A 5D MKII does not bounce!
Ok, so here is the whole heart stopping story. I was shooting in Georgetown yesterday with my 5D MK II. To avoid traffic I was riding my scooter. As I got on my bike I stood up to kick start it and my camera fell to the ground and landed on the corner of the battery pack with a thud. How this happened I still am not completely sure. It somehow came unclipped from my BlackRapid strap.
I want to be very fair to BlackRapid and admit I was not using the strap as they suggest. I don’t use the fastenR (See photo). As I have posted before, what I do is thread some strong climbing rope through the camera strap slot on the bottom of the battery grip and then clip the loop to the strap’s clip and use the plastic tubed “gate sleeve” to secure it. The knot and the rope held. Nothing broke or came untied. The only thing that could have happened is that the rope came out of the clip at the end of the strap. The only way I see this happening was, that by using the climbing rope rather than the fastenR, it gave too much room in the clip. As a result the gate sleeve was able to slide around and the gate somehow opened. The camera fell about two feet onto the corner of the battery drive. The battery pack now has a real nice scar on it (see above). I quickly said a prayer and tried to turn on the camera, it was dead. It was very low on battery power so I thought it might have just been dead batteries. Once I got home I charged the batteries but still no luck. I am not blaming anyone, but myself. But I do want to make readers aware of two things. One is that I think the plastic tube used as a guard is too short to be used with rope and thus can slip below the clip’s gate. The previous straps seemed to have a longer gate sleeve and thus this style of rigging would work fine. I heard rumors that BlackRapid is working on a new gate sleeve. I am checking with them on this and will let you know. The second thing is, while I had to blog this story, I don’t want to give BlackRapid a black eye. I love all my sponsors and I still love the R strap! This was due to my “jury rig” and not using the strap properly. So let me warn you; if you rig the strap the way I did, you risk the same fate, as the gate can apparently open just enough for the rope to slip through.
I do have a suggestion for BlackRapid. There is a connection that PacSafe uses on many of their straps that would work perfectly, IMHO. It is a type of locking carabeiner and they have it somehow on a swivel connection. PacSafe uses it on many of their bag straps. This seems like a winning idea. You can see the PacSafe strap and connection in the photo below.
* By the way, my 5D is wth Canon Malaysia now being repaired. I will keep you posted.