Does anyone know of where to get the OLD fashioned type camera straps, I call them the "Hippy" looking straps, that have some colorful patterns, are about 2" wide for the whole strap, and have a metal clip that hooks to the camera?
I had an old one from my old SLR 35mm days...even had little loops to hold the old plastic film containers, but it just wore out on me.
Do they still make straps of this sort anymore?
Ebay. Often the listings refer to "vintage" or "hippie" in the description.
As for the original post, I use a Tamrac N45 strap. It has a leather pad for the neck/shoulder area, and quick-release buckles so you can remove it before stowing. It is comfortable for a moderate weight setup, not bulky, easy to remove (which I often do), and looks subtle and understated. It adjusts to 50 inches, which might be long enough to use as a sling for smaller folks, but it isn't enough for those of us who are tall and/or girthy. However, neck straps and sling straps are different because they really function differently. If I used my N45 as a sling, which I have tried, the leather pad would hang up on my shoulder and makes it harder to draw the camera up. Sling straps allow the camera to glide along the strap while it stays in place. Opteka makes a similar strap and also sells extensions that you can use to make it long enough for a sling usage, but it probably doesn't look nearly as nice.