Fri 31-Oct-08 03:12 PM | edited Fri 31-Oct-08 03:17 PM by Noel Holland
Use the Nikon AH-4 strap and an Nikonians Optech strap with the pro loop connectors and you can have both options at one time.
The AH-4 connects to the tripod socket and the right hand strap eyelet. BUT - before attaching the wrist straps base plate the camera, look at the left side of the plate. There is a little eyelet there through which you thread the lefthand side pro-loop connector. Now thread the righthand side pro-loop connector through the eyelet on the left side of the camera body. Connect the base plate to the camera and the taped end of the handstrap to the righthand side eyelet of the camera.
Now the camera will dangle from the left side for the neck strap or the right side for the wrist strap. You have the choice of either handstrap or neck strap at an instant simply by connecting or disconnecting the neoprene pad of the optech neck strap and not have to juggle the camera about to swap between them.
The AH-4 is the best one out there. Its got a nice soft feel and has enough play in the tape to allow even big hands to fit around a D3 with an L-Plate fitted. It certainly has enough room for a D700 with or without a MB-D10 fitted.
BTW - I use the pro-loops specifically because of the handstrap. Originally I planned to sqeeze BOTH the tape of the handstrap and the righthand pro-loop onto the righthand eyelet so the camera can hang normally. That arrangement does work so long as you fit the pro-loop first then spread out it out on the eyelet to thread the handstraps tape inside of the loop. However after a while I found it preferable to use the alternative solution described above.
>I just purchased the AH-4 through Amazon. I appreciate the >advice. I like the rope concept as well, but I wanted >something that would hold my hand to the camera. > >Thanks again to both of you. As usual, Nikonians can be >counted on to help > >Fred Isom > >www.fredisomphotography.com
I've been trying to adjust to the AH-4, but I've decided to return it. The AH-4 does a good job holding my hand to the camera, but I find it difficult to reach my camera controls. I guess my fingers aren't as flexible as they use to be.
>Can anyone recommend a good hand strap for a D700. I've seen >photographers use hand straps and they look to be a good >alternative to the traditional neck straps. > >Fred Isom > >www.fredisomphotography.com
I prefer wrist straps. I think the D700 grip is so good, the only thing you need is the added security of a wrist strap (it also helps during lens swaps). I got one of Gordy's wrist straps with a wrist pad and I really like it. The black strap with red thread looks great on Nikon DSLRs