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Bump for the introduction of the new Cinch 2.
When I saw the announcement and the details, I must confess that I was a little sad. The machined parts were beautiful and the pull tab was exactly why I was considering the setup. They did away with both of those things. I know not all injection molded plastics are equal, so I wasn't assuming their new plastics were junk, but they did it in the name of cost reduction and I'm usually willing to pay a little more for quality materials. If they hadn't dropped the price, I wouldn't have ordered, but since they knocked $15 off the price AND included an Arca plate, I decided to pick up a pre-order of the new strap.
The video they posted looked good, but these things are always set up to operate perfectly, and usually done with several takes. I've certainly never owned a plastic slider that operated as smoothly as the one in the video, and I received the strap yesterday with heavy skepticism and a little expectation of disappointment:
I'm happy to report that the new sliders are truly excellent. It's exactly as smooth as the video indicates - the slightest pull will open the strap up, and simply unweighting the camera and tugging the slider back tightens everything perfectly. As an added bonus, this removes the loop sticking out from the camera strap, and takes away all of the metal near the camera/lens which reduces the likelihood of scratches when you stow it.