Fits nearly any DSLR camera on the market. Has an extra zipper pocket for storing small items, like memory cards. Uses a metal latch for the quick release buckle, ensuring a high level of quality. Includes an extra safety tether.
Not made of the most durable materials. Hook may bend when placed under extra stress.
Should fit nearly any DSLR style camera securely. Width of strap is 1.5 inches, so it won’t dig into your neck and shoulder uncomfortably. Surface of the strap has a little bit of grip, preventing slippage. Low price point.
No quick release latches. Looks like leather, but doesn’t have the durability of leather.
Ergonomic shape is comfortable to use. While wearing this strap you can still access all your camera controls easily. Does not require a plate. Comes in several colors. Easy to slip your hand into the strap for use. Helps support your hand and wrist when you are shooting over long periods of time. Does not get in the way of a tripod mount.
This strap is not as adjustable as it could be in order to fit different camera and hand sizes.
Looks good. Feels comfortable on the neck. Made from a quality leather. Strong strap designed to hold the extra weight of heavier cameras and lenses. Braided with 6 strands for durability. Also comes in red.
The price on this strap is much higher than others on the market.
Strap relieves strain on your neck. Comfortable. Holds your camera secure. Heavy duty. Comfortable and breathable padding. Wears well over time. Easy to access camera. Allows you to wear a camera for several hours without getting neck pain.
The stabilizing underarm strap is a little awkward to use. This model is side-specific. You will want to pay attention when you order for left or right handed shooting.
Some people take up photography as a hobby using just a smartphone camera. As you want more control over the camera settings and image quality, you’ll likely upgrade to a dedicated digital camera. After using a digital camera for a short while, photographers quickly figure out that carrying the camera requires some planning, depending how far you’re going. A smartphone camera slides into your pocket, but with a larger digital camera, you need a more practical solution.
Many photographers settle on a camera strap. With a strap, you can use your arm, wrist, neck, or shoulder to support the weight of the camera. The strap keeps your hands free while making the camera quickly available to shoot.
Selecting a camera strap depends on the kind of camera you have and where you’ll be taking it. We’ve collected information you need to know to pick the best camera strap for your equipment and needs.
Camera straps are available in a few different configurations. Some may want only one type of strap, while others may be able to make use of multiple strap designs, depending on the particular photography situation they’re facing.
A wrist strap is the simplest type of camera strap. It consists of a tight loop that slips over the wrist, with one hook or buckle that connects to the camera.
The wrist strap is made for smaller cameras, but photographers occasionally use them with larger cameras. Wrist straps provide quick access to the camera for spontaneous photos.
Some wrist straps consist of materials that float, making them popular with waterproof cameras. Should you drop the waterproof camera in a lake or pool, the strap keeps it afloat until you can retrieve it.
A traditional neck or shoulder camera strap connects to the camera at two points and fits over the neck or shoulder. It’s easy to lift the camera with two hands and begin shooting photos quickly.
When using the strap around your neck, the camera will hang on your chest. It may bounce around a bit as you move. If you slide the strap over your shoulder, the camera will rest near the hip. On your hip, it’s more secure and bounces less.
Neck/shoulder camera straps sometimes have quick release buckles so you can detach the camera. Additionally, these straps often have padding to make them comfortable to use.
The most secure type of camera strap is the backpack style, which consists of two straps that slide over each shoulder, holding the camera tightly to the chest. Most backpack style camera straps have a lot of padding, and you can adjust them to tighten or loosen the fit.
Should you need to grab the camera quickly for a shot, however, a backpack style strap is not desirable. Quick release buckles can help with this issue.
Width of strap: A thinner strap is common for small cameras, while wide straps are popular with large cameras. A wide strap will have more padding and won’t dig into your skin as much as a thin strap will.
Quick release buckle: This type of buckle has two latches that you push in at the same time to quickly disconnect the camera from the strap. If you’re using a backpack style camera strap, a quick release buckle is a must-have.
Weight limit: Any camera strap you pick must be able to support the weight of your gear. For heavier photography gear, you’ll need high-quality materials that won’t fray or break. Many times, a particular camera strap is rated to work with certain camera models, so you can match the gear’s weight to the strap.
Strap materials: The camera strap may consist of different materials. Nylon is very common for straps, but leather and neoprene are available, too.
Buckle materials: For the greatest level of security, the buckles should be metal. Camera straps may also use a sturdy plastic in the buckles.
Inexpensive: Basic camera straps cost $5 to $15. These straps may have lower quality materials or plastic in their construction. We wouldn’t recommend putting a lot of stress or weight on them.
Mid-range: Mid-range camera straps cost $15 to $40. They do the job for most photographers, giving a good mixture of security, durability, and comfort.
Expensive: Expensive camera straps typically run between $40 and $100. These have high-end materials that last a long time. They should have metal buckles and connectors. Some have special features like extra padding, breathable fabrics, or the ability to hold two cameras.
For heavy gear, use a shoulder camera strap. A shoulder strap is more secure than a neck strap, and it holds the camera steadier as you walk. Heavy gear may cause neck strain during a long photography session when using a neck strap.
Always double check the connections. A loose buckle or connector can mean disaster for your camera. Each time you use the strap, check the connections to ensure they’re secure. A loose connection could fail, leaving your camera smashed on the ground.
Look for a safety strap addition. Some camera straps include an extra strap that serves as a safety strap. Should the primary strap fail, the safety strap catches the camera before it falls to the ground.
Watch out for cats and dogs. If you have a strap attached to your camera at all times, be careful if you have pets in the area. A camera strap dangling over the edge of a table is a tempting item for a cat or dog to try to grab for play. The pet could pull the camera to the ground.
Q. Do I want a camera strap that matches my brand of camera?
A. Although it can be fun to have a strap that splashes the name of your camera brand on it, this isn’t always the best idea. From a distance, others will be able to see the brand of your camera printed on the strap. If it appears you have an expensive camera brand, thieves may be more interested in your camera.
Q. What materials do manufacturers use to create camera straps?
A. There are a few different materials available for camera straps. Nylon is the most common, as it’s lightweight and durable. Leather camera straps deliver style and durability, but you’ll sacrifice comfort. Neoprene is softer than the other two materials, but it’s not long lasting. The cushioned areas in the strap may have some synthetic foam in them.
Q. What color options are there for camera straps?
A. You can find almost any color of camera strap, though if you want something other than basic black, you’ll need to do some searching. Gray is the most common color after black. For leather straps, many are found in a natural brown color. Occasionally, you’ll find multi-colored straps with fun patterns.
Q. Will a quick release strap come unclipped inadvertently?
A. Although this may happen occasionally, it’s unlikely. With a quick release on a camera strap, photographers have to apply pressure in two spots at the same time to disconnect it. This is almost impossible to do accidentally. If a quick release strap fails, it likely occurs because the photographer didn’t secure the strap properly before starting to shoot.
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