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What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:50:23 PM »
I know some of you like the Blackrapid.  I'd like to know the differences between several of these (the ones that use a "c-loop", like "CustomSLR", etc.), to help me decide what to try next.  I'm probably going to sell my Spider Holster Pro, I've not used it very much.  It works ok but I now think a shoulder strap would be better. 

My cousin bought one of these straps, now I can't remember which he bought.  I tried it with his 1DX mounted to a 300 f/4 IS + 1.4x TC, and it definitely felt good...although that body/lens still did not feel light, when holding/shooting. 

I've ordered a battery grip for my 6D.  The heaviest lens I own is the Sigma 120-400, at about 3.9 pounds.  I usually leave it mounted to a carbon fiber monopod (itself weighs around 1 pound).  Would be nice to be able to carry this with a strap...but mostly I would want to use the strap to carry the camera with smaller lenses.

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What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:50:23 PM »

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2013, 09:37:05 PM »
This is a subject that has been dealt with on an almost weekly basis here at CR. Do a search and read up.

FWIW I've recently upgraded to CarrySpeed http://straps.carryspeed.com/Products-1-1.html with an FS Pro, an Extreme and for events, the Double Pro. There are a number of tangible advantages to this system. Apart from the obvious sling strap comfort and practicality which a BR Strap can offer, Carry Speed pulls ahead in a few key areas. First, the F1 mounting plate is ArcaSwiss compatible without any additional bolt-ons, the F1 plate sits flat on the bottom of the camera body and has no fewer than SIX screw holes into which you can attach other plates such as the three different types of Manfrotto I regularly use, without the need to remove the F1. That's very cool.

While we are on the F1 Plate, an unexpected benefit which may chime for you is the fact that the stainless steel pin is 100% compatible with the SpiderPro holster (and vice-versa). Don't be in too much of a hurry to sell your SpiderPro setup, there are times when they can be extraordinarily useful companions.

Another, not to be underestimated plus for CarrySpeed is the QuickSlide adjustment on the strap. Probably best looking at the links rather than me trying to explain.

BR is fine, but misses out on some of the very evolved functionality that CarrySpeed brings to the table.

http://straps.carryspeed.com/Products-1-1.html
http://www.gavtrain.com/?p=1877
http://www.jhedgesphoto.com/blog/2012/11/15/carryspeed-camera-straps-review/

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2013, 09:46:22 PM »
Personally I like my CPS strap!
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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2013, 10:15:53 PM »
I think that it is subject to personal preference.  One thing I do know is that all the neck straps I've tried gave me a stiff neck while I can carry my camera all day with the black rapid with no pain.
 
 
 
I sold my CPS strap :)

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2013, 10:16:16 PM »
Luma Cinch II

I had blackrapid RS-sport previously but I like the Cinch II much more.
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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2013, 10:58:12 PM »
Define "best"...... differs per individual !~

I've been using the OpTech wide neoprene straps with great success for a long while.   The quick connects are very sturdy, the straps are comfy.   I usually add on an extra quick connect end to the grip, so I can switch from horizontal to vertical carry in literally... what... 5 seconds?

Using these for EOS-5Dii, 7D, Leica Ms and though they don't get used much these days, Hassleblad 500C/M, 553EL/X and 903SW/C.

You can get one or two straps, and a bunch of spare "ends" if you want to just save some $$ and swap the strap around.  I do that with the Hasselblad stuff.   Leicas still get their own - for now.

Not too pricey either, or trendy.... just good ol' plain jane comfy affordable and configurable straps.

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2013, 04:26:25 PM »
Thank you all kindly for the advice, I will research these.  Will probably have more questions.

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2013, 05:16:48 AM »
I'm very satisfied with my Black Rapid - I can easily carry a 1d body mounted with a 70-200 2.8 all day long. (I'm only 5'6")
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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2013, 08:31:04 PM »
+1 for the Luma Cinch. $50.00, or $60.00 with their Arca mounting plate.

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2013, 08:39:19 PM »
Black Rapid sport. I've kept it on all day for 12+ hr hikes (Yosemite Half Dome, etc.), and multiple day treks (Routeburn track, New Zealand, etc.) paired up with a 5DMark3+24-70II with no pain or health issues.

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2013, 08:52:36 PM »
I can tell you what I think about the blackrapid sport, I use it with some heavy lenses and its good but could be better. The adjustment   loop slips and its on the back side so you have to take it off to adjust which I don't like. I use a pinch pin to clamp it down which works but its kind of a hassle.

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2013, 03:22:21 PM »
Thanks again for your thoughts.  I just ordered an Optech, decided to go the cheap route and see if I can make it work.  If not I'll send it back and try something else.  I doubt it will work well with my 120-400, but it just might work for just the 6D with a smaller, wider lens.  I'm pretty sure the 200 f/2L I rented in 2011, came with an Optech...and I liked it on that.  I might be remembering wrong, though.

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2013, 03:53:56 PM »
BR double strap and I take off one for single camera carry.

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2013, 09:37:56 PM »
One other name to add to the discussion: UpStrap

Lower tech and more usual configuration over the neck: look at Upstrap, too. The pad at the top just will *not* slip off ANY clothing I have ever worn while shooting. So it feels steadier on my shoulder. There is a range of widths and materials based on what you are hanging from the strap. Founder of this little company was a working photojournalist for a good number of years.
www.upstrap.com

I look forward to looking at Paul's suggestion because I recently switched over to all Arca-Swiss head attachments. I think the 70-200 could be suspended in a much more accessible way so perhps this is it. 

I got a great deal from a friend on a couple of ThinkTank holsters, gear belt, and suspender-style straps. I bring this up to point out that we all have a bunch of different scenarios and carry-gear to go with them!

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2013, 10:26:45 PM »
+1 on Carry Speed. Tripod plate was the main reason I went with it - very well thought out.

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Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2013, 10:26:45 PM »