Step 1: The Real Deal
I first thought about using rock-climbing gear, which is tough, holds a ton of weight, and which I had lying around. Everything was a bit too bulky though, so I scrapped that idea.
Step 2: The Strap
Step 3: The Swivel
Step 4: Tripod Mount
I’ve seen some people attach their strap to the ring on a tripod plate. DO NOT DO THIS! That ring is designed only to help you screw in the plate and is NOT designed to bear weight. They bend easily, and you don’t want that to happen when it’s supporting your camera. I purchased a ¼” x 2” eye bolt, neoprene washer, and wing nut for about $2 at my local hardware store. By using a wing nut, you can screw the bolt in most of the way, and then tighten down the wing nut. This prevents you from over tightening the eye bolt and breaking your tripod mount. The washer protects the bottom of your camera.
I was thinking about trying to find a nicer bolt or something that was a bit more elegant, but I don’t like using the tripod mount method, as the camera cannot be set flat when not in use. Maybe if I find a better solution I’ll try that method again. But here’s how I roll…
Step 5: Strap Lug Mount
I also already had some Op-Tech Adapt-Its, so I left one of those on (as you can see in the picture), but that’s not necessary at all.
Step 6: Conclusion
So there you have it. For about $18, I have a strap which I think rivals the $50+ version. Let me know what you think. Thanks!