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LightMeter Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2011Wed 31-Oct-12 04:54 AM
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"How do you wear your camera strap?"


Houston, Texas, US
          

I usually wear it around my neck. It's more comfortable around my neck and shoulder, but when putting the camera to my eye, the strap has to slide a few inches. And that's difficult to do if the strap has a pad on it The pad tends to stick to my shirt. When I'm just walking and don't plan on shooting anytime soon, I put the strap on my shoulder. How do you wear yours?

Bill

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avm247 Moderator Awarded for high skills in documentary architecture and aviation photography Donor Ribbon. Awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Charter MemberWed 31-Oct-12 05:30 AM
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#1. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Wed 31-Oct-12 05:05 PM by avm247

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Bill, what strap are you using?

I use the Nikonians/Optech ProStrap on all my cameras. I have extensions that allow me to lengthen the strap and wear it over my right shoulder and resting on my left hip and cradled with my left hand.

I also have the Nikon/Optech ProSling strap and have used it, when I don't have my folding pocket tool in my right front pocket (when traveling by air). I don't want the metal clip to damage the camera, screen, etc.

I used to carry it on my shoulder but I don't typically feel secure carrying it that way so I prefer the diagonal carry.


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LightMeter Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2011Wed 31-Oct-12 06:11 AM
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Wed 31-Oct-12 06:12 AM by LightMeter

Houston, Texas, US
          

Hi Anthony. I have different straps on each camera. All are just the basic neck strap with fat pad like these pictured. I'm thinking of getting something like a Black Rapid RS-7.

















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#3. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

You may want to peek at the Nikonians Pro Camera Sling Strap
I used it all the time at ANPAT 12 with various lenses, from the 14-28mm f/2.8G AF-S to the 80-400mm VR

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#5. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Wed 31-Oct-12 05:15 PM by avm247

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Bill, if you haven't seen this thread on the Nikonians/Optech Pro Sling strap please do, great opinions there.

Edited to add some other links:
http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=set_threaded_mode&forum=159&topic_id=43694&prev_page=show_topic&gid=43694#43697
http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=set_threaded_mode&forum=158&topic_id=18666&prev_page=show_topic&gid=18666#18719



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Luke_Miller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2006Wed 31-Oct-12 01:37 PM
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Wed 31-Oct-12 01:39 PM by Luke_Miller

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With my heavy D3/D4 bodies I find around the neck carry is more than my ancient neck can handle. I'm using an UPstrap bandolier cross-body strap, which has no pad.

http://www.upstrap-pro.com/product/SLR-QR-H/SLR-QR-B.html

I use it like a BlackRapid set up except the strap slides as I raise the camera to shooting position. If I am wearing my Vested Interested vest or a modular belt set up - the bandolier is long enough than I can place the camera-mounted lens in a pouch. Then the vest or belt takes the weight until I'm ready to shoot.

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Always on the shoulder, never on the neck. If someone makes a grab for it you can always replace the camera. You can't replace your neck.

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>I usually wear it around my neck. It's more comfortable
>around my neck and shoulder, but when putting the camera to my
>eye, the strap has to slide a few inches. And that's difficult
>to do if the strap has a pad on it The pad tends to stick to
>my shirt. When I'm just walking and don't plan on shooting
>anytime soon, I put the strap on my shoulder. How do you wear
>yours?


A couple of years ago, I had to stop using it on my neck for a year due to a problem, which has since been corrected. So I started using it only on my shoulder. That's how I still do it most of the time...even now, almost never using it on the neck, unless I need quick access for a short period of time.

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#8. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Lake Orion, US
          

Bill,

I have been using the Nikonians/Optech Pro sling strap and have been fairly happy with them. I put it diaginally overy my body with the padding of the strap on my left shoulder and the camera hanging by my right hand. The strap doesn't have to move when you put the camera up to your eye because of the design of the strap.

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Tallahassee, US
          

I haven't used a strap on a camera since the mid-80s. Too slow, too cumbersome, always in the way.

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Houston, Texas, US
          

>I haven't used a strap on a camera since the mid-80s. Too
>slow, too cumbersome, always in the way.

I'll never use a camera without a strap again because the risk of dropping it. I dropped a N8008 once, but no harm done. A few years later I had a near new FM3A I bought new. There was no strap on it since I always stored it in it's box. I dropped it on the concrete. It went from what KEH would describe as Like New- to Bargain in 1 second-I almost cried.

