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Black Rapid FastenR-3 Third Generation for R-Strap

4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Black Rapid FastenR-3 Third Generation for R-Strap

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  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2.1 x 2.1 cm ; 18 g
  • Shipping Weight: 18 g
  • Item model number: RFH-3SB
  • ASIN: B003LA595M
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 19 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,546 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Black Rapid FastenR-3 Third Generation for R-Strap



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Blackrapid stuff really works. I do recommend the product, but find it to be incredibly pricey. I haven't looked extensively for an alternative, so if you want to buy something that you know will work, this is for you. I bought this accessory so that I could do quick changes between various bodies (the blackrapid straps come with a fastener).
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By nikon on Aug. 12 2013
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pratique pour ceux qui on une black rapid et plusieurs objectifs ça sauve du temps s'est fait très solide bien contente
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5006648) out of 5 stars 110 reviews
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5023708) out of 5 stars Overall an improvement over the FastenR-2 July 14 2010
By MiRSD - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been using my Black Rapid straps for a couple months now with the included FastenR-2's. I actually liked the design and didn't have any problems with it, at least not with the appearance.

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).
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5716da4) out of 5 stars Overpriced and well made Oct. 20 2010
By Amazon Nerd #609 - Published on Amazon.com
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As title, this is well made little thing that give you the confidence to hang your expensive equipments on the single tripod screw. However, it is so over priced due to a lake of competition. Since they're the only one avaliable here, I just pay for this little screw for my single sling solution to be complete.

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.

Summary:
Pro: good quality and made.
Con: overpriced.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5023a44) out of 5 stars Be careful- this will unscrew if not checked and your camera WILL drop! July 25 2013
By MichaelPhoto - Published on Amazon.com
I have one of these fastened to my Manfrotto RC4 plate- when i need to mount the camera to my tripod, i have to unscrew this stud- when i did recently, i realized that it had started unscrewing itself over time was a mere millimeters (in my case, it was about within 30 minutes more for me) from completely unscrewing- which would have caused my Canon 5D 3 and 24-70 L lens to drop onto solid cement. Black Rapid acknowledged their fastener stud will come loose and said i "needed to check to make sure it's fastened tightly every time i use the camera"... a poor excuse.

If you do buy this, make sure you purchase the Op/Tech Connector Uniloop for 7 bucks, which fastens to your BlackRapid strap and loops around the little silver camera strap pin that is on the bottom of your camera- this will provide a secondary fail-safe.... if the fastener ever comes loose and separates from the camera, the Connector strap will catch the camera and save your gear. Found the info on forums regarding BlackRapid and works very well. B0010HA6A6
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By K. H. Tan - Published on Amazon.com
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This design is greatly improved from the earlier ones - sturdier. But it makes it even more difficult to lay the camera flat with this attached. Nevertheless, still feels good and sturdy to use this rather than the earlier FastenR. I keep one permanently attached to my 70-200 tripod attachment so that when I mount that lens, I move the black rapid attachment to attach to the lens and not the camera body,
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa571606c) out of 5 stars Great fastener for R-strap Oct. 27 2010
By HappyERdoc - Published on Amazon.com
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Love my R-strap, and this fastener works perfectly. Avoids the cosmetic scratches caused by the older model fastener.