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Camera Sling
« on: September 18, 2013, 02:23:26 PM »
I am looking at buying a Camera Sling to replace the traditional one supplied with the camera. Which one should I consider and why? Thanks.
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Camera Sling
« on: September 18, 2013, 02:23:26 PM »

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 04:49:22 PM »
Take a look at Black Rapid (type) slings. The weight of the camera/lens combo rests on your shoulder rather than on your neck. This is life changing. They cost quite a bit more than a traditional strap, but if you're carrying your rig for more than 45 minutes you will greatly appreciate it.

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 04:51:06 PM »
I have problem with those sling that you camera swinging back and forth.
Just stupid design imo.

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013, 05:05:04 PM »
I have a Carryspeed FS-Pro; It and the Blackrapid straps seem to be :: Ford vs. Chevy.

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2013, 06:10:18 AM »
If you use a tripod often, don't look at those - the usage of the 1/4-20 to mount to sucks balls. I hate having to unscrew and screw the stupid adaptor all the time. I prefer using the Op-Tech sling kit from the right strap lug to the bottom strap lug on all my 1-series bodies. With the quick-release clips, I can even take the strap off instantly if I don't want it on the camera when tripod mounted (prevents wind induced vibrations from a strap blowing around).

The whole Krap-Rapid vs Carryspeed style of strap is just overpriced and not very functional for those who have tripod plates attached at all times. And yes, they'll swing every which way but straight.

I started using the Op-tech sling style kit with Utility strap and the back of the camera sits nice and flat against my side/back.
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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2013, 06:19:23 AM »
Hi,
I've got a SunSniper which is great, but has to be removed for tripod use.

I have been looking for the longer Canon straps that look like a normal strap but are about 18 inches longer, allowing you to carry the camer over your shoulder, and still have a tripod plate attached, but not yet found one.

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2013, 06:26:00 AM »
I use the SpyderPro belt system, gets weight of your neck and onto your hips and mount doesn't need to be removed for tripod use, best system I've ever used after using Black Rapid and others...
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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2013, 06:26:00 AM »

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2013, 07:13:52 AM »
I currently have the BlackRapid strap. I used a SunSniper for a while, but it failed on their patented ball bearing coupling. The weight of my 7d/24-70/580ex was too much is 30+ Celsius weather.

The black rapid can only fail over time as the metals grind into each other. But this is only after lengthy heavy use. And it can be easily spotted as a gap is grinded in the carbine coupling.

The tripod solution I solved with a M-PLate from custom SLR. Check them out here: http://www.customslr.com/products/m-plate-pro

I use the combination to haul the 5d3+70-200/2.8IS and 580EX around on hikes. And it doesn't hurt one bit. Completely overrides the need of a backpack for me.
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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2013, 07:44:21 AM »

The tripod solution I solved with a M-PLate from custom SLR. Check them out here: http://www.customslr.com/products/m-plate-pro

I also use the custom SLR M-plate. Great solution if you run a Manfrotto tripod (head). Solid, clever design. Only shortcoming is the "swinging" if you e.g. ride bike with it. Have attached a simple climbing cranine hook to tie the combo to my belt. Works fine for me.

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2013, 07:54:03 AM »
This conversation seems to come up every few weeks. Rather than do yet another repeat, do a search and read a wealth of opinion and genuine user experience.

Here's a couple to get things started.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16732.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=13967.0

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2013, 07:55:41 AM »
I use the black rapid sling and it works okay, certainly good enough for me, but it is not ideal - lots of walking equals lots of swinging! The shoulder padded area falls off /slips off too easily, but it's not too bad overall.

Pro are also that in can hold memory cards and smaller (not Idx) batteries in the padded area.

Better in most respects than the standard strap.
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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2013, 08:56:40 AM »
I use the Blackrapid sport strap (has an extra strap running under the arm):
    http://www.blackrapid.com/products/sport
Since I have a Really Right Stuff L-bracket mounted permanently on my Canon 7D,  I simply got a small RRS clamp
   http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=B2-FAB-F
and attached the Blackrapid to it. This lets me quickly switch from the Blackrapid to tripod, or use the camera without a strap (which I do quite a bit). I used this setup when I climbed Kilimanjaro last January (with tripod and two lenses).

I think that once you try one of these strap alternatives (I'm not religious about the BR), you will never use a conventional strap again. The price (at least for the BR) is a bit outrageous, but it is a one-time thing (like a lot of camera gear).

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2013, 09:15:58 AM »
If you use a tripod often, don't look at those - the usage of the 1/4-20 to mount to sucks balls. I hate having to unscrew and screw the stupid adaptor all the time. I prefer using the Op-Tech sling kit from the right strap lug to the bottom strap lug on all my 1-series bodies. With the quick-release clips, I can even take the strap off instantly if I don't want it on the camera when tripod mounted (prevents wind induced vibrations from a strap blowing around).

The whole Krap-Rapid vs Carryspeed style of strap is just overpriced and not very functional for those who have tripod plates attached at all times.

That might be fine if you have only small lenses, but carrying my 1D X with my 70-200/2.8L IS II, 100-400L, or especially my 600/4L IS II dangling by the strap lugs is not my idea of a good time.  I have a 1" Kirk quick release clamp attached to the lugs of my BR straps, with a little bit of Loctite so there's no chance of unscrewing.  I can quickly and easily switch the attachment point from body to lens collars, all of which have AS plates on them.
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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2013, 09:15:58 AM »

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2013, 10:20:50 AM »
I use a Camdapter plate with a hand strap, arca-swiss plate and a shoulder strap. Works quite nice.
I originally bought a Manfrotto-type plate with handstrap, but since I switched to Benro tripods, I got an Arca-swiss plate and shoulder strap for the 5D3.

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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2013, 10:33:23 AM »
i have a bosstrap. i used it in the past with a 5DC and 24-105 and now with another even heavier rig.
i really like it a lot and it seems very secure. I chose this one because I don't like the idea of using the tripod screw as the connection point for the strap..
I felt like i would constantly be checking if it was coming unscrewed or even worse, it would just fall one day. I really liked the bosstrap solution, it's cheap(relatively,) fairly light, and sturdy.
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Re: Camera Sling
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2013, 10:33:23 AM »