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What Camera Strap is Best for Me?

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

A camera strap is not the first piece of equipment a photographer thinks about. But when it comes to shooting, the strap plays a major role in the picture taking experience.

A camera strap serves to keep the camera attached to your body. It will lay against your body so comfort level will be important. It also needs to be secure, so you don’t end up dropping the camera and damaging it.

Most cameras come with their own strap, and those straps may be fine. But as you hone your craft, you may find that some straps work better than others. Here are some camera strap details you should look out for if you decide to buy your own.

Types

There are three main types of camera straps, neck straps, shoulder straps and wrist straps. Because each sits on your body differently, they have various features that may be more or less important in the decision making process. Here are some things to consider.

Neck Strap

The neck strap goes around the neck so you can easily access the camera and hold it up to your face as needed.

When you are moving around a lot, the last thing you want is a strap that weighs you down and irritates you. Therefore, you will want one that’s not too wide and not too thin (about medium width) and is made of a lightweight, breathable material.

It’s also important to find a neck strap that’s well padded. This will keep it from digging into your neck.

Shoulder Strap

Also called a sling, a shoulder strap allows you to carry the camera on your shoulder. The camera slides up and down on the sling so you can raise it to where you want it to be to take the picture without ever needing to remove the strap from your shoulder.

Because the sling sits on your shoulder, you’ll be looking for features that are similar to that of the neck strap. The camera should have padding, so it doesn’t dig into the skin. It should be made of a breathable material. It should not be too thick or thin.

Shoulder straps are ideal if you are taking your camera out on a hike or using it while performing some other type of rigorous physical activity. Since it’s on the side of your body, it will be less likely to be impacted when you’re moving around.

Wrist Straps

Wrist straps fasten the camera to your wrist so it is easy to access by hand when you take a picture. With a wrist strap, you won’t need to worry too much about padding and breathability, but you won’t want the strap to be too thin or it will dig into the skin on your wrist.

Other Considerations

Here are some other considerations that will come into play when it comes to finding a strap that’s best suited for you.

Durability: The strap should be made of a durable fabric that won’t break easily.

Length: Most camera straps are adjustable, but they must have the ability to be adjusted to come to a length that works best for you. They should also adjust easily.

Style: You’ll be wearing your camera strap prominently, so you’ll want it to look good. Make sure it features a color and style you like.

Camera straps play an important role in the picture taking process. Now that you know what to look for, you are ready to find one that suits your needs. Which do you think will work best for you?


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