D300 Camera Strap

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Alan Calan, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. Alan Calan

    Alan Calan Guest

    Years ago my Nikon F5 fell to the ground because the Nikon provided
    strap opened up. I read on Ken Rockwell's site that this has happened
    to others.

    I replaced the F5's strap with the strap from my old Panasonic VCR
    recorder and wrapped plastic electrical tape around, above and below
    the buckle.

    For those of you who received the D300, how is the strap and if it
    isn't good what do you all suggest? The only name I know is the
    LowPro or LowePro.
     
    Alan Calan, Dec 17, 2007
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  2. Nikon's straps aren't all that bad, as such.

    But if you have a Big Bright Golden Sign on your neck
    that says it's worth several hundreds of bucks to use a
    crow bar on your head and take the booty... somebody
    might.
     
    Floyd L. Davidson, Dec 17, 2007
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  3. Alan Calan

    C J Campbell Guest

    Most of these straps are just too darned short for my taste. I like the
    camera strap across my chest with the camera below the waist, resting
    on my hip. It attracts less unwanted attention without looking like I
    am trying to hide something.

    I have used PacSafe's CameraSafe strap for a couple years now and I
    really like it. It is light weight, very long, and anonymous looking.
    The security features are secondary (like I am going to depend on the
    cables to keep some guy from hitting me on the head :-( ) but they do
    have some utility. The best security, of course, is to simply never
    work alone.
     
    C J Campbell, Dec 17, 2007
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  4. Alan Calan

    Ali Guest

    Did you follow the instructions in the owners handbook properly?

    I know it sounds like a silly question, but there is technique when
    attaching the strap to the camera. If done incorrectly, it will seem OK to
    start, but will eventually work itself loose. I made this mistake many
    years ago with the camera over my shoulder, strangely enough with a film
    body too, fortunately I survived with just a shattered lens hood and had to
    get the mirror reconnected.

    As for straps, as far as they go I have heard good things about Optech
    straps, with 'pro loop' connections. I have never used them myself, I use
    the kit strap, as I normally only use it to wrap around my right hand little
    finger and occasionally over one shoulder. I wouldn't mind trying one, I've
    just never really got round to it.
     
    Ali, Dec 17, 2007
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  5. Alan Calan

    Monty Guest

    I have had many Nikons over the years and have used their straps without
    any of the problems that you mention. If you want a good after market
    strap the I would recommend is OP/Tech. I have one fitted to my D2Xs and
    it is very comfortable, even with my 70 -200 2.8 attached.
     
    Monty, Dec 17, 2007
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  6. Alan Calan

    Pboud Guest

    Just checked my camera, since the discussion was on straps and loss of
    equipment... Sure enough, the one side was working it's way loose..

    Thanks guys :D
    P.
     
    Pboud, Dec 17, 2007
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  7. Alan Calan

    just bob Guest

    FWIW, I have returned to the original Canon straps. But I did find a nice
    one from Tarmac which is very similar but not as wide. Has that nice simple
    leather on the inside to keep the camera from slipping off your shoulder,
    very nice to have that security when you are shooting with two bodies that
    it stays right on the shoulder. The foam ones which seemed more comfortable
    are terrible for the shoulder: they bunch up and clip off.

    -Bob
     
    just bob, Dec 17, 2007
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  8. Alan Calan

    Sosumi Guest

    Although I like Nikon a lot, I don't feel obligated to be a walking
    commercial for them. The D300 strap is a pain. I had a non brand bag with
    carrying handles and a shoulder strap with hooks. I tried it and it hooks up
    perfectly in the triangles of the D300.
    Big advantages: the strap was made for much more weight, so is stronger, the
    bands are sown together (they can't fall of), it can be easily adjusted to
    wear on the chest or on the hip and best of all: I don't want a strap ALL
    the time! Just when I'm doing some studio work or walk around some places
    where I need both hands, when I feel I will need to change the lenses a lot,
    flash on and of, etc.

    You can take a look in a store where they sell normal bags and just look at
    the straps. If the hooks are too big, you can always attach some bigger
    rings to the camera.
    I paid $15.- and the strap alone is worth more to me ;-)
     
    Sosumi, Dec 18, 2007
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  9. Alan Calan

    Muxton Guest

    My D300 was delivered this morning. Thinking about this particular
    post, which I read a couple of days ago, I decided to grab the body
    and pull the strap as hard as I dare. It wouldn't budge. I reckon I
    could have swung on it, but I'm not going to try :)

    As long as you attach the strap correctly the camera's going nowhere.

    Jake
     
    Muxton, Dec 18, 2007
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  10. Alan Calan

    Don Wiss Guest

    When I bought my D200 I did not want my strap to advertise that I had the
    newest hot camera. So I cleanly rubbed off the D200. But then when it came
    time to sell it on eBay I had to fess up that the strap had been modified.
    So when I got my D300 I left the strap in its package and spent $15 on the
    Lowepro Voyager C Camera Neck Strap:

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...etail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&sku=A1151518

    It is nicer around the neck than the Nikon one. But it has one minor
    problem. It includes a detachable memory card wallet. Now with the storage
    that memory cards have these days I don't card around extra cards.
    Detaching it still leaves behind the Velcro piece. So out came my seam
    ripper and it is now completely gone.

    Don <www.donwiss.com/pictures/> (e-mail link at page bottoms).
     
    Don Wiss, Dec 19, 2007
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  11. Alan Calan

    Alan Calan Guest

    Thanks Don, just ordered it

    Alan

     
    Alan Calan, Dec 19, 2007
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  12. Alan Calan

    Alan Calan Guest

    Jake,

    Do you think it is designed not to slip over time? Maybe if you could
    you swing on it and let us know, that would be helpful.

    I just don't want a dropped camera again and God knows what it costs
    to replace the hi res preview screen. I have insurance but you really
    don't want to make too many claims these days or the Ins companies
    will not renew your homeowner's policy. So mitigating the risk is
    important.
     
    Alan Calan, Dec 19, 2007
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  13. Alan Calan

    Muxton Guest

    Not going to happen :)
     
    Muxton, Dec 19, 2007
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  14. Alan Calan

    Frank Arthur Guest

    True Jake!
    I have been using original Nikon supplied straps since the first Nikon
    I ever owned
    which is a Nikon F and never had a strap slip, break, tear, slip or
    fall off in any way.
     
    Frank Arthur, Dec 19, 2007
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    parisphotog Guest

    For which ever Nikon body I buy, I always leave the strap in it's
    plastic bag. I'd rather use a Domke strap which has 2 interwoven
    pieces of rubber like material to grip on my shoulder.
    And for any Nikon strap, it just screams "Mug me and streal my
    camera". I like being much more discrete than that.

    Don


    Camera manuals, Photoshop, photographers Monographs:
    http://www.1world-design.com/book/index.html
     
    parisphotog, Dec 21, 2007
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