Choosing a camera strap should be made easy. Most default camera straps serve their purpose pretty simply, but to me, a camera strap is also about when I'm not using my camera. For example when I’m riding my bike, or when I’m holding it out the side of helicopter.
You have to start off by asking yourself what is the best camera strap for me? Or what is the best camera sling strap? Having the out of the box camera strap is useful at the best of times though I have to be able to hold my camera for an entire day, even if I don’t use it I still need to carry it with me. Our lives are so dynamic and thus the camera is exposed to different situations and you need to be ready to take your next best photograph before it happens. The truth here is that nobody can take amazing images all day long. Sure your creativity isn’t always limited but the equipment can get heavy by the end of a session where some of the best photographs are made.
Therefore my best advice is to find a camera strap that is convenient, strong and durable. Think in the line of buying a new camera bag, it's got to look good on you, fit your cameras design when attached, and what else you might ask? It has to last!
In my eyes, the only choice of camera strap is a sling system. You can find all different types of camera sling systems for single and multiple camera set ups as well as extra gadgets for things you might not need, but you’ll only know what suits your needs best. For my personal choice, something strong and not too pricy will do the job. This new way of carrying my camera gives me the ability which I now take for granted, like being able to swing it behind my back if a car comes rushing past or while walking down a busy street, and as I mentioned before becomes very handy when riding my bike.
If you do decide to use this type of camera sling system my best advice is to make sure that when you put your camera down or in a bag, that you find a way of placing it in a secure state. This isn’t anything unusual, though as the tripod thread is now occupied by the new sling locking mechanism it won’t allow you to sit the camera normally on a flat surface. This is probably the one thing I had to get used to when I first changed to this system, now I don’t really have to give it much thought. If anyone needs any recommendations on how I do this, feel free to ask below and I’ll consider adding a section to this post about it.
There is ample length of extra camera strap material depending on your body size. This is important, making sure it fits you correctly and doesn’t swing around too much. Remember that this is a great way to protect your camera from prying eyes which a lot of photographers experience these days. So make sure you set yourself up with the best equipment and be safe and smart while you’re out and about.
I suppose the most important part about this product is how accessible my camera becomes. There are times where I don’t even worry about bringing my camera bag along so I can focus on getting to my next angle or holding something else. Having the camera slung around my body allows me even more available to take my next best photograph!
Other than that there isn't much more to say here other than to enjoy having your camera with you as much as possible in a secure way, where nobody is going to be able to take your camera from over your neck but around your body.
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