Some of you have already seen this since it was also posted in my travelogue/image thread for the Alaska trip, but I figured I'd post a separate thread with more details to give folks a heads up so hopefully no one makes the same mistake I did. Before our trip, I picked up a Bower wrist & neck strap set at Wal-Mart. It consisted of a simple neoprene wrist strap and a separate neck strap that both used the same quick-connect, so you could hang a camera from either strap and snap it on & off easily. I was very happy with this dual setup and it worked out perfectly for most of the trip until the second to last day, when the lanyard holding the quick-disconnect to the camera snapped. Unfortunately I had just let go of my G3 to remove my backpack, so the camera took a free fall from my neck and bounced off the pavement. As you can probably surmise from the thread title, it did not survive. Fortunately the lens was miraculously fine (thank you, lens hood!), but the camera itself was badly deformed including the mount. I did contact the company (Bower) to see if there was anything they were willing to do in terms of recovering damages, since the strap clearly failed its primary purpose. I have not heard back since then so I'm going to write it off as a loss and a lesson learned. In fairness to the manufacturer, I will note that at the time the lanyard broke I had the 100-300 mounted on the camera which is a heavier lens, and the strap's packaging simply says it is for "compact" cameras. Perhaps it was simply an issue of too much weight on the lanyard, I really don't know (there was no weight rating). Regardless, I wanted to post my tale to remind folks to be careful what kind of connectors, straps and lugs you're depending on and make sure they're rated appropriately, especially if you're using larger lenses. It's a shame to risk hundreds or thousands of dollars of camera and lens over saving a few bucks on a strap!