Do You Use the Neck Strap?

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Mike_PEAT Forum Pro • Posts: 11,942
EVERY time I pick up a camera! Habit of several decades.
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I have never dropped a camera. That's because whenever I pick up a camera the first thing I do is put the strap around my neck.

BUT I never use the strap that came with the camera, they are too cheap and scratchy...when I buy a new camera I buy a new comfortable strap.

A tip for wearing the camera on the shoulder, instead of wearing it so the camera lens is pointing out, put it on your shoulder so the lens is pointing to your body...it will bounce less.

Mike_PEAT Forum Pro • Posts: 11,942
I despise the Black Rapid strap!!!

MediaArchivist wrote:

I use a BlackRapid side strap.

The BR straps are a pain in the front of the neck, literally. Their "solution" is an additional strap that is under the arm that pulls the BR strap away from the front of the neck. Stupid!

Mike_PEAT Forum Pro • Posts: 11,942
Here's a tip for wearing it on the shoulders...

Mark_A wrote:

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.

Instead of wearing it so the camera lens is pointing out, put it on your shoulder so the lens is pointing to your body...it will bounce less and not slip off.

jrtrent Veteran Member • Posts: 3,871
always

Mark_A wrote:

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

Same here. In fact, part of the shopping process for me, when I can find a product locally, is to try it out in the store with the neck strap to see how comfortably it rides along as I walk.

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.

I find it convenient to have the camera at my side when just walking from one place to another and not actively looking for something to take a picture of. I just use the regular strap, slipping my right arm through the strap and shifting the camera to my right side. The strap is supported by my left shoulder and neck. It can't slip off and I find it very comfortable and secure. Having the camera in this position also helps put those around me at ease; if I'm in a crowded area or in part of a tour where photography is not permitted, people can see that while I have a camera with me, I'm not currently taking pictures with it.

MysteryLemon Regular Member • Posts: 343
Yes, but not around my neck...
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I do use them but rarely around my neck.

Tend to wrap it around my wrist 2-3 times to take up the slack and just keep the camera in my hand.

Can be quite clumsy with a full sized DSLR strap but I now use a wrist strap for my Lumix GX1.

Always hated having camera slapping my chest as I walked or smashing into things if I bend down...

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AlbertInFrance Senior Member • Posts: 5,231
Re: Do You Use the Neck Strap?
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Graham Hill wrote:

Who changes lenses while walking????

Me.

Next question?

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Sonyshine Senior Member • Posts: 7,686
Always.

Always. I have no problem using the neck strap.

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tcg550 Senior Member • Posts: 1,702
Re: Do You Use the Neck Strap?

Depends where I'm at. Yesterday evening I wandered out onto a frozen lake with lots of snow and drifts. I left the camera around my neck so when I slip and fall I can use my arms to keep me from breaking the neck my camera is hanging around.

In a boat or near water the camera is also hanging around my neck.

At events on land I usually just carry the camera.

Dareshooter Senior Member • Posts: 1,794
Re: Do You Use the Neck Strap?
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I never take the manufacturers strap out of the wrapper, I use an optech utility sling,much more comfortable and hangs by my side.It's also easy to disconnect when I don't need it or when using a tripod.

Leon Wittwer Forum Pro • Posts: 13,074
Yes. (nt)
joejack951 Senior Member • Posts: 2,682
Re: Do You Use the Neck Strap?

Martin.au wrote:

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.

With one of the Lowepro Flipside backpacks, it's very easy to swap lenses while moving as well.

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Cailean Gallimore Veteran Member • Posts: 6,082
Re: Do You Use the Neck Strap?

No. Never.

69chevy Senior Member • Posts: 1,617
Re: EVERY time I pick up a camera! Habit of several decades.
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Mike_PEAT wrote:

I have never dropped a camera. That's because whenever I pick up a camera the first thing I do is put the strap around my neck.

I have never dropped a camera either. I also have never used a strap.

