Carrying your camera around is kind of a staple unless you’re a full-time studio photographer, and still then – what do you do with your camera when you need to raise a light stand or adjust a prop? So unless your camera lives on a tethered tripod, you need something to comfortably transport your camera, ideally in such a way that your camera is shoot-ready in the blink of an eye. Here we meet the camera strap: an item that, if anything, needs to be functional.
Wedding photographers can probably relate to the following: you want to move a light stand to somewhere in the back of the room, there are loads of kids running around so you might need to keep an eye on your backpack as well – what do you do with your camera? You might not want to put that 70-200mm 2.8 on the table as you move your flash to the other side of the room, all the while Uncle Dave’s kids are yelling and screaming around the room, fingers equipped with cake frosting, elbows ready to knock things over.
Alongside being a functional tool, I see a lot of camera straps as fashion statements. With cameras becoming more financially accessible, more people are wearing their cameras as accessories, as a part of their identity. Silly as this may sound, I’ve got to admit, I do look at people’s cameras all of the time (and get called out for this by my wife). You’ve got to admit, that new Fuji XH2 is damn sexy, but you might want to ditch the original Fuji necker and strap on something that better suits your camera’s intentions.
Similar to a good bag, a good camera strap should not hold you back. If you’re not arsed to grab your camera, you’re definitely not going to make the shot. Therefore, a camera strap should actually help you make that shot. When your viewfinder is aligned with your eye in half a second, you will capture that shot – or at least you’ll take a look. That’s why a good camera strap should be in the top 10 of your first purchases after a camera.
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What should we be looking for in a camera strap?
The primary functions of a camera strap are to both stop you from dropping the camera during use, and to transport it safely when not in use. But what separates a great camera strap from a basic one?
Generally, you can go two to three ways; carry the camera on your side(s) via a diagonal strap, or a double diagonal strap. You can get a cowboy-style hip holster for one or two cameras, or you can opt for a chest mount. Some of these options come in backpack-mountable versions as well, but we’ll jump to that later.
If you’re going for a stroll in Barcelona or Dublin and want to shoot some cool murals or buskers, you can easily get away with a light strap, but when you’re going up those Wicklow mountains or shooting a whole wedding day, you definitely need to upgrade your strap to something beefier. But what should you be looking for, which camera lens combination needs which strap, and what if you’re one of those people who always have a QR or L-Plate under your camera? In this Best Camera Straps Guide we will look at all sorts of different camera straps, and rate them on the following aspects: carry capacity, comfiness for different frames, builds or gender needs, universality, adjustability, price and overall functionality.
Single camera straps
When you buy a camera, there is a fair chance it comes with a strap, one that you’ll probably wanna ditch, and quickly. Usually, they are too short to wear over-shoulder or diagonally, and a neck strap just doesn’t cut it for longer than an hour, tops.
A good solution to this can be a diagonal camera strap. A diagonal strap divides the weight of the camera over a larger proportion of your back, instead of hanging from your neck. Next to that, you get super quick camera access and have a lot of options to make your photography a lot easier and faster.
If diagonal camera straps were invented in the late 90s they would have definitely been on those telemarketing “as seen on TV” infomercials. It’s one of those things you see other photographers with, and you think ‘meh, not for me.’ But before you decide against the idea, please, please try one on. I’ve done a hundred-and-one demos for other photographers, showcasing the functionality of diagonal straps, – trying to demonstrate just how great these little guys are. Because the thing is, once you try it, you will understand.
Carrying a camera around your neck isn’t recommended unless maybe your camera is very light. Once you go diagonal, with any type of setup, you’ll never go back to the neck-injuring strap that came with your camera.
BlackRapid Sport Breathe Camera Strap – $77 (Amazon / B&H)
BlackRapid straps are cross-body single camera systems, placing the camera upside-down against your waist, opposite the shoulder the strap is resting on. These straps can be locked into place when walking and unlocked to rapidly swipe up – without the shoulder strap falling behind your back.
