Have done a topic search and find nothing specific enough for my needs. Question is what do you D90 users recommend as a camera strap? Will be used for landscape with or without a tripod, general walk about photography like street scenes, nature photography and some macro. Most shooting will take place on short walks from the car (no long hikes) so I am unlikely to be carrying an equipment bag as well, but may use a very small backpack for lenses etc. and only have the one body so lens exchange will be taking place. I am planning to add a wide angle and a 70 - 300 (weight/balance concern?) to my current 35 - 70 lens. Also will occaisonally use flash both on and off tripod. Security is another consideration. Live in western NC so summers can be hot!
I've looked at some of the straps mentioned in a post in the English Cafe but as the D90 eyelets seem to be on the small side (to me) I'm not sure what will fit. Current strap is a left over from my N90s days and the D90 eyelets look about the same size. Thanks as usual.
#3. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 2 Fri 18-Jan-13 06:29 PM by quenton8
I use the Optech-Pro -- I sling it off my right shoulder hanging down my right side, camera facing back (lens points down and back).
I have extenders to I can put over my head onto my left shoulder, but I am often wearing a suit when I carry the camera (Church, Weddings, Family Functions), and it does not sit well that way on my suit
I do NOT like straps that screw into the tripod mount, I use the tripod mount.
#5. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 4
St Petersburg, RU
Agreed, my Black Rapid RS-5 is the best I have used but it might be overkill with small lenses. Typically, I have a D90, D7000 or D800 all with grips and extra batteries and SB900 hanging effortlessly by my side. Going from resting my right hand on the combo to having at my eye ready for a shot is amazingly fast since it comes up a longer distance than a neck strap. But the results are faster while allowing events or hikes lasting many hours hardly feel like a body, SB900, grip and a 3-4 lb lens hanging on the end are not even there after 6-8 hours. The strap has handy pockets that are filled with SD cards, extra batteries, business card and a phone. Stan St Petersburg Russia
#6. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 0
I use Nikonians /Optech Pro straps and Tamrac N-27 Boomerang straps on all of my camera bodies. They easily support big bodies like the D3 series even with a 70-200mm f/2.8. They should make a D90 w/ 70-300mm seem as light as a feather. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#9. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 0
As for the black rapid strap and mounting on a tripod, if you're using the manfrotto quick release system, the qr plate attached to the camera has a loop that will fit the black rapid hook. So, just keep the manfrotto plate in the camera and attach the BR hook.
I also use the pacsafe camera strap 100 because it's long enough to allow me to shoulder the camera diagonally across my chest using the regular camera strap loops.
#11. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 7
I use either an Optech Pro strap or a Black Rapid strap depending on what I'm doing.
With an Optech (or similar) strap there's no problem with tripod use. Also, the Optech strap has quick-release connectors that allow you to get the bulky, padded part of the strap off the camera easily if it's in the way.
The Black Rapid straps normally attach via an eye that goes in the threaded hole in the base of the camera body. This works fine until you have an Arca-Swiss compatible (or other) tripod plate or L-bracket screwed into the hole. My answer to this problem (thanks to folks in the "Bags, Backpacks..." forum) was to buy a Kirk ballhead plate and mount the eye to the underside of that. The strap then attaches to the L-bracket via the Kirk plate and can be removed in seconds so you can mount your camera on a tripod. (Speaking of seconds, if you buy the one of the Kirk "seconds" plates this is not a very expensive solution either.)
If all this seems confusing to you, I encourage you to search the forums for Black Rapid (Nikoscope search is your friend!) and you'll find all sorts of information, including pictures.
#12. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 0
El Sobrante, US
Of the straps I have used, the Black Rapid was the best. However, since getting the Cotton Carrier vest support, I have abandoned straps altogether. The CC is just so much more comfortable, I can't imagine going back to a strap except for special situations. Good luck with your search.
#14. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 13
St Petersburg, RU
As someone who hosts and advises 10s of thousands of tourists each year I suggest not using strap that hangs from the same side should as it rides. Have a strap or harness over the head discourages the fairly recent but very fast growing problem of targeted high end camera or lens thefts by small groups of specialists. All over Europe, and here in St Petersburg, during the summer there are many higher end cameras, or sometimes they are only after the lens if it is an expensive one. They are looking for the easiest targets that involve the least interaction with the victim so the best option for them is to look for those with a camera slung over the same shoulder where the camera rests. This only applies to those who are shooting in areas with other people around but it is a serious problem. Pickpockets can be kept away simply by carrying a wallet, if one absolutely needs to carry one for reasons I have yet heard, it can be placed in a front pocket. Pickpockets and other opportunity thieves work by stealth and go after the least risky victims so you are safe is someone close by is more distracted or lax in watching their things. A good lens can bring hundreds on eBay but a wallet can only be yield a credit card or two which have a useful life of 30-60 minutes before it is blocked. Not long ago, before the specialists arrived on the scene, few sneak thieves wanted cameras since they were harder to get rid of than credit cards or cash in wallets. The popularity of multi-thousand dollar lenses attached to equally expensive cameras has increased greatly, for use by casual snap-shooters and tourists so that spawned the new wave of thieves. The chances of being caught are almost nil since few tourists will know even how to report it much less have the desire to stick around for a trial. Stan St Petersburg Russia
#15. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 14
Stan, thank you for your thoughtful advice. Fortunately, allthough it does not entirely mitigate the issue you raise, I live in a rural area and seldom travel to big cities. However, given some of the unfortunate trends in our society's "evolution" I had already taken this thought into consideration and purchased a long strap that allows an over the opposite shouder and across the chest positioning for the times when I travel to larger towns. For the same reason I purchased a camera bag that does not have a company logo on it nor to the casual observer does it look like a camera bag. My wallet travels in a buttoned or zipped hip pocket:-) What a pity we have to think about this stuff.
#16. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 15
West Valley, US
Like many others, I use the OpTech PRO strap most of the time, which increased my comfort over the original strap a lot. The Pro Loop ends are very nice. I have two sets...the long and the short, if adjustment becomes necessary.
But, I noticed during a long day at the race track or at an air show, my neck and shoulders were hurting, even though I don't let my camera/lens dangle. I carry it in my left hand.
I bought a no name shoulder strap from da Bay, and comfort increased a lot. I think my next purchase will be the OP Tech shoulder strap.
One caveat with them all...I am taller than average, so be sure the strap is long enough to allow the camera to be carried comfortably, and not be jabbing you in the short ribs with each step.
#17. "RE: Best strap for D90?" In response to Reply # 0
near Hobart, AU
Like Anthony, I use the Optech Pro Sling strap with Optech Pro Loop connectors. It is so much more comfortable than the strap that came with the camera. I don't have a L bracket to attach the second connector on the strap, so I only attach the D90 by the right at the top by one quick release. I connect the left only when I'm carrying the camera between shots. I really like this strap.