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3.5F Rollieflex - a strapping question?
Old 03-31-2016   #1
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3.5F Rollieflex - a strapping question?

So After many years of using and enjoying non-German TLR's and SLR medium format rigs, I have just purchased what I hope will be a lifetime 120 friend. My "new 3.5F will be here in about a week and one thing I always try to do is get the most robust strap possible. Being a clumsy person I find that is the best and least expensive insurance possible.

So to those veteran Rollie shooters, I ask what strap do you recommend? I have an Optech on my Hassey and really like it but I'm sure there are plenty of members here that can give me some advice. I thank you in advance!!

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Old 03-31-2016   #2
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after one "near miss" situation when my original old leather strap was torn I replaced it with non original Rollei (probably from a SLR model). it looks like this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROLLEI-Gen...QAAOSw~OVWuH6a
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Thanks valdas. Yes I have had a "near miss" myself with an old vintage strap... therefor this thread.
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I just use newer Rollei straps... not had any issues
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I use Optech Pro Loop with my F. Very comfortable and safe. ANd cheap.
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I just use newer Rollei straps... not had any issues
Where do you find those ?
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The crocodile strap is very handy, but somewhat risky due to old age. If you send the cut off crocodiles to Luigi, he will fit them on one of his straps, which is what I did, it looks like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/LUIGI-DELUXE...-/190638967688
I'm sure I paid much less for mine, because the main cost are actually the crocodiles.
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I found that a domke gripper strap could be threaded through the clips fairly well. Has served nicely for years.
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there are these new leather straps made in china that look pretty good.

adjustable:
https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/271696710381

fixed:
https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/252193640642

i'm using cam-in's alligator clips and a cloth a&a strap. works great.
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Thanks guys!!!

I don't have the original strap so I'm starting from scratch.

As usual I'm getting great ideas here. Once I get my hands on the actual camera I think I'll be able to see which of these suggestion would be most comfortable for me.
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Old 03-31-2016   #11
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I have a Rolleiflex 3.5 E and recently purchased one of the (comparatively inexpensive) Fotodiox Rolleiflex straps. Works great.

http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Shoul.../dp/B002KEFO6O
http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-leath...dp/B0054EQ01A/
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I have used the Chinese-made leather straps referenced above, and they are a good alternative if you like the thin strap like the original Rollei strap. You can also find a similar after-market strap that has the alligator clips but that uses a wider webbing material for the strap. I have found that these are more comfortable to use than the thinner straps, and I suspect the strap material is less susceptible to wear than the thin leather strap.

One thing I do with any of the after-market straps is double check the reliability of the alligator clips. Most have been perfect, but I had to return one strap because the clips were not reliably secure.
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The benefit of the alligator straps is that once you lift the camera to focus and the strap loses tension, the aligators bend outwards thus making the access to the WLF easier. If you find these cheaper aligators connected to a wider synthetic strap, this in my opinion would be the ideal solution, as even Luigi leather strap will be less strong.
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I bought this strap, and could not be happier. Use it as a neck strap, or as a hand strap.

http://shop.deadcameras.com/straps/16--slim-strap.html
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Thanks for the information.
The strap looks great but how secure is the attachment to the loop cord connectors? Cannot see that clearly in the pictures.
Also what is a good length?
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Thanks for the information.
The strap looks great but how secure is the attachment to the loop cord connectors? Cannot see that clearly in the pictures.
Also what is a good length?
I have no fear of it breaking, and I carry my prized 3.5f white face on it. I just got the 85cm length, and it seems perfect for me. But I like it better when used as a hand strap.
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Appreciate the reply and I will get one.
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What does it take to make a sticky thread? Seems this topic comes up every other week. A collection of straps, connectors, etc. in one central on-going thread?
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I am in the minority here, but I prefer to use a wrist strap with the Rolleiflex. A neck strap sometimes just gets in the way, and I'm often wary of banging the camera into something if it's suspended when I am walking in crowded places. I keep the camera in a bag until I need to use it. I asked Luigi to make a slightly longer version of his "tiny tails" strap that I fit over the wrist for insurance while I cradle the camera from the bottom. I had the length extended so I could wind the camera without the strap tightening. It's a joy to use a Rolleiflex with minimal attached bulk.
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I fit the original alligators to new strap with modifications to prevent scratches; Shoulder pad makes you feel comfortable






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What does it take to make a sticky thread? Seems this topic comes up every other week. A collection of straps, connectors, etc. in one central on-going thread?
Great idea Dan, I did try a search and wasnt successful. Sorry if this is redundant.
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Some really creative ideas here. I don't have the original strap/clips so I will be looking at something from scratch.

Thats a cool set up Trung!

Thats the sexiest strap I have ever seen Greyscale. How long did it take for delivery?

Thanks all!!
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I have these crocodile straps from China (via eBay) and they work fine. They are a wider web than the original leather ones, which are a little thin for the weight IMHO.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Rolleifl...sAAOSwQJhUeCm5

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Thats the sexiest strap I have ever seen Greyscale. How long did it take for delivery?

Thanks all!!
A little bit over a week. I should see if I can order a couple extra of the short bits that attach to the camera, so I can use it on Tele as well.

A shot of it on the camera:


Deadcameras special Rolleiflex TLR strap, on Rolleiflex 3.5F white face by Mike Novak, on Flickr
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Ona Lima -looks like a million bucks on the Rollei!
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Great idea Dan, I did try a search and wasnt successful. Sorry if this is redundant.
Even with a sticky, questions will keep coming up.

FYI, I use an Op/tech pro loop with my TLRs. It takes a bit of pushing to get the loop to go through the Rollei lugs, but that's a one-time process.

The Op/tech system gives me a wrist strap. Here's a group showing how I use it-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/180672...57666100624330
I have found this very secure and quick to use. Easy to hold in my right palm, secure hold with finger falling to shutter button, safe and gentle for hours on end. I'll use this on streets where a shoulder strap leaves the camera vulnerable to being bumped.

Op/tech uses the same connectors throughout their line. So for a shoulder insert section, I have taken old straps or connectors and cut away the neoprene strap. I then sew in a 3/4 inch black webbing strap- a sleeping bag strap from the camping store works for me. I find this width strap is easier on the neck than skinnier ones but small enough to not hinder me, slides easily for getting the camera in shooting position, and doesn't create a sweaty mess under the neoprene.

The one thing I have noticed with the Op/tech pro loop system is that the connector loop frays over time. So every year or so I will loosen the loop and inspect. So far i have replaced one set after five or six years out of safety, not because it had broken.

One last thing about the pro loop system is that you can get going for $20 or so.
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I also use an Optech strap on my E3, mine is the Super Classic Strap - Uni Loop. It's excellent.
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I actually have an Optech system on my Hassy. That would make using that strap on the Rollieflex a snap by simply getting the loop connectors and an adapter set. I am beginning to see where a wrist strap might work for me when at first I never considered that for a TLR of the weight of the Rollie.

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And thanks Rolfe I book-marked that strap on my PC. Lol I knew the members here would have a ton of good ideas!

Thanks all.
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A little bit over a week. I should see if I can order a couple extra of the short bits that attach to the camera, so I can use it on Tele as well.

A shot of it on the camera:


Deadcameras special Rolleiflex TLR strap, on Rolleiflex 3.5F white face by Mike Novak, on Flickr
Wow what a beauty!!!
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