Camera strap recommendations?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by drlunanerd, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2004
    I was hoping if anyone could recommend a camera strap. I generally dislike having a strap on my cameras as it gets in the way too much. However occasionally it is useful to attach one for walking around without having a bag with you.

    I'd like it to be quick-release, or at least speedy to completely remove from the camera, for example like Op-Tech's Pro Loop system.

    However, I'd like it to be low-profile and light, not the thick neoprene type that Op-Tech produce. Lastly I don't want it screaming Nikon or Canon in large yellow letters! :rolleyes: :)
  2. macrumors 68000


    Apr 14, 2005
    I can only recommend op-tech. Very comfortable. Light. And without the screaming canon advertising. The op-tech isn't think or heavy.
  3. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy part of the Pacific NW
    I know you say you don't want Optech, but there has to be a reason so many people buy them... :D Is comfort not a concern?

    I love mine.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2007
    I have a RapidStrap and love it. It is not a traditional strap but it makes carrying easy. I dont carry a huge strap around my neck. There is a video on the site showing how it works.

  5. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
  6. macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    They don't make 'em like they used to...

    They really don't make them like they used to, which is why I bought a vintage strap (ca. 1975?) off of eBay. It's quite wide (two inches), which I think is a crucial feature for comfort, but it's also very thin and made of natural fibers. It has thin wool tapestry on one side and a sort of velvety cloth on the other, so it breathes perfectly and is very soft and comfortable.

    It also has metal attachments, which make it look "old school" enough that it doesn't scream DIGITAL to would-be thieves (and no it hasn't scratched my camera one bit).

    I've noticed that there are sellers on eBay selling "Vintage Hippie Camera Straps" that are replicas of the original ones, but I wonder if those are made out of the same plastic-like fabrics that most other modern straps have.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Alpine, UT
    Canon E1

    I just bought the Canon E1 strap and I like it. I hardly ever wore my neck strap, but liked wrapping it around my wrist/hand for safety. This is exactly that, but you do need a Battery Grip to make it work. There are others out there that don't require a battery grip though. It doesn't get in the way at all.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    Bay Area
    I went through lots finding the perfect one, and I'm afraid to inform you that it's the Op/tech pro loop. I love it. Makes a day of shooting so much easier. Learn to love it :D
  9. macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    I second the Rapid Strap. It makes carrying the camera much easier since it's securely attached and hangs close to your hip. You can swing it up much easier. One of the best things about it is that it attaches to the tripod socket, so you can carry carry the camera with the strap attached to the foot of bigger lenses. That gives a lot better balance, and you don't have to worry about stressing the camera's lens mount from carrying a camera/heavy lens by the body.

    Do look at their video...
  10. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2004
    Thanks for all the advice! :)

    The R-Strap looks interesting. Although doesn't it stop you using a grip, as the metal tripod attachment would get in the way of your palm? I note in the video the cool looking guy never uses his grip in portrait shooting even though he's got one fitted to his Nikon, hmm.

    I like the Op-Tech straps but find them overkill when using a D40-weight camera and smallish lenses. They don't pack down well into camera bags either. The Pro-Loop connectors are great though. If Op-Tech did a thinner, lighter Pro-Loop strap I'd be all over it.

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