Do You Use the Neck Strap?

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Do You Use the Neck Strap?
Jan 30, 2014

Do you guys use the neck strap that came with the camera?

To me it's always a pain in the ass but saves the camera from being dropped. Also, having a strap seems touristy

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In reply to IGotShot, Jan 30, 2014

But finding one that is sturdy and comfortable can be difficult.  As far as looking "touristy", I don't care what morons think. Holding a DSLR in your hands all day is tiresome.

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IGotShot wrote:

Do you guys use the neck strap that came with the camera?

To me it's always a pain in the ass but saves the camera from being dropped. Also, having a strap seems touristy

Absolutely not.  My cameras are sans strap and are in a Billingham bag when not in my hands.

The straps that come with cameras are ridiculous billboards for the brand.

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IGotShot wrote:

Do you guys use the neck strap that came with the camera?

To me it's always a pain in the ass but saves the camera from being dropped. Also, having a strap seems touristy

Hell no.

Gordy wrist strap on one, and a wrist strap from a bootlace on the other.

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I consider a neck strap to be absolutely essential for a DSLR.  I would like to know how anyone can change a less without a strap.  Well I am sure it is possible if you have a table or are sitting down.  But how can you change lenses while outside walking around?

BTW, here is how I do it with a strap.  First I press the lens release button and slightly turn the lens on the camera so it remains unlocked.  I pull a lens out of a pouch with my right hand.  The left hand removes the lens from the camera and the right immediately attaches the new lens.  I then stow the previously used lens in a lens case.  The process of lens changing can be completed in about 10 seconds while I am walking.  An exception is my 100-400 lens.  That beast is heavy enough that I need to stand still and concentrate while changing that lens.

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IGotShot wrote:

Do you guys use the neck strap that came with the camera?

To me it's always a pain in the ass but saves the camera from being dropped. Also, having a strap seems touristy

Feeling 'touristy' or trendy aside, I don't leave home without it.

Photographically speaking, the neck strap is simply the best tool I've ever discovered, besides the camera. There's more to it than just a safety strap.

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I use a BlackRapid side strap.

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jrkliny wrote:

I consider a neck strap to be absolutely essential for a DSLR. I would like to know how anyone can change a less without a strap. Well I am sure it is possible if you have a table or are sitting down. But how can you change lenses while outside walking around?

Who changes lenses while walking????

BTW, here is how I do it with a strap. First I press the lens release button and slightly turn the lens on the camera so it remains unlocked. I pull a lens out of a pouch with my right hand. The left hand removes the lens from the camera and the right immediately attaches the new lens. I then stow the previously used lens in a lens case. The process of lens changing can be completed in about 10 seconds while I am walking. An exception is my 100-400 lens. That beast is heavy enough that I need to stand still and concentrate while changing that lens.

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5/8" plain leather strap
In reply to IGotShot, Jan 30, 2014

Available on ebay. Comfortable and secure and not flashy.

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On my DSLRs I use a hand strap, and on my mirrorless I use a wrist strap.

On my mirrorless, I actually fabricate the wrist strap from the neck strap that came with the camera.

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jrkliny wrote:

I consider a neck strap to be absolutely essential for a DSLR. I would like to know how anyone can change a less without a strap. Well I am sure it is possible if you have a table or are sitting down. But how can you change lenses while outside walking around?

I never changes lenses when I am out.  Before heading out I decide what lens I want to use, then mount it and head out.  I do not take any extra lenses with me.

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In reply to IGotShot, Jan 30, 2014

Only on certain occasions, otherwise I use a OPT/TECH dual set up which takes the weight off the shoulder and places it across the upper back. Very good set up for carrying two heavy cams with long lenses. Can also be use for single cam operation.

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Original camera straps usually are relatively wide. There are even wider aftermarket ones.

However, I found out that wide strap is not really the most comfortable. Peak Design strap that is very narrow turns out to be the most comfortable. I can hike all day with it. Is narrow, so I stay cool, and hardly feel is there. You will be surprise how a small area of a strap traps heat and makes you uncomfortable. The other thing I like about the Peak Design is the quick release. You end up with a round disk remaining instead of an ugly buckle like all the other quick release. It can also be configured to use like a sling, which is great. I think that strap is a hidden secret of camera straps.

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Not the one that came with the camera...
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...it's too short and narrow.
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In reply to IGotShot, Jan 30, 2014

IGotShot wrote:

Do you guys use the neck strap that came with the camera?

To me it's always a pain in the ass but saves the camera from being dropped. Also, having a strap seems touristy

No, I make my own adjustable wrist straps. You can see them on my cameras in this picture. I don't like the bulk of traditional neck straps, especially for compact cameras.

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I use a BlackRapid side strap.

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Slings are demonstrably better.

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In reply to IGotShot, Jan 30, 2014

Bought an iErnest neck strap whilst on KLM long haul a few years ago.. much more comfortable than the out of the box canon straps.

always wear the camera round my neck unless its tucked safely away in the bag.... too scared of dropping my precious baby !

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Always .. but neck straps are not ideal for shoulders!
In reply to IGotShot, Jan 30, 2014

I use the neck strap around my neck every time I use my camera.

But I also like to hang it off my shoulder and this does not work so well.

It usually slips off my shoulder, which is no good.

Apparently what I need is a proper shoulder strap which grips more than a neck strap!

Whos to know eh!!

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jrkliny wrote:

I consider a neck strap to be absolutely essential for a DSLR. I would like to know how anyone can change a less without a strap. Well I am sure it is possible if you have a table or are sitting down. But how can you change lenses while outside walking around?

BTW, here is how I do it with a strap. First I press the lens release button and slightly turn the lens on the camera so it remains unlocked. I pull a lens out of a pouch with my right hand. The left hand removes the lens from the camera and the right immediately attaches the new lens. I then stow the previously used lens in a lens case. The process of lens changing can be completed in about 10 seconds while I am walking. An exception is my 100-400 lens. That beast is heavy enough that I need to stand still and concentrate while changing that lens.

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That's a good reason. I just use my bag to help change lenses. Take off the lens, drop it in the bag, chuck the new lens on the camera, cap the old lens.

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I use a BlackRapid side strap.

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