A strapping query


nilescrane

Link Posted 20/08/2009 - 17:59
Has anyone tried this strap?

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I thought it looked good, if a bit pricey, until I read this:

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Last Edited by nilescrane on 20/08/2009 - 18:00

mikew

Link Posted 20/08/2009 - 18:36
I read a review of a similar strap and they concluded that realistically there was little benefit.

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paullucas

Link Posted 20/08/2009 - 18:37
I really like the look of that strap and in fact I might try and get one.

The review is one persons thoughts and by the look of the comments at the bottom of the review he doesn't seem to be using it to it's full potential.

The reviewer is using a small prime lens where in fact the strap looks like it's designed for much larger lenses. He admits this in the last comment at the foot of the page.

From what I see in the video, it's meant for sports photographers and not as walk around use with a small lens.

Not the best review I have seen, and yes I may get one for my camera when I am out in the field.

Paul

paullucas

Link Posted 20/08/2009 - 18:47
Here's a much better review (I think)

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Paul

George Lazarette

Link Posted 20/08/2009 - 20:56
I use a rather different kind of strap. I first bought it over a year ago, and initially didn't care for it. Then I tried it again, and have recently bought one for the second body.

It clasps the camera to your hand as you are walking around, and it is perfect for shoots like my recent one photographing sharks from a small boat. You can hang onto the boat with one hand and shoot with the other.

Bit cheaper than other straps, too.

Hand strap

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sanderscapes

Link Posted 20/08/2009 - 21:34
These look very nice tried adding one to cart and payment is made via paypal $54.Don't know about postage cost though.

nilescrane

Link Posted 20/08/2009 - 23:46
sanderscapes wrote:
These look very nice tried adding one to cart and payment is made via paypal $54.Don't know about postage cost though.

Postage is $12. I heard that sometimes you get stung by customs duties after delivery.
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patrickt

Link Posted 21/08/2009 - 13:24
I always carry my camera on a strap so I'm usually in the market for a new strap. I considered the R-Strap and how I shoot and decided it wouldn't work. I carry my camera with the strap diagonally across my body. I'm left-handed and the camera rides on my left hip when I'm walking down the street. If I enter a crowd or an environment where the camera might get bumped on my hip, I take the strap across my chest/stomach and pull it up six inches or so. That means the camera is riding in front of my hip. Occasionally, I do the opposite and have the camera riding on the small of my back.

With the R-Strap I'd have to hold the camera in a position other than my hip.

My normal strap is the soft Op-Tech Pro. Works for me.

Pwynnej

Link Posted 21/08/2009 - 16:17
George Lazarette wrote:
I use a rather different kind of strap. I first bought it over a year ago, and initially didn't care for it. Then I tried it again, and have recently bought one for the second body.

It clasps the camera to your hand as you are walking around, and it is perfect for shoots like my recent one photographing sharks from a small boat. You can hang onto the boat with one hand and shoot with the other.

Bit cheaper than other straps, too.

Hand strap

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Pentax did something similar with the Z-1 hand grip, but with a hook in the grip and you could still use the standard neck strap...I agree it's a very useful optional extra....
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George Lazarette

Link Posted 21/08/2009 - 17:11
Pwynnej wrote:

Pentax did something similar with the Z-1 hand grip, but with a hook in the grip and you could still use the standard neck strap...I agree it's a very useful optional extra....

Yes, I remember that. I didn't see the point at the time, but now I'm a convert.

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RR

Link Posted 21/08/2009 - 17:22
I'm not sure I'd trust one point of attachment that could easily be unscrewed. Plus the last thing I need is to appear MORE nerdy whilst walking around with my camera !

I use a neoprene camera strap & it has a little elasticity which helps cushion the load whilst walking, far more comfortable than the supplied webbed strap.
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fatspider

Link Posted 21/08/2009 - 22:11
I considered a handstrap some time ago George, but felt it would restrict the use of my right hand if it was always attached to the camera.

Dont think I'm keen on the idea of this "alternative" strap either, not the sort of thing you should be using in crowds or out on the streets, any enterprising thief with a sharp knive could be off with your camera before you know it
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ChrisA

Link Posted 21/08/2009 - 22:26
George Lazarette wrote:
I use a rather different kind of strap. I first bought it over a year ago, and initially didn't care for it. Then I tried it again, and have recently bought one for the second body.

It clasps the camera to your hand as you are walking around, and it is perfect for shoots like my recent one photographing sharks from a small boat. You can hang onto the boat with one hand and shoot with the other.

Bit cheaper than other straps, too.

Hand strap

I have one of these, and it's not bad. The one I use is very similar, but it has an additional bit that goes round the wrist and makes it impossible to drop.

Here are a few pics: pic1 pic2 pic3

It's never off the camera, and cost me 9 IIRC, including postage from Hong Kong.

Completely revolutionised my life, it did. I'd never go back to a strap now.

Edit: a thought occurs... the K7 has a different strap attachment, doesn't it - needing D-rings, and those silly protector things to make sure that the D-rings don't scratch the body. How do people find using those?
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