There are plenty of straps for carrying our camera around. However, many of those can cause pain in our neck, shoulders, arms, and back after a long day of shooting. Wes Perry teamed up with a physiotherapist to try and find the best camera strap that won’t only keep your camera safely in place, but also save you from hurting yourself.
Harnesses and slings for carrying your cameras seem to have become quite popular over the last few years. And it seems that every few months a new one comes out. Aimed at active and travel types who want to keep their camera out of their hands but ready to go at a moment’s notice, this is the Cotton Carrier Skout. A sling-style harness which lets you carry your camera on your chest when you’re not using it.
BlackRapid has launched a new shoulder sling camera strap especially for female photographers. The Nicole Elliott strap aims to reduce the pressure on your neck and shoulders and to do it with style. But the inspiration for the strap has raised some eyebrows (including mine). The company emphasizes that “the way women have been carrying their babies for centuries” is what inspired the design of the camera strap for ladies.
There are certainly plenty of different camera straps in the market, and if you ask me, it’s hard to find the one that’s perfectly safe, yet comfortable enough to wear it all day. Fotcase is a Kickstarter project that promises a strap that will bring the best of both worlds. Its creators claim it’s perfectly safe for your camera, but also for your neck and back.
If you use a camera, you most likely also use a strap with it (or at least you have it somewhere). Jordy Vandeput from Cinecom.net shows you five camera “hacks” you can pull off using nothing but the strap. He focuses on filmmaking, but photographers can rely on some of these tricks as well.
Introducing…Camera Swagg! (Named after the designers’ name Swaggart). This is the legendary MoneyMaker in a non-leather material. You asked for it and HoldFast has delivered!
You may already be aware and read the blog I did a while back on the really awesome multi camera straps by Hold Fast. But if you haven’t heard of these guys before, they create the awesome MoneyMaker camera straps made from high grade leather and now cotton canvas, complete with metal d-rings, safety straps and a superb versatile design. Most importantly, the straps look the business, keep your cameras secure and feel comfortable even when you’re shooting a 12-hour wedding.
Squeaky camera straps might seem like an odd problem to have. It’s one of those things you often don’t even notice until somebody points it out. Then you’re painfully aware of it, and it annoys you every time you hear it. But there is a simple solution from photographer Neil Van Neikerk. Lip balm!
Camera straps are a very personal thing. We all have our own preferences, straps we like and straps we hate. There’s been a lot of variety come about in the world of camera straps over the last few years. Now, instead of just the standard “neck strap”, we’ve got wrist straps, hand straps, full-on holsters and a whole lot more.
One brand that’s been popping up a lot lately is Dsptch. They make a line of paracord neck & wrist straps, and they’re quite nice, but not exactly cheap. Photographer Evan 5ps has been using one of these on his Fuji X-Pro2 for a while. He needed another for Fuji X100F, but he decided to have a go at making his own, and compare it with the Dsptch original.
If you own a Canon and use their strap. Have you ever wondered what that little rubber thingy on the end of the strap is? I did, and I don’t even use a Canon. Turns out this little rubber thingy is a cap. And not just a cap, it is used to block the view finder so there are zero light leaks and flares. It’s usefull for when you are doing extra long exposures, light shooting stars at night. Huge thanks to Bassam Sabbagh for sharing this tip with us.
Now if you wanna go out and shoot stars, this is how to start.
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.