The BlackRapid brand was founded in 2008 by Seattle photographer Ron Henry after he noticed the need for a more ergonomic camera carry solution for all-day shoots. In 2009, BlackRapid introduced its first version of the Sports strap. After all these years, its current successor is still one of the most used camera straps across the board, and it’s easy to see why.
The innovative curved design perfectly follows body features, and therefore rests securely on your torso – I’ve been told by some female photographers that this strap can be very comfortable for women also. The shoulder strap stays in place when the camera is lifted, due to the underarm stabiliser. Two locking clasps make sure your camera doesn’t go to unwanted places and can be repositioned with great ease.
This strap is super fast working, sturdy and easily carries a heavy SLR with telezoom lens. The newest update makes this strap extremely breathable as well, so you don’t have to worry about overheating on an all-day shoot. The hardware has been given an update as well and is now more silent and less likely to wear out over time.
When you buy a camera, there is a fair chance it comes with a strap, one that you’ll probably wanna ditch, and quickly. Usually, they are too short to wear over-shoulder or diagonally, and a neck strap just doesn’t cut it for longer than an hour, tops.
- Cross-body single camera system
- High-tech materials for breathability
- Patented shoulder pad shape for ergonomic comfort
- Wear ‘n Tear resistant locking CR-3 carabiner
- Adjustable length with pad up to 167cm (66″)
- Nylon mono mesh, TPE foam, polyester and air mesh
- Includes ConnectR (CR-3), LockStar Breathe, Can-Locks, FastenR (FR-5), Underarm Stabiliser, Camera Safety Tether, Black Mesh Bag
- Weight 190g (6.7oz)
- Super fast and easy camera access
- Turns into a Dual Harness with second Strap & Coupler
- Extra security with Locking Carabiner
- Easily carried under a backpack
- Also available in a left-handed version
- Most expensive single camera strap from our test
- Hardware lives under your camera, preventing it from standing flat on a table
- Needs specific hardware for Arca/Manfrotto plate (not included)
The BlackRapid Sport Breathe is the perfect choice for heavy-use photography like wildlife photography, photojournalism or any all-day carry because of the stability of the camera, ease of use and good padding. I could end the whole gear guide right after this one; this is by far my personal favourite camera carry solution when considering usability.
Note: don’t be fooled by cheap imitations – websites like Amazon / AliExpress are full of similar straps with different letters branded on them. I’ve seen manufacturers replace the BlackRapid ‘R’ with S, Q and H – these straps are not the same as BR straps, do not have the same hardware (at all) and will not be your friend. Back in the day when BR was a starting company I’ve seen BR employees replace these knockoffs with the true BR strap free of any cost (one of the reasons why this company is simply awesome).
You can buy the BlackRapid Sport for $77 on Amazon and B&H.
Peak Design Slide Camera Strap – $69.95 (Amazon / B&H)
The Slide Camera Strap is Peak Design’s leading camera carry solution. The manufacturer claims that this strap is everything other pro camera straps aren’t: it’s beautiful, low-profile, adjustable, quick-connecting, and configurable to your gear. I have to agree with the aforementioned, this strap is great; you can wear it as a sling, shoulder or neck strap, and it is fully functional with other Peak Design gear that uses the Anchors. Peak Design is a company that tries to treat its clients as peers, and listens to user feedback, making its products better and better over time.
If you’re looking for a reliable strap with great functionality that is also good-looking (what else does one look for in a strap?) then definitely consider this beauty. This strap is meant for travel and street-style photographers but could suit almost any situation.
This is the #1 most sold strap on B&H for good reason; the cross-body camera strap is super versatile, stable and is an all-in-one sling, neck and shoulder option.
