Black Rapid FastenR-3
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- Solid stainless steel design fits standard tripod sockets
- Perfects the quick and easy attachment and release system
- Standard issue with all BlackRapid camera straps
- Enhanced locking ridges on the FR-3's underside to ensure that solid connection between your camera and FastenR
- Optimized 3rd generation design
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|Item Dimensions||0.83 x 0.83 x 0.79 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.1 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.04 pounds|
|Material Type||Solid stock 304 stainless steel|
|Shipping Weight||0.04 pounds|
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The BlackRapid FastenR-3 is the latest invention for carrying your camera and lens. Finished in black nickel, the solid stainless steel design provides a positive connection point while perfecting the quick and easy attachment and release system. The enhanced locking ridges on the FR-3's underside ensure that solid connection between your camera and FastenR.
From the Manufacturer
The FastenR FR-3 is BlackRapid's latest invention for carrying your camera and lens.
With an anodized finish to prevent corrosion, the solid stainless steel design provides a positive connection point while perfecting the quick and easy attachment and release system.
The enhanced locking ridges on the FR-3's underside ensure that solid connection between your camera and FastenR.
The FR-3 works with most standard camera straps with clips, but is especially designed for the BlackRapid R-Strap camera strap system, including the RS-7 Curve, ConnectR, and FastenR.
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There is, however, a problem with the construction - it's multiple pieces thrown together, and thats not something you want when dealing with holding thousands of dollars of gear. While it didn't happen to me, I've seen the flaws of the FastenR-2 design in that the "hook" piece that you connect the R-Strap to, can come off!
That's all it took for me to consider upgrading to the FastenR-3.
Right off the bat, I love that it's a single piece of metal (from the screw to the top that you connect to). There is still a rubber insert to provide a tighter lock, but it's now about 1/2 the size of the FastenR-2's (it also has grooves on it - I think this is to give it a tigher "lock", but I could be wrong).
The design is OK. Nothing incredible, pretty basic. I like the looks of the FastenR-2 more (I don't care for the odd color of the FastenR-3 - it changes colors from silver to black to green, depending on the light you look at it in, but thats not a big deal).
My big concern was using the FastenR-3 with a DSLR and a battery grip (shooting vertical). The F-2 had a swinging hook, so it would hide itself and not bother your hand when using it in vertical-mode. I was worried the F-3's solid hook would dig into your hand when using it vertical - fortunately it doesn't!
One problem with it is that the hook part now has a big "bump" (the part with the "R" logo on the picture). This makes it odd to sit the camera down on a flat surface (the F-2 had a flat surface and the hook swung out of the way).
The only reason I see it worth upgrading is for the security/peace of mind the solid-piece connector brings. I definitely prefer the look of the F-2, but apparently it's flawed -- I just didn't want to take the chance.
As a bonus, buying the FR-3 allows you to use your existing FR-2s for other objects (like a flash - most of which now have an adapter with tripod threading that will work great! - or a point & shoot)
One note about this after using it for a week - getting the ConnectR (carabiner) into and out of the FastenR-3 is more difficult than the FastenR-2 - I think this is actually a good thing as it practically eliminates the possibility of it falling off the carabiner if it were to open (with the screw-in lock it shouldn't, but if you forgot to screw it in, for example) - the fastenR-2 is much easier to connect/disconnect. Depending how often you do this, it could be a good thing (more secure) or a bad thing (harder to attach/detach).
FYI: For the strap, I went to the tactial sling section. The pricing is way more reasonable and the one I got (A - Tac(tm) Single Point Tactical Sling) is well built with quality materials.
Pro: good quality and made.
The steel structure of the FR-3 feels very sturdy, and the smooth curvature of it gives it a very pleasant appeal to both the eyes and the fingers, especially when you're attaching the FR-3 to your camera body.
There's a rubber piece in between the screw-tip and the base of the FR-3, allowing for an even tighter attachment without the fear of the screw loosening.
The hole fits the carabina of the BR strap very well, with not too much room for dangling around, yet not too little room for your to hook it on.
What I'd do is that I'd get an extra FR-3 and attach it to the lens collar of my telephoto lens, so that I can easily swap where I want to hook my strap to (whether to the base of the body, or to the lens collar), without having to unscrew the FR-3 attachment and re-attaching it.
ONLY negative point is that I feel that it can be more economically priced. But whatever the case, it's really a 'good-to-have' in your photography arsenal.