Intro: DIY "R-Strap" Camera Strap
I like the idea of the BlackRapid R-Strap... So I made one.
Here are some pics of what I did.
Step 1: The Custom Bracket
I used a piece of 1/8 inch thick aluminum L bracket to fabricate the bracket. 1/4 inch hole is drilled on one side and a 5/8 inch hole on the other.
The bolt (Standard 1/4 inch 20) had to be cut down so it would not damage the camera hole.
Tools used: small hacksaw for cutting rough shape and trimming the bolt.
dremel tool for sanding and polishing.
Step 2: Finished Project
So... I cut the aluminum, trimmed and finished it. Cut down the bolt and filed it clean. Then I used some 1 Inch tubular webbing to make the strap out of. Regular flat webbing is probably alright for the strap, but I like the feel of the tubular, its softer to me. For the strap I bought some parts from REIREI and spent a total of 12 dollars. I have enough parts for three straps, so very cost effective.
I was concerned about the swivel hook not being strong enough to hold my NikonNikon D2x, but I tested it (not the smartest thing I've done) by hanging from it in my garage. Yes, I was swinging like a monkey from the thing and IT HELD up no problem (and I aint no lightweight if ya know what I mean). So I am very confident in this swivel hook.
Some may ask, what about using your tripod? well, I dont use it that often so this works great for my purposes. It can easily be modified to work with the D-ring on the bottom of your tripod quick release (which is what black rapid suggests too).
All in all, took me a total of 2 hours to make this (plus the time to run to REIREI and "Big Blue""Big Blue" for parts) and only $12.
Hope you liked it and happy building.