- Use as Sling, Shoulder, or Neck Strap
- Available in four colours; Black, Ash, Midnight & Sage
- Anchors hold up to 90kg (200lbs), so no worries there
- Hyper adjustable; huge range of length adjustment, by 2 quick-pull adjusters
- Climate Neutral product
- Slide comes with 4mm hex wrench, 4x Anchor connectors, Anchor Mount & microfiber pouch
- Seatbelt-style nylon webbing, anodised aluminium and glass-reinforced nylon adjuster hardware
- Guaranteed for life
- Weight 148g (5.2 oz)
- Comes with extra safety tether which feels super safe
- Hardware has built-in 2-way Arca plate
- Including wrist-strap carry option
- The hardware is a bit bulky (and heavy compared to other straps)
- No Manfrotto-style tripod plate available
- Flexible Shoulder Pad might increase ‘bouncing’ of the camera while walking
In every camera gear category there is always one brand that makes something that’s not just functional, but also aesthetically slick. Maybe you have a more straightforward demeanour with these things, claiming that you don’t need your equipment to look a certain way, but okay then, maybe this strap is not for you. In saying that, you can’t deny that this is one sexy and super functional strap.
Also good to know, for mirrorless-camera shooters, there’s the Slide Lite – a slimmed-down version of the same camera strap, but suitable for a lightweight entry-level camera.
You can buy the Peak Design Slide Strap for $69.95 on Amazon and B&H.
Carry Speed PRO Mark IV Strap System – $69.95 (Amazon)
Similar to the BlackRapid Straps, this Pro mk4 strap system by Carry Speed is a diagonal camera strap, with an extra stabilising strap under the shoulder opposite of the camera.
The mounting plate sits under the camera body and moonlights as a 2-way Arca swiss plate, with a smart design that prevents battery door blocking. The strap attaches via a lockable stainless steel ball-head connector and is reinforced with a camera tether for that extra safe feeling.
- Offset Hanging Design
- Max Load: 5kg
- Arca Style 2-way mounting plate
- Adjustable ball head
- Under Arm Stabiliser
- Front-adjustment slider (for length)
- Complete package includes: ultra wide shoulder pad, strap-body with front quick adjustment, mounting plate, under arm stabiliser strap, camera tether, hand-strap
- Weight 370g (13.1oz)
- All-in-one solution for all carry-moods
- No bulky D-Rings / hardware
- Comes with 2 sets of anchors, so you can stick them on your b-camera as well
- Does not interfere with Arca plate under your camera
- The Anchors live on your camera neck-strap loops all the time, also when not using the strap
- Smaller shoulder pad might get uncomfortable over time with heavier cameras
- Having to flip the strap when changing shooting modes
This relatively unknown player in the field of camera straps is definitely worth looking at if you are searching for an affordable strap that offers a lot in one package.
You can buy the Carry Speed pro mkV for $69.95 on Amazon.
USA GEAR TrueSHOT Digital Camera Shoulder Holster Strap ‘Southwest’ – $15.99 (Amazon)
The USA GEAR TrueSHOT is a simple but functional shoulder strap. You carry it around your neck or shoulder, supporting a single camera with a lens. The carry solution is designed as a classic neck strap, but doubles as a diagonal strap as well, where the Neoprene material should give some relief from carrying weight. You can slide the camera strap back and forth when you want to look through your camera.
The unique thing about this product are the pockets that are integrated into the strap; both ends have stretchy expanding pockets that could fit an extra battery, memory card or any other smaller camera accessory you’d normally bring in a separate bag.
- Both Diagonal and Neck strap
- Comfort-Stretch 4mm Neoprene strap
- Available in 10 different fun colour / pattern combinations
- Built-in storage pockets with expandable pouches
- Quick-Release buckles
- Attaches directly to your camera’s strap hooks
- Cheapest option in the test
- Weight 90g (3.2oz)
- Affordable strap to replace the one that comes with camera
- Includes gear pockets so you can leave the backpack at home
- Fun creative designs and colours
- Not a ‘fast’ strap
- Not the best weight distribution, especially for heavier setups
- Strap is relatively ‘springy’
USA GEAR TrueSHOT could be a great ‘my first new strap’ option. Ditch your camera bag and travel light with this affordable and funky camera strap.
