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Choosing a Strap

Postby Canon 500D » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:06 pm

I am looking to get a strap. I am asking about types though, rather than brands, as there are several around.

I don't know whether to get a fixed or sliding strap.

One photographer on Youtube didn't like the sliding style, but a large number of others do.

The rig is a 500D with lightweight lens, and the smallest of straps can acdomodate 5KG, I think, so it's not a problem.
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby theorigamist » Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:23 am

I'm a big fan of my BlackRapid strap. I find the strap across the shoulder to be much more comfortable. It's better for carrying any noticeable amount of weight (for me, any DSLR + lens is more than I would want around my neck), and I find the neck padding of traditional straps makes my neck sweaty and gross. Also, the BlackRapid strap has a bunch of small compartments for things like CF cards and a phone. I should point out, however, that you wouldn't want to use an across-the-shoulder BlackRapid strap with a backpack. I tend to carry other stuff (additional lenses/netbook/etc.) in other across-the-shoulder bags, so the BlackRapid doesn't get in the way. YMMV.
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby Trevor Harris » Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:38 pm

I don't have a black rapid, but I do have a cheap knock-off of it. After using it for a while now I can't imagine anything else. It's really useful during outdoor photoshoots when I spend time messing around with light stands, I don't have to worry where I laid down my camera. Forget putting it around the neck, that's just a pain.
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby RexGig » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:28 pm

My wife and I both use sliding-type Sunsniper straps, which work like the Black Rapid straps. She prefers the version with the metal cable that reinforces the strap against cutting. I prefer to be able to cut the strap in event of an emergency entanglement situation. I am not sure whether the Sunsniper or the Black Rapid was marketed first, but we found the Sunsniper at a local camera shop first. (Both are simple copies of cavalry carbine slings.) I prefer the lower-profile one-piece Black Rapid mounting point, and purchased one of them as a separate component. If I misplace my Sunsniper, I would be as likely to buy a Black Rapid as a replacement, though the next paragraph will discuss another possibility.

I have temporarily attached a Magpul MS2 sling to a camera, using a Black Rapid attachment point. This is a rifle sling, made for firearms, which is a high-quality product. It is quick-adjustable for length, can be used as a single-point sling, has a quick-release feature, and has been superseded by an improved MS3. I plan to investigate this option further, now that availability of Magpul slings has recently improved. (My one Magpul sling is used for its intended defensive weapon role; I wear a badge and possess weapons for official purposes.)

The Think Tank neck strap works really well on my Nikon FM3A. I have purchased a second one, to try on a heavier Canon DSLR, but have yet to mount it on any of them. There are times a simple neck strap seems more appropriate, and the Think Tank product seems very intelligently-designed.
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby Canon 500D » Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:01 pm

The Sunsniper mini version looks nice.
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby AnderssonPhoto » Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:01 pm

I just use Camulet AirCell Curved shoulder/neck strap.... They're really good and cheap

http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/eng/produ ... rap/rm2004

I use them for both cameras and they're also detachable

but for heavier gear like what Im using I modded mine to be more safe because of the strap loosening overtime, I use a simple method to fix that by using safety pins
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby HikingMike » Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:01 pm

love my blackrapids r-strap
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby AnderssonPhoto » Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:09 pm

oh I also have Cottoncarrier ^^ its a holster thing for cameras, also mounts on ur chest, looks like a mini version of a body armor :P
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby margaux » Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:19 am

Loved my BlackRapid RS-5 strap, but after I lost it, got the RS-W1 for women, and it's far more comfortable and size-appropriate for me. Just don't forget to give the fastener a twist every once in a while; you never know when it gets loose.
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby Mr.Bell » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:01 pm

Can you get a Blackrapid RS-5 strap with an option such as used with the ProtectorR? It has a 1.5mm steel cord, against cutting. An RS-5 Cargo would be a good choice for me.
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby Mr.Bell » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:28 pm

Can you get a Blackrapid RS-5 strap with an option such as used with the ProtectorR? It has a 1.5mm steel cord, against cutting. An RS-5 Cargo would be a good choice for me.
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby Canon 500D » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:03 am

I like the look of the RS5 and RS7 (sports). I have no experience with them though.
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby Mr.Bell » Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:27 am

I think looking at the photos on their website it looks very well thought out, I think I would buy one of their straps plus the feedback here in this thread seems quite favourable. The price isn't even that bad, well in my opinion anyway!
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby dubaiphil » Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:09 am

Blackrapid for me
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Re: Choosing a Strap

Postby maxjj » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:52 am

recently got a black rapid rs4 , love it, should have done it ages ago.
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