Hand strap real????

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JOHN
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Hand strap real????
8 months ago

Did Nikon make this  Genuine Nikon Hand Strap II AH4 DSLR Camera.??

Can't find it in the online store or any ref to it.

Is it any good or is their better hand straps for my D800 ? and where is the best place to purchase one in the UK?

Thank Jonathan.

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Janoch
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In reply to JOHN, 8 months ago

If it's the one on eBay, then it clearly is so *not* from Nikon!

Nikon do not make any accessories for $21... maybe except an eyepiece cap!

But I did a search on Nikon Global for that strap, no results.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/About-Nikon/Search.page?searchCollection=SEARCH_ALL&q=hand+strap

Some seems to like hand straps, but it's not something, I like to use. Don't use any straps at all, btw...

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In reply to JOHN, 8 months ago

The only SLR hand strap Nikon produce is the AH-4; the so-called 'mkII' versions on ebay are not real. I have 3 AH-4 straps; they are expensive, but (IMHO) are worth it.

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-nikon-ah-4-handstrap/p1005488

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I had an AH-4 when I was looking for a new strap. The shoulder/neck straps I found inconvenient and at times I wanted to just carry my camera in my hand. Wrapping the strap around my wrist didn't hack it because it kept unwrapping and falling off, even when I put a twist in it.

So I tried an AH-4. It had some nice features, like being able to let go of the camera and have it dangle on your wrist without falling. You could use that hand for something else, although the attached camera did get in the way.

I finally gave up on it because it was designed only for portrait orientation. I had a D3 with the built in vertical grip and I used that grip a lot. But I couldn't reach the grip with the wrist strap. Moreover, I had trouble reaching the multi-selector when the wrist strap was tight. Even when it was loose it was a struggle to reach it. And when loosened enough to reach it easily, it wasn't secure.

Eventually I gave up looking for a strap. I use the camera without one. I hold it in my right hand. When I need my right hand for something else, I stick the lens in the crook of my left elbow and just hold the camera there. Works for me. I've never dropped it using this technique. I do not do any street shooting, or carry the camera in areas that might be a problem. Primarily event shooting and documentation at work.

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$70 for a hand strap? Are they out of their f***ing minds?!?
In reply to sillyconguru, 8 months ago

sillyconguru wrote:

The only SLR hand strap Nikon produce is the AH-4; the so-called 'mkII' versions on ebay are not real. I have 3 AH-4 straps; they are expensive, but (IMHO) are worth it.

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-nikon-ah-4-handstrap/p1005488

Though I did like this in the description:

"...and is handy when holding the camera for a long time."

Is hand-y. Heh.

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In reply to dwight3, 8 months ago

http://optechusa.com/ez-grip-strap.html

I have this on my D800 and RRS L Bracket. Best strap I've used. Comfortable, adjustable and modular. Comes off easily and you can attach a strap to it. Check it out.

Hope this helps.

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In reply to Paul Spatafora, 8 months ago

I use the Camdapter leather prostrap ( http://www.camdapter.com/handstrap/prostrap.html ).  For $27 bucks, it's incredibly compfortable.  Note that it does require a plate to be attached to the tripod screw mount on the bottom of the camera; my RRS plate does the trick nicely.

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All though the Nikon Wrist Strap is of decent quality, and does look good on my D800, it was actually a slight hassle to use, when you have to continually remove it from the tripod mount, every time you want to use a tripod, leaving it hanging from the camera strap bracket up top, because the plate on the wrist strap is not Arca-Swiss compatible, so you either must remove it, or have two plates on your tripod, which just wasn't worth the bother for me.

For anyone with a lighter camera, or who don't use a tripod very often, it would be awesome. It just didn't work for my style of shooting with the heavy D800. Perhaps its newer version II, would have  been a better fit and alternative. Too bad I never had a chance to try those out. If you can get version II, I'd go for that first.

For neck straps, this is how I also connect mine, burying the loose ends

https://www.flickr.com/photos/arkku/1335553912/

http://www.diyphotography.net/the-diy-r-strap/

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Free and easy to make strap.
In reply to JOHN, 8 months ago

I make my own from the neck strap everyone throws away.

Cut strap to length

Stitch it into a wrist loop, I use a sewing awl made for canvas repair.

They work great and are very comfortable. You won't notice it's there until it saves you from dropping a camera.

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Photofunster wrote:

All though the Nikon Wrist Strap is of decent quality, and does look good on my D800, it was actually a slight hassle to use, when you have to continually remove it from the tripod mount, every time you want to use a tripod, leaving it hanging from the camera strap bracket up top, because the plate on the wrist strap is not Arca-Swiss compatible, so you either must remove it, or have two plates on your tripod, which just wasn't worth the bother for me.

I have the Nikon hand strap on both my D4 and D700 bodies. They are too expensive but are excellent quality and work perfectly for my style of shooting. I have a Really Right Stuff L bracket on the D4 and a RRS bottom plate on the D700. Both RRS plates have an attachment slot for a handstrap, so you just remove the tripod-socket plate that comes with the hand strap and attach the strap to the RRS plate or L bracket. Very sweet and tripod/ handstrap incompatibility problem eliminated. (Also for anybody about to do this, you don't have to cut off the finished tab-end of the handstrap to attach it. Feed the other end of the nylon web strap thru the plate slot to attach it. It works perfectly.)

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I have:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003Y363BA/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_FEvstb0M0KYCC

it's a clone of the old nikon strap and works quite well.

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I posted this "review" back in '09 - might be of interest (has pics)….

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/32373569

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In reply to JOHN, 8 months ago

Thanks everyone,

Pity Nikon does not put a slot in bottom of camera or on battery grip like canon it would stop the need for a plate and make using a tripod a lot easier.

Regards Jonathan

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