Barely Hanging on with a Camera Strap!!!!!

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by infiniteMPG, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. infiniteMPG

    infiniteMPG Guest

    I have a Sony Alpha A_100 and pretty much exclusively use my Tamron AF
    18-250/3.5-6.3 DI II Macro Lens. I am using the stock Sony camera
    strap that came with the A100 but with the Tamron lens attached I have
    issues. When the camera is hanging (usually over one shoulder) the
    lens is just at the perfectly wrong weight and center of gravity where
    the camera rests against my body at a 45-degree angle, not straight
    down with the lens pointing down, yet not flat with the lens pointing
    out. Kind of half-way between the two. The camera has fixed strap
    mounting clips at the front top corners so I am perplexed about how to
    carry this camera with the lens in a comfortable position (which I
    would prefer to be pointing straight down).

    Any help?????
     
    infiniteMPG, Sep 2, 2008
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    me Guest

    Have you tried turning the camera so that the top is facing towards
    you body and not away?
     
    me, Sep 2, 2008
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    infiniteMPG Guest

    Have you tried turning the camera so that the top is facing towards you body and not away?

    If I flipped the camera over then the flash housing would be bouncing
    up against my body when i walk/hike and bang away with every step.
    Also, when I snatched the camera up real quick to snap a shot it would
    be upside down and the strap isn't long enough to spin around so I'd
    have to remove it completely from my shoulder to flip it over and
    shoot. Would rather have it hanging yet ready to grab and shoot.
     
    infiniteMPG, Sep 2, 2008
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    RichA Guest

    Get a grip.
     
    RichA, Sep 2, 2008
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    ASAAR Guest

    To have the camera hang with the lens horizontal, the strap would
    need to be attached further away from the camera. With a really
    long lens mounted, this would be about where the lens collar would
    be positioned. To have the lens pointed down, the ideal place to
    attach the strap would be behind the camera, midway between the top
    and bottom of the camera. If the attachment point was behind, but
    either near the top or the bottom of the camera, there would be a
    force tending to pull the lens away from or into your body.

    With shop tools you could construct a bracket that could be
    screwed into the camera's tripod socket which would have camera
    strap attachment points at the ideal balance location, but it might
    be an annoying obstruction when bringing the camera up to your face
    to take photos. Another solution that I've used is to get rid of
    the strap and instead use a flash bracket to hold the camera.
    Despite the slight additional weight, it makes it much easier to
    comfortably and securely hold the camera for long periods.
     
    ASAAR, Sep 3, 2008
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    me Guest

    Just get a longer strap. I've put many miles on a D70/D200/D300 + 70-200
    f/2.8 VR this way. You extend the strap so the camera fits comfortably on
    the back of your hip. There is then more than enough slack to rotate the
    camera as you raise it to take a shot. I walk with the 200-400 f/4 the same
    way with the strap mounted to the lens, not the camera.
     
    me, Sep 3, 2008
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : I have a Sony Alpha A_100 and pretty much exclusively use my Tamron AF
    : 18-250/3.5-6.3 DI II Macro Lens. I am using the stock Sony camera
    : strap that came with the A100 but with the Tamron lens attached I have
    : issues. When the camera is hanging (usually over one shoulder) the
    : lens is just at the perfectly wrong weight and center of gravity where
    : the camera rests against my body at a 45-degree angle, not straight
    : down with the lens pointing down, yet not flat with the lens pointing
    : out. Kind of half-way between the two. The camera has fixed strap
    : mounting clips at the front top corners so I am perplexed about how to
    : carry this camera with the lens in a comfortable position (which I
    : would prefer to be pointing straight down).
    :
    : Any help?????

    Get a holster-style camera case with belt loops and stick the camera in it,
    rather than letting it hang loose. Remove the top of the case if it gets in
    the way.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Sep 4, 2008
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  8. You could add one of those hand grip straps to the camera which use up
    the right strap slot and a plate to the tripod mount which then has
    another strap slot on the left underside. That allows you to mount a
    neck strap at the bottom and top edges of the left side, so the body
    then hangs lengthways down ith the lens naturally sticking out more
    horizontally.

    That also gives you a comfortable hand grip where you cam hold a heavy
    camera in one hand with an easy relaxed loose grip which is also more
    secure.
     
    Chris Malcolm, Sep 5, 2008
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