DIY BlackRapid Style Camera Shoulder Strap
September 23, 2010
To the left is my black rapid rs-1 shoulder strap i use in my eos 20d and to the right is a regular bag strap that I converted into a black rapid that I use in my smaller rebel body.
I’m sure most of you are familiar with the Blackrapid Camera Straps. This strap is like the best camera strap I’ve used and the only downside to this strap is the price. The cheapest model, the RS-4 is around $54.00 which to some people can be really expensive. I was going to buy my second RS Strap (the RS-4) but I thought of making my own simple version.
Things you’ll need :
- A regular bag strap like the one shown above, that when worn across your chest is long enough to reach your hips
- A D-Ring that you can screw under the camera. There are available tripod plates with D-Ring like the following:
- Manfrotto 200PL-14 RC2 Rapid Connect Mounting Plate with 1/4-Inch 20 Screw (Gray)
- You can also buy the FastenR-2 for around $12.00
- Or the Black Rapid FastenR-3 Third Generation for R-Strap for around $14.00
This is my DIY blackrapid style camera strap with a Fasten R-1 and attached to my Rebel Without Battery Grip.
I love DIY strap and I always use it with my Rebel XS and EF 50mm 1.8 combo, without battery grip. Great walk around setup, it’s light and the quick on the draw feature of the strap is there. All I have to do is raise the camera from my waist to my eyes and focus. I can run with the camera behind my hip which is better than running with an slr on your chest. I still use my Blackrapid RS-1 strap for my heavier camera and lenses and there are times that I needed to bring two cameras and the DIY strap is a lot of help. So if you don’t want to spend much and you have a bag strap laying around that you are not using, and a d-ring or something to hook the strap, you can make your own RS strap for less than half the price of the original.