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Old Feb 16, 2013, 11:39 AM   #11
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I use a leather wrist strap made by Gordy straps. It's the best thing I've found to securely hold my camera, as I hate neck straps.

Besides, the wrist strap looks pretty cool.

http://www.gordyscamerastraps.com/

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Same here. The guy who makes them is awesome too. You can upload a picture of your camera to his site.
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I prefer the OpTech sling strap system --http://optechusa.com/utility-strap-sling.html
Personally, I'm not a fan of the sling strap systems that use the tripod mount for attaching to the strap. I don't think that point on the camera was designed for that type stress (although many use it seemingly without problem), and I don't like having to disconnect my strap in order to use a tripod. The OpTech system addresses both of those issues for me, as it utilizes the strap lugs on the camera that were designed for that purpose and leaves the tripod mount open for use on a tripod or to keep a quick-release plate on at all times. Guess it all adds up to personal preference -- whatever works best for you is the best choice.
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I use the DOMKE Gripper, I have a 1" and a 1 1/2" which I prefer & use on my E-P3.
that's too votes for the Domke... hmm

the one thing I really don't like about the traditional neck strap is the tendency for the camera to bounce against my chest and side to side as I walk, I always found myself having to hold a hand on it to keep it stationary.

On the other hand I'm equally worried about looking like a tool who thinks he's playing a FPS with his camera with an over engineered should sling getup
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Does the gal come with the strap?[QUOTE=ramcewan;1337734]here's another one I'm looking at. They have two models;


the FS-SLIM
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I'm at this point pretty keen on the sling style with my focus on the joby or the more mature blackrapid which originated this setup. I really like the security of a shoulder strap combined with the quick draw.
I find these type of straps a stupid idea. With a single strap point the strap cuts across the front of the neck causing the gag reflex as if you're being chocked (which you are).

Black Rapid sells a $15 add-on (The Brad) which is a jury-rig to try and keep the strap away from the front the neck, but all it does is make the strap more cumbersome and annoying as you now as it cuts into the underarm, and you have to unsnap it to remove the strap (not to mention the fiddling required to get the thing on.

This is definitely a try before you buy product, with your heaviest camera, lens, flash on it!

At least Black Rapid allows you to return the product.
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that's too votes for the Domke... hmm

the one thing I really don't like about the traditional neck strap is the tendency for the camera to bounce against my chest and side to side as I walk, I always found myself having to hold a hand on it to keep it stationary.

On the other hand I'm equally worried about looking like a tool who thinks he's playing a FPS with his camera with an over engineered should sling getup
I usually walk with the strap around my neck and camera in right hand ready to shoot so there's usually no bouncing around. Since I change lenses a lot with the primes, the strap around my neck frees both of my hands to switch lenses quickly. Using the strap across the body the camera/lens can rest at the side or even behind you.

When it was an E-5 and 12-60 or 50-200 the weight was much more objectionable on my neck. An E-M5 and either a 12/17/25/45/60 or 75 prime lens is nothing. The 75-300 is not even really that bad.
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I always have one of my bags (ThinkTank 5 or 7) and have it adjusted as well as the camera so that when I want the camera/lens will sit/rest on the bag top, no wiggling around and no neck strain.

The strap around my neck, of course, protects against dropping...... works for me.

Too, the Domke Gripper never tangles and I can wear the strap grip side down or not.
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[QUOTE=James Emory;1337904]Does the gal come with the strap?
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here's another one I'm looking at. They have two models;


the FS-SLIM
you mean this one? she looks kinda mean



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I prefer the OpTech sling strap system --http://optechusa.com/utility-strap-sling.html
Personally, I'm not a fan of the sling strap systems that use the tripod mount for attaching to the strap. I don't think that point on the camera was designed for that type stress (although many use it seemingly without problem), and I don't like having to disconnect my strap in order to use a tripod. The OpTech system addresses both of those issues for me, as it utilizes the strap lugs on the camera that were designed for that purpose and leaves the tripod mount open for use on a tripod or to keep a quick-release plate on at all times. Guess it all adds up to personal preference -- whatever works best for you is the best choice.
Thanks for mentioning the OpTech it looks like another alternative. The carry speed is designed specifically to avoid the problems you mention as it uses a plate attached to the tripod screw which is arca swiss type compatible. Overall I like the Carry speed the best because of the plate, but the number of buckles and overall techno look to it is making me think the joby is the better choice.

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I find these type of straps a stupid idea. With a single strap point the strap cuts across the front of the neck causing the gag reflex as if you're being chocked (which you are).

Black Rapid sells a $15 add-on (The Brad) which is a jury-rig to try and keep the strap away from the front the neck, but all it does is make the strap more cumbersome and annoying as you now as it cuts into the underarm, and you have to unsnap it to remove the strap (not to mention the fiddling required to get the thing on.

This is definitely a try before you buy product, with your heaviest camera, lens, flash on it!

At least Black Rapid allows you to return the product.
well I am going to have a fairly light camera attached and I will certainly buy somewhere I can return to. Never found the shoulder strap on my crumpler to give me a feeling of being choked. The whole brad thing is again just another over engineered, "I want it to look like a tactical military rig" thing. A good shoulder strap shouldn't need it.

Again leaning towards the joby as it is designed to stay on the shoulder.


Bob and Greg, thanks for explaining your take on the bouncing thing, you reminded me I'll still have the camera bag so I might not want to have something on each hip.... anyways I'm going to probably try the joby and if I don't like it go with the domke
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I could get that mean look off her face. :-)
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Does the gal come with the strap?

you mean this one? she looks kinda mean





Thanks for mentioning the OpTech it looks like another alternative. The carry speed is designed specifically to avoid the problems you mention as it uses a plate attached to the tripod screw which is arca swiss type compatible. Overall I like the Carry speed the best because of the plate, but the number of buckles and overall techno look to it is making me think the joby is the better choice.



well I am going to have a fairly light camera attached and I will certainly buy somewhere I can return to. Never found the shoulder strap on my crumpler to give me a feeling of being choked. The whole brad thing is again just another over engineered, "I want it to look like a tactical military rig" thing. A good shoulder strap shouldn't need it.

Again leaning towards the joby as it is designed to stay on the shoulder.


Bob and Greg, thanks for explaining your take on the bouncing thing, you reminded me I'll still have the camera bag so I might not want to have something on each hip.... anyways I'm going to probably try the joby and if I don't like it go with the domke
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I'm not looking for a strap, but a smallish bag for maybe 2-3 lenses that straps onto a belt. I had a tamrac that I really liked with my superzoom, but it doesn't quite fit what I need these days.

For my main "leave-in-the-car" bag I snagged a black minolta bag that I think looks and works pretty great.
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