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Old June 3rd, 2013, 04:23 PM
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camera strap ???

Anyone use a shoulder strap?
I have some neck problems and my Dr. told me not to hang my #13 camera around it anymore :/ Hopefully my local shop has options, but I would love to hear your opinions/favorites first
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 05:18 PM
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Re: camera strap ???

Jenn, I don't have the answer but maybe I can help clarify the options:
  1. wrist straps, ie NO shoulder strap but rather gripped by the hand with the wrist strap for security(?). I've tried one and they have merit...but it's awkward in conjunction with a neck strap and I'm not confident enough in the security of not using a neckstrap. Mine is a Herringbone made in Korea after reading lots of positive comments. I have additional info and photos of it on my camera if interested.
  2. sling straps, ie Black Rapid, Luma Cinch, etc. They clearly have their fans. Note that Luma has a new version in the past month or so. I've considered one but my use doesn't really play to its strengths, ie usually on/off a tripod repeatedly vs handheld.
  3. holsters, ie Cotton Carrier, Spider, etc. I've been thoroughly intrigued by the Cotton (Andy Cotton, inventor) Carrier versions. Google to find ample videos of the options. Originally it was a chest "cammed" holder. It does require a vest like apparatus to carry it but for hands free transportation, quick access, and especially carrying larger lenses/bodies its very functional. He has come out with other accessories and versions of it for those reluctant to wear the more utilitarian chest plate/vest. My issue here has been the use of the tripod socket for the key camlock feature unique to the Cotton Carrier. While there are workarounds for using it both on the CC and on a tripod, I'm not convinced its optimal for a guy principally using a tripod....but everytime I come back from a long birding hike using a long lens I rethink that.
  4. neck/shoulder straps. I don't know what you're using now but there are 3rd party neckstraps that are certainly better than the OEM ones....and aren't nearly as garrish, ie advertisement banners. I have a Tamrac one (came with original purchase) that I've tired of. My next one I'm considering is either the Crumpler Industry Disgrace (no quick release buckles) or it's sibling Convenience Disgrace (with buckles, wider neck strap). My son uses the former and loves it. I HATE the bounciness of neoprene/elasticized straps....and they're hot. Wider isn't always better, again especially for me whose constantly taking it on/off as I mount/unmount it from a tripod.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 06:58 PM
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Re: camera strap ???

Thanks for the great info Russ!!!
I have one of those neoprene ones now (kids got it for me) and it is hot & irritating in this heat!
I like the belt holder on the Carry-lite one, looks like it would take all the weight off my neck/shoulder! I wonder if it would be a pain getting in/out quickly?
The Black Rapid has one for women that looks comfortable and my local shop has one, going to have to go try it out!

I was going to recommend a camera vest stabilizer system to you, my friends use them for the video company... I just looked on B&H to see what they were called and about choked when I seen the price O_o
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ilizer_AB.html
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Re: camera strap ???

I've got the Black Rapid RS-7 and I love the thing! I use it mainly for airshows when I have a camera at the ready for most of the day. The shoulder strap is very comfortable. It is very well built and well designed. I think they even have some attachments you can add on for phones, memory cards, etc.

It is a great feeling to be able to place your camera down and get a little relief now and then without worrying that your camera may end up on the ground.

If you do use a tripod with a tele-zoom you can always attach the strap to the camera body and use the tripod ring on the lens to mount on the tripod. Otherwise as Russ noted you'd have to remove clip.
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Re: camera strap ???

I use a cotton carrier for both event shooting and for hiking.

http://www.cottoncarrier.com/

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I use a cotton carrier for both event shooting and for hiking.

http://www.cottoncarrier.com/

Best thing since sliced bread (IMO)
I really like the Cotton Carrier as well... the 2-camera vest is fantastic.
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Re: camera strap ???

Thanks for the opinions!! I really like the Cary-lite cotton carrier, hopefully I can find one locally soon!
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Re: camera strap ???

Another, probably lot more expensive option is (but maybe good if you need a new camera bag anyway) the Kata Bumblebee. I got the Bumblebee 222 UL for Christmas, it's a full backpack that can carry a lot of equipment. It has a full harness style strap system that is very comfortable and distributes the weight very well. On top of that the backpack comes with its own modular camera strap system that can either be used as a stand alone camera strap (much more comfortable than the stock Pentax I had), but also attaches to the backpack's harness directly. This is an extremely good option for longer walks/hikes, because it puts the camera's weight directly onto the backpack's harness, not on your neck.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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Re: camera strap ???

Thanks for all the tips!
I went to my local shop and got the Black Rapid women's sling strap, excited to try it out!
http://www.blackrapid.com/products/womens
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