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Dec 2, 2018 07:34:32   #
ncribble
 
The Op/Tech system here. I own a couple of Black Rapid straps, and have tried Cotten Carrier, but neither are as light and handy as the dual Op/Tech. I purchased the dual carrier with no intention of ever carrying two camera bodies. At my age those days are gone but I wanted to carry the camera in the center of my chest and not off to one side. I hike with a walking stick and the off the side camera location was troublesome. The dual Op/Tech lets me attach one side to each side of my 5 Diii and I'm able to adjust its carry position and it is always there when I want to shoot. I'll also admit that I stayed from Op/Tech for several years thinking at their prices that it would be cheap stuff. Man was I wrong! Great quality, comfortable and very durable.

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Dec 2, 2018 07:34:39   #
MikeT9
 
Black Rapid, I’ve been using that for a number of years. I know some people go on about it using the tripod screw mount to attach but I’ve never heard of any problem.
If you look a Richard Taylor’s picture of the monopod attached to his camera with a large lens or consider all those people, like me, who carry a camera with a 500mm+ attached to their tripod slung over their shoulder with no worries, what’s the problem.
For me the great thing about the Black Rapid strap is that the body hangs upside down. If adjusted to the correct length, your hand falls naturally to the body and as soon as you want to, you grip and bring the camera straight up to take the picture.

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Dec 2, 2018 07:55:14   #
Architect1776 (a regular here)
 
out4life2016 wrote:
I have recently purchased a canon 6D mark ii and a couple of smaller L series lenses. A pretty big upgrade for me coming from a T3. I was thinking about buying the 5D mark iv however I decided to spend some of the money on good glass also. One thing I didn't thing about was a camera strap since I was always just using my kit stap that came with the camera. I live in the pacific northwest and spend most of my time in the mountians shooting landscape and wildlife when seen. As of now the largest lens that I have is a Tamron 28-300 but am looking at purchasing the Tamron 150-600mm in the next two months. Most locations I have to hike into so typically everything is carried into my Lowepro pack however I have missed some really great shots due to the fact camera isn't ready. I am looking for a system that is comfortable and can be easily ready to shot with in a moments notice. It must be able to support heavy lenses. Basically im no pro but I don't want what I have spent my hard earned money on hitting the ground. If anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate them.
I have recently purchased a canon 6D mark ii and a... (show quote)


What does the kit strap lack for you?
I use the "Kit" strap on my 7D w/100-400L while hiking and did not feel a need for anything else.
There are many good straps out there and you gave parameters that the kit covers except for perhaps comfort which is relative.
Black Rapid Curve Breathe Strap gives comfort but very quick to the eye access while hiking.

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Dec 2, 2018 07:55:55   #
Mr. B
 
Robyn H wrote:
I use Op-Tech straps on all my cameras and heavy lenses. Each camera body and heavy lens has the Op-Tech quick disconnect connectors on them so I can use whichever strap or harness I choose at the time.


Op-Tech all the way!


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Dec 2, 2018 08:00:36   #
dcampbell52
 
out4life2016 wrote:
I have recently purchased a canon 6D mark ii and a couple of smaller L series lenses. A pretty big upgrade for me coming from a T3. I was thinking about buying the 5D mark iv however I decided to spend some of the money on good glass also. One thing I didn't thing about was a camera strap since I was always just using my kit stap that came with the camera. I live in the pacific northwest and spend most of my time in the mountians shooting landscape and wildlife when seen. As of now the largest lens that I have is a Tamron 28-300 but am looking at purchasing the Tamron 150-600mm in the next two months. Most locations I have to hike into so typically everything is carried into my Lowepro pack however I have missed some really great shots due to the fact camera isn't ready. I am looking for a system that is comfortable and can be easily ready to shot with in a moments notice. It must be able to support heavy lenses. Basically im no pro but I don't want what I have spent my hard earned money on hitting the ground. If anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate them.
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I have a Rugard strap that has the under arm strap in addition to the main.. it goes (in my case as I am right handed) over the left shoulder (and under the arm) and hangs under the right arm to the hip. Mine has a flip up carrier on the shoulder that holds 2 extra batteries and 6 extra memory cards. This is a good solution for me as I shoot a lot of nature and don't have to carry a camera bag. I do have a second camera that I use a 50mm f/1.8 or an 18-70 lens on for standard shots and I keep my 80-400mm lens on the main.. my "long" camera is a DX and the short to normal camera is FX.

