I've been using the BlackRapid RS-4 strap and have been very satisfied. http://www.blackrapid.com/product/camera-strap/rs-4/ I tend to have a bad back, and with this strap and the D700/70-200 combo I can walk for hours without a problem. Note - they problems with this strap earlier this year (with the connector), however, they fixed the problem. I believe they still have videos on their site, as well as on youtube. Bill
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I have been using this for a while and i like it due to the fact that it slides very well on my clothes. I am constantly moving my camera out of the way when i am doing jobs (club photography) so it works well for my situation. The adjusters are rounded metal so they slide well. When i got mine ( a while ago ) they actually told you what cars they came out of...mine was Porsche purple from the old 80's Porsche's and it actually looks pretty good with the black.
I use the Blackrapid strap when lugging around my DSLR with 70-200 attached. Works great, and I've never had a problem with the connector even though I'm running around the sidelines trying to get *THE* shot.
I like the plain old Promaster strap -- about 19 dollars, and it uses bungy-like material that makes your camera feel more than 50% less heavy....This is the first strap I've found that reduced stress on my back. Love it.
Another vote for the R-Strap. I have an UpStrap as well and it really doesn't slip - but I find the rubber shoulder section kinda heavy compared to the thin strap part and it seems to always get in the way when trying to shoot with it. But I can't complain on how it works as far as staying on my shoulder. In other words, it's great for carrying over the shoulder, but not so much for shooting.
The R-Strap is unconventional - but it really does work. I use it with a D300 and 70-200 for weddings and corporate work. It distributes the weight well and is quick and easy to shoot with. I wish they would come up with a quick release of some sort so that I can quickly mount it to a tripod when needed (rather than unscrewing the Connect-R - or is that the Fasten-R?) None-the-less, highly recommended.
I've used the Kirk Security strap for about a year now. I'm very happy with it. Although this is controversial, I think it is important to keep the stress minimized on the lens mount when you have something as heavy as a 70-200 attached. _________________________________ Neil Nikonians Team My Gallery
>I use a Kirk quick release plate which is attached to the BR >strap. That way using a tripod is a breeze.
Wouldn't happen to have a photo of that would you? I've already got a qr L-Plate on the camera and qr foot on the 70-200, so in effect, I would think you need a clamp attached to the strap so you can 'un-clamp' it. Something like the Kirk noted in this thread.
For me it was worth the price since I use my L plates on my D700 and D90. Now I only need 1 strap for 2 camera's. This clamp comes in sizes of 1 inch to 3.5. I got the 2 inch version and appears solid.
Another vote for Black Rapid. Very simple concept but so effective. IMHO, the best way to carry a 70-200. I like how the big combination can discreetly hang at waist level and almost behind my back, so it doesn't always scream "Look everyone I got a huge camera".
Well, I bought the BlackRapid strap with the FastenR, annndddd.....I don't know guys.
I put the D80/18-200/SB-900 on it and went out to the mall last night. Now....this IS the first time I've worn it, and it's certainly possible I have it set up wrong.....BUT....I'm really not too impressed.....not yet, anyway.
First, the strap is VERY wide and kept digging into my neck all night, I finally took it off and just carried it and the camera the rest of the night.
Second, I got the one with the extra storage bag which is kind of funky. It's a long piece of the same stuff that is attached to the strap at the bottom, has a cell phone pouch and a zippered pocket. It attaches at the top with a rare earth magnet....and it kept coming loose and falling down all night. I may wind up cutting that off, and then see if the strap still digs into my neck.
Other than that, I like the idea. It puts the camera at the right position to swing it up and shoot.....I just don't like it digging into my neck all day.
I will try re-adjusting it today and using it again. I certainly don't want to bad mouth it if it's really just my setup thats wrong.
I was thinking about buying that very same one you bought, so I will be standing by to see what your ultimate evaluation is. I may look more seriously at the "4" versus the "5" you bought, now, as well.
Hi, Just to add a little point. With a lens as big & heavy as the 70-200, it is recommended to attach the strap to the lens tripod mount, not the camera. One of the first thing the camera store told me when I purchase dthe 70-200
Since the strap works by sliding the camera up, it would seem that the whole strap would or could come up as one slides the camera and some tension on the strap would allow the slide to go up more easily. I have found that a light strap like the Up strap cross shoulder to work fine and since it's light, modestly keeps out of the way when using the camera.
Also just recently bought the BlackRapid (RS-4), for my D700 with either the 28-70 F/2.8 AF-S or 80-200 F/2.8 AF-S and it works great for me. Feels so much better than a conventional neck strap, and I like the position of the camera on my right side.....out of the way, but readily available when I need to bring it up.
And with the little clampy plastic piece set properly, if the strap does rotate when I bring the camera up, everything goes back to normal when I put the camera back down. And, when I bring the camera up, if I keep a little tension on the strap, pushing slightly away from my body, it keeps the strap from moving at all.
Glad I came across this post earlier.....as I had never heard of this strap before, and now I own it! Was able to purchase it at Samy's in LA, so I got to play with it, before I actually purchased it....that was nice.