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#11. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Tallahassee, US
          

In nearly 30 years of photography, I have never dropped a camera. But I'll tell you what I hace seen. I've seen neck straps fail. I've seen them work lose at the plastic tightening buckle. I've seen bayonet lugs pull out. I've seen R-Strap mechanisms fail. In fact they redesigned those recently.

People rely on the straps. They treat them as infallible. I don't have that issue with my hand. If it's gets dropped, that was all on me. Not a mechanical failure.

To each their own I guess.


>I'll never use a camera without a strap again because the risk
>of dropping it. I dropped a N8008 once, but no harm done. A
>few years later I had a near new FM3A I bought new. There was
>no strap on it since I always stored it in it's box. I dropped
>it on the concrete. It went from what KEH would describe as
>Like New- to Bargain in 1 second-I almost cried.

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#13. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Fri 02-Nov-12 11:00 PM by ZoneV

US
          

>In nearly 30 years of photography, I have never dropped a
>camera. But I'll tell you what I hace seen. I've seen neck
>straps fail. I've seen them work lose at the plastic
>tightening buckle. I've seen bayonet lugs pull out. I've
>seen R-Strap mechanisms fail. In fact they redesigned those
>recently.
>
>People rely on the straps. They treat them as infallible. I
>don't have that issue with my hand. If it's gets dropped,
>that was all on me. Not a mechanical failure.


One time back in high school while shooting a football game 10 years ago this Thanksgiving (my first time), I was wondering why my strap on my N90s kept getting longer and hanging lower. Finally I looked, and realized it was slipping out, and I was about to run out of strap. Fixed it just in time.

Three things everyone should get into the habit of checking frequently:

-Strap
-Lens
-Hotshoe flash

All of these things can and will disconnect eventually. I've had all of them happen, with various outcomes.

An undeniable paradox: To think that there is any such thing as an absolute rule is at worst naïve, and at best, shortsighted. There is no such thing as an always-true, all context- or situation-salient, absolute rule that always holds true…including this one!

  

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#19. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Canton, US
          

My hand is always on my camera, mostly to keep it from moving, but always in the back of my mind, What If?

I have never dropped a camera, but I did drop a lens on concrete once at the Fort Worth Zoo. I was lucky and only had a ding on the lens.

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#14. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Fri 02-Nov-12 11:08 PM by ZoneV

US
          

>I haven't used a strap on a camera since the mid-80s. Too
>slow, too cumbersome, always in the way.

How do you juggle multiple bodies? Are you often on a monopod as your photo suggests?

What I don't believe in, are those bulky straps. They may be comfortable, but they take up space in a bag and can get in the way while shooting. I just use the commonly despised camera maker straps (the wider ones when I have the choice).

Kind of like this guy: http://www.karlgrobl.com/EquipmentReviews/CameraStraps.htm

Warning, moderate level craziness and comic relief at above link. btw, the guy is a currently a Nikon shooter...this was a while ago.

An undeniable paradox: To think that there is any such thing as an absolute rule is at worst naïve, and at best, shortsighted. There is no such thing as an always-true, all context- or situation-salient, absolute rule that always holds true…including this one!

  

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#15. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Tallahassee, US
          

Usually one body on a monopod the other on my spider holster or loose. Sometime two bodies loose. Straps dangle, get caught on the second body when I am switching in a hurry, etc.

I'd encourage anyone to try and go strapless if you work multiple bodies. For a singl body it's probably ok. Sometimes I am shooting three bodies and I couldn't fathom having to work around all those straps.

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#18. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Canton, US
          

3 bodies? I'd love to see a video of you in action! It would probably go viral on Youtube lol

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#22. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Tallahassee, US
          

>3 bodies? I'd love to see a video of you in action! It would
>probably go viral on Youtube lol

Why? Many sports shooters work 3 bodies. Watch any NFL game. 400/2.8 far end, 70-200, and 24-70. Very common setup. Basketball is 300mm, 70-200, 24-70 or 50mm prime.

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#23. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Cape Coral, US
          


>I'd encourage anyone to try and go strapless if you work
>multiple bodies. For a singl body it's probably ok.
>Sometimes I am shooting three bodies and I couldn't fathom
>having to work around all those straps.

I hate it when you keep being right.

I finally put away the straps at the last two basketball games, and much preferred it. I did not like it when I was relocating -- handholding two cameras while navigating a crowd left me wanting the security of the strap. But working on the floor it was liberating not to keep getting tangled in straps.

