This new camera strap takes the weight off your neck and saves your back

Jul 6, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This new camera strap takes the weight off your neck and saves your back

Jul 6, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

ponte_camera_lift_strap

With only one or two exceptions, camera straps have remained largely the same since their inception, and they’ve always had the same complaints made about them; that they put too much strain and pain on your neck and back, especially with a heavy DSLR and lens.

Now, Ponte Leather have made an interesting modification to the traditional strap design which aims to help take the weight off your neck, and shift it onto your shoulders by attaching to your backpack.

It seems like a pretty good idea for travel photographers, when hiking, or for day trips out with the family where you may be carrying a backpack to which you can attach it.

But, I do wonder how many of those using traditional camera straps actually do wear it around their neck anyway.

Sure, it’s the way most camera owners are commonly portrayed in movies and such, but I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually put a camera strap around my neck.

Usually, I’ve either got the strap on my shoulder with the camera hanging down to my side, or the strap’s wrapped around my wrist, especially while actually shooting.

Many other photographers I see these days don’t even use straps at all.

nyu full hd

But, if you do use a strap around your neck, and this looks like it could be useful to you, head on over to their website, and check them out.

The first batch is being funded through Kickstarter, but it looks like they still have quite a way to go and not long left to get there.

What type of strap do you use? Traditional neck strap? Do you actually hang it from your neck? Do you even use straps at all? Let us know and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

16 responses to “This new camera strap takes the weight off your neck and saves your back”

  1. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    I’ll stick to a sling strap thanks

  2. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    And very awkward when you need to get into your back pack. Use a shoulder strap instead. If somebody REALLY thinks this is a good idea then this isn’t very difficult to DIY.

  3. Yach Avatar
    Yach

    I use a combination of two straps from the excellent Peak Design : Clutch and Slide. They’re both very handy and inspire confidence by their great quality.

    Slide is like a sling strap, and is easily adjusted to the needed length on the fly, whether you’re wanting your camera loose or tight depending on the scenario. Clutch means a better grip and much less fear of letting your camera down. Both get attached to a single rapid plate that may be put directly on your tripod head. I love this combination, and when I need to go light, I remove the Slide strap and use the Capture camera clip from the same brand that I fix to my backpack strap – then you may attach your camera through the plate to the Capture clip.

    https://www.peakdesign.com/product/straps/slide/
    https://www.peakdesign.com/product/straps/clutch/
    https://www.peakdesign.com/all/capture

  4. Dan K Avatar
    Dan K

    it’s not an original idea and should be selling for a dollar, not $35

    1. Jerry Avatar
      Jerry

      Hi Dan, I’m from the team design this product. It’s actually an original idea, we have got the patent for this in many countries, and now we want to make it a product. We make with best quality and selected material, you don’t get a good product with a cheap price. Anyway, thanks for your comment.

      1. TheInconvenientRuth Avatar
        TheInconvenientRuth

        …or I could go to the local market, and buy nylon webbing or a leather belt and press studs for about $5 and make a loop to hang my camera strap from my backpack handle. Or use a carabiner… Stronger, safer, faster to attach/detach…

        1. MiamiC70 Avatar
          MiamiC70

          This!!!!

  5. Simone Nicoletti Avatar
    Simone Nicoletti

    35$ per l’acqua calda? Ma per favore. A questo punto reinvento i pedalini.

  6. Toast Avatar
    Toast

    Get the same effect with a budget friendly caribiner. If you’ve got a ruck sack you’ve likely got hoops for hanging water bottles on, use those to spread the weight across your shoulders

  7. Stinson Avatar
    Stinson

    Oh my gosh. This will be great.

  8. Ben Robb Avatar
    Ben Robb

    I never shoot with a backpack on, but this is actually pretty damn useful.

  9. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    Copy editing – this sentence makes no sense: “The first batch is being funded through Kickstarter, but it looks like they still have quite a way to go and not long left to get there.”

    It either has quite a long way to go, or it doesn’t have long left to get there.

    That aside, not to be mean to the author of the design, seems he put some thought on materials and stuff… but I’m seeing no advange on his product versus using a regular carabiner or velcro strap. In fact, with those the strap wouldn’t be completely fixed.

    Plus it’s kind of a hassle having a setup like that… everytime you take the backpack off you have to detach the strap, or you’ll forget it and only realize when the camera is already at your neck or something. Rapid release systems with belt straps, designs that puts the weight on your shoulder instead of your neck, chest straps and some other ideas seems to do the trick a little bit better.

    1. Jerry Avatar
      Jerry

      Hi Renato, thank you for your comment, I think I can answer some of your questions. In the design process, we did try with a carabiner, and the strap will not be fixed. It will be very difficult to use because it moves around and make it harder to connect with the handle on your backpack. A sling strap is a good solution, but carry the weight with one site of shoulder still cause the damage to the body, for travelers who walk a long time. We just want to make a better camera strap for travelers, and I think this is the best solution we get.

  10. Mark Niebauer Avatar
    Mark Niebauer

    Could easily be created with a strip of velcro for a couple of bucks but good idea.

  11. Michael Carpenter Avatar
    Michael Carpenter

    Do not sign for it either. Actually more load on shoulders, the same load on the back plus one needs to be careful to remember about the camera while taking their backpack off.

    1. Jerry Avatar
      Jerry

      Hi Michael, good point! You actually carry the same weight on you, but you carry with your shoulder instead of your neck. The difference is, neck is very fragile but shoulder is strong. You don’t carry your 10kg hiking bag on the neck but you do on the shoulder. Now you know the difference.
      As long as you carry a camera, you carry the weight on the body no mater what product you use. But with this, it became as comfortable as you leave it in the backpack. I guess it makes a lot difference if you are traveling and will walk a long time.
      And yes, you will forget you are carrying a camera while using this. It totally frees up the stress. But you just do find it there when you want to take your backpack off.
      Anyway, thanks for the comment. We got the same concern so we did a lot of test with different prototype. I believe this is the product that can really solve the problem for the first time.