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Climbing rope camera straps security

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I noticed a lot of the custom climbing rope straps that use leather patches for termination have two points of failure:

  1. The single seam attaching the leather patch to the climbing rope
  2. The fold of the leather patch holding the keyring on the camera

Like in this type of climbing rope strap:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Peacock-blue-Climbing-rope-10-5mm-handmade-Camera-neck-strap-Generic-SLR-DSLR-/112165047126?hash=item1a1d8ecb56:g:7VYAAOSw8w1X~jJd

 

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Both are poor choices for holding a camera safely, as the will inevitably wear down and break.

 

I've noticed there is an Etsy seller who actually uses the rope to hold the camera but to hold it together, he seems to use a complex knot:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GUMBINGER?ref=l2-shop-info-name&from_reg=2&joined=1&section_id=18829304

 

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Has anyone used these and saw them up close? How do they hold up to wear and tear? Do the melted ends of the cord holding the rope fray and fall off, letting the rope open up?

 

Thanks!

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I noticed a lot of the custom climbing rope straps that use leather patches for termination have two points of failure:

  1. The single seam attaching the leather patch to the climbing rope
  2. The fold of the leather patch holding the keyring on the camera

 

3rd disadvantage is that I found them uncomfortable after 30 minutes around my neck, so I got rid of mine.

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As Milandro says, the kind of stress you get on a strap from a Fuji mirrorless camera doesn't require anything stronger. I've got an Artisan & Artist cord strap on my XPro2. It has those leather patches at the end. I have never heard of any of these straps failing, ever, and nor does my own strap give me any cause for concern. I think it's a non-problem

 

 

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I use to have them on my X-Pro2 & XT-1, but have found that the weight of the camera, various lenses and on shoe flash was stretching the leather and putting extra strain on the stitching, I have now changed back to think tank straps.

 

I do however use one on my X100T, without any problems.

 

The weak links are the leather and stitching.

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I’ve never heard of a rope strap snapping. I have my XPRO2 on a silk Artisan and Artist strap - fixed to the camera by impossibly-thin Optech MiniQD anchors, so I can switch between neck and wrist straps. I’ve never heard of them breaking, either, even though the anchoring threads don’t look much thicker than fishing line. They say they take 44lb. No mirrorless camera is ever going to weigh anywhere near that.

 

 

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3rd disadvantage is that I found them uncomfortable after 30 minutes around my neck, so I got rid of mine.

I briefly had one of the very costly Artist & Artisan silk rope straps and returned it within a couple days for the same reason.  I have three Fuji cameras and all of them now use the included straps which I find comfortable and work well enough that I'm done looking at exotic straps (as cool looking as so many are).

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