I don't think I will agree come soccer or tennis or other walk-around-a-lot seasons, but you certainly are for hoops.

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#12. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
          

either wrappd round my wrist or if walking over one shoulder. I have never liked wearing a camera round my neck...

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#16. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Hi Bill,

I use Nikonians Pro Straps and Tamrac N-27 Boomerang Straps and typically the are carried on my shoulders.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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#17. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Canton, US
          

Black Rapid Sport Slim. Love it!

http://www.blackrapid.com/products/sport-slim

I use these connectors:

http://www.blackrapid.com/products/fastenr

This one is great for on/off tripod use:

http://www.blackrapid.com/products/fastenr-t1

George

  

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#20. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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cambridge, US
          

+1 for the Black Rapid system. I switched a couple of years ago from the Op-Tech strap and will never go back.

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#21. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Cape Coral, US
          

>+1 for the Black Rapid system. I switched a couple of years
>ago from the Op-Tech strap and will never go back.

I agree. I HATED every strap I tried that was a shoulder strap, once I tried this I never wanted to go back, I quickly bought a second. When I'm out for a while I usually have one body on a monopod and one on a strap. If it's the 70-200 the strap is on the lens.

I understand Perrone's concerns, but I feel much more secure when I can just let go of one body, and grab it quickly (I love the upside-down way it hangs). I don't put anything bigger than the 70-200 on the strap, if I'm carrying the 200-400 without the tripod or monopod I do it strapless.


Linwood

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#24. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Thu 10-Jan-13 01:25 PM by ecossephoto

UK
          

I compromise.

I never liked wearing the camera round my neck, so got theOptech for wearing over my shoulder. I didn't like that either as it always seemed vunerable to theft, or swinging damage.
I connected up both ends of the tether and wrap that around my wrist. Now the weight is taken around my wrist but the camera nestles comfortably in my hand.
Ready to shoot, secure and I still have partial use of my right hand when not shooting.
I also have a custom wrist band but I find the wide neoprene too hot and sweaty in warm climates.

  

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quenton8 Silver Member Awarded for bringing his experience to the Nikonians community helping members with printing and the use of post-processing software from the perspective of an IT professional. Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Thu 10-Jan-13 02:00 PM
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#25. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Thu 10-Jan-13 02:01 PM by quenton8

Toronto, CA
          

When people say "on my shoulder", do they mean

  • on say the right shoulder and hanging down the right side?
  • or on the left shoulder across the chest and back hanging down the right side? (sort of over the head)

Using the former (right shoulder, right side) I always feel it could slip off (although that is what I have done for the last few years), but I could never get the latter idea to be comfortable, even with strap extenders.

I remember a 1 day nikon class my wife sent me to about 40 years ago where they pushed one or the other of these -- who remembers the details from that long ago!

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ecossephoto Registered since 21st Jun 2012Thu 10-Jan-13 11:27 PM
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#26. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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UK
          

For me, it is generally over the same shoulder as it is more comfortable but if I am being wary of theft or swinging damage, I will put it across my chest.
Preferred choice is wrist wrap.

  

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Ferguson Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Aug 2004Fri 11-Jan-13 02:10 AM
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#29. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Cape Coral, US
          

>When people say "on my shoulder", do they mean

I've never been able to wear the kind that are on the same side as shoulder, they slide off. I use the across the body type (Black Rapid) and love them if I'm using a strap at all.

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dagoldst Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2012Fri 11-Jan-13 12:45 AM
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#27. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Little Rock, US
          

>I usually wear it around my neck. It's more comfortable
>around my neck and shoulder, but when putting the camera to my
>eye, the strap has to slide a few inches. And that's difficult
>to do if the strap has a pad on it The pad tends to stick to
>my shirt. When I'm just walking and don't plan on shooting
>anytime soon, I put the strap on my shoulder. How do you wear
>yours?

First off, I think the kind of strap matters. I dispensed with Nikon's a while back. Pro Master makes a strap that for a Dx00 size cameras and my heaviest lenses a much more comfortable proposition for wearing around my neck.

David

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quenton8 Silver Member Awarded for bringing his experience to the Nikonians community helping members with printing and the use of post-processing software from the perspective of an IT professional. Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Fri 11-Jan-13 01:48 AM
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#28. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Toronto, CA
          

One thing I have never liked is a strap that screws into the tripod mount. This seems to be a great "selling point" for lots of straps out there, but I often keep my tripod quick-mount shoe on the camera because its coming on and off the tripod -- so that would be a nuisance.

