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iMac
15th August 2009, 03:49 PM
Need some help with finding a better strap for Olympus larger body like the E-30, the biggest / heaviest lens combo I have currently is the E-30 with the 70-300. Fist let me say the Olympus strap is terrible, and what I'm currently using is the SmugMug neoprene strap which isn't bad but I find the 1/2" webbing on the camera end is twisting in the body loops, very annoying. This same strap on the E-510 doesn't have the twisting issue, but I guess the extra weight is what the issue is. I need some suggestions on a better strap, but also interested in what others are using for a connector system to the body, IE: just web strap, split O ring, or ? Iam thinking the split O ring is a no no as that will likely wear on the body metal against metal.

Jim Ford
15th August 2009, 03:58 PM
Don't bother with the Optech strap.

I've got one and it was overpriced and is little better than the Olympus one.

Jim

yorky
15th August 2009, 04:02 PM
Don't bother with the Optech strap.

I've got one and it was overpriced and is little better than the Olympus one.

Jim

I find the optech fine for the E3 +12-60.

Jim Ford
15th August 2009, 04:08 PM
I find the optech fine for the E3 +12-60.

That's what I use mine for!

Jim

Gwyver
15th August 2009, 04:16 PM
iMac,
Have you considered using a bandolier type of strap? Check out http://www.blackrapid.com/product/camera-strap/rs-4/
Now that they've reworked the connectors and attachment bolt it's very good - especially if like me you carry an E3 + ZD12~60 or ZD50~200 on all day hikes.

alanwjones
15th August 2009, 04:48 PM
Just seen these optech pro straps going for 15 delivered @

http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=156146

iMac
15th August 2009, 07:06 PM
To give a better idea what I'm talking about here is a snap of what the strap is doing on the E-30, seems to be worse on the dial side where the loop is down on the side of the body a bit.

http://redislephoto.com/pics/twist.jpg

The current strap is 1/2" webbing onto the camera which is the same size as the loop on the camera body, but I think what is happening is it is too soft and wants to roll in on the edges.

Barrie Norman
15th August 2009, 07:20 PM
Lowpro make one that is very good and has quick release if you fit it to a trypod, Can't remember what it cost as I got mine in America but I have seen them recently over here I use mine with my Sigma 150 which is heavyer than the 70-300.

iMac
15th August 2009, 07:40 PM
Lowpro make one that is very good and has quick release if you fit it to a trypod, Can't remember what it cost as I got mine in America but I have seen them recently over here I use mine with my Sigma 150 which is heavyer than the 70-300.

I was looking at those Barrie from the LowPro (http://products.lowepro.com/catalog/Camera-Straps,41.htm) site, do you know which one of the four you have?

Archphoto
15th August 2009, 07:58 PM
iMac, the problem is not with the strap, it is with the location of the strap-mount of the camera.

Nylon is too soft for this aplication.

What I would be looking at is a leather loop held together with an open eye.
The type that will not come off the camera unless you cut it.
A good shoe-maker or sadle-maker should be able to help you with it.

Peter

Barrie Norman
15th August 2009, 08:09 PM
I was looking at those Barrie from the LowPro (http://products.lowepro.com/catalog/Camera-Straps,41.htm) site, do you know which one of the four you have?

I had to look on the site it is one of the Voyager but I don't know which one as they look the same in the pictures.

iMac
15th August 2009, 08:24 PM
iMac, the problem is not with the strap, it is with the location of the strap-mount of the camera.

Nylon is too soft for this aplication.

What I would be looking at is a leather loop held together with an open eye.
The type that will not come off the camera unless you cut it.
A good shoe-maker or sadle-maker should be able to help you with it.

Peter

Peter I have to agree with you that the strap-mount on the dial side of the E-30 seems to be the problem, as I haven't had this issue with my E-510 of course the E-510 is much lighter. With the front of the camera being front heavy the strap-mount on that side seems to roll the nylon strap. I'm not sure that I would like the Blackrapid R4 system as my preference is around my neck, I guess we will have to keep looking.

iMac
15th August 2009, 11:31 PM
Has anyone tried this system? cottoncarrier (http://cottoncarrier.com/index.html)

iMac
15th August 2009, 11:40 PM
This looks like it could be another solution, at least the cheapest.
Adapt-Its (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/542472-REG/Op_Tech_USA_1301322_System_Connectors_Adapt_Its_.h tml)

Archphoto
15th August 2009, 11:51 PM
Cottoncarrier: not for me.
One wrong move and so..

Placing of the eye's for the camera strap:
E410: front L and R, no problem even with the heavy 7-14mm
E520: on top L and R, same story.

And mind you, I have been walking for hours with the set in a warm Central Brazil. (> 30 degrees C)

Maybe it helps if you pull the end of the strap twice through the eye, I don't know if there is enough room for it, in that way the strap would move around less.

Another thing I would consider is to make a sleeve for the strap that is wider and therefore distributes the weight of the camera and lens over a larger area.
Experinemting is something for me to do in Holland, September, here in Brazil I have nothing to play with....

Peter

donmcmahan
25th August 2009, 05:36 PM
that RS-4 thing from BlackRapid looks good to me as I always carry my camera with the strap across my chest rather than around my neck but it needs an adapter that is compatible with a tripod quick release plate

Melaka
26th August 2009, 09:03 AM
I have an Optech strap bought earlier this year but now surplus to my requirements, which I'm willing to sell.

iMac
26th August 2009, 10:58 AM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I have decided to wait for a couple few weeks as we are heading to the USA on a trip and may find something there I can try before purchase.

Yorkie
26th August 2009, 11:59 AM
iMac,
Have you considered using a bandolier type of strap? Check out http://www.blackrapid.com/product/camera-strap/rs-4/
Now that they've reworked the connectors and attachment bolt it's very good - especially if like me you carry an E3 + ZD12~60 or ZD50~200 on all day hikes.

I don't have one of these but I have made my own version which I use with the E3. The only thing to watch is the size of lens you use any system with, with a large lens you should consider using the lens tripod mount to fix to as this minimises the stress on the body/lens mount.

Personally I will never go back to a conventional strap having used the bandolier system. *chr

Ian
26th August 2009, 12:22 PM
iMac, the problem is not with the strap, it is with the location of the strap-mount of the camera.

Nylon is too soft for this aplication.

What I would be looking at is a leather loop held together with an open eye.
The type that will not come off the camera unless you cut it.
A good shoe-maker or sadle-maker should be able to help you with it.

Peter

I must admit that I am surprised by this thread as I have no problem with the straps on either the E-30 or E-3, even with the HLD-4 and 90-250 (yes, 3+kg of lens). The 90-250 has its own strap (I used the same strap that us supplied with E-series bodies. The E-3 strap is a bit smarter as it has embroidered logos, but the business ends look the same as the standard strap.

Interestingly, the 90th Anniversary commemorative strap that comes with the limited edition Space kit is has stiffer fabric on the ends that loop.

Ian