Blackrapid strap almost killed $9000 worth of gear

Started Apr 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
lightandaprayer Senior Member • Posts: 2,475
Re: Blackrapid strap almost killed $9000 worth of gear

Sagittarius wrote:

At the time I've sent e-mail to Nikon about if bottom plate on Nikon cameras is strong enough for this type of connection and the answer was "Yes". I use BR to carry my camera when I am walking around. So far no problems. And I am using DIY safety strip.

Another Nikon representative was quoted as saying that the camera tripod socket is not designed for attaching a strap, Nikon has not tested it for that use and any damage to the camera caused by such use will not be covered by Nikon's warranty.

Apparently Nikon's position on the matter depends on who you happen to talk to on any given day. . . A Canon rep also had a similar take on the issue.

Take a look at the different kinds of damage caused to Nikon cameras in the link I included in an earlier post. It seems obvious to me that the tripod socket is not capable of standing up to much downward force. Sure, the "safety strap" will probably prevent the camera and lens from crashing to the ground. But the camera will have already suffered damage. The D800 damage that was caused by a sling strap was deemed "unrepairable" by Nikon. That's a lot of money to risk for a camera strap.

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