I just recently purchased the UpStrap for my D700 and really like it. I got the SLR-QR version and it is rated at 300 lbs. I wear the strap on my left shoulder where it sticks like it is glued and can bring the camera up to my eye with one quick motion. I also purchased a tripod safety strap that doubles as a wrist strap, and a harness adapter. This is all mil spec stuff and the quick disconnects are solid.
Well, I'm home from the big trip to WDW in Florida, and I now have a few comments on the RapidStrap.
I bought the one with the cell-phone pouch, and really don't care for that option. I wish I had got he other one.
The ONLY thing I could put in that pouch was my cell phone which I could just have easily carried in my pocket. If I tried to put anything else in the pouch, it got too heavy and the magnetic latch could not hold it and the whole pouch would fall down in front of me. I finally took everything out of the pouch except for the cell phone and it held ok then.
The pouch also sticks up from the strap enough to rub on your chin, and that was very irritating.
Now, for the good part. OTHER than that, I loved the strap, and many people stopped me to ask about it.
I carried a D700/24-70 f/2.8 AND the SB-900 combo around 4 parks for 8 days and never even noticed it at all. I can't imagine trying that with the D700 strap.
And, the stainless steel screw in connector and lockable quick latch made me feel very secure....no-one was going to get the camera from me, and there is NO WAY it will ever accidentally come undone and drop the camera.
So, I like the strap a lot, just recommend the one without the extra pouch. I will probably wind up cutting the pouch off of mine, and use it that way.
I will be going itno wdw by the end of the year, but I was wondering about what to take, last time there took only 18-200 with a d80, but now that I have my d700 I was planning on getting the 24-70 but I wasn´t sure of the reach as I also have a 80-200, both are big lenses but the reach...mmm
not sure.. did you had any problems with the reach of the 24-70? I mean when you get into a show or in a parade??
OK, so I bought the RS-4 and really like the design.
BUT one big question...
I have the D700 with a Markins ball head and Markins camera plate. When I attach the strap to the camera plate I can no longer attach the camera to the tripod. Is this just something I have to live with?
Seems a bit of an inconvenience or a lot of stupidity (on my part for not understanding).
Perhaps most folks are either shooting hand held or tripod but not both on the same shoot. I try to go hand held as much as possible, but there are those times to get the shot you have to be on a tripod.
The solution to that is the Kirk security strap because it has an integrated Arca-Swiss clamp . As I mentioned earlier, I use the Kirk strap for my 70-200/2.8 or 300/4. Easy on and off, with the familiar A-S clamp. You could also clamp the strap directly to the body, I guess, with collarless lenses, but I don't do that.
It may be possible to add a small A-S clamp to the BR strap??? You might do a search here because I vaguely recall seeing something about that. _________________________________ Neil Nikonians Team My Gallery
Yes, I am suggesting that if you use the Arca-Swiss QR system and you want that same "quickness" when swapping between your shoulder strap and tripod or monopod, you may have bought the wrong strap .
It may be possible to integrate an A-S clamp on the Black Rapid but I suspect it is much more expensive since the Kirk strap is $72 and about the cheapest A-S clamp you can add on is around $60 (the Kirk QRC-2 available in the ProShop here. I don't know much about the BlackRapid so I can't comment on how well it integrates and handles. The Kirk, being purpose designed for this, is about as streamlined as things will get.
It would probably be cheaper to sell the BR before it gets much use than to try to put something together, unless you see something in the BR/AS setup that is more appealing. _________________________________ Neil Nikonians Team My Gallery
A couple of thoughts regarding the BR vs Kirk... I'm very reluctant to do this because I have never shot the BR. I know the strengths and weaknesses (by my way of thinking) of the Kirk very well. Keep this in mind.
In principle, you can do the same thing with the Kirk as you can with the BR- you could use it with a collared or non-collared lens. It is really designed for a collared lens. If you have an L bracket, you could attach the clamp to either plate rail. I personally do not shoot the Kirk with non-collared lenses because the clamp is big and bulky and, with a non-collared lens, it just gets in the way.
I shoot the Kirk and my 70-200 and 300/4 with the collar facing left. For me, the strap is long enough so that the strap falls down and to the right and works (with these collared lenses). If I have a speedlight (SB-800) attached, I swivel the lens collar so the flash points up when it's hanging form the strap and I'm on the move, and especially in crowds. I then swivel the foot and clamp to the left when I shoot. A minor inconvenience but this works for me. Without a flash, sometimes I swivel it anyway to keep the prism pointing up, which is the most streamlined method. There have been other comments here about bumping into things, but that is a fundamental compromise when you have a strap attached to a collared lens foot- nothing unique to the Kirk. I also often cradle the lens in front of me when working through crowds.
I have used an Op-Tec strap quick quick connectors on all my cameras for over 5 years now. The nice thing about the Op-Tec is that you can release the main shoulder strap and loop it around your belt or some other gear, such as a backpack strap, when using a collared lens and the Kirk strap. When using a non-collared lens and the Op-Tec strap, I just let the Kirk strap hang loose. When using a collared lens the Op-Tec ends are usually mated together and just hang down.