Glad to see the Nikonians strap uses the eyelets.

I have the Optech-Pro just so I can use the eyelets.

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#30. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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US
          

Same side, never opposite side (takes too long to undo). Always a Nikon brand strap (or Canon) b/c they don't take up much space. But there are times when even these get in the way. I don't want anything complicated or bulky.

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#38. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Bracciano, IT
          

You can have a check at this:

http://www.blackrapid.com/products/fastenr-t1

Your concern It's mine too, but I'm considering all the options (including going "no strap" at all).

Cheers

Gianni

  

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Mon 26-Aug-13 09:40 AM
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#39. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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St Petersburg, RU
          

I have been using the RS-5 since it was first introduced and would never use a neck strap. The neck did not evolve to handle lateral loads so is very weak and easily stressed by side pressure. The neck is very good, however for handling axial loads from the head straight down.
The often cited weakness of the connections on the Black Rapid seems overstated. I have never had one loosen and use it everyday. My default walking around camera is a D800, with SB900 attached, and 70-200 mounted. That would not be possible to carry for long periods of time with a neck strap without injury. So fasteners are important issues with me, and I have changed to the sold cast FR-3 on the camera and longer lens's tripod foot. The new FR-T1 looks interesting but having that hing could be a weak point so I will wait until I hear reports of use before switching. It would be handy to leave the tripod quick release plate on the body and each footed lens.

I also use a hand strap along with the RS-5, so when off the sling strap(such as when switching to a smaller lens, 24-70 or 24 1.4 for example, the 70-200 hangs safely out of the ways suspended by the RS-5. For me, using a single camera at a time, allows the smaller lens to be stored when not used, in a belt pouch. The hand strap makes carring a heavier combination seem a lot lighter and more secure than holding a body simply by squeezing the grip area. The gripping fingers can be relaxed and feel no fatigue even after a 8 hour shooting event. The support using the always-mounted hand strap come from the strap riding over the back of the hand so slightly arching the knuckles wedges the strap tight so it would take a lot of pull to get it off. Relaxing the hand, gives plenty of free play to slip the hand out of the strap. Using that mechanical leverage of the wedge requires much less gripping energy than gripping a grip with fingers, and results in a much stronger support.
When running or negotiating rough terrain I keep my right hand on the camera body to keep it still but the rest of the time the camera just hangs at my side, essentially weightless. My right hand can grip the camera by in one quick motion slipping my hand into the loose hand strap while raising it to my eye sliding the camera up the sling strap. Very secure, out of the way, little or not sensation of weight and no stress to muscles or joints. Great solution for me.
Stan
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jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004Mon 26-Aug-13 01:20 PM
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#40. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Wethersfield, US
          

If you use Arca-Swiss type camera and lens plates, you might consider this:

http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=B2-FABN&eq=

Using those will allow keeping the plates on the cameras and lenses. I just ordered a couple of these for use with my Black Rapid straps. Not the cheapest solution, but when it comes to carrying my camera gear securely, "cheapest" isn't at the top of my priority list.

-- Jon
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LightMeter Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2011Tue 27-Aug-13 01:12 AM
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#42. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Houston, Texas, US
          

>If you use Arca-Swiss type camera and lens plates, you might
>consider this:
>
>http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=B2-FABN&eq=
>
>Using those will allow keeping the plates on the cameras and
>lenses. I just ordered a couple of these for use with my Black
>Rapid straps. Not the cheapest solution, but when it comes to
>carrying my camera gear securely, "cheapest" isn't
>at the top of my priority list.
>

I ordered one of those. Should be here Wednesday.

Bill

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#31. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Sat 12-Jan-13 04:43 PM by agitater

Toronto, CA
          

UpStrap shoulder strap, hanging on my right shoulder. I'm a right-handed, right-eye shooter who explores cities. I use a shoulder bag (usually Billingham or Think Tank) worn bandolier-style so that the bag strap is on my left shoulder. It's balanced, I can sling the bag around to my lower back to make very fast time when walking from place to place, the camera is always ready to shoot, or I can draw or stow the camera quickly without having to stop if I don't want to do so.

The UpStrap shoulder pad is stubborn enough to often require a slight shrug of my right shoulder or a slight tap with my right hand to dislodge it, but I'm so used to doing it now that I no longer notice the actions.

