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10-09-2019, 10:55 AM   #1
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K1ii BG6 battery grip

Hi everyone !

I got my K1 and battery grip today ! Wow ! WoW !

I have a question about the battery grip. It has a slot on the outside that looks like it could be used to put a strap through it. The K3 and K5 grips do not have that.

There is nothing in the manual about what it's use is.

I wonder if it would be safe to use as a side or shoulder strap eyelet.

Is it "strong" enough to support the weight of the camera and heavy 300mm lens ?

Just wondering......

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I wouldn't hang a heavy 300mm lens off the front of the camera and depend on a strap on the camera. If you're not bolting the combo to a tripod, fix a strap to the lens – does the lens have a tripod foot fixing?
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QuoteOriginally posted by StiffLegged Quote
I wouldn't hang a heavy 300mm lens off the front of the camera and depend on a strap on the camera.
Fully agree - for several reasons it would be bad idea. Does your lens have a tripod foot? It would be ideal mounting point.

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Yes, the lens does have a tripod mount.

I use the Peak Design slide strap that mounts on the left of the camera and the BOTTOM of the grip, when using my K3,

But I was mostly curious about the opening on the battery grip for the K1.

Just wondering what was the intended use of it,

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QuoteOriginally posted by devouges Quote
Yes, the lens does have a tripod mount.

I use the Peak Design slide strap that mounts on the left of the camera and the BOTTOM of the grip, when using my K3,

But I was mostly curious about the opening on the battery grip for the K1.

Just wondering what was the intended use of it,
I think that it is for the neck-strap if one wants to carry the camera in a permanent vertical configuration,
as far as how much weight it can support???
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Hi,
Well, the strap can be used as a neck, sling or shoulder strap.

I am not one to usually make publicity but here it is:

Slide Camera Strap | Peak Design Official Site
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i would trust this strap more than the original Pentax one. However, double check your anchors. There are reports that they brake after heavier usage. Simply replace them if you see some wear.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bwgv001 Quote
There are reports that they brake after heavier usage. Simply replace them if you see some wear.
Peak Design has been replacing anchors from defective batch for free - if this was the problem you've been referring to. If I recall correctly, anchors are rated at 90kg, and the strap itself is made of fabric similar to the one used in safety belts, so carrying capacity won't be an issue even in case of big and heavy rig.

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Well,
I have been using it for several years now with my K3 and the wonderful 300mm f4 and I carry it as a sling hanging on my side and I have hardly any wear-and-tear signs.

The anchors will change color as a warning sign of needing to be changed.

However, all this does not answer my initial question : what is the intended use of that "eyelet" on the BG6 ( that does not exist on the BG4 or BG5) and can it be reliable to be used with a heavy lens like the 300mm?

Thanks
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This seems logical...
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Yes..... it is logical..... It's just that the small bar does not inspire confidence to me.

It does not look very strong and to me, it looks and feels like plastic instead of metal.

But I would use it with a lighter lens though.....


Thanks for showing the picture !

Gary
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