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.
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.