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The glamorous world of camera straps!

Discussion in 'Other Cool Gear, Camera Bags, Camera Straps' started by Rolf, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. I currently have a D70, (Yes a lowly D70 but I still love it). The heaviest lens I have for this is the 70-300VR. I still use the original Nikon strap that came with the camera. Some months ago it occurred to me, this thing is around my neck about 10% of the time. The remaining time is spent hand holding it or on a tripod. Typically I grab the camera, loop the strap once around my wrist, (I’m clumsy), and shoot. I would really appreciate any suggestions you may have for a replacement strap. Something that’s easy to wrap around the wrist but still comfortable enough to wear around the neck. Yes…it should support at least $1K of equipment. :) 

  2. truflip


    Jul 28, 2008
    Ottawa, ON
    How about Domke Grippers?
  3. PDuany


    Aug 10, 2005
    I use the Op/tech it has a section you can unclip so that you have a smaller loop around your wrist. very comfortable when using the shoulder strap portion
  4. My preference

    is the Op/Tech. My sister asked me once why the strap was short and had to show her how the clips allow you to make a shorter strap out of it in a few seconds.

    Now whatever happened to the 80's garish flowered six inch wide camera straps???
  5. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    I still have one kickin' around somewhere. Friends used to call it my 'Woodstock' strap when I was shooting events with F3 bodies in the '80s. I remember buying it while in San Francisco.

    I'll have to dig it out and string it up for nostalgia sakes :) 
  6. I'd suggest 2 straps for different needs.

    For the quick grab, use a wrist or hand strap.
    Something like the camdapter or the coolanyard. Personally I use the coolanyard.

    For a general strap carrying a reasonable load, the blackrapid RS-1. Its very comfortable.
  7. tomtodeath


    Jan 11, 2007
    new jersey
    I currently have a domke strap on my d200, but its not what i want. Im tired of cheap canvas and rubber and foam that most straps are made of these days. Give me a strap with leather and suede.
    I really want one of these, but cant get them here in the states...
  8. someone here turned me on to them
    i've never owned a more confidence-inspiring grip
    that's all i'll buy from now on
  9. look here for variety of straps

    Is Roberts Imaging a good store, anyone?
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 14, 2008
  10. MMarz


    Sep 15, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Second this setup...great versatility.
  11. lovemy8514

    lovemy8514 Guest

    The Optech Pro strap is great with a fairly heavly load.
  12. I've used the OpTech straps, and I like them. But I went with the Kata Reflex-E on my D300. These have small zippered pockets on each side which will hold CF cards - and that's important to me since I only use 4G cards. If you can find one, they're wonderful.
  13. Toby D

    Toby D

    Mar 7, 2006
  14. Thanks for the help everyone, I appreciate it. Looks like I'll be trying the Op/Tech though I still haven't made up my mind which one.

  15. truflip


    Jul 28, 2008
    Ottawa, ON
    yea, i used one for my old camera (canon s3 is) and it was great.
    thinking of getting one for my D80.
    i really like them cause the grippy side works (for me).
    and theyre not chunky but are durable.
  16. MMarz


    Sep 15, 2007
    Long Island, NY

    I've added yet another Op/Tech and I think I like this one best...

    So far I have two of the plain neoprene..the ones with the QR clips and no webbing, just the stretchy neoprene. I have two that are the contoured HD versions with the thick webbing on the back and the QR clamps, and I just bought a narrow neoprene with the thick webbing on the back...

    The plain neoprene are for the tripod, and the bodies when traveling light since I don't trust them for toting anything heavy.

    The contoured ones are for around the neck with heavier lenses like a 70-200.

    The newest one seems to work best as an over-the-shoulder with a 70-200 or 300/2.8 attached or for the attachment points on the 500.

    I also have a wrist strap I made that snaps into the QR.

    It is so easy to custom tailor the strap to whatever you are carrying and packing is so easy with the QR's. I guess I have a neck strap fetish..
  17. Thanks Michael I really appreciate the response.

  18. Domke gripper straps on all my bodies since my F4s. For me, they are the best.
  19. mematsu


    May 2, 2007
    los angeles
  20. I have the op tech but am just using the loop connectors. They often get twisted. Have any of you tried the swivel hooks?
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