Posted on

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.

 

Posted on

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?

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

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.
Posted on

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

Strap lug inserts are hardened metal “sleeves” located inside strap lugs. They’re meant to reduce metal-on-metal wear caused when hard steel split rings rub against softer metal lugs. Some cameras have strap lug inserts and some don’t.

Fujifilm cameras are notorious for having potentially jagged strap lug inserts, 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), they can prematurely wear the cord loops.

Installation Options for Cameras with Strap Lug Inserts

  1. 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. Try to carefully remove the inserts as discussed here: Removing Strap Lug Inserts from Some Fujifilm Cameras.
  3. Purchase extra Mini QD Loops, and check them for wear often.
Posted on

Removing Strap Lug Inserts from Fujifilm Cameras (Optional)

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

If you’ve got a Fujifilm camera, and you’d like to attach your Mini QD Loops™ directly to your camera, you might* be able to remove your strap lug inserts to reveal a smoother point of attachment. Please note that if you scratch a strap lug during this procedure, you could very easily make them sharper than the strap lug inserts you just removed!

*Date of manufacture, environmental and other factors all play a part. Cameras that are exposed to the elements are particularly susceptible to galvanic corrosion which can “glue” metal parts together. Use your best judgement, and know that we’re not responsible if you damage anything.

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

What You’ll Need

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

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. Keep them in a safe place, so you can re-insert them if need be.
    Strap lug inserts popped out of Fuji lug
  6. Examine the strap lugs to make sure you haven’t left any scratches. Run a piece of thread through the hole, pull it tightly and drag it around the lug repeatedly to check for burrs. If you can saw through the thread, it will eventually saw through the cord loops!

Next…

If everything checks out nice and smooth, you can install your connector loops straight to your camera as shown here: How to Attach Mini QD Loops to Cameras without Split Rings