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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 22, 2011
I purchased a Black Rapid RS-7 strap recently, but I still wanted use of my tripod connector, where the RS-7 attaches. These utility loops were the perfect solution, with these on the camera the RS-7's carabiner attaches to a loop on either side of the camera. I found that it works best attached to the left side, on the right it tends to get in the way if I'm shooting vertically.

The loops themselves are very sturdy, and add about 2" of length each to a strap once snug. That extra length is a good thing when used with the Black Rapid strap, since it the strap is designed to attach to the camera bottom, about 2.5" below the camera strap connection points on a 40D body.

My main gripe with these is minor - the fabric is very stiff, and won't lie flat when you're trying to thread them through the camera's connection points. While a single thickness would thread easily, a doubled thickness simply won't. I used a bit of thread to pull the loop through the connection point, but even so it was a bit tricky because the fabric kept wanting to turn sideways. These would be a /lot/ easier to use if they worked like a conventional camera strap, threading a single strand through and then securing that strand to the strap with a plastic length adjustment buckle. That's how the Tamrac N-11 - Backpack Camera Straps - Black work, but those end in clips rather than rings. I prefer the ring connectors of these Op/Tech Utility Loops because they're simpler and more secure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2011
Once I got these on the camera, they lie perfectly flat. They are very sturdy. My fears for the old strap were that it would fray and break. No fears with these straps.

So I did have some trouble getting these on the camera. First, you have to get the loop to go through the camera's slot. Easier on one side than the other, but essentially, just fold the loop and push and push and push. OK, on the second side, I used dental floss to help it along. Monofilament line would work too. At the end, I just yanked as hard as I could. The strap came through.

After the strap is through the slot, the next challenge is to get it to lie flat. Since I pulled it through as a folded strap, one side is flipped from where it needs to be. To get the leverage I needed, I mounted the camera on a tripod and used pliers on the strap. Tough going, but the result is totally worth it.

There are two ways to thread the strap through the camera slots. Bottom-up and Top-down. I chose top down so that the final result would be flat against the camera body. In this case, top-down means that when the strap is approaching the camera (before going through the slot) it is above the camera. The loop is pulled through the slot from top to bottom. Then, the rubber part of the strap is run through the loop (which is now below the slot) and everything is cinched up.

As a final note, this is almost the most perfect way of attaching a strap to the camera. This works with my BlackRapid strap, but it also works with my Op/Tech straps. When no strap is desired, the short little adapters stay mostly out of the way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2012
Great addition to your OP/TECH camera strap or any other clip that will fit through. It was a tight fit through the loop on my Canon 5D MkII but it just takes a little maneuvering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2013
I wanted to change to a quick release camera strap, but didn't find anything on the market that I liked as much as my the strap I was using. So, I bought some quality snaps for the strap, and put these loop connectors on my camera -- and the combo is working great. The only complaint is that, as could be foreseen, the loops tend to be a nuisance just hanging/flopping around when the strap is not connected to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2012
Good product exactly same as described, very light and almost no visible. It is not necessary to take it off when you detach your camera from harness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2014
The end rings - not the flexible loops - are a bit too small to use for non OP/Tech plastic snap hooks. The holes are 7mm diameter. I was planning to use these Utility Loop Connectors with a homemade strap but the holes are too small for my use. I could not find detailed specs on these connectors but bought them anyway because of their low price. They are of very good quality and I can recommend them on that basis.
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on July 9, 2013
I got these loops along with OP/TECH USA Swivel Hook Connector and an OP/TECH USA Pro Strap - Black because I wanted something that was comfortable and could also be easily removed from the camera. I don't like to have a strap permanently connected to my camera body, and this turned out to be a great setup to solve this problem.

These loops are very strong and well made. The material and stitching is top notch. I trust them to hold my camera and a large lens without any problems.

Fitting them through the hooks on my Canon T5i body was a bit tricky, it's a very tight squeeze. I folded the end of the loop and just pushed it through until there was enough to grab from the other side, then pulled it through. Using dental floss or some strong thread to pull it through is probably a better idea and will save you some time and frustration.

I also purchased a set of OP/TECH USA System Connector Adapt-Its which are a small plastic piece that essentially has the same function as this product. I much prefer this product because the fabric allows these loops to bend out of the way. I found the plastic Adapt-Its to be a bit too close to the main power/mode dial on my Canon camera, and being inflexible there's no way to move them aside.

These loops are the way to go in my book, I am going to order a second set and won't be using the Adapt-Its.

Overall I am very happy with all the OP/TECH products I purchased and not have a very comfortable strap that can be quickly and easily removed. I hope this company continues to come up with innovative products like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2011
I love these little extensions. It works great for the extra added length for my camera strap. Now, I can carry my DSLR over my shoulder instead of around my neck with comfort.
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on May 20, 2013
I have been using an Op/Tech strap for about a year now. The only drawback to the strap I have is when I detach the shoulder portion, the leads still attached to the camera are about a foot long. Which for the most part is no big deal, but I have been out shooting on windy days with my camera mounted on a tripod, and the leads tend to flop around in the wind, sometimes blowing up in front of the lens. These Utility Loop Connectors, coupled with the Swivel Hook Connector set allow me to almost completely remove the strap when I need to, and then quickly re-attach it when I need it. It also makes for neater packing in my camera bag.
The loops are very well made and I highly recommend any OP/TECH USA product. Top of the line!!!
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on October 22, 2014
If you have Fujifilm XM-1...Be very careful as not to damage your camera while trying to get these connectors on your camera. Cords are just too fat to get in its places. I used string to pull its through, then very thin screwdriver to push in in from behind, and finally jewelers pliers to get it in. I finally did it. But I am serious you may damage your camera while doing it. Be very careful. It is not for all eyelets. Not at all. When I will decide that I don't need them anymore, I simply cut it with knife. This thing has ridiculously fat cords. Again be very careful while trying to get it on your XM1.
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