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How to Attach Mini QD Loops™ to Cameras with Split Rings

Does your camera have a split ring, like this?

If your camera has split rings, either triangular (like the image above) or round, install your Mini QD Loops like this:

Thread the cord loop through the split ring.
1. Thread the cord loop through the split ring.
Thread mini quick-disconnect through opening of loop.
2. Thread the mini quick-disconnect through the loop.
Pull mini quick-disconnect to cinch the loop.
3. Pull the mini quick-disconnect to cinch the loop.

If your camera came with triangular split rings, consider replacing them with round ones. (optional)

Round split rings don’t get twisted-up like the triangular ones sometimes do. Look for round split rings no bigger than 1/2″ (12mm).

You can replace the triangle split ring with a round split ring. We think they work a little better.

Do you want to get rid of the split rings altogether and attach your Mini QD Loops straight to the lugs?

Read this post: Strap Lug Inserts: What are they and why should I care?

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How to Attach Mini QD Loops™ to Cameras without Split Rings

This is a Fuji strap lug without the strap lug insert … nice and smooth.

First, read this post: Strap Lug Inserts: What are they and why should I care?

If your camera has smooth strap lugs, you can forego using split rings and attach the Mini QD Loops straight to the camera.

You can attached your quick release anchor like this if you remove your Fuji strap lug insert.

We prefer to install our straps this way — It’s more comfortable, eliminates metal-on-metal contact, and is virtually silent.

If your camera doesn’t have split rings, install your Mini QD Loops like this:

Thread the cord loop through the strap lug. It might help to use a piece of string or dental floss.
1. Thread the cord loop through the strap lug. It might help to use a piece of string or dental floss.
Thread mini quick-disconnect through opening of loop.
2. Thread the mini quick-disconnect through the loop.
Pull mini quick-disconnect to cinch the loop.
3. Pull the mini quick-disconnect to cinch the loop.
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Strap Lug Inserts: What are they and why should I care?

This is what a Fujifilm strap lug insert looks like zoomed in.

What They Are

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:

This is what a Fujifilm strap lug insert looks like in the lug.

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

  1. Leave the inserts where where they are, and use split-rings. Attach the cord loops to the split-rings like so: How to Attach Mini QD Loops to Cameras with Split Rings
  2. Remove the inserts (certain models) as discussed here: An Easy Way to Remove Strap Lug Inserts from Some Fujifilm Cameras. Afterwards, you’ll be able to attach the cord loops directly to the lugs.
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An Easy Way to Remove Strap Lug Inserts from Some Fujifilm Cameras (Optional)

What you'll need to remove the strap lug inserts from your Fuji camera.

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.

Although we use Optech USA Mini QD Loops, this procedure is applicable to other cord loop connectors, like Peak Design.

Here’s the absolute easiest way we know how. It probably won’t take more than 5 minutes.

What You’ll Need

  • your camera
  • camera body cap
  • bath towel
  • 2.5mm hex key

How to Do It

  1. Remove the lens from your camera.
  2. Put on the body cap.
    Install the Fujifilm body cap.
  3. Lay the camera face down on the bath towel.
    Getting ready to remove the strap lug inserts from your Fuji camera.
  4. Use the 2.5mm hex key to push the strap lug inserts out, from back to font. This might take a medium amount of force, but shouldn’t require the use of any additional tools.
    Pushing out the Fuji strap lug inserts to install string disconnect like Optech or Peak Design
  5. Repeat on the opposite lug.
    Strap lug inserts popped out of Fuji lug

Keep the inserts in a safe place. They can be easily re-inserted if you decide to sell your camera.

Next…

Now you can install your connector loops straight to your camera as shown here: How to Attach Mini QD Loops to Cameras without Split Rings