Warning: Weak plastic buckles on E-5 strap

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philosomatographer
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Warning: Weak plastic buckles on E-5 strap
Aug 12, 2012

Hi All,

With no warning, and no apparent reasons, the plastic strap buckle on my E-5 disintegrated (almost sending my camera crashing, luckily I caught it). On inspection, the other one was also cracked.

This was after a couple of weeks of carrying around the 7-14 and 35-100 on the camera. Clearly the cheap buckles were not made for any form of stress.

I replaced them with metal strap buckles from an OM-1 strap, and I'm sure they'll last (they already lasted 30 years

Be warned... check your E-5 strap if you carry it over your shoulder with heavy lenses, before it surprises you.

Quite disappointing on this otherwise tank of a camera. I'm sure they put this same strap on the E-450 etc?

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In reply to philosomatographer, Aug 12, 2012

I've always thought camera companies include those cheap stock straps just in case the buyer doesn't already have a decent strap. I would not use one for any extended period, especially with the amount of the weight you're carrying, if only because it would be uncomfortable for me.

I've tried a few straps on my E3 and like my latest from Ape Case the best. It's a good size for the camera and my biggest lens (50-200 swd) and it doesn't have those quick release latches, which make me nervous and are unnecessary for my needs.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Ape-Case-DSLR-Strap-AC00236/dp/B003BEDRJS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344791061&sr=8-1&keywords=ape+case+strap

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In reply to eaglevshawk, Aug 12, 2012

http://www.upstrap-pro.com/product/SLR-QR-H/SLR-QR-K.html

I also use a Black Rapid Strap, but can't use it when I have the tripod plates installed. That's when I use the Upstrap (on an E-5)

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In reply to philosomatographer, Aug 12, 2012

I actually had this issue last fall with my E5 and the stap let lose and my E5 and 12-60 fell, snapping the hood. The buckles are defective and should not be used.
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In reply to nyfalls, Aug 12, 2012

Same thing happened to me 10 days ago. I was lucky, apart some scratches on the lenshood of the 12-60 lens and another one on the E-5, everything was fine. Better check those straps! aldo

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In reply to Torlang, Aug 12, 2012

Now that is a strap...rated to 200lbs..

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In reply to Roger Engelken, Aug 12, 2012

Mine have broken twice, and Olympus sent me replacements, but I think I need to look seriously at another, heavier strap. Seems like its a real problem. I was also lucky that I caught the camera.

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In reply to Torlang, Aug 13, 2012

You can use it with plates, only if you have a Manfrotto RC-2 system. Black Rapid is making this:

http://www.blackrapid.com/product/hardware/fr-t1/

You're welcome

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I also use a Black Rapid Strap, but can't use it when I have the tripod plates installed. That's when I use the Upstrap (on an E-5)

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Thanks for the warning and suggestions
In reply to andix, Aug 13, 2012

I have a weak heart. : )
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In reply to philosomatographer, Aug 14, 2012

I'm quite amazed at the number of people with this issue! Definitely a serious oversight on an otherwise well-constructed camera.

Glad nobody suffered serious damage (from what I can see in this thread so far, in anyway).

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In reply to andix, Aug 14, 2012

Don't think that plate will fit on my Kirk BH-3 though. Wish it did.

andix wrote:

You can use it with plates, only if you have a Manfrotto RC-2 system. Black Rapid is making this:

http://www.blackrapid.com/product/hardware/fr-t1/

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I also use a Black Rapid Strap, but can't use it when I have the tripod plates installed. That's when I use the Upstrap (on an E-5)

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In reply to Torlang, Aug 14, 2012

Near accident for me too a few days ago during a travel in Austria.

I replaced the plastic buckles with the metal ones of my very old argentic Minolta...
It is not acceptable with a so pricy camera.

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In reply to philosomatographer, Aug 14, 2012

Love my Black Rapid. Best of all, easy access and no strain around your neck.
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In reply to UncleLJ, Aug 14, 2012

Standard straps by all the majors are rubbish. Plus I prefer them plain. I have tried many straps and what I currently hang my E3 from is a Crumpler Industry Disgrace. Its really tough and comfortable to wear.
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http://www.crumpler.com/us/Camera-Bags/Camera-Straps-Accessories/Industry-Disgrace.html

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Jay Jenner wrote:

Standard straps by all the majors are rubbish. Plus I prefer them plain. I have tried many straps and what I currently hang my E3 from is a Crumpler Industry Disgrace. Its really tough and comfortable to wear.
Linkage here:

http://www.crumpler.com/us/Camera-Bags/Camera-Straps-Accessories/Industry-Disgrace.html

I am looking for one for my E-5 but without a quick release, would this fit the bill and did you buy it in the UK.

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Same thing on my E-3 and 150/2
In reply to philosomatographer, Aug 15, 2012

I had this issue as well when I was using my E-3 quite frequently with heavy lenses. I noticed it while on some remote islands in Panama, and luckily had a sewing kit with me. I just sewed the strap in a semi-permanent fashion until I return home a few weeks later.

I now use the Crumpler Industry Disgrace and really like it. Above all else, it is extremely comfortable and makes "wearing" heavy lenses more doable.

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In reply to philosomatographer, Aug 15, 2012

Thanks for the Heads up.

I have stopped using the neck strap with My E-5 and heavy lenses . I use a hand grip which I find far more secure.

I do use a Strap on the E-620 but that more for hanging it over my shoulder.
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In reply to philosomatographer, Aug 16, 2012

My E-5 falled to the ground for the same reason, that crappy plastic bucle on the strap broke and down on the ground my E-5 with the 12-60 fell. I find it quite irresponsible by Olympus to sell their camera with such a lousy strap.

Luckily the ground was not hard and my E-5 works as it always has.

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In reply to philosomatographer, Aug 16, 2012

Scarry thread indeed, I'll seriously consider a new neckstrap... But the quest for perfection isn't obvious either!

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Keep my E-5 & strap in a pouch
In reply to philosomatographer, Aug 16, 2012

Thanks for the warning. I checked my strap sinch/keepers really closely yesterday before going out on a hike. They look fine for now but I will consider what Tim suggested, sewing the straps and tossing the buckles. All they do is keep the strap from slipping. I like the Olympus strap because it's less bulky, it doesn't have big hard buckles that scratch the camera and it can fold up into a pouch easily when I'm not shooting.

Most of the time I carry my E-3/E-5 in a Tamrac camera pouch. I have one that fits the camera with grip and lenses up to & including to the 50-200. The Tamrac pouch # is 5627. I also have a Lowepro pouch that fits the camera, grip and 35-100 mm f/2 lens, but that pouch does not get used a lot because of the way I use the camera with that lens.

I carry the camera slung over one shoulder in the pouch when I'm hiking, biking or out on the beach in the sun. It keeps the camera safe from scratches, bumps, dirt and damage when I'm bushwacking or if I fall on the trail.

The pouch carries the weight most of the time. I have the camera and pouch straps adjusted so the weight is on the larger pouch strap, on my shoulder, not on my neck. I also removed the big metal pouch QR buckle and just threaded the strap through the bid D loops with a couple of strap keepers. Why have hard buckles on a camera strap or case?

I'm going to check those Olympus strap keepers more carefully and may replace them with a metal version soon. Thanks again. The are lots of good tips here on alternate straps.
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