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Old March 15th, 2012, 08:07 AM
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Camera strap

I'm looking for a camera strap for my Canon 7D. I find the one that came with it is a little too short - as I want to wear it over the shoulder rather than around my neck.

Ideally I just want a longer version of the Canon strap (preferably not advertising Canon), maybe with a nice padded shoulder bit. I want the strap to attach by the normal connection points. The two things I really want to avoid (as I worry they could fail and camera could hit the ground) are:
- straps that attach via the tripod mount point
- straps that have plastic connection / quick release points

I've spent hours googling and looking on various camera sites, but haven't found anything that is what I'm looking for. If anyone has come across something they think might be suitable I'd be very grateful to hear about it.

Cheers,
Paul
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Old March 15th, 2012, 11:08 AM
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Re: Camera strap

While not a strap per se, I really like the cotton carrier. I do a lot of hiking and working the dog shows makes for a long day. Neck straps not only put a strain on the neck and shoulders but when hiking, leave the camera free to swing.

The cotton carrier though has a fixed secure location for when the camera is not in use which screws into the tripod mount. With some models it is compatible with the tripod mount. When in place the camera is locked down and it has an additional strap for longer lenses to help keep everything secure.

Additionally when shooting there are 2 lanyards attached to the carrier which can provide extra security while you are taking your photo.

For hiking it is a dream product as camera weight is evenly distributed. Your hands are left free to use hiking sticks or provide additional support for climbing.....and no this is not a paid endorsement, just one very satisfied customer.....I shoot with a d300s
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Old March 15th, 2012, 11:52 AM
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Re: Camera strap

Take a look at Black Rapid straps. I've used a lot of straps over the last 30 plus years and this one is, by far, my favorite strap.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 02:32 PM
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Re: Camera strap

Thanks for the suggestions.

The Black Rapid straps do look and feel nice.... but all the Black Rapid straps I've seen attach using the tripod mount hole.... if there is a version that attaches without using the tripod mount that I've missed then I'd be very keen to know it's name.

Since I started this thread I've come across the 'Bosstrap' http://www.bosstrap.com/ while browsing all 27 pages of straps on B&H photo site.... sadly it doesn't seem to be stocked anywhere in the UK (where I live).... does anyone have any experience of this strap?

Thanks again,
Paul
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Old March 15th, 2012, 05:59 PM
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Re: Camera strap

No, they all use the tripod attachment as far as I know. I use a quick release fitting with mine (same one as my tripod uses) which makes it very convenient. I find the way it sits by my hip to be comfortable and hang nicely, particularly with longer lenses. It isn't for everyone, but then that's why there's such a myriad of choices out there.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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Re: Camera strap

Thanks agiledogs and ohenry for your comments.

Just thought I'd post a follow up to let anyone else looking on here some of the nicer looking straps I looked at, and which one I went for in the end.

I really liked the black rapid RS sport http://www.blackrapid.com/product/ca...trap/rs-sport/ strap.... it was comfy when I tried it on, but didn't buy it because I wasn't convinced about using the tripod mount to secure the camera. Allegedly Canon and Nikon recommend not doing this: http://www.bosstrap.com/wheretoattach.pdf

The Bosstrap http://www.bosstrap.com looked interesting, but isn't stocked anywhere in the UK - and I really wanted to be able to try the strap before buying.

The Op-tech strap sling http://optechusa.com/utility-strap-sling.html looked quite good but I wasn't too confident about supporting the camera by only one side.

In the end I went for the Crumpler Singapore sling http://www.crumpler.eu/index.cfm?sei...837&sprache=EN , it's pretty comfy and attaches to both the normal camera strap attachment points. It does have the plastic quick release clips I was hoping to avoid.... but they seem to be present on nearly all straps. I came across some comments online of some other users who secured the plastic clips shut using plastic ties (the sort that hold cables together inside a PC case) to prevent the clip coming accidentally undone - I think I'll do this with mine too.

Cheers,
Paul
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