Nikonians Pro Sling Strap or Nikonians Pro Strap - which should I go for?
I've read very good reports about the Nikonians Pro straps, but I'm unsure which one to go for - the Sling Strap or the Pro Strap. Has anyone on her used both, and if so which did you prefer? I need to relieve my aching neck when carting around my D700 with MB-10 and the 70-200mm VR lens. Also, would it be worth getting one for my D300 which has the 24-70mm 2.8f zoom attached most of the time, or would that be overkill? Even that can tire me out sometimes.
Thanks in advance for any input!
#1. "RE: Nikonians Pro Sling Strap or Nikonians Pro Strap - which should I go for?" | In response to Reply # 0WD4MLA Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Thu 12-Jul-12 01:03 PM
I have used the Nikonian Pro Strap for several years. The way it is designed, it is much more comfortable than the standard Nikon strap that comes with the camera.
I recently purchased the Nikonian Sling strap and even though I have not used it for extended periods of time, it is a real comfort improvement over the Pro Neck strap. With the weight you are carrying, I think you would be better off to get the Nikonian Sling Strap, putting the weight on your shoulder rather than your neck.
As far as getting one for your D300, all you have to do is buy the small attachment straps from Op/Tech, who makes the Nikonian Straps, and you will be in business.
Remember, with the Nikonian Sling Strap System, you do not have to use the tripod attachment screw, leaving it free for plates and L brackets. The Nikonian strap can even attach to a plate or L bracket, giving it a second and more secure attachment.
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#3. "RE: Nikonians Pro Sling Strap or Nikonians Pro Strap - which should I go for?" | In response to Reply # 0
I have both and have been using a Nikonians Pro Strap since they first became available on all my cameras.
Before a vacation last June, I bought a Nikonians Sling Strap. One thing I did not like about it for everyday use is that is designed to hang the strap on the left shoulder and have the camera on the right hip. What didn't work for me is that for years, I carry a folding knife in my right front pocket with a metal clip. Muscle memory has it so that I really can't carry it in any other pocket. The clip would damage the LCD screen on my DSLR, hang too low or hand to high. Switching it over to the other side (left side) didn't work because of the sling stops.
My solution was to do what Jerry recommended: purchasing extension straps to fit between the neoprene shoulder strap and the QR attachment pieces. This works great for me as without the extensions, I can't carry it as a sling. This is what I did on my vacation and it worked great for me.
I did not realize this when testing out the Nikonians sling strap at home but on vacation, I did not carry my tool with me; can't carry-on to the flight with it and I'm not about to place an expensive tool like that in check in to risk having it disappear en route to my destination. In that respect the sling strap would have been fine for my vacation, on the right hip. I'm keeping the strap. While different, I find it equal in comfort to the original strap.
I use the PRO LOOP attachments on the camera and these are much longer than the attachment loops provided with the sling strap so I would probably have to swap them out; no big deal, really.
Carrying a D700/MB-D10, Kirk L-bracket and 28-105 Nikkor and SB-28 wasn't too bad. I wasn't sore at the end of the day.
Hope this helps.
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#4. "RE: Nikonians Pro Sling Strap or Nikonians Pro Strap - which should I go for?" | In response to Reply # 3Fri 13-Jul-12 06:07 AM
Thanks, Anthony, you and Jerry have both been most helpful - I've now placed an order for the slingstrap for when it comes back into stock (Euro shop)!
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