strap recommendations?

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Murray Bowles
Murray Bowles Senior Member • Posts: 2,082
strap recommendations?

Nikon's Df strap is not so comfortable, and I don't like advertising that I'm carrying something expensive. Any recommendations?

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shmn Regular Member • Posts: 450
Re: strap recommendations?
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Use a Canon strap.

Just kidding.  Try an UpStrap or one of those neoprene strap from OpTech or Tamrac.  The choices are limited by your imagination and wallet.  There are so many worthy choices.

Murray Bowles
OP Murray Bowles Senior Member • Posts: 2,082
Re: strap recommendations?

my 50mm has a canon UV filter. i figure that's going far enough

Rservello
Rservello Senior Member • Posts: 1,157
Re: strap recommendations?

Murray Bowles wrote:

Nikon's Df strap is not so comfortable, and I don't like advertising that I'm carrying something expensive. Any recommendations?

It's odd that on the more expensive bodies they chose to write the model on the strap.

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Rexgig0 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,064
Re: strap recommendations?

I like Think Tank straps, which are plenty long-enough to allow wearing the strap over one shoulder, so the camera hangs under the opposite arm. I have never liked a camera hanging in front of me, except for brief periods between shots when I need to free my hands for just a moment.

While it is not for everyone, I love the Leica 14312 Carrying strap, which is neither cheap nor easy to find in stock. One of my F6 cameras has this strap. The previous owner of this F6 had removed the split rings from the strap lugs, and the Leica strap affixes directly the strap lugs, no split rings required. The nearest camera store is a Leica dealer, so I decided to try this strap. The logo is quite subtle, so it does not widely advertise wealth, for those who worry about such things.

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Frozencpu Forum Member • Posts: 74
Re: strap recommendations?

Try vulture equipment works strap A2 or A4

shmn Regular Member • Posts: 450
Re: strap recommendations?

Murray Bowles wrote:

my 50mm has a canon UV filter. i figure that's going far enough

I keep a Canon handstrap attached to my D700.  It's much better than the Nikon version.

I've never used the straps provided with the cameras...they are very uncomfortable.  I have a bunch of them still in their packaging.  Maybe I can trade them in for a cup of coffee or something.

Kent J
Kent J Senior Member • Posts: 2,378
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Murray Bowles wrote:

Nikon's Df strap is not so comfortable, and I don't like advertising that I'm carrying something expensive. Any recommendations?

I got this one from Luigi Crescenzi. Not cheap, but very nice. The leather pad that protects the camera from the metal rings also feels good between the fingers of your right hand as you hold the camera.

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CAlanS Regular Member • Posts: 216
Re: strap recommendations? Spider Holster ...

If you're willing to try something different look at the Spider Holster and Belt.  They have a version for light weight bodies and a version that will handle heavier pro bodies.  Much more comfortable than straps.

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Nikonparrothead Veteran Member • Posts: 5,078
Re: strap recommendations?

I second the UP strap. I've got one on my DF and my D3S. I've used Luigi straps too and they're a nice choice for leather (I'm kinda hoping he does a half case for the DF though the last Nikon DSLR he did a case for was the D200.)

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leicaman Veteran Member • Posts: 3,784
BR or Carry Speed

I have both.  I like the BR but the CarrySpeed is a better strap but no longefoamed due to BR  lawsuit.

I would get a CarrySpeed FS Pro 2 on eBay before they are all gone.  It will not slip around on your shoulder like the BR.

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Kent J
Kent J Senior Member • Posts: 2,378
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Nikonparrothead wrote:

,,. I've used Luigi straps too and they're a nice choice for leather (I'm kinda hoping he does a half case for the DF though the last Nikon DSLR he did a case for was the D200.)

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'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'

I encouraged him to do exactly that when I ordered the strap. 

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Roland Wooster Senior Member • Posts: 2,092
Try Crumpler

I switched my D800E strap for a Crumpler "Industry Disgrace" I couldn't be happier and would have a tough time considering anything else after using this for a year.

http://www.crumpler.com/us/industry-disgrace#colour116

Roland.

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IainD Senior Member • Posts: 1,568
Re: Try Crumpler

I agree about the Crumpler Industry disgrace. I have one on each body and put a BlackRapid on for heavy work. Crumpler is good. BlackRapid is good too.

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chuhsi Contributing Member • Posts: 999
Re: strap recommendations?

once my df l-bracket comes, i'm going to try to use the setup i had with my other cameras...up-strap with the one side of the strap connected to the camera and the other side of the strap connected to the l-bracket strap hole. the strap crosses my body and with this configuration, lenses point DOWN..this is really important to me because i bang my lens hoods on everything.

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philharris
philharris Contributing Member • Posts: 528
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cotton-Leather-Non-Slip-Camera-Strap/dp/B00A2M4LC4/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ph_7

I got one of those but in gray.

It's light and strong, best feature though is the rubber grip woven in to the cloth, it just doesn't slip at all, which is one of my major peeves with most straps.

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soloryb Senior Member • Posts: 2,248
Re: strap recommendations?

Joby UltraFit Sling Strap.

The strap is comfortable, inexpensive and well-made. Unlike other similar tripod mount sling straps, this one uses a swivel bearing with no carabiner to potentially scratch camera parts.    I have 4 of them.

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dwight3
dwight3 Senior Member • Posts: 2,492
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When I got my D3, I had been using the Nikon strap for a while. I found it fairly inconvenient, not to mention uncomfortable. I did use the method of reversing the camera when I put the strap over my neck so the lens pointed inward (generally downward) so the lens didn't stick out and bump into things. Occasionally I'd take the strap off from around my neck and wrap it around my wrist to make a wrist strap.

Using the strap on my wrist worked much of the time but it had a tendency to unwrap from my wrist when I was holding the camera. Putting a twist in it helped but then it was kind of restrictive and I couldn't get my fingers on all the buttons easily.

Tried an actual wrist strap. It was convenient in that I could just let go of the camera and it would dangle there, but it was inconvenient in that I couldn't use the portrait orientation controls and there were buttons I couldn't reach.

Also tried a couple other brands of straps. I never found one that was comfortable and allowed me the flexibility I thought I needed.

Finally just took all the straps off.

I now just hold the camera in my right hand. When I have the 70-200 on, I hold the camera by the mounting handle. I can do this all day, but occasionally my right hand gets a bit tired or I need that hand to do something (I'm not good at writing legibly with my left hand). At that time I just stick the lens into the crook of my left elbow.

I should point out that I don't use the camera in high risk environments, e.g. on the street. I use it at meetings, but they are fairly controlled environments without significant risk of someone trying to grab the camera.

Using this method I have never dropped the camera. The only time my camera has ever hit the ground was when I had it on a tripod and the wind blew it over. It fell onto the hood into soft dirt so there was no damage. I now try to ensure that when it's on a tripod, one of the tripod legs is in line with the lens. That way it will not fall with the lens straight down.

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Robin Casady Forum Pro • Posts: 12,898
Re: strap recommendations?

I use OP/TECH 1501372 Pro Loop Strap for Camera Equipment (Black). To eliminate the dangling straps when I disconnect it, I switched the connector straps to:

OP/TECH USA Swivel Hook Connectors

OP/TECH USA System Connector Adapt-Its

This way, when the strap is detached, only the Adapt-Its stay on the camera.

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ata3001 Contributing Member • Posts: 680
Re: Try Crumpler

Roland Wooster wrote:

I switched my D800E strap for a Crumpler "Industry Disgrace" I couldn't be happier and would have a tough time considering anything else after using this for a year.

http://www.crumpler.com/us/industry-disgrace#colour116

Roland.

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My choice as well.

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