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  1. #11

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    I had the same feeling about the Optec strap when I was putting it on. Especially as the spring plate is a bit too long and has to be forced past the lug, I don't think it would be prone to accidentally coming off. If the strap was going to have to be removed often I think I'd just cut off the plastic locking piece.
    Various Canons and Nikons. A Mamiya and a Bronica. A couple Brownies, and a Couple of Argus' (Argi?)

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    I use the Op-Tech system for several of my cameras--the neck strap combined with different lanyards. For the longest time, I was trying to insert the plastic retaining clip into the body of the mount (type B) until I discovered this simple trick:

    THE LANYARD BODY WILL SNAP ONTO THE POST WITH THE RETAINING CLIP IN PLACE!

    Of course to remove the clip and lanyard, it is necessary to pull the plastic clip out and lever the snap plate up. I tried this with an "A" mount also, and it was the same deal. Sometimes, I think we make things harder than what they need to be...
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    The instructions missed a point. first the retaining slide has to be slid back. then you can clip on the lug. but trying to get the retaining slide to connect to the rest of the gear is a pain. the slide is blocked by the strap. sending it off at an angle! thought I had it in but the clip disconnected from the lug. good thing the camera wasn't hanging around my neck!!

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    Had the same problem with it on a RB67

    I bought the Op/Tech strap for my Mamiya Rb67 Pro S and it was a little bit of a hassle putting it on too. I guess if I ever remove it I will have to work at it with a crow bar. I have ordered another one from B&H for my second Rb and that one will be on for good too I fear. However, they are still cheaper than the Mamiya strap which costs $50. Ric.

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    Hrmm I must be the only one that thinks it's not that difficult? I think once you slip off the plastic clip a couple of times it gets easier.... I think I slip mine off after every outing to clean the camera

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    Not to bump an old thread, but a little info that might be useful to someone struggling with this. I happened upon this while trying to attach the op/tech straps. I found that if you remove the film back from the body, the plastic clip is quite easy to slide back into place, due to the better angle and more space to move your hands around.

    Didn't see anyone mention it, so I thought it was worth adding here for archival purposes.

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    Here is the video
    http://youtu.be/YYcJ_-Bo54A

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    Those straps are pure junk.. why anyone buys em is beyond me. Pay the extra money n get a real strap for your beautiful camera.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul ron View Post
    Those straps are pure junk.. why anyone buys em is beyond me. Pay the extra money n get a real strap for your beautiful camera.
    And what strap would that be? I'm seriously interested as so far I've tried these:

    1. The Hasselblad original thin leather strap which came with my 501CM. It is good on a body like that with a 80 and WLF but once you put a prism or anything heavier or try to use it with an EL body it just cuts through your neck/shoulder.

    2. I then bought an Artisan&Artist Hasselblad strap which every collector that never has to use the camera recommends and if they do they carry it in a bag and only take it out carefully to take a shot then put it back in the camera. What a beautiful strap that is when you're looking at the camera sitting on a shelf. What a piece of junk it is when using it. The length adjuster is so crap it keeps slipping so after a couple of days it is down to full length and I have to readjust. Plus it has ZERO grip so once when I was not careful it slipped right off my shoulder. Luckily it fell on mud so the only damage was a broken hood but it could easily be a lens written off if it wasn't for the hood and/or the surface was harder. I'm still angry with myself for paying £80 for a strap that is pure and utter crap.

    3. So now I bought the Op/tech SuperPro A I finally have a strap that may look a bit rubbish but lets me easily carry an ELX+80+A12+PM90 all day long without every feeling the weight. And it doesn't slip.

    So really, what strap would you recommend that can hold an ELX with back and prism and 80 comfortably? The ideal for me would be something that looks like the original but carries the weight like the Optech.
    Hasselblad 501CM, Mamiya RB67SD, Nikonos V, EOS 3

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    The strap I use for my RB67 is the OEM Mamiya sold for $35 at Adoroma. It is tough as nails, wider, takes the weight and slides on my neck more comfortably when I swing my camer up for action.

    The OpTec is generally too short to wear on your neck n under a shoiulder so the camera sits under an arm nicely tucked away so as not to slam the lens n wrench my neck when leaning forward.

    The neck foam is much too grippy n doesn't slide up niely when bringingh my camera up for a shot. It bunches my coat n is never in the right place no matter how much I figet on each n every shot.

    The generic plastic spade clips holding each side strap to the neck piece gives me such an insecure feeling. I have the same clips on my backpack n find they do pop open now n again under heavy loads.. so don't put too much merit in em or you may be sending me your equipment for dropped camera repairs.

    As for price.. not a very good deal when the OEM was just a few bucks more. Oh did I mention the OpTec strap seem to be getting shorter over the years? I had one in the 80s then another recently form a customer.. so I compared the 2 n find it has gotten shoter by 8".. but there is an up siode to this.. you can buy extension sides that are exactly 8" longer for another $10. ummmm good business or just a scheme to sell the same old length strap for more?

    Compared to your Hassy strap?.. never had one so I really can't say but I wonder if my mamiya strap has the same clips?.. seems MF cameras have 2 flavors of clips.. shop n try?


    BTW if you are somwhat handy.. making a strap isn't very hard. You already have the origianl clips so all you'd need is some webbing material (comes in many widths n colors), couple spade clips.... all avaialable at sporting good suppliers such as EMS REI n alike.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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