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What's the latest in straps?
Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 6:52 AM on 03.05.14
->> OK, I've perused the last few strap threads...and I know all about the advantages and disadvantages of:

Domke, ThinkTank, Wapiti, Upstrap, and Blackrapid.

Anything else out there worth considering?
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Juerg Schreiter, Photographer
Fort Lauderdale | FL | USA | Posted: 8:27 AM on 03.05.14
->> Victoria Secrect might have some nice ones ! :-) ;-)
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 9:51 AM on 03.05.14
->> In a playful mood, I was looking at Phat Straps. They LOOK good...I have to wonder how well they stay in place.
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Manalapan | NJ | United States | Posted: 9:52 AM on 03.05.14
->> OP/TEch's stretchy straps are my favorites because they seem to reduce the stress on my shoulders and neck. The wider the better.
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Johnny Vy, Photographer, Photo Editor
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:39 AM on 03.05.14
->> While technically not a strap, I'm a fan of the Spider Holster system. If you carry 3 cameras around constantly, this is a good system to look into. It balances weight well, and takes a load off your shoulders.
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Paul DiSalvo, Photographer
Highlands Ranch | CO | United States of America | Posted: 12:00 PM on 03.05.14
->> Custom SLR has a nice take on the BlackRapid style strap. Way more comfortable just not sure yet if as strong. Soccer Season starts tomorrow so I'll be able to give it a good test. And they're an SSA sponsor.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 2:28 PM on 03.05.14
->> Chuck, check out Skooba. I have one that I like and the prices are pretty good. They probably aren't for everyone as they have (at least mine doesn't and it's a 3 year old model now) any stay put feature. On the other side, it is a pretty comfortable one shoulder strap.

My other strap is a self made across the body strap, which is great for never falling off the shoulder, heavier lens/body combinations, tight places, high energy, etc.
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Al Goldis, Photographer
East Lansing | MI | USA | Posted: 3:46 PM on 03.05.14
->> For basketball or are you looking ahead to field sports?

For basketball, I still prefer the old standby of Tamrac N-45 straps. The quick-release buckle (to take the strap off) is a must-have when you're switching back and forth between long court and short court cameras.
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Ting Shen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Chicago | IL | U.S. | Posted: 3:54 PM on 03.05.14
->> I'm with Gene, OP/Tech's /CPS straps are kinnda the same. They're great on reducing weight. I cannot put the 1Dx+24-70L on my neck without using it. Only thing about the strap it it's grip is only one sided, and dent really hold on well on certain winter jacket materials.
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Bangkok | Bangkok | Thailand | Posted: 6:49 PM on 03.05.14
->> Juerg, Victoria's Secret nicest are strapless. :)
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 10:03 PM on 03.05.14
->> I used to own an Op-Tech strap that I used on a P&S I used to have...it was very comfortable but not very "grippy." But the sling strap looks like it might do the trick, so I ordered a customized one.

@Paul, I saw the Custom SLR straps and wondered how they compared to the Blackrapids. Would be interested in hearing how yours holds up.

@Al - Domke and Op-Tech straps are both detachable, and I agree that's a highly useful feature.

@Alan - Skooba looks like they've added "grippy" material, but I didn't see a camera strap per se...

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Kevin Novak, Photographer, Assistant
Panama City Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 9:16 AM on 03.06.14
->> I like these. The leather doesn't slide off your shoulder, and the padding isn't too thick.

http://www.tamrac.com/products/leathercamerastrap/
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Ron Alvey, Photographer
Dayton | OH | USA | Posted: 9:43 AM on 03.06.14
->> On a side note-How do you get those nice Canon NPS straps to fit on a camera? The ends are to big to fit on the camera strap loops.
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 4:45 PM on 03.09.14
->> I've got a question similar to what Ron Alvey just asked.

I have a Leica M8.2 and use the Leica strap with it - works well, feels good, and can never come undone accidentally.

I got a Fuji X100, and bought a second Leica strap, which worked just as well on the Fuji.

I then got a Fuji X100s, but the loops on the camera have some kind of insert, making them too small for use with the Leica strap.



