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Just bought a new strap which I'm very happy with then saw the fancy-schmancy slings that attach to the tripod-screw mount under the camera.

Is there a threaded bolt with a loop or two to allow me to attach one or both ends of my new strap to the tripod bolt? Something like this but perhaps cheaper and available in the UK?

I have a Nikon D5000.

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FWIW, the tripod thread is standardized, so the camera model shouldn't matter much if at all. –  mattdm May 9 '11 at 11:16
    
I thought it would be but confused by the fact both 3/8" and 1/4" threads are available on things that fit it? –  5arx May 9 '11 at 12:33
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nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/dslr/D5000_en.pdf page 228. It's definitely a ¼" socket. –  mattdm May 9 '11 at 13:00
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from wikipedia: "The historic standard threading for the bolt that attaches the camera to the tripod is 1/4"-20tpi (threads per inch) British Standard Whitworth (Whitworth or BSW) for smaller cameras or 3/8"-16tpi BSW for larger cameras and pan/tilt heads." –  chills42 May 9 '11 at 15:48
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@5arx I'd be worried about that plastic buckle - those things aren't particularly strong, and they make it really easy for a thief to grab your camera. –  Evan Krall May 10 '11 at 2:47
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You may wish to check out the Camdapter, which has been around a while. It functions as both a Arca/Manfrotto/etc quick release adapter and a mount for attaching your shoulder strap, in the usual way.

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Looks great, struggling to find a UK supplier though ... :( –  5arx May 9 '11 at 14:05
    
I can't find a US supplier either. I think they're small and mostly do direct-sales. They say they'll ship anywhere in the world.... –  mattdm May 9 '11 at 14:45
    
... at a price approx. 1/3 of the cost of the bloody thing :-( Plus I may get stung for duty once it arrives :-( –  5arx May 9 '11 at 15:22
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I would recommend products from Luma -- they focus on camera slings, but make a tripod mount called PodMount that you could probably attach anything you wanted to.

(Incidentally, their slings are great -- they mount only to the right-side strap mount, letting the camera fall very naturally against your hip.)

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Do you know if the PodMount swivels or if its fixed to the tripod mount? Also, it looks like it might be for compacts only? –  5arx May 10 '11 at 15:22
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@5arx: I've never used it so I don't know if it swivels, but it doesn't look like it. The Luma quick-release clasp that goes with their straps does swivel, which is maybe why that one doesn't. I don't think it's just for compacts: they make a point of saying you can mount it to lens tripod mounts, and the photo looks like it's mounted on an SLR. Besides, don't all cameras use the same thread size? –  Henry Jackson May 10 '11 at 18:07
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I have improvised my own asymmetric strap using a camera bag strap, this Manfrotto spigot and a carabiner like this. Not pretty, but it works and is relatively cheap.

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Aha - the word I'm looking for is spigot! Many thanks, will investigate further. –  5arx May 9 '11 at 12:30
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About the spigot - you should be careful not to unscrew the thing while hanging your camera. It looks like there is no axis there allowing for free rotation of the carabine, so it ma get loose with time on your body! –  ysap May 9 '11 at 17:39
    
Yes, you have to make sure it's good and tight. I still hold the camera while it's down by my side, but it's a lot more comfortable than having it round your neck. –  ElendilTheTall May 9 '11 at 21:38
    
@ysap: Any ideas on how to fix the problem you described? Some sort of swivel between the spigot and the strap? –  Craig Walker May 10 '11 at 16:13
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If you can work out a way for me to take a photo of my camera, with my camera, it'll be up in moments! –  ElendilTheTall May 25 '11 at 14:27
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A quick release plate like this one can do the job.

Update: While thinking about it, this does not solve the swivel problem I noted in one of the comments to ElendilTheTall, as the ring is attached, and rotates with the screw. However, it does give you a better resistance (friction) to unscrewing than his solution, if you tighten it well enough.

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Note that the rings in these plates are not designed to take any weight and I have heard stories of cameras falling to ground after the ring has spread out under the weight. So if you do go for something like this make sure that it is sturdy enough. –  Dan May 12 '11 at 21:00
    
@Dan - that's a very good point. Thanks for the warning. –  ysap May 13 '11 at 0:05
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I use a blackrapid strap and a manfrotto tripod with a quick release plate and this quick release plate screw works awesome for me. http://www.blackrapid.com/product/hardware/fr-t1/ It is only $18 dollars and I think it should be available in the UK. The build quality is top notch. There is even a little rubber ring to stop the screw from scratching things.

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Does the plate screw swivel when connected to the tripod mount? –  5arx Feb 16 '12 at 9:18
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No it doesn't swivel. That mounting screw is designed to work with a strap that has a swivel. –  CyberKnoy08 Feb 21 '12 at 3:22
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Amazon sell the Custom SLR C-Loop Camera Strap Mount in the UK but the price is somewhat prohibitive still: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Custom-SLR-C-Loop-Camera-Silver/dp/B004V71BJM

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That's exactly what I need! But the price ... You say 'prohibitive' - I say its more like 'ridiculous'. I wonder if something similar exists in the world of metal bolts and fixings. Something like a dog-walking carabiner maybe bit.ly/ldv3IR ... –  5arx May 10 '11 at 9:32
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A really cheap option is to get a 1/4-20 Eye Bolt. It can screw into the camera, then you connect the strap to the eye ring.

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You get what you pay for :-/ –  5arx May 12 '11 at 21:49
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They look cool - until the thing works loose and your camera gets dropped. What's wrong with attaching the camera strap to the camera strap fixing points ? I believe it's 1/4" BSP - British Standard Pipe thread. 1/4-20 is pretty close. 3/8" is for medium and large format film cameras - pro kit.

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I like the fact that is that the tripod-mount attached strap/sling is a lot less obtrusive and allows for easy shooting in both landscape and portrait format. In addition it makes the camera hang in a more symmetric/ergonomically better way. –  5arx May 16 '11 at 8:29
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I'm own a CarrySpeed camera strap that attaches to the tripod socket on my D7000. I like that the strap itself has a tiny pouch to carry a few extra SD cards as well. http://www.carryspeed.com/

For a bit more money with more options there is also http://www.blackrapid.com/

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I own a BlackRapid RS-7 strap. Works a treat! –  Nick Bedford May 9 '11 at 22:50
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Almost a year on, I found the Opteka NS-7 on Amazon UK. I will post my findings once it arrives ...

UPDATE:

The strap is rubbish, but the tripod mount is perfect. Swivels nicely and costs about a quarter of what the C-Loop does. Recommended!

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