Double Camera Strap with More Function


After this weekend, i'm thinking of adding a few items to speed up my dynamic workflow. I go from handheld, to monopod, to tripod, to Steadicam, to slider, to dolly, etc. Things have to be fast and things have to work together. I need a strap to carry two cameras, I need this to disconnect if I move to handheld, and I need this to adapt to the different rigs very quickly. Here's some accessories of what i'm dreaming up now that might work best for my type of shooting.

Similar form to the Black Rapid Double Camera strap, but with alot more function, here's the Q-Strap several people have been telling me about after I posted about a BlackRapid clone. Looks like those BlackRapid clones have dissappeared, but this Q-Strap (not R-Strap) is readily avaiable and seems to have improved on the mounting design. Although i'm a big fan of the solid mounting clip of the BlackRapids, one of the shortcomings is that you can't quickly get your camera back to Tripod, or if you want to dismount and go handheld there's no option for that Camera Hand Strap. Here's where the Q-strap is forward thinking. Using a different mounting plate, it has an attachment area to keep a Camera Hand Strap on at all times. Secondly, it still maintains a standard Tripod mount thread, would be perfect for a Manfrotto 394 Quick Release Plate to stay on for some fast Tripod Mount options. So i'm thinking about going this route and dumping off my OG BlackRapid strap with this new Q-Strap configuration.

First the Q-Strap:

Second the Camera Hand Strap:

Third the Manfrotto 394 Quick Release Plate:

In my head this combination is all working out great, giving me great flexibility with my gear moving from harness strap, to handheld strap, to tripod mount, steadicam mount very very quickly without having to screw/unscrew anything - just clip clip clip. As suggested by one of the readers, by using the Manfrotto 394 quick release plate on top of my 717AH should also make things quick for me while saving big bucks on a decent fluid head.

6 thoughts on “Double Camera Strap with More Function

  1. Yep - the quick release is pretty low profile - so I end up mounting them on top of most of my non-changeable quickrelease plate setups. Works great to keep everything in unison. Just a note - that 394 release plate seems hard to release at first - keep learning it and eventually you'll 'get it' and things will be easy to take on and off. I just bought two more. The camera plates also work well with the excellent Spyder Holster.

  2. Emm

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    Yup. It's not the cleanest solution, but it does save you on a Fluid Head + Future quick releases on other rigs and stabilizers going forward.

  3. Mike

    again, sorry for the newbie question...

    We can attach the Manfrotto 394 quick release plate to the 717ah head? How would that work? Would the Manfrotto base attach to the quick release of the 717ah, creating 4 layers (video head + quick release + manfrotto base + manfrotto quick rlease)?

  4. Allan

    I just got this from an ebay vendor in Brooklyn, and it seems to work well. The attachment to the camera does have a female 1/4"-20 thread, so you can mount another quick release plate (any manfrotto QR plate) below the provided plate from the dual "black rapid" style camera strap.

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