My solution.. L bracket with a few keychain rings !!

So with no satisfactory solution in the market, i decided to conjure up one of my own. I took a few unused keychain rings lying around in my house and attached them to my L-bracket (most L-brackets provide a notch at the base to attach a strap). I then clipped the carabiner of my Carry Speed strap to these rings and voila i had a perfect working setup which allowed me to use both my tripod L bracket and the Carry Speed sling strap at the same time. This setup would definitely work with the Black Rapid and other straps which use a carabiner style connector.

If you decide to use this method, then there are a few safety tips i suggest you follow.

  • Use Multiple Rings : Always be safe and use multiple (atleast 3) rings to connect the carabiner to. This way the load will be evenly distributed on the rings and you'll have backups if one of the ring breaks.
  • Use a failsafe backup carabiner : As a failsafe i used a small carabiner (which was part of the Carry Speed safety strap) and used it to attach the sling strap to my hand strap. This way, if the rings fail (all 3) or if some how the L-bracket comes loose and falls of the camera, the failsafe would prevent the camera from crashing on to the ground.

Here's a final picture of my setup. A Canon 5D mark ii with a L-bracket attached to the Carry Speed sling strap and a Matin hand strap.