Sept 2006: Review Updated! Jim Garavuso over at Camdapter has come out with a new plate, precision-made for the Bogen / Manfrotto system. Well done, Jim!
This is a clever little "no-brainer" accessory. It's a leather handstrap for your Nikon D70, Canon Rebel, 20D, 5D type DSLR. It's made by Jim Garavuso over at Camdapter
It's a combination strap and plate system. The plate, goes into the tripod hole on the bottom of your camera.
There are plates that fit most Nikon, Canon DSLRs. There's even an Arca-style plate!
I really like the double-ended plate. You can see it above, and to the right. It allows for the handstrap and the neckstrap to be on the camera at the same time. Use it in your hand, when you want to. Put it around your shoulder or neck when you are not shooting.
There are three different color all-leather handstraps available. The leather is top grain, soft and supple. Extremely well-stitched and put together. Feels great in your hand!
Jim Garavuso, who created the Camdapter, is a solid business person, I've had great service and communications with him. Very Reliable.
This is the new plate, it fits any Manfrotto Bogen system that uses the 3157N camera plate. It's black, smooth, alloy. Nice finish. Precisely milled. Excellent fit, no perceived difference from the original plate.
Workmanship is impressive, this is a finely made product. Setup is a breeze.
Close up, on top of my well-worn tripod head :)
Underneath, you can see that the battery compartment is completely acessible, even with this plate mounted.
As I've mentioned - I really like a handstrap AND the neck strap on the camera at the same time. Camdapter to the rescue!