Some cameras have strap lug inserts and some don’t. Their intended purpose is to eliminate the metal-on-metal lug wear that can occur when hard metal split rings rub against soft metal strap lugs.
Some strap lug inserts have jagged edges. Fujifilm cameras are particularly notorious for this, and all modern Fuji cameras including later production X-Pro1 and X-E1 have them.
This is what they look like, inside the strap lugs:
Why You Should Care
If your camera has jagged strap lug inserts (like the ones shown above), and you attach the camera strap cord loops straight to the camera (without split rings), those inserts can damage the cord loops.
Because nylon cord loops will not wear the lugs like metal split rings — we’re left with a couple options.
Recommended Installation Options for Fujifilm Cameras with Strap Lug Inserts
On certain Fujifilm cameras — if you want the sleekest camera strap connection — you can easily remove your strap lug inserts (for reasons we talk about here) and attach the cord loops directly to your strap lugs. (No more split ring!)
The procedure outlined below works well for X-Pro1, X-Pro2, X-E1, X-E2, X-E2s, X100, X100s and X100t.
The X-T1, X-T2 and X100f (and likely the X-E3) have removable, albeit very stubborn lug inserts — requiring significantly more effort to remove — so we don’t currently suggest their removal on those cameras.