Do you use a neck strap on your camera?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Mike, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Do you use a neck strap on your camera?
    any thoughts on this ?
    Thanks for your time and replies
    Mike K
     
    Mike, Sep 24, 2003
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    jimkramer Guest

    Yes, but only to move it from one place to another when my hands are full of
    something else. Always shoot with the camera "unfettered" by a neck.

    Jim
     
    jimkramer, Sep 24, 2003
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    I always have the camera on a strap around my neck, but I actually hold
    the camera in my hand, anyway, rather than let it bounce against me as I
    walk.
     
    Mxsmanic, Sep 24, 2003
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  4. I use a quite long strap - more like a shoulder strap. It allows me to
    carry the camera with the strap over my right shoulder, with the body at my
    left hip. A very secure carry, and with lots of strap to give you slack
    when you want to bring the camera up to your eye.

    I shoot Minolta Maxxum, and the straps are old Maxxum logo wide straps.
    I've never found a third-party maker that makes straps that long.

    Mike
     
    Mike Lipphardt, Sep 24, 2003
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    Matt Clara Guest

    My strap is long as well, but the camera rides just above the left hip. I
    seldom put the strap around my neck as I find it causes neck and back pain.

    Let's not get Annika going, as I'm sure he'll tell us his totally digital
    strap is longer than any of ours!
     
    Matt Clara, Sep 24, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I use the supplied strap and it's as comfortable as can be expected with
    a body that is nearly 1 kg, and most of my lenses are not feathers
    either. I liked Spadaro's recent post about a long/short strap
    arrangement and I'll (maybe) be doing a home brew prior to various hikes
    planned for this fall...

    In the studio I let the strap dangle and just hold the moulded grip. It
    is 'just right' and I've never come close to dropping it. (watch this
    space for disastrous news real soon...)

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 24, 2003
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  7. When i use a strap it's for for transport only. Not when the camera is in
    use (except, maybe, when dropping the thing would not just mean picking up
    several pieces, but not seeing any of it ever again).

    I find the strap just gets in the way, and don't particularly like carrying
    a camera on a strap too. I carry a bag most of the time (and even don't like
    that ;-)), so the camera just goes in and out of the bag (or is that out and
    in?).
     
    Q.G. de Bakker, Sep 24, 2003
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  8. I use a neck strap, but it spends 75% of it's time wrapped around my wrist.
    I feel it's more secure than a hand strap.
     
    Skip Middleton, Sep 24, 2003
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  9. Mike

    Alan Browne Guest

    Unless manufactured originally in the bag, it is in-and-out.
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 24, 2003
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  10. I hate the things - they always get in the way.
    I carry my camera(s) in a bag, and hold it in
    my hand when in use. (Mostly) I use a wrist
    strap (made from a shoe lace) when the camera
    is not in the bag...
     
    David Ruether, Sep 24, 2003
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  11. Did you not like any of the responses to your earlier question?

    Just curious....

    Bill Tallman
     
    William D. Tallman, Sep 24, 2003
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  12. I commonly use two cameras right now. One has a neck strap, and one doesn't.
    I can tell you that the neck strap is extremely useful, since it allows you
    to let go the camera and use both hands for something else while the camera
    dangles from your neck. I am going to buy a neck strap for the other camera
    ASAP.....
     
    William Graham, Sep 24, 2003
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  13. Must be it then.
    Doesn't seem right, though. I take the camera out, do whatever it was i took
    it out for, and then put it back in again.

    By the way, you say that you leave the strap on even in the studio, right?
    How do you manage not to pull down a tripod, light or whatever else there is
    for the strap to catch behind?
    Not liking straps myself, i have never had the opportunity to do this
    myself, but i have been lucky enough to witness some not quite inexpensive
    equipment going kaput when a very unlucky fellow photographer (who just like
    you kept the strap fixed to the camera, letting it dangle), waved his camera
    in what perhaps would have been an elegant gesture, directing a model, when
    his strap snagged on a tripod standing next to him. The strap pulled taught,
    ripped the camera from his hand, and sent it crashing to the concrete floor.
    Nice solid impact. It was the last sound heard for what seemed like ages.
    I wonder now as i did then, why keep a strap on when you're not using it?
     
    Q.G. de Bakker, Sep 24, 2003
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  14. Yes....There are times when I would like to remove the strap, but it is very
    difficult to remove, so I have to leave it on, even when doing tripod
    work.....I am looking for a, "quick release" that I can add that would make
    easy removal possible.......
     
    William Graham, Sep 24, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Tony Spadaro, Sep 24, 2003
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    Gregg Guest

    Yes, and I wrap it around my hand and wrist for more security in the heat of
    street shooting.
     
    Gregg, Sep 25, 2003
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    Steve Kramer Guest

    I use an OpTech strap with quick release buckles, and when walking
    around the strap is around my neck but the camera is in my hand. The
    strap is comfortable enough to ALWAYS have it around my neck when
    moving. If it wasn't, I'd find a different strap. When I use the camera
    on a tripod outside, the strap is wrapped around the tripod. In the
    studio I remove the longer neck section of the strap, connect the two
    ends of the QR buckles, and it's out of the way but still instantly
    available when I want to walk with the camera again. If the camera is
    not secured to the tripod, it is secured to my neck or in my bag.

    Steve Kramer
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    http://www.photoenvisions.com
     
    Steve Kramer, Sep 25, 2003
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    Steve Kramer Guest

    I used to do this when I was shooting film, but now that I have more
    controls to access on the back of the camera I find this restricting.
    I'm still not sure if this is a good thing.

    Steve Kramer
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    http://www.photoenvisions.com
     
    Steve Kramer, Sep 25, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest


    funny.... would that you would humor us with a shoot-in shot?
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 25, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I work sllloooowwwllllyyyyy in the studio. If it's still lifes there is
    no rush (unless the ice is melting) and if it's a model, I'm not the one
    paying her anyway.
    When on a tripod I flip the strap over the front out of the way.

    Sync cords and release are the more "dangerous dangling participants"
    that have most fear of.
    'cause it is far too fussty an arrangement to take apart and put back
    together easilly, and the few quick-connect-disconnect rigs don't seem
    well enough designed to me.... and then I'd probably lose the neckstrap
    in any case...

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 25, 2003
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