The manufacturer claims there is no maximum carry capacity for this strap (“holds DSLR with lens”) but I think this is good for something smaller rather than a full-sized setup.
You can buy the USA GEAR TrueSHOT strap for $15.99 on Amazon and B&H
Dual Camera Straps
If you’ve ever shot a wedding with a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm, you might wonder where to put that one body you’re not using. Maybe on top of your backpack, or criss-cross the neck straps (do that and try to get one off without getting frustrated). Maybe you can just use one body and swap lenses – or maybe you have left the second body in the car, who knows. The better solution would be to have both cameras on you, your favourite lenses attached, and both hands-free – doesn’t that sound like the best option?
A Double or Dual strap (it’s in the name) lets you carry two cameras at once, usually on the hips, and is a top choice strap amongst wedding and event photographers, concert shooters, alongside press, fashion, street, sports and wildlife photographers. Keeping two hands-free and being able to carry a backpack and have two cameras at the ready is very much worth the higher price tag if you need it.
BlackRapid Double Breathe Camera Harness – $141 (Amazon / B&H)
The BlackRapid Double Strap is literally the left-handed BlackRapid strap paired with the right-handed one, joined at the sternum via a CoupleR. You could say this is double the fun of a Sport strap, adding a second camera to the mix. This strap is ideal when you want to quickly switch between cameras. The high-quality hardware and strap make sure you get to nail that shot within seconds, and not get fatigued at day-long shoots. The Double Breathe Strap has a carabiner-style connector with a threaded locking barrel. As an extra backup, there’s a Lockstar clip, and if used correctly, your camera can never fall off.
The BlackRapid Dual camera strap is the holy grail for wedding photographers: use a wide-angle zoom on one side, telezoom on the other, and you’re ready to go all day. You can hot-swap from group to closeup photos, catch uncle Dave doing the robot in the back, or take a close-up of the cake – all within seconds. You literally can let go of one camera, and it will fall into place, held by a spring-loaded adjustable clip on the back. When walking from the reception to dinner, you can move the front spring-loaded clip to keep your camera from shaking too much when not in use.
- Holds two large-sized cameras
- Easy and super fast camera access
- Double can be taken apart and used as a Single Camera Sling
- Large moisture-wicking, breathable mesh pads
- Spring-loaded bumper locks that can slide up / down
- Front sternum and rear stabilising straps
- Includes 2x ConnectR (CR-3), 2x LockStar Breathe with Can-Locks, 2x FastenR (FR-5), Underarm Stabilisers, Camera Safety Tethers and a Black Mesh Bag
- Also available in a Slim version
- Product Weight: 352g (12.45oz)
- Perfect for quick dual wielding a pair of cameras at weddings and other events
- Use it as a Left and Right shoulder strap separately when using a single camera
- Lockstar prevents accidentally unlocking of carabiner
- Most expensive strap from our test
- Hardware lives under your camera, preventing it from sitting flat on a table when not attached to the Strap
- Needs specific hardware for Arca / Manfrotto plate (not included)
This rugged, well-designed strap has a unique, fast sliding design that is nearly perfect. If you often need two cameras (and maybe sometimes one is enough) this might be the best camera strap for you.
You can buy the BlackRapid Double Breathe Camera Strap for $141 on Amazon and B&H.
Op/Tech Dual Harness Strap Regular Black – $66 (B&H)
The Op/Tech Dual Harness is a fair-priced, comfortable and versatile way to carry two cameras or binoculars. The U-shaped neoprene neck pad evenly distributes the weight of your gear on your shoulders, while absorbing the shock of your movements.
The Harness can comfortably support up to 15 pounds (6.8 kg) per side, and connects to your camera neck-strap loops via two ⅜” Cord Connectors, or Uni Loop, depending on the version you choose. The Uni Loop version is fully functional with all other Op/Tech system connectors.
