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Posted on 12-19-2012 in Influential Photo Gear

Greetings, My name is Jack Powers and I am from Wichita, Kansas.  I am a retired Respiratory Therapist and Educator from Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, Oklahoma. Married to my wife Pam of 43 years and raised two children.  Our youngest Allen passed away in 2009 but left our family with a beautiful gift, our 5 y/o grandson Rowdy.

My first digital camera was a Casio followed by three Sony Cybershot point & shoot cameras.  I moved to a DSLR in 2009 when I bought the Pentax K20D which was recommended by a good friend of mine.  I got to say that my life changed when I got the Pentax.  I loved everything about it and still do.  Having the ability two change lenses as your requirements change is an outstanding plus.

Figure 1: OP/TECHUSA camera strap, an idea replacement for standard/thin neck straps

On to my choice of the item that has been most influential with my photography and that would have to be my camera sling strap.  Using the strap that came with the camera proved to add stress to my neck when I wore it due to the weight of the camera pulling downward.  I tried slipping it over my shoulder but found it to be uncomfortable and not in a good position to grabbing it to capture a photo.  I had done some searching on the net and found several brands like the Black Rapid strap but the cost was prohibitive to my budget. Checked out a local camera shop and found one for $25.00 from OP/TECHUSA and WOW!! What a difference.  There is no longer any stress on my neck and when I need to take a picture the camera is already at hand level and I can quickly grab it then sliding it up to my eye to take the shot. The quality of the Pentax K20D speaks for itself but now when I'm out shooting my comfort level is much better and can stay out for longer periods of time.

In conclusion I would say that the sling strap is like an extension of my arm and when time comes to grab that shot I get it with seconds to spare and with no neck aches & pains, allowing me more time outside to enjoy my photography and my Pentax.

- jpowersrrt


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Gallopingphotog [Delete] Dec 22nd, 2012 8:55PM

I'm totally with you on the OP/TECH USA strap. I have one for each of my four cameras now. Spreads the weight well, nicely padded without being bulky. Plus I like how you can unclip the long neck part and then clip the two short straps that are attached to the camera together to make a short strap. Very handy when using a tripod. No long strap to get tangled on stuff, but a short strap I can twist around my hand before tripping the quick release. Very important for a professional klutz such as me!

metaphiston [Delete] Dec 21st, 2012 4:24AM

Such a basic thing, often overlooked - the ergonomics and comfort of shooting. As you say, if it becomes uncomfortable to shoot you will feel less inclined to push for great shots and opportunities. I think I will get one of these as sometimes I get a strained neck with the included strap on my camera.

dinneenp [Delete] Dec 21st, 2012 3:07AM

I'm getting a Black Rapid strap for Xmas, looking forward to it. Everyone who has a shoulder strap says stuff similar to your comments that they're great.
Happy Christmas...

sirjes2 [Delete] Dec 20th, 2012 3:43PM

Last Christmas, I dropped hints about the sun sniper pro sling. Glad someone was listening. It's really helped on those extended shoots with comfort and easy access. I'm with some of you though. It does have a tendency to swing a bit at times when I walk. Another issue I have is the padding on the shoulder strap is almost TOO much. I like the looks of this one pictured.

stens [Delete] Dec 20th, 2012 7:48AM

I've had mine since the mid 90s (bought to use with my old SF1N). The newer one doesn't look much different. It's been on a Himalayan trek, as well as used for walk-around type shooting. 3 things improve comfort over a standard strap: 1) it's thick neoprene, therefore well-padded, 2) it's wider and spreads the weight of an SLR/DSLR, especially helpful with a heavier hand-held lens, and 3) the strap is double angled, so it kind of wraps around the sides of your neck, which spreads the weight even further. I don't have any of the newer fast release adapters; after seeing this I'm reminded to be on the lookout for some.

GaryH [Delete] Dec 20th, 2012 7:33AM

I use this strap also both with and without the sling adapter. It is much more comfortable than the original strap due to the neoprene pad and much greater surface area that the camera/lens weight is spread over. It is a little bulky to stuff into smaller cases but it is worth its relatively low cost for its added comfort. There are also a myriad of adapters clips lens support and other items available that makes this strap a very versatile item.

tessfully [Delete] Dec 20th, 2012 6:35AM

I will be looking for this strap while shopping for camera stuff this holiday season. Thanks for the tip and lovely write-up!

Mikesul [Delete] Dec 20th, 2012 6:28AM

Can you explain in what way this strap is more comfortable/usable than the standard strap? Thanks.

Wingincamera [Delete] Dec 20th, 2012 1:09AM

Another vote for the Optech strap, plus I like that it is made in the USA. To stop the camera from swinging around while walking, slip a short velco strap through your pant belt and around the camera strap. Very easy to free the camera. I still keep a hand on the camera when hanging at my side.

Bruce Clark [Delete] Dec 20th, 2012 1:02AM

I do not find the standard strap very comfortable, I might give one of these a try

zany225 [Delete] Dec 19th, 2012 11:50PM

I'm also using it. It's worth every penny. The downside is that I almost swing my camera hit the doors, tables, anythings with the same height level as my hip. It's not the disadvantage from product but my behavior.