Neck Strap or Hand Strap what do you use & why?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Mike, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I have Just Purchased the Canon BP-220 Battery Pack along With the E1 Hand
    Strap.for the Canon Rebel Ti.
    The Hand Strap came with a small three slot metal Strap buckle with two of
    the three slots larger than the Third it also came with the standard two
    Slot plastic Strap Buckle like the other two on the neck strap. Maybe that
    is to connect the neck strap too?
    I would Like to find a way to easily remove the neck strap When I feel I
    need to. Like when I would have the unit on a tripod taking Picture as a
    Portrait instead of landscape
    Thanks for your time
    Mike K
    Mike, Sep 23, 2003
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  2. Every such device I have had the displeasure to use has proven too easy
    to remove and has come off unexpectedly. Good Luck
    Joseph Meehan, Sep 23, 2003
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  3. The issues of the strap are banging the camera into things and weight. I
    have a hand strap on my Nikonos camera, because it is handier to control
    the camera that way when snorkeling. I don't like to carry the camera
    around on land with a hand strap because it bangs into things when I use my
    hand. I _generally_ don't use the neck strap around my neck for the same
    reason -- bending and moving around swings the camera too much. (I have my
    regular 35mm camera on the neck strap.) I either carry the camera over one
    shoulder so that it hangs down under my arm or I carry it with my head and
    shoulder through the strap so that the strap is on my right shoulder and
    the camera hangs under my left arm (I'm left handed). Both ways let me
    control camera swing and sway.

    Carrying either camera around on a handstrap would be inconvenient because
    of weight. Wagging the camera around as I use that hand would get to be a
    burden. For my uses, having a big camera on a handstrap is just too much of
    an aggravation, unless it's the Nikonos underwater.
    If the strap you have is not easily removable, get one that is. Lots of
    straps have snaps that you can easily unsnap. I keep my neck strap more or
    less permanently attached with a plastic buckle. I am not sure why you
    would want to take the strap off when shooting portrait on a tripod. I do
    it and just make sure the strap doesn't snag when panning -- but it snags
    in landscape, too. Oh, well. Just be careful.
    Phil Stripling, Sep 23, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    I use a handstrap made from a small nylon dog collar. It is attached to the
    right side lug of my camera. I combined two army surplus web straps to make
    a shoulder strap that attaches to the left side lug. When using this the
    camera hangs at my right side. Neck straps are for people who would like to
    be hanged.

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    Tony Spadaro, Sep 23, 2003
  5. Mike wrote:

    Have Elan7 with original strap installed. I carry the camera over one
    shoulder (when not on tripod) and turned in behind my right arm in order to
    control it. If I'm liable to drop the thing, the strap goes around my neck
    so that I can use two hands without fear of losing it. If I'm crowd
    shooting, I turn the neckstrap into a loop that fits around my right wrist
    and carry the camera by the grip. That way, if something happens that
    might otherwise cause me to drop it, it's safe. No grab and run
    possibilities, either.

    Straps are a damned nuisance, are more than inconvenient, awkward and
    cumbersome. They also save your gear. So I'd rather work up a handling
    process that accommodates the strap; replacing gear that's insured is easy,
    but replacing the particular extraordinary optic is not.


    Bill Tallman
    William D. Tallman, Sep 24, 2003
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    I have a few of the OpTech neck straps with release buckles. They are very
    secure, and tough to accidentally open. When you remove the neoprene part, the
    small straps that hook to the camera can clip into each other, which gets them
    out of the way.

    Only on one of my camera bodies, I have a hand strap, and a neck strap.
    Mostly, I added the hand strap as extra bracing for low light photography,
    though it works well when I am walking and shooting. It does get in the way a
    bit when I am working with more than one camera, since I have the hand strap
    tight enough to hold it snug.

    Before I got the hand strap, I would sometimes wrap the neck strap around my
    hand. The other trick I sometimes use was to set the neck strap just long
    enough to brace it snug near my elbow. Either way, the idea was to make the
    camera fit tighter to your hand, and minimize unwanted motion. The hand strap
    is a little better, but not by much.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Sep 24, 2003
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    RDKirk Guest

    I use neckstraps that are my own Frankenstein's monsters made from the
    swivel releases and lower sections of Domke straps and the main sections
    of Tamrac leather-cushioned straps. I like the swivel snaps of the
    Domke, but I don't like the fact that the Domke straps adjust for length
    in the lower portion rather than the upper portion.

    Why not? Because I frequently shoot with two or three cameras (two
    around my neck, one from my shoulder or just two around my neck). Being
    able to adjust the straps from the upper end means I don't have to
    "specialize" the cameras or result to lots of readjusting all the time.

    During long-day sessions, when I don't mind looking geekish, I resort to
    a belt-suspender contraption I made from a black military-style pistol
    belt and black military "Y-type" padded suspenders. The combo cost less
    than $20.00 US. The belt takes Tamrac or Lowepro belt devices. I built
    straps to hold one or two cameras from the front of the suspenders
    (which removes the weight entirely from my neck), and another narrow
    nylon strap that's attached with snap-on "keepers" to the right
    suspender shoulder strap. The heavy padding of the suspender makes that
    one comfortable, and being attached to the suspender with the
    "keepers," it can't slip off. I can wear three cameras and considerable
    gear on the belt all day long in comfort (which is a wonder at my age).

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    RDKirk, Sep 27, 2003
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