- Neoprene strap designed to carry two cameras or binoculars
- Adjustable back section allows the harness to fit comfortably
- Carries up to max. 6.8kg (15 lbs) per side
- Uni Loop version is fully adjustable with all Op/Tech system connectors (optional)
- Two chest size options: Regular (86-112 cm) and XL (112-142 cm)
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Easily switch between dual and single shoulder sling
- Connects to camera strap loops, keeping your tripod socket free
- Optional pouch to be attached on one camera side
- Large dangling parts stay attached to camera when not using this sling
- Camera tends to swing a bit more than others in the test
- Smaller connectors don’t look safe to me
Note: This strap is not to be confused with the Op/Tech Double Sling, though they look similar, the Double Sling looks lethal in my opinion, due to its lack of a sternum strap.
You can buy the Op/Tech Dual Harness Strap Regular Black for $66 at B&H.
Holdfast Money Maker Original Leather Camera Harness – $235 (B&H)
This dual camera harness with an X-back design fits like a leather glove and holds two heavy cameras on your sides without any trouble. The Water Buffalo leather (bridle) is made in a process where the material is stuffed with grease and finished with wax for the best possible results. Be careful, these straps are bad-ass.
A local leatherworker once told me that a camera strap made out of leather would not work: too heavy and not smooth enough for the hardware to slide. Holdfast completely busted this leatherworker’s myth. The moment you put on The Money Maker you just know you’re going to get that money shot.
- Holds two cameras or lenses at your hips
- Comfortable ‘X’ Pattern Leather Harness
- Comes in multiple styles and colours, including a Skinny version
- Three sizes available; S = Height of 5’7″ (170 cm) and below; M = Height between 5’8″ – 6’2″ (173 – 188 cm); L = Height of 6’3″ (191 cm) and up
- Speed Clutch for fast access
- Comes with sliders and screws so you are ready to roll
- Version without D-Rings available for people with long hair (no joke)
- Optional safety strap
- Weight of 790g (1.75lb)
- Really well designed with great eye for detail
- Three Camera Carry option available
- Easily carries all the weight you can give it
- New leather doesn’t slide as smoothly as nylon (but it’ll get softer after longer use)
- Uses animal products where it doesn’t need to
This strap is super complete, sturdy and safe. If you feel like you’re comfortable wearing this, then please do get this strap. It looks awesome on so many people, and although it is the most expensive option in the test, it’s a product that leaves users super happy. Fun fact, this USA-based company also makes matching belts and a mean-ass fly-fighter. Check it out!
You can buy the Holdfast Money Maker Camera Harness for $235 at B&H.
Alternative carry styles
Not everybody is happy with putting weight on their shoulders, so let’s look into alternative carry solutions as well. There are quite a few single and dual carry options that don’t load on your neck or shoulders, but are they just as functional and comfortable?
A classic solution for event photographers is to wear your camera on the hips, almost like a cowboy holster. This puts the majority of the weight lower on your body, which is ideal (according to my chiropractor) for weight distribution.
A different, more adaptable solution is a clasp that can mount on your belt or backpack strap. Let’s take a look at some of these options.
Spider Pro Dual Camera System v2 – $275 (Amazon / B&H)
Carrying a camera on the hip might not be such a weird idea; you take all the weight off your shoulders and neck, and the camera sits right by your hands. The Spider Pro Dual Camera System offers a quick-draw camera holster system, allowing you to store your camera on your person while also being able to shoot fully untethered.
With these holsters you can shoot faster than your shadow – the quick-draw lock secures your camera in place via a Spider Pin that’s attached to a Camera or Lens Collar plate. Rotate your camera to lock and unlock the pin. If this doesn’t feel safe enough, or you know you don’t need the camera for a minute, you can fully lock the holster, securing your camera in place.
With two models available – a DSLR and a Mirrorless version – and with various accessories, Spider offers serious competition to the Diagonal Strap argument.
