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11-21-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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One strap to rule them all...

So does anyone have recommendations for a great camera strap? I have a few requirements.

Needs to be a shoulder/across the chest type strap
Cannot attach to the tripod screw (I use this way too often and want to be able to set the camera down and have it stay level)
Should support a K5 with grip and the Sigma 70-200 1:2.8
Ideally, it would be theft proof (i.e. a steel wire running through it since I will be using it to travel to areas where slash thefts are common)

So I'm open to ideas, anyone got 'em?

11-21-2010, 05:01 PM   #2
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The German made Sun-Sniper meets your requirements for steel anti-theft cable and across the chest. (it says "Home" but its Sun-Sniper.de)

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I use one and its well made and comfortable. Also comes in multi-camera configurations. However it normally screws into either the tripod mount on the camera or the lens. You would have to attach your own strap to the normal neck-strap loops and forgo the screw, or if your primary lens has a mount that rotates, screw into that with the mount rotated so the camera sits flat. I just tried it for fun and it seemed ok. As always, YMMV. Good luck.
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I would recommend the Pentax denim strap - same functionality as the default strap , But much better style! You can only get it from Pentax Japan though, I think.
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QuoteOriginally posted by imtheguy Quote
You would have to attach your own strap to the normal neck-strap loops and forgo the screw
Any suggestions on a tighter strap to use with this than the original? I really like the design of the Sun Sniper, I have been looking at it and the only thing I don't like is the tripod screw mount. I just think with the regular strap and that the camera would be pretty close to dragging on the ground.

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I would recommend the Pentax denim strap - same functionality as the default strap , But much better style! You can only get it from Pentax Japan though, I think.
Is this an across the chest type strap?

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Take a look at "Upstrap". Primarily a shoulder strap (non tripod mount) but I find that it functions well bandolier (sp?) style. I am 6'7" tall and 275# and the Upstrap can still be adjusted so I can wear at hip height. Check out Camera Strap Professional Non Slip Camera Straps - UPstrap
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I have heard the UPStrap can take a toll on shirts made of softer/lighter material since their grip is so good. Any experience with that?
11-22-2010, 05:38 AM   #7
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For an anti-slash strap I recommend the Pacsafe range -

Pacsafe Anti-Theft Bags & Travel Security Products

Good quality and prices.
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My favourite strap is the Kata reflex, because it sports pockets for spare memory cards, and I love that. It's Neoprene, so very comfortable. I'm not sure about anti-theft issues, but seriously, I've never, ever heard of anyone actually having their strap cut to steal the camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I've never, ever heard of anyone actually having their strap cut to steal the camera.
Right. They generally point the knife at you, not at your camera strap.
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I have heard the UPStrap can take a toll on shirts made of softer/lighter material since their grip is so good. Any experience with that?
No experience with UPStrap wrecking shirts. I would, however, sacrifice, a shirt if it meant the strap/my camera is going to stay on my shoulder because the "grip is so good" (and it is very good
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The Sniper Straps appears to be functionally identical to the BlackRapid straps (except the BRs do not have the steel cable). I am currently using the DR-1 and it works well for carrying 2 cameras securely. It does share the Sniper Straps use of the tripod mount so you'd still have that issue to resolve.

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I have one of these Op/Tech straps- an inexpensive alternative that works well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by shiner Quote
I have one of these Op/Tech straps- an inexpensive alternative that works well.
Yes, this sling uses QR connectors that attach to the camera lugs. There are two QR connectors, so you could attach one to a camera lug and the other to the grip on the same side of the camera. One nice thing about Op/Tech is that you can mix and match strap pads and adapters to quickly change or share straps among cameras, etc.
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That Kata looks interesting. The site says you can connect the strap to the pack to keep the weight off your neck, any idea how well that works?
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Sorry for the double post, but how well does this work compared to Black Rapids, etc. It seems comparably cheap (which is both good and could be bad when hanging $3,000 worth of gear off it). Some reviews were saying the connectors get in the way of the viewfinder, any experiences?

OP/TECH USA Utility Strap

If this one gets the go-ahead from you guys, I'll likely buy it as it seems to be the setup I'm looking for without the use of the tripod mount.
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