Survey: camera straps

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by William Graham, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. I find a table, or other flat surface, like the trunk of my car before
    attempting to juggle lenses....They not only have front and rear caps, but I
    keep them in cases, leather, and sometimes with zippers....It's definitely
    not a job to do standing up in a canoe......
    William Graham, Sep 1, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Y, N only.

    1) Do you have a strap on your camera(s)?

    2) Do you use it all of the time without exception when handholding?

    3) Do you use it half / most of the time when handholding?

    4) Do you use it only some of the time when handholding?

    (separately posted to rpe.35mm as well)
    Alan Browne, Sep 2, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Define "use it." E.g., is it actually being used as a brace to aid in
    stability, or just around your neck/shoulder?
    Matt Clara, Sep 2, 2007
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    John Bean Guest

    Then you need to re-word the question, because I can't
    answer meaningfully with only Y/N as you'll see.
    Y [Note: it's a *wrist* strap]
    John Bean, Sep 2, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The usual: eg: around neck for the safety of the camera...
    Alan Browne, Sep 2, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Paul Furman, Sep 2, 2007
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    Phisherman Guest

    Phisherman, Sep 2, 2007
  8. I try to have the strap around an arm both handheld and on a monopod;
    seldom around the neck.
    John McWilliams, Sep 2, 2007
  9. [Re: camera shoulder straps...]
    This doesn't permit adequate responses - it's too simple to be useful.
    N - I remove them immediately upon receiving/keeping a camera - can't
    stand those dang things getting in the way. I make a wrist strap out
    of a shoe lace and use it when the camera is in my hand and not
    stashed in the camera bag or on a tripod. Can't stand those dangly
    lens caps, either - I take the lens cap off and put it in the bag.
    Y - For the wrist strap.
    (See above...)
    (See above...)
    David Ruether, Sep 2, 2007
  10. This leads to another question for DSLR owners:
    How do you change lenses without a tripod?
    You have 3 objects: camera, lens on the camera
    to be removed, and lens to be put on the camera.
    You have two hands.

    I use the strap around my neck to hold the camera,
    then with lens in one hand, I remove the lens on the
    camera and slide the new lens over the camera lens
    mount, minimizing time and opening around the camera
    mount. With this technique, I rarely have dust
    problems. For example, I have needed to clean my 1D Mark II
    only twice this entire year, and that includes two weeks
    shooting in dusty Africa, as well as in a house
    construction zone, a trip to the Tetons, and general
    photography. The dust was simply and quickly blown off
    with a blower.

    Roger N. Clark (change username to rnclark), Sep 2, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Loosen old lens 1/4 turn in mount. Hold the camera to my chest (tilting
    up) with my left forearm. New lens in left hand gripped by back cap
    pointing up. Remove new lens from back cap with right hand thumb and
    first 2 fingers. Remove old lens from camera with palm of right hand (2
    lenses in right hand) and immediately mount new lens on body. Mount old
    lens on back cap in left hand and put in coat pocket. This only works
    with small lenses but I can juggle three lenses in 2 coat pockets this
    way without pulling out my camera bag. To be a little safer, I kneel
    down & balance things in my 'lap' between legs. Otherwise it's: pull of
    the camera bag & do the change on the ground or a bench.
    Paul Furman, Sep 2, 2007
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    Richard H. Guest

    Richard H., Sep 2, 2007
  13. You forgot items #4 and maybe 5: at least one, maybe 2 lens caps at the
    mounting ends of the lenses.
    Sometimes a well-trained octopus would come in handy...

    Jürgen Exner, Sep 2, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Matt Clara, Sep 2, 2007
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    Vaidd Guest

    Vaidd, Sep 2, 2007
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    Vaidd Guest

    NOTE: It is a wrist strap.
    Vaidd, Sep 2, 2007
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    Don Wiss Guest

    So you change lens without any strap and simply hand holding the body and
    the two lens?

    Don <> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
    Don Wiss, Sep 2, 2007
  18. [...]

    Actually, this is rather easy. I have vertical spaces in my
    bag for all lenses, including the one on the camera. The
    lenses are stored rear cap end up in the bag - and with
    shades and UV filters on, caps are not needed at the
    front end of most lenses. I remove the rear cap from
    the new lens, give the rear of the new lens a spritz of air,
    face the camera body downward, remove the lens from
    the body and quickly place it in the bag and place the
    new one on the camera, then cap the rear of the old lens
    after an air-bulb spritz. I think I got that right...;-)
    David Ruether, Sep 2, 2007
  19. Allan
    Allan Sheppard, Sep 2, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Here's a quick movie showing that in about 10 seconds:
    Paul Furman, Sep 2, 2007
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