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Old Oct 6, 2011, 9:26 PM   #1
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Ok my K5 with 18- 135 lens is great but heavy when I hike. I have a great Thinktank street walker that I love but also like to keep the camera out.

Just a bit uncomfortable using the Pentax strap.

Any ideas for a set of straps you all like?
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Old Oct 6, 2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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I made an over the shoulder strap that has the camera hanging about belt height. When over my left shoulder it will hang at my right hand. This will allow the camera to be carried at my side or behind me when walking. With a strap that long the camera is easy to handle in any position. When walking in a crowd you can hold the camera grip with your arm down at your side and the strap takes the weight The strap mounts in the tripod socket. It's a little longer than the one from Adorama below

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Old Oct 6, 2011, 10:31 PM   #3
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Because I use heavy lenses (particularly the Bigma) so much of the time, I can't wait to get rid of the Pentax straps when I get a new camera body. What I have found I like is just a simple Promaster neoprene stretchy strap (less than $ 25 at the camera store in Little Rock) .... so much more comfortable than the Pentax straps....

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What I have found I like is just a simple Promaster neoprene stretchy strap (less than $ 25 at the camera store in Little Rock) .... so much more comfortable than the Pentax straps....

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Paul, I use a neoprene strap from Ritz Camera as well....works great--much more comfortable than the OE strap which besides the name of the camera has no redeming qualities

I also like the Optech/USA version which has a wider shoulder piece that I use on my camera with the long lens. http://www.amazon.com/OP-TECH-USA-15.../dp/B00092KD9C

Not sure why the camera makers pick appearance over function when it comes to camera straps!

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I like the looks of the Black Rapid strap - very similar to the one that Hans made. I use an Optech strap. I bought the Reporter strap that allows you to use two cameras, and when I had the DS and K100 I carried both often. Since then both my cameras and lenses have gotten heavier so I don't carry two around my neck much. But I love having the wider, thicker strap.

I've also thought about the cotton carrier. Scott has one and I've always thought that's probably a better way to carry two cameras. It's just that I also end up carting around a bunch of lenses and I never quite figured out what I would need to carry all that I most likely would want to, so I've just kept my Optech strap.

What's also nice is that we have a second Optech strap for the second camera - there's quick disconnects so I don't have to undo the strap from the camera, just use the quick disconnects to take off the second strap and put it on the Reporter strap.

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About a year ago I purchased this one - http://www.bosstrap.com/bosstrapcame...ortsystem.aspx I love it. Still allows me to use the tripod socket when needed. Doesn't go into my neck like the Pentax one. Prior to this I'd always use the neoprene one from Ritz, which I also liked. But, wanted something that went across the body instead of hanging on my neck.

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I use a Blackrapid strap and find it very comfortable.
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Ok my K5 with 18- 135 lens is great but heavy when I hike. I have a great Thinktank street walker that I love but also like to keep the camera out.

Just a bit uncomfortable using the Pentax strap.

Any ideas for a set of straps you all like?
I like the Promaster cushion Strap QR, Very comfortable. Has quick release, short strap can be used to hand carry when cushion part is removed. (link)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UV5Y3W/...SIN=B000UV5Y3W

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After reading all the posts I have changed my strap to mount to the left strap mount on the camera to open the tripod mount and make the strap faster to remove. This also leaves the bottom of the camera clear to set it down. Always open for better ideas and improvements. I will try it out Wed. at my grand daughters soccer game.

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Here is how I did my "side mount", this is sewn together and quite strong.
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