On local conservation area hikes for birding, other wildlife and landscapes, I carry two bodies plus a backpack. Both bodies are mounted on Cotton Carriers on an external web belt over top of cold weather clothing at this time of year. As Perrone noted - no straps to tangle or delay drawing/aiming/composing/shooting - and no handstraps to glove through and thereby delay shooting. I deplore the use of backpacks for urban shooting, but for wilderness shooting in cold weather (or any weather) handheld shooting while using Cotton Carrier mounts, I need to be able to protect the cameras when sleet, snow or vicious winds hit, and the backpack is the best choice. My favourite shoulder bags won't work because they interfere with the Cotton Carrier systems.

My photography partner in the UK, when we're in the countryside, uses a Domke vest with a built-in neck pad, as well as a Lowepro holster. He has one body with a wide angle lens on an Op|Tech neck strap, plus a second body with a long lens in the Lowepro holster. Nothing to tangle, either body can be quickly drawn or stowed. He also wears his preferred Kata sling bag in order to stow the rig on the neck strap if bad weather hits. That neck pad on the Domke vest, as well as the choice of a body with a somewhat lighter lens, allows him to use the spongy/stretch neck strap without any noticeable neck strain or soreness of any kind even after a couple of hours of wandering and shooting.

Personally, padded vest collar or no padded vest collar and spongy strap or no spongy strap, I absolutely hate neck straps. After even as little as 15 minutes of use, I start to feel as though I'm wearing a yoke and I start to feel the camera hitting my chest with every fast-paced step. Meh! Can't stand it.

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Larry E30 Silver Member Nikonian since 27th May 2009Fri 18-Jan-13 05:46 AM
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#32. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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US
          

With my P+S's ,I been liking useing a real long stap...to below my belly.
At this length - I can mostly put the camera in my sweatcoat pocket.

Or - slip one arm through - to wear on the 45 degrre right of my body.

Been liking 'with me' cameras lately.

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hillsidekim Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Feb 2008Fri 18-Jan-13 06:00 AM
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#33. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Hillside, US
          

I may check out the Optech sling strap (I have an R strap and like it) but for everyday use, I use the upstrap. Put it on my right shoulder with my right hand on the camera and it stays there.
Kim
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#34. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Lynnwood, US
          

I wear my strap around my neck. That's most convenient for me. I check my strap often for wear and security.

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#35. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Ayden, US
          

Optech neck strap or a wrist strap.

  

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ehall Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Nov 2012Wed 23-Jan-13 06:16 PM
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#36. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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South Orange, US
          


Emory
I like to use the op-tech as a wrist strap, on both my cameras. The L810 is pocket size in my fall and winter wear. Security and comfort are both concerns.

  

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Ken_Seals Silver Member Nikonian since 14th Feb 2003Sat 26-Jan-13 04:43 AM
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#37. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Sat 26-Jan-13 04:48 AM by Ken_Seals

Fallbrook, US
          

This is how I carried it in Korea in 1968 when I was a US Army photographer at HQ in Seoul.

I still have that F body and the same strap is still on it.

These days (with 2 D700s) I carry the cameras with the non-slip strap over my shoulder(s) with the camera hanging straight down, the prism side in to prevent damage to the lens or camera in case of swinging into doorways or whatever. If I'm moving quickly or in a crowd, I hand hold it near my chest with both hands. I use the Tamrack nonslip straps which have quick disconnects near the body. Many times when the strap gets in the way, I take it off and put it in a pocket.

Ken
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#41. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Land O Lakes, US
          

I detest neck camera straps so I generally (90% of time) carry with a Cotton Carrier hand strap - D800 with grip and 85mm. When I'm wearing backpack I'll carry camera via Cotton Carrier Backpack Strapshot.

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#43. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Custer WI, US
          

On left shoulder across chest. Camera accessed/held with right hand. The Joby Ultra Fit Sling Strap for Men works well for me. I use it with a D7100 and my 18-300mm lens. It has been comfortable for all day use. Quick to bring up to eye and shoot. Strap stays out of way when shooting.

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mvsoske Gold Member Nikonian since 15th Nov 2005Wed 04-Sep-13 06:56 PM
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#44. "RE: How do you wear your camera strap?"
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Whitehouse, Ohio, US
          

I now use the Spider Holster plus hand strap as neck straps get in the way (my picture shows me with a strap but that was before I discovered the holster). I do carry a Domke bag with the strap across my chest and to the left for other lenses and, if inclement weather, into which I can put the camera. Freedom in movement and from neck/shoulder discomfort.

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