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Justin Hancock Mar 28, 2006 9:22 PM

I've found that the neck straps on my Rebel XT are more bothersome than helpful. They always seem to get in the way; perhaps it's because the neck strap material is brand new and needs to be broken in and loosened up.

VTphotog Mar 28, 2006 9:42 PM

It really beats dorpping the camera.:cry:That can be awkward and embarrassing.


Yno Mar 28, 2006 10:07 PM

I have owned seven SLRs and always used a neck strap. But on the pocket cameras they never get installed. I did drop on Olympus digital, and the repair price would have been more than the camera was worth, but not as much as buying a new SLR!

Justin Hancock Mar 28, 2006 10:09 PM

Alright I retract my last statement; turns out I was installing the neckstrap the wrong way. The excess strap had been on the inside; always covering up controls and such. After taking it off and putting it back on, they're on the outside and out of the way. Much better :)

sw2cam Mar 28, 2006 10:21 PM

Yes I do................No I don't..............Depends on what I'm doing and where I'm going.

rey Mar 28, 2006 11:17 PM

After spending $1000 on a camera system, I'll wear that neck strap even if it chokes me. :G

Tom Overton Mar 28, 2006 11:37 PM

Generally, my neck strap is pretty much around my neck, but quite often it comes in handy wrapped around my hand or my shoulder or a pole or.... Apart from keeping my cameras off the ground, I find it useful as a way of stabilizing difficult shots when a tripod is not an option.


Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

Norm in Fujino Mar 29, 2006 7:18 AM

VTphotog wrote:

It really beats dorpping the camera.:cry:That can be awkward and embarrassing.
Ditto. It's really kind of dorky if you dorp your camera.

(--It also saves a hand when I've got a tripod and camera bag to carry)

Gospel Mar 29, 2006 9:40 AM

No. I don't use a neck strap. However, I use a shoulder strap instead. The straps go over my shoulders and then crosses my back and then go under my arms. Think of the sraps forming a figure 8. Here is a pic of how it works:

Plus the tension of the straps helps me hold the camera steadier. Some may find the straps a problem because you can't hold the camera very far away from your face. A good thing, though, The straps do not allow the camera to swing side to side when walking and keeps the camera close to your chest when you lean over instead of swinging out like with a neck strap. The straps are adjustable so I can have it as loose or tight as I like.

BTW, that isn't me in the picture. It is just one I found on a website selling a similar shoulder srrap.

Enjoy life!

MrPogo Mar 29, 2006 11:32 AM

I do use it on occasion (like if I go to a zoo or something specifically to take photos), but usually my camera's in my bag until I want to use it andthen goes straight back in when I'm done (with the strap wrapped round my wrist when I'm actually taking the pictures).

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