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01-05-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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Hand strap

Hi everyone
Just wondering if anyone has used a JJC HS-N Leather Hand Grip Strap before?
I like the idea of it and the fact you can still use a neck strap as well. I'm looking into options while I'm still waiting for my K-x to arrive The strap is the same as Nikon AH-4


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are you talking about the Pentax hand grip strap? I have one, love it, it fits really good.
I personally wouldn't buy any of them that are being sold on Ebay
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*peeking* Hard to tell how well-made those are, ...Pentax's own are a safe bet, to all I've heard. I don't know if the plates have the extra strap-attachment point, though.
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I use the Mennon hand strap.
It has fittings for the shoulder strap too and works quite well.
The only thing about the handstraps you should know about is that when you have to change the battery, you can't do it fast since the handstrap plate is usually under the battery door.
You have to loosen or release the plate before you can get the batteries out.
I'm using the K100D super so, batteries are "AA".

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I do think the best way there is to get hold of a plate that also fits your tripod heads, and has the strap slots on either side. Then choose your hand-strap based on what you like as a strap. The fittings can be changed.
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Hi Goose,

I use, and can highly recommend Camdapter Grip Straps. I have the Arca Swiss style plates and top grain leather grip straps on all of my bodies. They have dual strap attachment points and allow for a neck strap in addition to the grip strap, use the highest quality materials, and the plates do not interfere with the battery doors of the DS, K100DS, K10/20, or K-7. BTW, they also make plates that are compatible with Manfrotto RC2 QRs.

The plates are made from aluminum, and attach with an allen head screw. I previously used Hakuba/Slik grip straps, because they were cheap and easily available, but the wheel screw couldn't get them tight enough, and the plastic base blocked battery door access. I tried the Nikon grip strap, but it forced my hand into an unnatural position where I had to strain to get my finger to the Ev button or my thumb to the 4 way controller.

The Camdapter plate, IMO, is easily the best (Photoclam also makes A S compatible plates with dual strap attachment points that apparently don't block battery doors, but I haven't used them, so can't confirm).

With the Camdapter plate and the strap adjusted so I can easily slip my hand into it, I can carry any of the bodies with a 6lb+ 300/2.8 securely with just the grip's tension and a light curl of my finger tips. I have swivel clips on a neck strap in my pocket so I can quickly attach it if I need to hang the camera so I have both hands free.

Camdapter(TM) | Hand Strap Solutions for DSLR cameras | Made in the USA!

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01-07-2010, 05:13 AM   #7
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Does anyone know where I can get Pentax hand strap???

Hi does anyone know where I can get the Pentax Hand Strap (similar to the one I mentioned) as noone seem to sell them here and I've checked a few American websites but it would cost the earth in freight??
Pleases help my camera is here and I don't want pay $150 for a Nikon one
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PentaxWebstore DSLR Leather Hand Strap

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QuoteOriginally posted by luke0622 Quote
I personally wouldn't buy any of them that are being sold on Ebay
The webbing strap is the same as any neck strap. The connectors are the same plastic connectors you would also find on any neck strap. The back of the hand pad is not part of the mechanical construction. It merely floats on the webbing strap and only function is to provide comfort. There really isn't much to the construction of the strap part at all.

I think the only thing you could be worried about would be the mount base. As long as you don't mount a QR plate to one or use the tripod mount in the mount base to directly connect a tripod, that the mount will do what it is supposed to.

If you want to use a QR plate then I would suggest spending the money you would spend on the fancier hand strap on a camdapter QR plate, or another QR plate that acts as a mount for the hand grip/strap. If you can afford both a nice hand grip/strap and a good QR plate, then more power to you. If you can only a nice hand grip/strap and a cheap mount base, or a nice QR plate that can be a mount plate and a cheap hand grip/strp, go for the QR plate.

I bought one of these but it hasn't arrived yet.
eBay: Quick Release Plate for CANON SLR CAMERA W/ Hand Strap US $19.99



I'll edit this when it comes to add whether it was worth the $20 or not.

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Russell, that plate is reasonably priced, make sure you give an update! I am especially interested in the alloy they've used...this AluminIum sounds promising! Kidding, I do need an extra plate or 2 (contemplating letting the k20 go - have a GF1 on order)
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Unfortunately the only take orders in the USA. Does anyone know of someone in Australia?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Silly Goose Quote
Unfortunately the only take orders in the USA. Does anyone know of someone in Australia?
Not quite Australia, but they will ship.
Pentax DSLR Leather Hand Strap $ 27.95 B&H Photo Video

Thank you
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QuoteOriginally posted by snostorm Quote
Hi Goose,

I use, and can highly recommend Camdapter Grip Straps. I have the Arca Swiss style plates and top grain leather grip straps on all of my bodies. They have dual strap attachment points and allow for a neck strap in addition to the grip strap, use the highest quality materials, and the plates do not interfere with the battery doors of the DS, K100DS, K10/20, or K-7. BTW, they also make plates that are compatible with Manfrotto RC2 QRs.

The plates are made from aluminum, and attach with an allen head screw. I previously used Hakuba/Slik grip straps, because they were cheap and easily available, but the wheel screw couldn't get them tight enough, and the plastic base blocked battery door access. I tried the Nikon grip strap, but it forced my hand into an unnatural position where I had to strain to get my finger to the Ev button or my thumb to the 4 way controller.

The Camdapter plate, IMO, is easily the best (Photoclam also makes A S compatible plates with dual strap attachment points that apparently don't block battery doors, but I haven't used them, so can't confirm).

With the Camdapter plate and the strap adjusted so I can easily slip my hand into it, I can carry any of the bodies with a 6lb+ 300/2.8 securely with just the grip's tension and a light curl of my finger tips. I have swivel clips on a neck strap in my pocket so I can quickly attach it if I need to hang the camera so I have both hands free.

Camdapter(TM) | Hand Strap Solutions for DSLR cameras | Made in the USA!

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Looks nice but no price listing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GerryL Quote
Looks nice but no price listing.

Hi Gerry, The prices are for each model adapter (click the model from the tabs towards the top of the page) -- the range is $30-40 + $6 shipping. The top grain leather straps are $25 + $6 shipping, and are easily the highest quality strap of this kind that I've found.

The Camdapter plate is very similar to the one that Russell showed, but the strap lugs are steel pins instead of what appears to be a part of the casting. Personally, I'd trust the pins more than the casting.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Russell-Evans Quote

I'll edit this when it comes to add whether it was worth the $20 or not.

Thank you
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Hrm.That doesn't look like a bad deal at all, that plate, apart from any hand straps one might attach. I'd like to hear how it works out. I've been putting off trying this sort of thing, myself, but that's not a bad price for a plate of any kind, anyway. I'd like to hear how it turns out.

When it gets chillier, I start to think about these kinds of things, (Got a Raynaud's type thing going on) ...then by the time I go to do anything about it , it's warmer and I'm like, 'Eh, I don't really need that.'


I think for the OP, though, if they're still here, the Pentax-branded one is actually a nice piece of strap that people like, (Not bad for a camera-brand-made thing, ) and you can mess with plates later if you like it. A lot of people like to use a hand strap and no neck-strap, it seems. Or, I guess, you could try that one you showed us, and if the strap itself is as faux-leather as it looks, you can use the plate to attach a nicer strap later. Probably still be happy. Depends what you turn out to need.

Those Camdapter things someone mentioned are also (very) nice, by all accounts, if possibly pricey for your purposes. .
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