Camera straps come as standard equipment when you get a new camera. but they tend to add weight to the back of your neck, are hard to manage, and don’t help you make better shots. A strap that gives you neck strain can ruin your mood, and that does not help you take better pictures. My factory Nikon strap was cool, but I knew there had to be a better way.
The good news is that many companies make upgrades to the conventional strap; they have better webbing and wide padding for your neck and shoulders. While still not the best, in my opinion, it is a marked improvement in holding your camera.
An upgrade to this would be the “Sling” style strap, holding the camera at your side, with the strap on the opposing shoulder.
I like Sling straps, but have an issue – I am a big clumsy guy, and these straps hold the camera at waist level, which makes them prone (in my case) to being knocked around or bounced against any nearby wall or door.
An option is the Harness, which holds one or two cameras at chest level – but can be awkward when you are not on a photo shoot, although they do keep your camera ready and poised to take pictures:
While I own and have used all of the above, I have several goals in mind. First, keep the camera near and available, and SAFE from any accidental damage, and make it easy to carry when not shooting. What I came up with is this:
The camera is safe in the bag,which is slung low around my neck or neck and shoulders. The camera strap makes it easy to pull out the camera, shoot, and replace it quickly. If I am klutzy or running I don’t have to worry, and the camera is always right there for me.
If I need to take extra lenses, I carry everything in this Sling bag, by Tamrac, which holds everything close and keeps my camera in a ready to shoot position, just like the Holster bag.
This combination of wrist strap, and choice of bags makes it easy for me to carry my DSLR and keep it ready to shoot premium pictures. Most of the time I just take the camera in the holster bag with the prime lens and some extra batteries. My message here is that the traditional camera strap is a “one size fits all” solution that has been around for many years. It may not be the best, so find what works for you!
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