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BlackRapid Stap / Arca-Swiss Style Plate Compatibility on a Budget

BlackRapid to Arca-Swiss Style Plate/Clamp Conversion
As I mentioned a few days ago, I recently upgraded to Arca-Swiss style plates and clamps. That left me with one problem, though – how do I modify my BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme and RS-4 camera straps to be compatible with Arca-Swiss plates?
The first product I stumbled across was the Acratech Swift Clamp. In fact, the product is endorsed (and sold) by BlackRapid.

Acratech Swift Clamp

For all intents and purposes, the Swift Clamp looks like the most secure solution to my problem. But at $149.95, the clamp would more than twice as expensive as either of the straps it would be used on. Converting both straps using the Swift Clamp would require a $300.00 investment. To me, that seemed a bit excessive. Therefore, I looked for an alternative solution.
With a little more research, I stumbled across this YouTube video (by Lee, Enthusiast Photographer) that described using a standard Arca-Swiss style clamp affixed to the BlackRapid FastenR-3 D-ring that comes standard with all BlackRapid straps. The video also noted that you can use an OP/TECH USA Uni-Loop to connect the BlackRapid ConnectR-2 to your L-bracket for added security (shown below). If you aren't using an L-bracket but you are using a battery grip, you can also connect the Uni-Loop to the battery grip's hand strap mount.

BlackRapid to Arca Swiss Conversion Close-Up

Products Used:

* Note: This clamp is drilled for a 3/8"-16 screw and comes with a 1/4"-20 adapter bushing. The adapter bushing is required to fit the clamp to the BlackRapid D-ring. While I haven't noticed any problems using the adapter bushing, I'd suggest getting a clamp threaded for a 1/4"-20 screw instead (like the Kirk QRC-1, Sunwayfoto DDC-26 or possibly a larger clamp with a 1/4"-20 thread size).
For even greater security, you can use Loctite between the BlackRapid D-ring and your clamp to ensure they don't work themselves loose. So far, I've been very happy with this setup. It seems more than adequately secure (even without the Loctite) as well as being cost-effective.
Make sure all of your parts and connections are solid as these setups are used at your own risk.

Posted: 1/21/2014 10:24:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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