I purchased the Tamrac Quick Release shoulder strap for my camera because I wanted to be able to take the strap off quickly for those times it gets in the way. This happens frequently, especially when I’m tripod shooting. So I bought this strap.
When it arrived, I took a close look at the strap. There are a couple things that concern me about the quality and longevity of the strap.
- The first is this particular ring that holds the strap to the quick release portion of the strap. This little tiny ring is plastic. PLASTIC. Who makes a critical component like this out of plastic? I could get some metal rings to reinforce this so that it can’t snap and drop my camera to the ground.
- The second portion that concerned me is the buckle. Yes, I knew this going in to the purchase. Buckles are usually pretty good, but I did break my buckle in my Lowepro camera fanny bag. But at least there it’s a 2″ buckle and the camera would be inside a padded camera bag if that broke while in use.
- The third portion that concerned me is the thin nylon cords that attach to the camera. This type of cord does wear out but I could keep an eye on that.
- The fourth portion is the stitching for the webbing. One stitch is already coming apart.
In each of these 4 failure points, if any one of these were to fail, the camera would fall. Actually there are 8 failure points as its the same on both sides.
But, I went ahead and put it on my camera for the past 3 months and it has been working fine.
Last week I was digging through some old camera equipment that someone gave me a long time ago. I found a Domke Gripper Camera Strap with quick release. This strap is much better built than the Tamrac. Here’s the main differential points:
- The quick release mechanism is all metal.
- The qr mechanism clips onto a metal ring that is sewn into the main strap. That this ring is metal is a huge improvement over the small plastic ring of the Tamrac.
- The attachment point to the camera is also a metal ring. And to protect the camera, they provide a leather protector so the ring doesn’t scratch the camera body.
Overall this strap seems far better built in terms of longevity. I just put it on my camera yesterday.