- Single or Dual camera holster system
- Two-position, self-locking camera holster
- Heavy duty, triple-lock buckle keeps the belt secure
- Including a Lens Collar plate, specifically designed for longer lenses
- DCS includes; SpiderPro Single Camera Belt v2 + Camera Holster, Second Camera Pad + Camera Holster, 2 DSLR Camera Plates and a Lens Collar Plate
- Belt fits waists 28 – 50 inches (71 – 127cm)
- Weight of 1.1kg (2.45 Pounds)
- No camera dangle when crouching
- Hands and torso completely free
- No tether to the photographer; free-feel
- Hardware is a bit big for smaller cameras
- No safety tether, be careful placing your camera back
- Belt sometimes crawls upwards after a while
These belts are a great alternative to the diagonal straps; they are comfortable, feel lightweight and fast. By holding the camera on your hip, you prevent extra back sweat from a diagonal strap. Once you’ve tried this double camera system, you’ll never want to go back – I’ve seen photographers getting so used to these that they try and mount their cameras to their holster even when they are not wearing one.
You can buy the Spider Pro Dual Camera System v2 for $275 on Amazon and B&H.
Cotton Carrier Skout G2 Sling Style Harness – $89 (Amazon / B&H)
Don’t laugh, but in the gym, I actually like front squats. Why is this relevant you ask? Because the Cotton Carrier Skout has a unique chest-carry design – with the camera’s weight at your torso – it’s just like a front squat. The Skout has a unique silent Clasp for locking and unlocking your camera. For extra safety, an additional tether is supplied that hooks onto one of your camera’s neck strap loops.
The name ‘Cotton’ comes from the Latin term “At The Cottage”: in other words, living around lakes, hills and trees, which reveals the intended target audience of this brand.
This carry solution might look a bit odd, but when you think about it, it’s actually a really smart way to distribute weight. Again, this is a product that you have to try before dismissing it. The silent unlocking mechanism could definitely be a dealbreaker for some users.
- Sling-Style camera chest harness ergonomically designed to hug your core
- Instantly and quietly deploy your gear
- Comes with additional safety tether
- Second camera add-on available
- Also meant to carry binoculars
- Comes with Quick Release Safety Tether Clip-on, Weather Cover, CCS Hub (Mounting Hardware), Washer, Stainless Steel Camera-Mounting Bolt and an Allen Key
- Comes in Grey or Camo Green
- Weighs 405g (14oz)
- Fixed-position carrying system with Twist & Lock mount
- Comfortably sits under backpack
- Comes with a raincoat
- Not ideal for cameras with battery grip or longer lenses
- Tripod plate is not included
- Cumbersome to put on and take off
Good to know: If you need a bit more beef, for carrying a larger lens or camera with a battery grip, then the company advises that you opt for the G3 version.
You can buy the Cotton Carrier Skout G2 – For Camera – Sling Style Harness for $89 on Amazon and B&H.
BlackRapid Backpack Camera Sling – $52.95 (Amazon / B&H)
The BlackRapid Backpack Camera Sling can be worn across a right or left-handed user’s body, draped from one backpack shoulder to the opposing hip. A connected camera rests upside-down along the hip so that it can be quickly raised for use.
This design allows both right and left-handed users to sling their camera along either side of their backpack while adding minimal weight to their load. For the rest, this strap functions exactly the same as traditional BlackRapid straps and uses the same high-quality hardware.
- Easy and fast camera access while wearing backpack
- Attaches to almost any backpack
- Places camera upside-down against waist
- For right or left-handed users
- Including CR-3 ConnectR and FR-5 FastenR for Camera and Snap-Link Carabiners for Backpack
- Has the same functionality as a regular BlackRapid strap
- Adjustable between 50cm – 80cm (20 to 31.5″) in length
- Weighs 158g (5.6oz)
- Super fast camera access when wearing your backpack
- Easy to install; dedicated for backpackers
- Lightweight, affordable carry solution
- Slightly harder to un-install
- Could be cumbersome when you often remove your backpack
- Where do you put your camera when you take your bag off?
You can buy the BlackRapid Backpack Camera Sling for $52.95 on Amazon and B&H.
