I'm heading to South Africa for a month and I'm still working out some bugs/kinks with my gear. I'm hoping some folks can offer advice, post pics of their setups etc. as they pertain to my kinks/bugs.
I really want to find a solution that allows me to go from using a strap to using the tripod, and back, without constantly screwing/unscrewing connectors to my camera. I think what I am looking for is a small profile QR plate with a flat D-ring in the bottom so I can connect my strap, or remove my strap, and quickly pop my camera onto the tripod. Besides, the D-ring (if you can call it that) that came with the Black Rapid strap is horrifically obtrusive. Any recommendations for a "flat" D-Ring that will handle the Black Rapid connector/clip?
Do you all have QR plates on all of your gear? I've got a Gitzo 1781QR Ball head that came with the Gitzo square QR plate (from which I removed the "anti-rotation pin" because it did the opposite and kept me from tightening the plate to the bottom of the D4 enough to prevent rotation. ) So, I *am* tempted to just pick up another that I can permanently attach to the tripod foot for the 70-200/2.8
Any "system" suggestions? We have no photo stores locally to Denver that carry enough gear to actually check them out, see how they work, etc. and so I'm stuck reading reviews, watching videos, and essentially wasting hours of my life just to solve a problem that would take me 30 minutes to conquer if I had access to hold, touch, feel the gear in a store.
D4 | 70-200 2.8 VR | 24-70 2.8 | TC-17e II