making your camera strap interchangeable

DSC_7430 KopieEach camera comes with a strap. Usually a branded strap, shouting out the brand and sometimes even the model name of your camera. There are also unbranded straps available in the shops for those, who don’t like the design of the default strap or don’t want to show everyone “I have this high-pricy camera”.

There are also some camera straps for certain purposes available, i.e. a diagonal-strap. I own one of these and like it for certain purposes.  I always have the default strap on my camera. But i.e. for city tours I like the diagonal strap more, because it’s easier to change lenses out of my backpack. Usually I have a shoulder bag with me. And, having a shoulder bag, the default strap is fine. But, when having my backpack, the diagonal strap brings more security for the gear while changing lenses. Also on hiking tours with my backpack. Or, when having two cameras with me: the full-frame body with a wide-angle lens and the crop body with a tele-zoom lens.

All this comfort of a diagonal strap is paid with the necessity to remove the default strap. Having both of them on the camera is not a good idea. The diagonal straps are usually attached at the tripod socket. So, the attached default strap would stand in the way. Thus, remove it. Or, …. wait. That’s very complicated. Remove and reattach the default strap over and over again. So, I was looking for an easier solution.

A friend of mine has found some tiny carabiner at a climbing store. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get some too. I didn’t find any store having them. In some Chinese internet stores I found some tiny dongles made from plastic. But, I didn’t trust them. They looked too fragile, although there were offered for cameras. My camera weights 760g and the default lens another 710g. My tele-zoom lens actually 1,570g.

Finally, I got an idea. Lets have a look at a fishing store. Here you can find some tiny gear to attach fishing-hooks to the fishing-line. And, a catched fish brings many kilos on the gear while trying to escape. So, the material has to be very strong. I checked a store and was able to get some suitable connectors. The hooks are good for 88kg!!!! That’s way more than I need. But, hey, it’s fine!

Now I have remodeled my camera straps and I like it very much. I now have it for about two years and I’m very happy with the solution.

Happy snapping 🙂

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WPC: Abstract

600_3284-sc_wThis week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “abstract”

Guess, what it is 🙂

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)



The answer is: it’s a kind of fan. The fan has a diameter of about 1,50m, that approximately 5 ft. It’s part of a huge turbine. Several layers of these turbine wheels are stacked one after another. In the image you can see the blades four of these wheels. In the foreground you can see another three of these wheels, but these are surrounds by a riveted metal bands.

I illuminated it with my speedlight, that was covered with a blue gel. The flash comes from the lower right side. Thus, each blade throws its shadow on the next blade, while the lights falls of to the background.

Thanks for taking part in the riddle and trying to guess the answer!

Monochrome Madness 3-01

Welcome to our third year of Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Each week several photographers from all over the world send in monochrome images. You can see them all on Leannes web site. Mine is here 🙂

mm01-610_0420-edt_wI took this image in Norway last month. It’s a bridge going over a fjord. The bridge hast to be so high above the water to give enough room for the large ships to pass below the bridge securely.


Take care!

WPC: weight


This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “weight

The pillars, in the image above, are carrying a whole mountain. We’re in a coal mine, far below the surface of your planet. It’s a view in a machine, that scraps the coal from the wall and moves it in my direction for bringing it up. (The mine is already closed and now, it’s a museum)

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)