off fast when I need it too.
     
  5. Oldcoyote

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    The REI stores carry buckles that you could trial fit.
     
  6. nuphoria

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    Perhaps one meant for the chest strap of a bag?
     
  7. Si_K
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    Could you live with a little wiggle? ;D

    Found these people a while ago, have yet to use them but they do 15mm buckles

    http://www.acesupplies.co.uk/acatalog/ACE_Side_Releases_.html

    One of their descriptions mentions cycle helmets and dog collars, they might be smaller still if you can find them cheap enough to butcher?
     
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    supplycaptain.com has some new (smaller) side release buckles....look under ITW/NEXUS on their website.
     
  10. tower
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    There are many quick release camera straps that would work for you, mostly using SRB buckles.
     
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    I did what you are planning to do about one year ago. I bought some YKK side release buckles (10 mm) and some PP webbing (10 mm) and i sewed a piece of approximately 15 cm (folded so that the ends overlap in the middle for almost 5 cm) to the metal loop on my 50d. The webbing and female parts of the buckles stay on the camera permanently but you dont notice them when working with a tripod. When its time to replace the webbing i will probably add a swivel somewhere. But the PP is holding up very good for a year now (17000 clicks approximately).
     
  13. tower
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    Got pix?
     
  14. Camo

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    I will upload photos later. I don't have them on this computer here.
     
  15. tower
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    Thank you.
     
  16. Camo

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    Here they are. The webbing is Polyamide, not Polypropylene and the total length was more like 13 cm (slightly more than 5") i think.

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    Please ignore my freehand stitching. :)
     
  17. tower
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    Very nicely done. How did you stitch them?
     
  18. Camo

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    Um, like i have written, freehand if this is the right term. Just with a needle and thread. Its impossible with a sewing machine. I tried to stitch zig zag down in the middle of the webbing and up again in the same pattern. It looks as if a five year old did it, but i used the toughest thread i could find and i am sure that the buckle (or the camera) will break before my stitching.
     
  19. tower
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    Black on black, it's kind of hard to see. Again, brilliant!
     
  20. Kilted1

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    I have something similar to this on my camera only in leather with Chicago screws and a D-ring. The strap is then anything with snap clips.

    Narcosynthesis: Since you indicate you're going to make this rig yourself, why not start with the hardware and work back from there?