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Old July 27th, 2012, 09:23 AM
Robert Watcher Robert Watcher is offline
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Default A Strong Camera Wriststrap

To tell the truth - up until a week or so ago, I thought camera wrist straps were useless. I couldn't understand why I would want to use one, and I didn't like the delicate looks of any of the ones that I had seen.

What changed my mind is my use of 2 small Olympus Pen cameras (and a DLSR with long lens) at a Buskerfest recently. I carried the cameras in my shoulder bag and could swap them in and out OK - but it became a real nuisance because I did not want to carry all of the cameras around my neck. So I had my E-PL1 with holga lens without a strap at all - my E-PL3 with the thin Olympus strap that comes with the camera - and my DSLR with a hand grip. There were so many times when I wished that I could just let one of my small Pen cameras dangle on my wrist while I grabbed and took the few shots I needed with my DLSR or while I changed a lens on the E-PL3 that was hanging on my neck.

I don't like the straps that come with cameras and never use them. That is, except for when I am wanting a strap on my Pen cameras. In that case I had no choice if I wanted to use a strap because my normal straps are just too big and bulky and so often get in the way of looking at the LCD screen for focusing. I also got thinking about when I am street shooting in Central America, and for security reasons I want a camera strap that is wrapped around my wrist a few times in case someone is eyeing it up and plans on grabbing it from me. . .

. . . it was those sentiments that got me thinking about using a wrist strap. I then realized how strong the small Olympus straps were and that they would make a great wrist strap. So I made a loop around my wrist with the strap and asked my wife to mark the length and sew it strongly (like she would a pair of jeans) and then cut off the excess. She actually did it while the strap was still on the camera and then we took the rest of the strap off the lug and set it aside to make another one for another camera. If I didn't happen to have a wife who is a seamstress and has all of the gear, I think that I would go to the local shoe repair shop and see if it may just cost a few dollars for them to run a stitch across the fabric.

It fits well and comfortably - - - and the funny thing is that that cheap looking strap all of a sudden transforms into a thick professional looking wrist strap. Two things I may or may not change in the future may be - sewing in some sort of quick release hook - and some type of band to tighten up against different size wrists. Although I am the only one that will be using the strap likely and so it fits perfectly my ability to have the camera dangle without falling off, and still having enough slack so that I can access different parts of the camera and working comfortably without it being so snug that it pulls at my wrist.

I actually can now see that I may make a wrist strap for my hand held DSLR that I use for my commissioned work - such as when I am using the camera on a tripod for family portraits and I find the camera straps get in the way of my viewfinder - so I don't use them. The extra security of knowing that the camera is attached to something when I take it off and on the tripod would comforting. Or in the middle of a dance floor at a wedding when I am holding my camera high in the air and pointing down taking action shots - I would feel better knowing that if I were bumped by someone or lost my grip, that the camera wouldn't fall to the floor or onto someones head.




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Old July 28th, 2012, 12:25 AM
Tom dinning Tom dinning is offline
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As I get older, Robert, the need for more comfort and ease of use is paramount. I have never found the neck straps provided with cameras very comfortable or convenient. Try carrying 2 and you find out how useless they are.
2 years ago I bought myself a couple of Rapid straps. Sold! All hands free, super comfortable, designed to allow more than one camera to be carried, easy to get the camera out of the way when you need the space and easy to get the camera in your hand when you need it. Strong as. You can google for your local supplier.
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Old July 28th, 2012, 05:39 AM
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I'm also a happy "Black Rapid" user. I find the twin harness excellent for a two body setup with instant access to either.

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Old July 28th, 2012, 08:32 AM
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I too use a Rapid Strap for my professional Wedding, Love Story and Event jobs where I use 2 cameras in quick sequence - - - one camera with a long fast zoom - the other with a wide to long portrait fast zoom (in my film days going back to 1979, I always used at least 3 and sometimes 4 cameras all at the same time - at any given wedding or event - to provide black and white and low ASA and high ASA coverage with different lens configurations). I do prefer that strap with the heavier cameras and in that shooting environment.

I only use the single camera strap however as the 2 camera Rapid Strap is too unwieldy for me. My second camera is on a normal neck strap and then with parts of events when I am not using it I can leave that camera in my van and just work with the one on the Rapid Strap (actually a very good and inexpensive knock-off of the Rapid Strap)
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Old July 28th, 2012, 09:26 AM
Jerome Marot Jerome Marot is offline
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Personally, I tend to use a thin braided strap on most of my cameras. I got this one from Hama (cheap):


The advantage over the manufacturer's strap is that I hate to advertise brands on my neck. The advantage over thicker Straps (e.g. Neoprene Straps) is that it folds nicely in the camera bag or around my hand (as a wriststrap).

I never found it too thin to be uncomfortable. I probably would if I used my 70-200 f/2.8 more often or used a grip on my camera or had one of these EOS-1 / D3-4 monsters. I carry the camera over my shoulder, not around my neck, that may also explain things.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 06:10 AM
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I use the wrist strap from a wii-mote...
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Old September 24th, 2012, 07:02 AM
Ian kydd'Miller Ian kydd'Miller is offline
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Straps used with cameras are a very personal thing and certainly different straps suit different cameras. I could never use one of the thin manufacturers straps with my Canon 1D, just too heavy to be comfortable, but I do use them with smaller cameras like the G11. The strap of choice that suits me is similar to the Rapid strap but made by OPTEK and is Neoprene. Comfortable and easy to carry, even with the heavy equipment I use.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 07:04 AM
Ian kydd'Miller Ian kydd'Miller is offline
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Straps used with cameras are a very personal thing and certainly different straps suit different cameras. I could never use one of the thin manufacturers straps with my Canon 1D, just too heavy to be comfortable, but I do use them with smaller cameras like the G11. The strap of choice that suits me is similar to the Rapid strap but made by OPTEK and is Neoprene. Comfortable and easy to carry, even with the heavy equipment I use.
I also use as wrist strap made by the same company.
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