Strap, or Strapless?

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  1. Darmok N Jalad, Oct 17, 2018
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    Darmok N Jalad macrumors 68000

    Darmok N Jalad

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    Just curious. How many of you use a camera strap? I don’t like them, personally. I did use one on my D5300, but not my GX85 or the A5000.

    I’d use a poll, but I get the feeling there’s more subtleties than I may realize.
     
  2. 0970373 Suspended

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    Most of the time, I use a wrist strap because I'm a clumsy klutz who is always dropping things. This is for day-to-day & street photography when I have my purse on me so I can grab it easily. I don't particularly like neck straps but I love this one from Peak Design and wear it to the side when the occasion calls for it. Like when I'm out hiking or whatever.
     
  3. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    Definitely strap. I'm too paranoid about dropping some very expensive gear. It does not bother me unless I am wearing a coat, but I can deal with it.
     
  4. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

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    if I'm at a static shoot, I use a grip strap. when I'm traveling and walking around, I use a sling strap.
     
  5. tcphoto1 macrumors 6502

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    That’s funny, you got me. I loved the E1 hand grip on my Canon 1Series bodies but hate the 5D series versions, so I use the standard strap. The G15 has the hand strap on it at all times.
     
  6. tizeye macrumors 6502

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    Most of my work is on a tripod, so no strap. However, I do use a strap when freehand, or even this weekend when will have a long telephoto on a monopod. With the monopod, it is nice as can let it hang while I dig in my pocket, etc. I don't use the standard strap that advertises the camera for a thief. Not do I use the strap that screws into the bottom. Rather, it is a loop with a single attachment to one of the strap posts on the camera, and hangs where have a natural reach down to the grip on the camera. It also has a quick disconnect so the small clip can stay on the camera and not interfere with tripod or even video stabilizer balance. I think the brand name is Op-tech...but it is not in the room to look, and it is inexpensive at around $19.
     
  7. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Varies by mood and load out for me but short answer is definitely strap.

    I vary depending on what I am carrying and what my photography intent is that day. Most commonly I use a Peak Design sling strap. All of my cameras have Peak Design anchors on them so I swap straps and wrist straps freely. I also find that the Peak Design straps mean I can mount the camera on a tripod, unclip it, shoot, clip it back on, take it off the tripod leaving the strap hanging round my neck the whole time without risk of slippy fingers ruining my day.

    I actually converted a Leather Tie Her Up Rock’n’Roll strap designed for the Leica SL by adding Peak Design anchor clips to it so I now have a funky retro leather strap option too when shooting the Leicas. It’s construction has a bounce to it so it is great for long walks though it isn’t great for snagging on coats and backpack straps due to its design.

    I also have a Peak Design Capture that I fit to my backpack straps so when climbing around, I clip the camera into it so it isn’t swinging about.
     
  8. Donka macrumors 68030

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    Wrist straps for me. Previously used neck straps with my Nikons when shooting weddings and that got annoying and sore after a couple of hours but necessary when handling two cameras at a time.
     
  9. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    Yes, I use straps. I’m a klutz. If I’m inside the house I often just carry the camera but outside it gets slung across my body. I don’t like regular over the neck straps but use a crossbody of some sort (I have two different kinds and might get a new one soon. Just because.).
     
  10. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Definitely use Peak Design straps that are easy to add, remove, and change length. Straps from camera companies are about advertising, not about function.
     
  11. someoldguy macrumors 68000

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    Strap . I use 1" Domke straps . Nondescript , work just fine , don't cost too much .
     
  12. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    Peak Design Slide strap with anchors on my L bracket for the vast majority of the time especially when walking about. I'll usually remoe the strap when I'm using a tripod but sometimes I'll leave it on.
     
  13. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Hmm, that clip worries me and I am nervous of the type of strap that screws into the tripod mount on the camera.

    Here is the converted Leather Strap I was talking about previously. It smells lovely..... and feels nice and soft... and oh there's a sexy little beast sat next to it.... :) IMG_20180604_154411.jpg
     
  14. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    If I’m using a strap it will be my black rapid. But I’m trying to mostly use a tripod.
    I have the quick release plate so you can remove the strap and attach to a tripod (the plate stays on regardless).
    Sometimes I go strapless. Just for fun.
     
  15. bunnspecial macrumors 604

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    Always a strap for me.

    A lot of my older cameras came to me with either thin leather straps or-for 70s and 80s cameras-the wide elaborately patterned ones that the hipsters love :)

    Most of my recent bodies have factory straps on them, whether a plain "Nikon" strap or one with the camera model printed on it. I know some folks consider them gaudy, but I find them comfortable and long enough to suit me. I should mention that I tend to adjust my straps to be long enough to either serve as a neck strap or shoulder strap.
     
  16. Darmok N Jalad thread starter macrumors 68000

    Darmok N Jalad

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    So far I’m looking like one of the few that likes to live life dangerously! I also have the thinnest possible case on my iPhone, and that’s mainly to give it better grip!
     
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    I use a shoulder sling/connected to the tripod mount.

    Thankfully I also like to hold hand on my camera. After a hike to a waterfall and back (along the Blue Ridge Parkway) I heard a jingle and saw my camera pull loose and into my hand. I usually ensure the connections are tight but must have missed something.
     
  18. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Thats my fear with anything anchorwd to the tripod socket
     
  19. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    I usually hold it when the strap is on too. But I’ve never had it work lose.
     
  20. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    OK, I had to look it up with promo pictures. So, I kept the Strap TIGHT to the Tripod Bracket (the latter allows me to easily use the tripod at the same time). and it was the TRIPOD Bracket piece that came loose. On this trip I was shooting waterfalls/milk way a lot and using the tripod more this trip than the entire year to that point. So, I guess it was just a matter of time.
     
  21. oblomow macrumors 68030

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    Strap.
    Optech Classic strap.
    Very comfortable when worn around the neck.
    When shooting I wrap it around my wrist/arm. And that's silly. So I need a second hand strap.
    The optech is easily removed when using a tripod.
     
  22. spacemnspiff macrumors 6502a

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    Strap and Peak Slide Lite is what I use for Canon 80D with 17-55 & 70-200.
     
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    I'm invested in the Peak Design ecosystem, so I have anchors on my cameras. It's easy to attach and remove any of their straps. I have one of their wrist straps, and really like it, and also one of their shoulder/neck straps. I'd definitely recommend them if you like to change up your strap setup often, or you like to go between strap and strapless.

    The only time I remove a strap completely is when I mount the camera to a tripod.
     

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