I have always wanted to use R-Strap but never wanted to shell out $60 to $ 80. So I ended up making my own for less than a dollar (in cash) and a few spare stuff (a carabiner and laptop strap).
Here is a picture that shows the asembly (and brief explanation below on how i did this.
- Step 1 was to find the right screw which was the easiest of all. Just went to hardware store and got the screw with 1/4th inch diameter.
Actually I was having the screw for past 1 year but was struggling with the next step, to connect it to camera and have a loop connected to the screw or put a hole into the screw.
- I convinced a nearby cobbler to put a large rivet (which are used on ladies bags or on ladies belts) on a small piece of nylon strap. The rivet was big enough to pass the screw threads but not big enough to pass the screw head. Then put another rivet to ensure a loop is created which would not fall off with the weight.
The cobbler was not convinced with what he was doing this for and charged me hefty Rs 15 /- (about 30 US cents)
- I put the screw through the rivet hole and fixed it with a bolt. For extra precaution i put a washer between screw head and the rivet. (see image on left bottom) then put the screw into the camera tripod hole.
- Then took a carabiner (was fortunate to get this one with a water bag) and put into the loop and confirmed that it was strong enough to hold the camera.
- For the last part, many people know my love of laptop bags so i have few spare straps. I took the strongst (but thinnest) one and hooked to the carabiner and it was all set.
Once i was done, a piece of advice came from my 7 year old son... "dad be careful when you put your big lens on camera" (70-300 that's as big as i have :D). Apparently i haven't been having any problem with either lenses i have with this R-Strap.
Please leave your feedback / comments / questions / suggestions. Will be happy if anyone needs help or wants to see it live (in Pune, India).
Hope this helps,