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Installing Simplr Split Rings

round split rings for camera strap attachment

Mounting split rings is just like putting a key on a keychain — but instead of a key, it’s a camera.

  1. Pry a small gap in the split ring, just wide enough to feed the end of the wire through the lug on your camera. It’s unlikely you’ll need any tools for this; your thumbnail should suffice.
  2. Turn the split ring until the entire wire has passed through the lug and it springs back together (just like a keychain).
  3. If you’re using one of our M1 Series straps, the cord loops will sit nicely in the gap between the two wire ends (with some breathing room on either side).
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Installing Your Lug Mount Simplr F1

camera strap attachment with round split rings

Because the lug mount version of our F1 camera strap doesn’t use installation hardware for adjustment, like a “traditional” camera strap, we can get rid of some hardware (under the hand where it’s most annoying) and make adjustment much more convenient.

To adjust the length of your F1, just pull the adjustment tab on the upper portion of the strap. Adjustment may be a little “stiff” at first, but will get easier with a little bit of use.

Mounting a camera strap with split rings is just like putting a key on a keychain — but instead of a key, it’s a camera.

  1. Situate your F1 so the adjustment tab is in front of your body when the camera strap is fully-extended, and the camera is worn sling-style.
  2. Double-check the orientation of the strap to make sure you’re not installing it backwards or inside-out.
  3. Pry a small gap in the split ring, just wide enough to feed the end of the wire through the lug on your camera. It’s unlikely you’ll need any tools for this; your thumbnail should suffice.
  4. Turn the split ring until the entire wire has passed through the lug and it springs back together (just like a keychain).
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Installing Your Flat Mount Simplr F1

Installing your flat mount Simplr F1 Sling-Style Camera Strap

The flat mount version of our F1 camera strap installs similarly to a “traditional” camera strap, with a significant difference — the sliplok and keeper are used only for installation, not to adjust the length of the camera strap.

To adjust the length of your F1, just pull the adjustment tab on the upper portion of the strap. Adjustment may be a little “stiff” at first, but will get easier with a little bit of use.

  1. Situate your F1 so the adjustment tab is in front of your body when the camera strap is fully-extended, and the camera is worn sling-style.
  2. Feed the webbing once through the keeper, then the sliplok, as shown.
  3. Insert the webbing through the lug, far enough so the webbing can double-back along itself. The webbing loop will be about 6″ (15cm) long.
  4. Feed the webbing back through the sliplok, then the keeper, as shown.
  5. Cinch the keeper close to the D-ring (push it past the stitching that holds the webbing together). This will keep everything nice and neat, with no stray webbing anywhere.

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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, we strongly recommend replacing them with round ones.

We make some really excellent round split rings that work perfectly with Mini QD loops, and don’t get twisted up like triangular split rings.

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

 

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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?

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.
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Strap Lug Inserts: What are they and why should I care?

Fujifilm strap lug insert

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.
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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