Neck Straps

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by ReD, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    I have little use for leather Neck straps as I've always found them too hard, sweaty & uncomfortable.
    Also emblazoned with trade names & logos puts me well off wearing them. Give me low key discrete any day.

    So I thought I'd get a fabric one - like a thin scarf. Well I searched locally & found them all too feminine, too garish, & Pricey. When what I wanted was thin simple & plain.

    Returning home I raided the closets & found a thin black sash stuffed in the back of some drawers - simply tied this to the eyelets & away to go. Soft, Comfort, non sweaty. Free.

    Not sure where the sash came from but its now mine.
     
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  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Heh.

    My favourite is a braided one, made for me a few years ago by a saddler friend. It is comfortable to wear, resolutely non-slip, and stays put when you wind it around your wrist. It resides on my X-Pro these days but here it is in earlier days on my MP4:
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    MP4 braided strap 2 par Lightmancer, on ipernity
     
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  3. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    The other aspect I forgot to mention is that the sash folds up (scrunches) really small & fits neatly into the belt pouch salvaged from my old Canon Ion RC260 - try that with a leather strap
     
  4. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
  5. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

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    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    What exactly am I looking at here? Appears to be a lens on the camera mounting plate
     
  6. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I was wondering exactly the same thing. It looks like some sort of bottom plate with a lens mount on it, ostensibly to carry a second lens without having to bring a bag along? I'm not sure whether it's ingenious or insanity or something in between. Interesting idea though...

    -Ray
     
  7. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    It's a "Lens Carrier M". It does indeed allow you to carry a second lens without the need for a bag. It fits all film Ms. It is useful both to carry a lens and to act as a grip/mini tripod (depending on the lens). With one of these fitted I could change lenses at a fast trot in under 10 seconds. There was also a two lens version designed by Walther Benser and marketed as the "Benser Baseplate" but I never got on with that so well.
     
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  8. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

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    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    I looked it up, sure enough!

    I would tend to think a $3500.00+ lens would be greatly more subject to damage/stress using it as a camera grip though...
     
  9. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    SoCal
    Bob
    I love my Luigi Straps
    I use them without the half case on my other cameras very soft, crunchable, strong and very well made
    SilverSPsm.
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I still use the A&A straps I bought in 2011 to go with my K5 and X100. Soft and comfy and scrunchable.
     
  11. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Not at all. And it's only a lens :wink:
     
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  12. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    It is the balance I question
     
  13. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    That's partly dependent on which lenses you mount to the camera and the carrier but it never caused me a problem. Bear in mind that both mounts are on the same axes in two dimensions.
     
  14. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I usually leave it to my wife to buy expensive fashion accessories, but I was finding the variance in strap design between various camera brands to be a literal pain in the neck so I started looking for some alternatives (but hopefully not of the expensive kind). I happened upon a nice and compact strap made by a company called "Cam-in" which I now have on most of my cameras, costing about $10 or $11 each.

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    They come with components to suit a couple of different mounting methods like this

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    Also these, which to be honest I don't trust

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    And of course the straps can be threaded through the camera's original strap lugs or d-rings

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    The buckles look and feel quite solid

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  15. cheeks69

    cheeks69 SC Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    Southeastern, MA
    Robert
    I ditched my neck strap and bought the sling, just more comfortable to use for longer periods of time.

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  16. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I actually don't mind neck straps until I am carrying some seriously heavy gear, but for anyone who feels neck discomfort, I can thoroughly recommend slings as an alternative. Even when not bothered by the weight, I like the way a sling holds the camera on my hip rather than bouncing in front of me.
     
  17. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Heavy cameras...neck soreness...look no further than...

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