Peak Design Capture Camera Clip v3 – $74 (Amazon / B&H)
This is another cool way to carry your camera, keeping your hands free for other stuff (like eating a sandwich or resting in your pockets). Peak Design definitely made their name with this product, you see it everywhere. The Clip can mount on your belt, your bag or backpack strap.
The main component is a durable metal clip, which clamps onto any strap or belt as wide as 6.3 cm and thick as 2.2 cm. The included square plate is Arca compatible and is mountable in all four directions. It features four loops for attaching (optional) Peak Design Anchors.
- Compact Camera Harness system that mounts your camera on any strap
- Attaches to any strap up to 63.5 mm (2.5″) wide & 22 mm (.87″) thick
- Available in black or silver
- Quick Release Button for Instant Camera Access
- Optional Plates for GoPro, Lenses, etc. available
- Plate is compatible with most Arca-type tripod attachments
- Four loops at the bottom of the plate allow for optional Peak Design Anchors to be used
- Slim design with a length of 8.3 cm (3.3″) and a total weight of 85g (3oz)
- Clip your camera to almost anything with a strap
- Easy to install & Arca ready
- Super low profile; easy to store when not in use
- Does not universally fit all backpack straps (so check this in advance)
- Maybe not the best fit for a super outdoor-enthusiast
- No safety tether included, so be careful where you put your camera down
This super versatile clip is the single most used camera mounting system and will look good on almost anything it attaches to. I was surprised it even fit the thick comfy straps of my F-Stop Tilopa without too much hassle (and it hasn’t come off since).
You can buy the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip v3 for $74 on Amazon and B&H.
Tips for buying a camera strap
Sure, your camera comes with a shiny dedicated brand strap, but that strap will take A) no weight off your neck, B) takes a good while to mount/remove from the camera, and C) does not prevent your camera from hitting the floor, or hitting one of uncle Dave’s kids’ foreheads.
Always be careful when transporting your camera, it doesn’t matter if it’s with or without a strap, if you’re on the bus or doing a hike – be careful and don’t blame your strap manufacturers if the anchors let go, or the hardware wears out. Always take care of your gear.
Maybe you can’t find the one and only perfect strap from this list, just like it is impossible to find the one and only best camera. But you might find the best camera strap for the right job. Mix and match, and think of these things before considering your new strap:
- Try before you buy – This sounds obvious, but please try out several options before picking one. A strap should last about 10 years in my opinion, so it’s worth investing a little time in your research.
- Look for something that’s adjustable to your body – No two body types are the same, so make sure you get a strap that ‘fits’ your body type. Some camera manufacturers make straps for left-hand use.
- Camera needs vary – just like bodies, no two photographers are the same. Go for a carry solution that makes sense to your photography needs. A lot of manufacturers make a DSLR version, or ‘heavy camera’ version, next to a more lightweight option.
- How many cameras? – Some Straps are extendable from one to two cameras, others even to a maximum of three cameras. Your needs? Then you choose.
- Hardware – Think of the hardware you might need: does the strap I’m looking at have a compatible mounting solution (think lens collar plate or tripod plate etc.)
- To tether or not to tether – Do you feel safe with your camera fully detachable from your carry solution? This determines if you might go for a waist or belt clip.
- Speed – How fast do you need to be able to grab your camera? If you are in the wedding business I can imagine you want the fastest strap available.
- Carry capacity – Most straps can hold more weight than is humanly possible to lug around, it more so depends on how much weight you are willing to carry on your person.
- What material? – There are quite a few different options available with different pros and cons. Leather looks great, and lasts super long, but might not be as comfortable and fast as other synthetic options.
- Be smart – Don’t hang a $1,500 camera on a $15 camera strap.
Sure you could always build your own custom strap from an old, leather belt and some copper wire, but I can imagine you might want something a little more reputable for that shiny, beloved camera. So, what type of carry solution takes your preference? To tether or not to tether? To shoulder or to hip? Let us know in the comments.
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