BUT I never use the strap that came with the camera, they are too cheap and scratchy...when I buy a new camera I buy a new comfortable strap.

A tip for wearing the camera on the shoulder, instead of wearing it so the camera lens is pointing out, put it on your shoulder so the lens is pointing to your body...it will bounce less.

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Lee Jay Forum Pro • Posts: 50,062
Never

I do use the Optech's I bought to replace the useless straps that came with the camera.  I usually use them around my shoulder, however.

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zackiedawg Forum Pro • Posts: 25,721
Me too - not the one that came with the camera, but yes to neck straps...

I have neck straps on my DSLR and my mirrorless camera - but not the one that came with the cameras...which I find too cheap and rough and not comfortable.  For my DSLR, I use Kata Reflex-E straps for years now - they are extra long, can be used sling-style too, and have easy remove clips and untangling swivels...and even some storage in the strap.  I often wrap the neck strap around my wrist twice and use it as a wrist strap when using longer lenses, but like the flexibility of being able to throw it around my neck to support the camera for in-the-field lens changes.

My mirrorless uses a much lighter, thinner strap - but in much the same way - around my neck for lens changes and wrapped around my wrist for walkabout.  I actually am currently using a manufacturer's strap on my mirrorless - but not the one that came with it - I had an old 1998 Camcorder that had a much nicer, soft cloth-type strap, rather than the hard, abrasive, cheap polyester one that came with my mirrorless, so I'm using that 15-year-old strap instead.

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yardcoyote Senior Member • Posts: 5,849
Not the one that came with the camera, but yes, every single time

The first time I picked up a "real" camera, the person who owned it made me put the strap around my neck and hold the camera in my off hand. This, he told me, was what you did, always, every time. Never forget the strap, but never let the camera dangle from it. The strap is only there to catch the camera if you make a terrible mistake.  The camera belongs in your hand, or stowed in a bag or some other secure spot.

And I've done just that, every, single time I've touched a camera since.  Two exceptions, one big and one small: I carry a very small camera with a wrist strap rather than a neck strap, and I will handle a camera in a store or shop with no strap if necessary. The point is that in 25+ years of active photography in all kinds of circumstances,  I've never dropped a camera.  This is no credit to me-- I am quite clumsy.  It's all a matter of good habits.

I'm old school, so I'm currently using a plain nylon strap from DSPTCH-  excellent quality and very light weight. But I'm always considering options to move to something more distinctive.

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Hank3152 Forum Pro • Posts: 13,451
Re: Do You Use the Neck Strap?

99% of the time, but I prefer a shoulder strap and before picking up a camera with a heavy lens, I'll place the strap around my neck first. This way I'm insured to prevent accidents........just an old habit.

Over the years I've seen too many misfortunate incidents to others that could've easily been avoided.........

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Trafford Veteran Member • Posts: 8,255
Re: EVERY time I pick up a camera! Habit of several decades.

69chevy wrote:

Mike_PEAT wrote:

I have never dropped a camera. That's because whenever I pick up a camera the first thing I do is put the strap around my neck.

I have never dropped a camera either. I also have never used a strap.

Ditto here.

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scorrpio Veteran Member • Posts: 3,388
Re: I despise the Black Rapid strap!!!
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Mike_PEAT wrote:

MediaArchivist wrote:

I use a BlackRapid side strap.

The BR straps are a pain in the front of the neck, literally. Their "solution" is an additional strap that is under the arm that pulls the BR strap away from the front of the neck. Stupid!

I use a BR sling strap.   (RS-7).   Hate the OEM strap, it's about useless.    My BR causes me no pains.   If yours does, you either have an over-sensitive neck or did not adjust the length properly.  Or maybe using an earlier, straight model like RS-4 or RS-5

I tried on their RS-Sport extreme and found it even more comfortable - but for the time being, RS-7 suits me fine.

gfspencer Contributing Member • Posts: 517
Re: I despise the Black Rapid strap!!!
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I use a BlackRapid strap or a wrist strap.  It depends on the camera and what I am doing.

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