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Old Feb 18, 2010, 11:45 AM   #1
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My camera and lens are pretty heavy and after they hang on my neck for a few minutes, it really starts to hurt.

I've heard that there are harnesses or some kind of shoulder straps, but I know nothing about them.

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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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First, if your lens has a tripod mount, it's too heavy to be hung by the camera anyway. The mount is designed to be able to support up to about three pounds. If your lens weighs more than that, you should support the lens and hang the body off it instead.

Second, you might just want to consider more comfortable neck straps. OP/TECH USA has a full line of straps as well as harnesses that you might want to consider.
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Hi TCav,

I was shooting my daughter at her swim meet last night. I was shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II (810 grams in weight) and a Canon 70-200 IS 2.8 (1470 grams in weight) So that's about 5 pounds on the neck strap. I was not using a tripod.

Thanks for the Op/Tech suggestion. Do you have any specific harness that you recommend?

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I was shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II (810 grams in weight) and a Canon 70-200 IS 2.8 (1470 grams in weight).
I know that lens. That's 3.25 lbs hanging on the lens mount. That's too much. You should support the lens moreso than the camera body.

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Thanks for the Op/Tech suggestion. Do you have any specific harness that you recommend?
No. I know they have harnesses, but I only have one of their straps and have been pleased with it.

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I was shooting my daughter at her swim meet last night.
How did she do, btw?
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I actually do not use a harness nor a neckstrap, i just carry my camera around, i have a similar loadout, gripped nikon D90 and a sigma 70-200 2.8, but my arm was sore the next day because i forgot my monopod :P
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Here's a recent thread discussing a couple of options for carrying a camera that you may want to browse through:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/mi...a-holster.html

I noticed Billy commented on this vest setup from http://www.cottoncarrier.com/ that also includes the ability to use a side holster (yet another way to carry a camera). If you view the main page, it will cycle through some of the images showing the system in use.
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I may be wrong, but it seems to me that the CottonCarrier also lets heavy lenses hang by their mounts.
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I'm planning on getting the cotton carrier when back in the UK, looks ideal for weddings.
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or a spyder holster may need a thick belt...
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Scott got the cotton carrier and wrote a review of it. He was interested in carrying two camera bodies, one with a 300 mm f2.8 lens. The thread is here:http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...long-post.html if you are interested in his experience.
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