Unless someone here has an answer to this, I'll be buying one of the Wapiti straps, but I'd much rather find a way to use the Leica strap, somehow....
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Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 4:54 PM on 03.09.14
->> I use one of the small Domke straps on my x100s and like it a lot. Never used a Wapiti, though.
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 9:57 PM on 03.09.14
->> Because I shoot more video than stills these days, I just bought the Optech straps that are very thin with the small quick releases--they are AWESOME. I can take a strap on and off in seconds for use on a jib or slider, and then re-attach in a few seconds and its back on my shoulder again. I use these on my Sony A7 and Sony RX10 cameras. I'd never go that route for my D4 cameras though as I very much doubt they would take that kind of weight... pm-r
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami | Florida | USA | Posted: 10:33 PM on 03.09.14
->> I think the Leica strap is the best one available, at any price, at least for me, but the special clips they use are too large for the new Fuji eyelets (but they work fine on the X100).

I want something that will last for 25 years, has no quick detach of any kind, looks decent, and is comfortable. I've decided I don't even need it to be adjustable.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 6:01 AM on 03.10.14
->> The "Leica strap" would be this one?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=30496&Q=&is=REG&A=de...
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Ron Alvey, Photographer
Dayton | OH | USA | Posted: 11:22 AM on 03.10.14
->> To be more clear, How do you get a nice Canon CPS camera strap to go through the small loops on a Canon 5D Mark III?
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Jason Chan, Photographer, Student/Intern
Carlsbad | CA | USA | Posted: 10:41 PM on 03.10.14
->> A7 straps are definitely worth a look. Great quality and customer service.

http://www.a7nyc.com/
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 11:51 PM on 03.10.14
->> A7 straps are definitely worth a look. Great quality and customer service.
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For $120, they better be great.
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Eric Francis, Photographer
Omaha | NE | United States | Posted: 12:34 AM on 03.11.14
->> I've been using the TT straps on my Fuji's. With the silicon on them, they absolutely don't move on your shoulder.
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Al Diaz, Photographer
Miami | Fl | USA | Posted: 7:50 PM on 03.12.14
->> There is a new player in the camera strap game, Peak Design.

The folks at PD have a camera strap called the Leash. It easily configures as a sling strap, neck strap, safety tether, video stabilizer. What I really like most and what is different above all others is the micro anchor attachments. I can quickly disconnect or attach the leash as needed. The best part is the micro anchor never gets in my way unlike a metal clasp which has whipped me across the face on more than one occasion.

I've used the traditional Domke strap for over 30 years and have been trying other styles in the last couple of years such as Black Rapid and Peak Design.

The traditional style strap is out for me. I'm using the Leash similar to the way a Black Rapid functions. Over the neck and across the chest while attached from below the camera when I need it to function that way. Other times I have it hanging on my shoulder.

The company will soon come out with a wider strap which I hope will make it even better.

Here is the link
https://peakdesignltd.com/store/?c=straps&path=60&coupon_code=diaz
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Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 11:36 AM on 03.13.14
->> I really like the Black Rapid straps.
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John J Coleman, Photographer, Photo Editor
Milford | Ct | United States | Posted: 1:40 PM on 03.13.14
->> Canon CPS starps are the best. I tried the Black Rapid not they're not for me.
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Marshall Smith, Photographer
Stamping Ground | KY | USA | Posted: 11:05 PM on 03.13.14
->> Ron Alvey, I also thought about putting that nice CPS strap on my 5DMk3, but then used it for another purpose. Maybe not the most elegant solution, but what I was going to try was to get a pair of those triangular camera lug split rings, put the loop of the CPS strap through one, loop it back on itself (cow hitch?) and then put the split ring to the camera.
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Tim Spyers, Photographer
St Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 1:19 PM on 03.24.14
->> I'm a total fan of the Canon CPS straps! When using my Think Tank belt system I have recently switched from the Spider system to the Peak Design system; seems to have more options for what I might need; holster/sling/neck you name it. Link here: https://peakdesignltd.com

Tim
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Mark Goldman, Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA | Posted: 4:23 PM on 03.24.14
->> I just got a Custom SLR Air Strap that I like a lot. Flexible system, very comfortable well made. I also have the Black Rapid and it works well.

http://www.customslr.com/blogs/post/10157473-air-strap-a-camera-strap-that-...
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