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    Posted: 13 November 2021 at 05:46
After years of using a camera strap I'm wondering if it is time to say goodbye.

Often the camera is in a holster-bag or messenger-bag. So the risk of dropping the camera is kind to taken care of there.

It can get in the way of screwing the camera into a tripod base plate, and in strong winds will flail against the tripod. Which isn't great for long exposures or video recordings.

I've attached it to my Tamron 150-500 and that seems a more sensible use for it.

Currently running the camera with no strap and it doesn't seem to bother me. Strange after years of using one.

Still wondering if a hand-strap (like the Peak Design CL-3 Clutch) might be a nice compromise.

So has anyone else said goodbye to their camera straps?
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Still married to my Peak Design strap with connectors on both the camera and on the 200-600, just too handy to give upon!
And if I want to have the tripod option available for landscapes I just swap out the bottom D-ring for either the PD plate that came with the strap or an L-plate that also have a threaded hole for the D-ring.
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Sort of yes and no. For years I have already used camera strap quick release solutions and hand straps. I have also used double camera harnesses that work best when the attachment point is in the bottom of the camera or lens collar and then it is obviously better to remove the neck strap. And when I use 200-600G lens, then the neck strap is usually attached to the lens rather than the camera. Although I use Peak Design Anchor Links that make the change from the lens to the camera easy, quite often I am lazy and operate the camera without neck strap when I remove the big lens and switch to something smaller. There is still the hand strap (usually PD Clutch, although I have also few cheaper handstraps, some with a wrist strap) that helps to maintain the grip. However there seems to be one situation where I'm little unsure about operating without a neck strap and that it is when changing between (smaller) lenses: if the camera is hanging on the neck it is easy to keep one lens in one hand and another lens in the other hand, but if you need to keep one hand holding the camera that complicates things a bit.
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Hand grips are great, especially for small cameras, but not in situations where you need to use your hand for other purposes -- like putting a camera on a tripod.

I use one on my Minolta A2 -- but I also have a neck/shoulder strap attached so I can use my hand when there is no convenient place to put the camera down -- MOST of the time.

For larger cameras I always use a neck/shoulder strap -- on my shoulder while walking longer distances, and on my neck for shorter. Never had a problem attaching a camera on a tripod while using a neck strap -- in fact it helps.

I've had too many accidents over the years not to add the protection of a strap -- AND the accidents ONLY happened when the camera was NOT attached to me with a strap.

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Originally posted by XKAES XKAES wrote:

Hand grips are great, especially for small cameras, but not in situations where you need to use your hand for other purposes -- like putting a camera on a tripod.
Interesting, I would say they are more useful for gripped cameras - I used them with the A900 with grip and the Canon 1Ds. None of my current cameras have a grip, so, I do not use any handgrips.

I usually start using my cameras without straps until I go out with the camera and just one lens - going light means no bag and then it is nice to be able to simply throw the camera over my shoulder.

Not really an answer I think...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote XKAES Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2021 at 14:55
I guess we need to define what "hand grip" means. There are built-in hand grips, like on the Minolta A2 and Sony A900 -- that are INSIDE your hand, and then there are add-on hand grips -- that are OUTSIDE your hand.

For my A2, for example, which has a built-in hand grip, I also use an add-on hand grip -- and I also have a shoulder/neck strap attached.

Call it over-kill, but I like to protect my gear.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2021 at 16:34
I was talking about what sometimes is called hand straps, like the hand strap E1. Minolta had also one. It allows you to just keep the camera in your hand and forget it. Like you can do with lighter cameras.
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All my life's a circle. I started with a standard camera neck strap but didn't like the pressure on my neck arteries. Switched to a sling strap and kept losing eye cups and costing a fortune. Went to a hand strap but ran into problems when I needed both my hands, the same problems when I ditched them all together. Now i'm back to a neck strap that's infinity looped on my wrist, when I need my hand I unwind and sling the camera on my shoulder.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote XKAES Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2021 at 16:49
I'm with you -- hand STRAPS are great, as long as you don't need to use your hand for something else -- which seems to be MOST of the time!

But I have no idea what "a neck strap that's infinity looped on my wrist" means. Can you explain?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2021 at 17:23
Infinity, figure eight loop means; hang camera with neck strap on your wrist, twist to an infinity or figure eight, thread writs through and repeat till hand your hand is "tied" to the grip. It takes some thought to get the length and position right, like a neck tie but If you've ever played "cat's cradle" or sailed it will be easy.

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I have Peak Design quick releases and both a strap and a wrist strap, which I interchange as needed. Also a cotton carrier hand grip, which stays on all the time. Gives me a much better grip. I need it, kind of clumsy. haha Seriously, I broke my neck in an auto accident in 1998. Sometimes the neck strap is too much and sometimes my hands, especially the right, goes numb and I need more stability.

So it's cotton carrier hand grip + PD neck OR wrist strap.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2021 at 09:08
Never used any neck strap for any camera.
Just the simple wrist-strap which I put on first whenever the camera comes out of the bag.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dogears Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 November 2021 at 04:07
Loving my neck strap with quick release buckles that can be connected together without the main strap - easily turns into a 'wrist strap'.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 November 2021 at 06:44
Originally posted by dogears dogears wrote:

Loving my neck strap with quick release buckles that can be connected together without the main strap - easily turns into a 'wrist strap'.

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Yeah, I've got a quick release neck-strap system. The problem is the tabs connected to the camera, still flail around in very strong winds. So if you're trying to record a video clip, the audio will pick up the click of the ends hitting the camera. Plus for long exposures, having the camera violently flailed by the attachment points still creates tiny vibrations.

An elegant solution might be not to use the camera to shot or record seascapes in wild wind conditions, but that would also cut out one of my favourite scenes.
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