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Dec 2, 2018 08:00:50   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
out4life2016 wrote:
I have recently purchased a canon 6D mark ii and a couple of smaller L series lenses. A pretty big upgrade for me coming from a T3. I was thinking about buying the 5D mark iv however I decided to spend some of the money on good glass also. One thing I didn't thing about was a camera strap since I was always just using my kit stap that came with the camera. I live in the pacific northwest and spend most of my time in the mountians shooting landscape and wildlife when seen. As of now the largest lens that I have is a Tamron 28-300 but am looking at purchasing the Tamron 150-600mm in the next two months. Most locations I have to hike into so typically everything is carried into my Lowepro pack however I have missed some really great shots due to the fact camera isn't ready. I am looking for a system that is comfortable and can be easily ready to shot with in a moments notice. It must be able to support heavy lenses. Basically im no pro but I don't want what I have spent my hard earned money on hitting the ground. If anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate them.
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1. You mention, and I quote, "I was thinking about buying the 5D mark iv however I decided to spend some of the money on good glass also", your quote, not mine. Then you confused me because the next thing you mention is purchasing a tamron 150-600. Really, you call the Tamron good glass? You passed on a Canon 5D Mark 4 to purchase a Tamron lens? Interesting.
My only advice is this, if you want EXCELLENT glass, purchase the Canon 100-400 II, it will race circles around the Tamron. There is no comparison between these two lenses. You will be happier with the Canon. You are on the right track in saying Glass is important, now prove it.

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Dec 2, 2018 08:02:09   #
coach17
 
RichardSM wrote:
Hi there for the new camera have a look into dual strap harness at chest level so you will be ready for most anything to shoot, I can’t advise to which one is doable for you. Do some research! Best of luck looking. And do post some of those new photgraphs when you can.


I second Black Rapid. I use on two different bodies. Would never go back to a neck strap

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Dec 2, 2018 08:06:31   #
tommy2 (a regular here)
 
Just my two cents worth after years of experience:

The front mount harness type strap system keeps your camera most secure and creates a more balanced load in active situations than the several shoulder systems.

When using a shoulder strap system hanging the camera from the tripod mount is the most trouble free system by putting the strap out of the way when raising the camera to take a shot. Also the strap is able to be adjusted to a shorter length cutting down the "pendulum effect" caused by the load.

Attaching the shoulder strap ends to the top camera mounting tabs puts two straps in the way when manipulating the various camera controls.

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Dec 2, 2018 08:06:36   #
TJBNovember
 
Robyn H wrote:
I use Op-Tech straps on all my cameras and heavy lenses. Each camera body and heavy lens has the Op-Tech quick disconnect connectors on them so I can use whichever strap or harness I choose at the time.



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Dec 2, 2018 08:14:29   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
The OP/TECH straps are excellent. Prices are good, too.

I'm curious about "Pacific northwest." Is there another northwest? Should I say I live in the "Atlantic northeast"?

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Dec 2, 2018 08:18:03   #
rond-photography
 
Love my Peak Design straps. Durable and functional. Have not lusted over a strap since I got one 3 years ago.
Best feature is that they come with a Swiss Arca style plate where the strap attaches, so you have the advantage of hanging the strap from
the tripod mount point but you can STILL USE the tripod. Also, when you detach the strap (quick and easy) there is nothing on the camera that
is in the way.

I also have their Clutch hand strap.

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Dec 2, 2018 08:18:55   #
roxiemarty (a regular here)
 
I am also a huge fan of the Cotton Carrier system. It is a wonderful design, and I am a small framed woman. I went rock climbing this past summer with my 70D and lens, plus a speedlight attached in a small pack. Check it out as it is well worth the money!

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Dec 2, 2018 08:19:34   #
SteveG
 
Hi! I recently just had the same quandary. I decided on the Spider Camera Holster. Check it out. Easy access and it doesn't hand from your neck. You can use it in your own belt or buy the kit. Check it out!

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Dec 2, 2018 08:22:56   #
aflundi
 
out4life2016 wrote:
... Most locations I have to hike into so typically everything is carried into my Lowepro pack however I have missed some really great shots due to the fact camera isn't ready. I am looking for a system that is comfortable and can be easily ready to shot with in a moments notice. It must be able to support heavy lenses. ... If anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate them.

For your situation, have you considered a sling bag? You'd get the protection of a backpack but have quick access.

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Dec 2, 2018 08:24:34   #
HallwoedHill
 
miked46 wrote:
I use this company and I have a couple of their straps and they work well for me.
bosstrap.com



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