Create a safety leash for a BlackRapid Camera Strap

Create a safety leash for a BlackRapid Camera Strap

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Finished leash

Finished leash

Having peace of mind while carrying a camera when birding is a must. Also being comfortable while carrying that camera is a requirement. This image is an example of what I typically bring with me on my outings.

In the past I would carry the camera by the lens foot, but this method was exhausting on long hikes. After a tip from a fellow birder, I purchased the BlackRapid Camera Strap. It has added enjoyment to long hikes, allowing me to carry my camera without expending all the energy and making it possible to use binoculars with both hands. However, there is a slight risk that the lens could be disconnected from the carabiner of the BlackRapid Camera Strap.

I wanted to make a backup leash to limit the risk of dropping my camera. Below I have listed step-by-step instructions on how to make the leash. This is designed for larger lenses that have a lens foot. You could also use this with the camera body eyelet, which might require the use of another quick link due to the thickness of the paracord. If the paracord was thinner a girth hitch could be used through the eyelet.

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Supplies list
1. 1/8” paracord
2. 1/8” stainless quick link
3. heat shrink tubing — sizes needed:
1/2”-1/4”
3/8”-3/16”
1/4”-1/8”
3/16”-3/32”

Tool list
1. lighter
2. needle-nose pliers
3. ruler
4. scissors

 
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Step 1

Cut off two feet of paracord. There will be a little left over but this will make it easier to tie the knots.

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Step 2

Tie an overhand loop knot on one end of the paracord. Leave about 1 1/2” of tail coming out of the knot.
Click here to learn how to tie an overhand look knot

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Step 3

Cut 1 1/2” of both the 3/8”-3/16” and 1/2”-1/4” heat shrink tubing.

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Step 4

Slide the 3/8”-3/16” heat shrink tubing onto the tail end and over the cord that will lead to the other end of the leash. Use the lighter to shrink the tubing. Use caution not to burn the paracord.

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Step 5

I cut 1 1/2” of the 1/2”-1/4” heat shrink tubing. I use the needle-nose pliers to stretch the tubing to make it easier to slide over knot.

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Step 6

Use the lighter to shrink the tubing over the knot. Use caution not to burn the paracord. This is the finished end that attaches to the quick link.

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Step 7

I tie a scaffold knot with just two loops and not three loops. I leave around 1 1/2” of tail coming out of the knot.
Click here to learn how to tie the scaffold knot

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Step 8

Cut a little over 1 1/2” of the 3/16”-3/32” heat shrink tubing.

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Step 9

Place the 3/16”-3/32” on the tail end of the scaffold knot.

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Step 10

Use the lighter to shrink the tubing. Use caution not to burn the paracord.

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Step 11

Trim the excess heat shrink tubing on tail of the scaffold knot.

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Step 12

Use around a 1/2” of the 3/16”-3/32” heat shrink tubing to cover the tip of the tail. Shrink the tubing with the lighter. Use caution not to burn the paracord. Trim the heat shrink tubing.

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Finished leash.

Attaching the leash

  1. Loop the scaffold knot around the foot of your camera lens

  2. Tighten the scaffold knot

  3. Attach the BlackRapid carabiner to the BlackRapid FR-5 FastenR

  4. Attach the overhand loop knot to the quick link

  5. Tighten the quick link

Your BlackRapid Camera Strap is now backed up!

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