Now, the above may sound cumbersome but it is the best way I've found to deal with these varying shooting situations, which I encounter while doing a long walk around:
1. Shoot handheld, with a collared collared lens 2. Shoot handheld, with a non-collared lens 3. Shoot either type of lens on a monopod, where I like the option of a conventional camera strap around my neck so I can let go of the monopod if I need both hands to do something (briefly!).
Looking at the BR design, I'm not sure I would like the attachment to the bottom of the camera because I think it would interfere with the way I shoot handheld, cradling the camera (actually the L bracket) in my palm. I don't want to be screwing and unscrewing things (the BR 1/4-20 bolt on the swivel) in the field as I swap these various configurations. And finally, I'm not thrilled about expensive things hanging by "loose" bolts (the BR attachment) and if I'm constantly swapping I'm not going to carry a wrench around to make sure it's tight, and certainly cannot use a thread locker.
My solution is imperfect for sure, but I think it is better than the alternatives. But again, I've never shot a BR. I'm just visualizing the issues I would face based on the few low res images on their site.
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just like you, let me wander a little around the kirk strap, from what it looks in the picture, the strap is connected to the sides of the tripod base-plate, thus making it a base for any bracket that has a kirk-arca swiss connector (until here is something I am assuming from the pictures) Now, the BR, is different in the way that it has a "loose" connector therefore, whenever you move the camera back and forth with the strap on. The strap is going to stay put. What I´ve been doing in my particular case, the tripod head I have is a manfrotto, and luckily enough it has a knob that accepts the BR strap straight-forward, so now i have a manfrotto plate to which I can attach my BR, If I need to place the camera, "all I have to do" is remove the strap via the quick clamp connector and leave the plate connected to the camera and the tripod itself.. My only doubt is in that point exactly, as I need to remove the strap at some point in order to attach the camera to the tripod and that makes me shiver, as I am used to dealing with the hand strap at least... I will try and see what happens when I place the BR under more work
I will try and get somepicts of my camera for you to see
Humberto: Yep! I went through this exact same thing the week before our trip....which kit to take.
I had pretty much the same 2 kits you mention...the D80/18-200 and the D700/24-70.
I wound up taking the D700 and DO NOT regret it. I got shots (without flash) that I could NEVER have gotten (with flash) with the D80.
The only time I had "reach" problems was at the Indiana Jones show and the "Stunt Car" show at Hollywood studios park.
Other than that, the 24-70 was perfect.
I did take and use the 70-300 VR when we went to Animal Kingdom and it was perfect. Unfortunately, that was my first day shooting with the D700 and I had it set to Auto ISO, which was a big mistake.
When you are shooting outdoors, set the ISO to 200 and go to "A" mode. The camera will do the rest.
I bought a RapidStrap R5 to carry the D700/24-70/SB-900 around on, and it worked great as far as the "load" goes. I DID have problems with that strap in tight places like some of the ride lines, getting on/off busses, and in the mens room....since the camera sits at your side, it kept bumping into things, so I quickly learned to cradle the camera in front in those situations.
But, overall, I loved having the speed of the 700/24-70 and will definitely take that kit again next year.
I can't recommend the D700/24-70 kit enough. It was perfect at WDW except for those couple of situations I mentioned.
You'll have to decide for yourself if it's worth taking a longer lens for those special shots.
Rich all things in the universe are alingning pretty fast for me to get my 24-70!!! so I guess that I already made my mind, just kinda looking for some reasons to reinforce what I already have decided!"!!!! I got my R-strap a couple of days ago, it is cool. I got some issues though, first I usually carry my camera with a small strap from think tank it´s very thin and very flexible so it stays out of the way, but the main incovenience is that I got really used to the nikon hand strap that has a plastic plate at the bottom the plastic plate has a hole for the tripod in it, so I can easily knob the r-strap in there, but will the hand strap plastic plate hold the weight of the camera??? it gives me the creeps, and having my camera only with the r-strap is making me shiver to say the least an even more so when I get to the tripod stuff... any advice on you old time r-strap users?? Do I only need to get used to the r-strap?? help I am really feeling naked, the strap is great handles great but...
Man, I would think twice before attaching the D700/24-70 kit to ANYTHING plastic. The kit is VERY heavy, AND very expensive. I would NOT want to take ANY chances of that thing coming loose.
The metal to metal connection of the R-Strap and the D700 is very secure, and I never worried about anything coming loose.
Personally, I would not risk any plastic in the equation.
It's really not that big a deal to unscrew the QuickFastn'R and mount it to a tripod.
May I make another suggestion.....Buy yourself the LARGE GorillaPod, and take that instead of a tripod. That was my biggest mistake. I had a chance to pick one up before leaving, but decided not to as I had already spent a lot of money on the D700/24-70/SB-900. I regretted that decision the whole trip.
The GorillaPod is very small (compared to a tripod) and a lot easier to lug around a park all day. Also, It fits to almost anything round, and gives you a lot more flexability in where to set up for fireworks, parades, etc.