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10-12-2013, 05:42 AM   #631
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QuoteOriginally posted by noser Quote
The hand straps work very well on the K10D/K20D bodies.

They totally blow goats on K5 bodies.

The issue is that the ISO button is too far back and toward the edge of the top plate to reach without loosening the strap. I guess shorter fingers might help.

It's like they never tested it together, which I find amazing.

I still use one on my K5, it just has to be either worn loose to change ISO quickly (more like a handicam strap), or if I'm in consistent light it's not as bad it can be more secure... but it certainly isn't as awesome as on my K20D.
I think I will give it a try when I get a new K3. The camera and lens is a big investment and I like the idea of having it attached to my hand!

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Sorry, I have to agree with Kunzite's comments. The official Pentax hand strap screws up the otherwise awesome ergonomics of the K-5 camera, by restricting your wrist movement too much. As soon as you install it, you will be frustrated how suddenly you cannot reach all the top plate buttons. And you cannot easily slip your hand out of it either. The way it is anchored/secured, if you make the strap looser, you might as well not use it.

This might seem off topic, but I suspect the same problems might apply to the K-3, since the ergonmics look similar.
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A hand strap seems much to confining to me. I am not in the habit of dropping my gear, and when i feel insecure i just use the neck strap. You can wind it around your hand. I am thinking about a sling strap though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by D1N0 Quote
A hand strap seems much to confining to me. I am not in the habit of dropping my gear, and when i feel insecure i just use the neck strap. You can wind it around your hand. I am thinking about a sling strap though.
I used to do the wrist-wrap thing with the neck strap on my K10D, but I found I was probably wrapping the wrong direction when shooting portrait and it tended to either get in front of the lens or otherwise annoy my left hand doing focus/zoom.

It's funny though, that I have BG-x grips for the K20D and K5 now, both with hand straps. Shooting portrait and not switching to the grip controls is kinda goofy. I usually don't use the extra strap to secure it to the wrist, though, so I can slip it off quickly.

I started shooting for work this year with one of those dual Black Rapid straps, I haven't committed to removing the hand straps just yet. The Black Rapid setup is a little over-the-top, but perfect for shoot-and-run with two bodies.

Anyway, getting back on topic...

I think if I had a nice silver K-3 with that sexeh leather strap I might change habits, it looks a bit more substantial than a thin nylon neck strap.

I wonder if that strap will come with the Ltd 645D-II ?

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Neck straps are a pain in the neck. I use a Carry Speed CS-Pro sling. It comes with a heavy duty wrist strap that mounts in the tripod socket. Nice setup.

With one body, I usually have the wrist strap attached and carry in a messenger bag. I often use two bodies, one on the sling across my left shoulder, and the other in a messenger bag across my right shoulder.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
Neck straps are a pain in the neck. I use a Carry Speed CS-Pro sling. It comes with a heavy duty wrist strap that mounts in the tripod socket. Nice setup.

With one body, I usually have the wrist strap attached and carry in a messenger bag. I often use two bodies, one on the sling across my left shoulder, and the other in a messenger bag across my right shoulder.
Generally I agree about the lack of comfort with neck straps but I'd be willing to give that nice brown leather strap shown on the K3 a try! On the other hand.... I'm going to look up that Carry Speed CS-Pro on B&H's web site. Never seen one. Sure wish I was going to be in NY so I could go to B&H and look at straps and bags..... Don't have many choices at Best Buy
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QuoteOriginally posted by woodywesty Quote
Generally I agree about the lack of comfort with neck straps but I'd be willing to give that nice brown leather strap shown on the K3 a try! On the other hand.... I'm going to look up that Carry Speed CS-Pro on B&H's web site. Never seen one. Sure wish I was going to be in NY so I could go to B&H and look at straps and bags..... Don't have many choices at Best Buy
Have anyone ever tried to carry 8 lb. on the neck? I was pleasantly surprised when discovered Carry Speed FS-Pro double loop sling for my Sigma 500/4.5.
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