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I Hate Camera Straps
on 19 November 2011
In 40 years of using SLR cameras I have never found a camera strap that works. Sticking a strap on an SLR may free two hands but what to do with the camera. Round the neck, over the shoulder, swing it by hand. Nothing really works, if the camera is not being used its in the way and ready to swing into the nearest solid object. if the camera is being used the damned strap is in the way. Every time I buy a new camera I fit the included strap. Why I bother I don't know as I always take it off again within 24 hours.
Until I found the SpiderPro the nearest thing to a practical solution I had found was the Black Rapid strap which at least fitted to the tripod bush so the camera did not swing round when heavy lenses or a flash gun was fitted but now I have a Spider Pro does anyone want a second hand Black Rapid.
OK it's not actually a strap but all I want is somewhere to safety put my camera when I am not using it, something that is reasonably safe and secure and something that does not strain neck, shoulders or camera and this thing ticks all the boxes. I have tried my Nikon D7000 with battery grip, heavy wide zoom tele, lens hood and large flash. Hang this lot round the neck and its unstable and extremely uncomfortable, hang it from a SpiderPro and the only problem is remembering its hanging from your waist when walking through doorways. Yes it really is that comfortable.
The camera part screws into the tripod slot so yet something else that needs taking off when I want to fit a tripod bracket, No. The bracket has five standard screw threads, one takes the SpiderPro "pin" that clips in the belt holder and the other four can be used to permanently fix tripod bracket, wrist strap, etc. The belt part is beautifully engineered and very easy to use. Drop the camera pin in the slot and the camera locks in, press small catch with other hand and camera lifts out. Even if the facility to lock the catch open is used it is hard for the camera to come out of the clip by accident.
I thought about this strap for weeks as over £100 for a belt to carry the camera seems really hard to justify. Now I wonder why I waited.