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    Mamiya RB67 Strap Lug source?

    Hi everyone.

    Happy new RB67 owner here, or at least I'd be happier if I could rid my RBs of their annoying Mamiya straps. What a ridiculously crappy strap!!!!

    I have an Upstrap here waiting to go on one of my RBs but I need to track down a source for the Mamiya strap lugs. Short of sacrificing one of my straps for it's lugs I'm a little stuck.

    Any help would be appreciated. Oh, and before you tell me to go to the local agent, my dealings with them so far have been rather less than satisfactory, I'd rather not deal with him.

    Thanks all

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    I wouldn't like to carry an RB on an Upstrap, you need an Op-tech Neoprene strap and a pair of OP-Tech Super pro type "B " connectors that will fit the RB http://optechusa.com/product/detail/...&CATEGORY_ID=8
    Last edited by benjiboy; 08-17-2010 at 04:17 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    I'll second the Op-tech option. I use their straps on both my RBs and love them.
    Various Canons and Nikons. A Mamiya and a Bronica. A couple Brownies, and a Couple of Argus' (Argi?)

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    I third the Op-Tech straps...
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    Thanks, I'll check them out.

    Can I ask what you don't like about the Upstrap for this application? Seems to hold my F5 + 300 f/4 fine, and I prefer to have cameras on my shoulder rather than around my neck. I figured having it over the shoulder would be handy as I walk around with my tripod in my other hand.

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    I'll fourth the Op-Tech, it's the duck's guts.

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    I don't think its anything against the Upstrap but a vote for the weight handling capabilities of the Op/Tech. The Op/Tech is made of neoprene which really helps absorb the weight of a heavy camera like the RB. The webbing used on the Upstrap will transmit the camera's weight straight to your shoulder. I find the Op/Tech really helps when walking around with any heavy camera and an RB with a 127mm and the multi angle grip counts as a heavy camera!
    Look at the Op/Tech Super Pro strap with clip design "B".
    Various Canons and Nikons. A Mamiya and a Bronica. A couple Brownies, and a Couple of Argus' (Argi?)

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    Thanks Ed, I will look into that strap. Seems a lot cheaper than my Upstrap so I might get my local camera store to order me one from B&H

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    Op/Tech.... hahaha

    Put that RB on a Op/Tech and watch it SLIDE right off your shoulder.

    We use Up-Straps on EVERYTHING, I use one to carry a Canon 1V-HS with a 200mm F1.8L lens and a complete Mamiya Universal fully loaded and it WILL NOT slide off your shoulder nor will the strap break.

    They have 2 models one with kevlar in the strapping. Neoprene is for women !!

    You can order the strap lugs from Op/Tech and then use them on your Up-Strap !!

    Let me know if you need some more information.

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    Since you dislike the Mamiya strap, why the reservations about simply cutting it up, stealing the lug connectors, and throwing it into the trash?

    The RZ works fine for me on the stock Mamiya strap. I attach the lug connectors on the strap so that the lens points upward for over-the-shoulder carrying, and the WLF rests against my gut for around-the-neck carrying.) I would hate to carry it, or any heavy camera, on a neoprene strap; especially over the shoulder. I'd go with the Up-Strap or another fixed (i.e. non bouncy) strap, since you dislike the Mamiya strap. I can only stand the neoprene straps on lightweight cameras, personally, and even then they still feel a bit sleazy to me.

    FWIW, this (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...k_Release.html) is the strap I use for my Mamiya C series and Press series cameras, and my near-7-lb. Linhof Technika III. With so many cameras, the quick release is an extremely beneficial feature, and it is simple, elegant, comfortable, and old fashioned, yet with all the modern features that really matter in a practical sense to me (nylon strapping as opposed to cotton, and quick releases), without being some high-tech spandex superhero strap. Also, you can easily remove the manufacturer's name tag to make it more plain, which I like. The suede never slips; ever, and I'll wait till my brick of Linhof or my Super 23 gets ruined in a fall to agree with all the people who swear that using a quick release is like asking for camera suicide. The strap is perfectly solid. (You want to feel SCARY? Put a heavy camera like my Technika on an Op-Tech strap and feel it go bouncy bouncy as you walk!) It is also quite affordable. This simple suede strap is perfect for me, and I am glad that it is made.

    As you see, it is entirely a matter of opinion, and you already have yours, so I'd ignore all the noise and just read the possible answers to your question that have been provided. E.g. Chop that Mamiya strap to pieces and call it a day!
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