Blackrapid strap almost killed $9000 worth of gear

Started Apr 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Joe Tam
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Blackrapid strap almost killed $9000 worth of gear
Apr 27, 2013

I bought the Blackrapid Doublestrap DR-1 a month ago and it almost destroyed my D4 and 70-200/2.8 VR2.  I lifted up my camera to shoot and was switching to my 24-70 during a news event .  Just as I was lowering my camera towards my hip i noticed that the camera was not attached to the blackrapid connect r-2.(part that attaches to tripod mount screw)

I was confused as to how the camera could have come off the CR-2 because I always make sure to tighten the thumb screw part on the connect-r2.  I checked and it was tight then i noticed I could push down on the screw part and the connect-r2 opened and I saw the broken piece.

I had taken precautions in case the buckle broke off from the part that attaches to the strap.  I just never thought there was another point of failure on the Connect R-2.

I really like working with the Blackrapid but want to warn others that this problem can seriously damage their cameras.  I am glad that I noticed the camera was not attached or else it would have dropped on concrete during a fast-paced news situation.

The salesman at very large New York City camera store said another customer had recently said this happened.  It is a very troubling design issue and needs to be addressed by Blackrapid before more gear is damaged.

Anyone using the Sun-Sniper Bear Camera Screw on the DR-1?  How did you get it on?  I have heard you will have to cut the threads on the strap and will have to have them sewn on at a shoe repair shop.

Broken piece

Nikon D4
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