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Old 24th October 2017
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Extra Padding for Camera Bag Strap

I carry my E-M1 II and 300mm f/4 in a ThinkTank Digital Holster slung diagonally across my chest and it works well for me. However, recently I have really been feeling the effects of carrying the (relatively) heavy gear and have been suffering from bad shoulder pain. I decided to look at ways of spreading the load on my shoulder.

I considered purchasing a neoprene strap such as the Optech Pro but then I looked at pads which would fit over the existing strap, which has strong metal fittings. There were a few bespoke photography items available but they seemed to be rather difficult to obtain and suddenly I had a brainwave: I remembered that you can purchase pads which fit over car seatbelts to make them more comfortable.

A quick visit to the Halfords site revealed a selection of them, starting at 4.00 for two, or double that for memory foam versions. I went to my local Halfords today and purchased the 4.00 set which looked the most suitable for my requirements.

I have fitted them to my camera bag strap and they are made to measure. They are adjustable, using velcro, and this means that there is a double layer of padding underneath the strap. They fit securely and look as if they won't move about in use. The strap feels a lot more comfortable now but I haven't had a chance to use it 'in the field' yet.

Here is a link in case anybody is interested.

Ron
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Re: Extra Padding for Camera Bag Strap

Ron I have shoulder troubles so sympathise. I will look into this as it may help me too. thank you. Peter
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Re: Extra Padding for Camera Bag Strap

Brilliant. Should be filed alongside the lens cases (a.k.a dog food pouches) from PetsAtHome.
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Re: Extra Padding for Camera Bag Strap

I am not claiming that they are a panacea for all ills but at their meagre asking price they could be worth a punt.

Incidentally I don't think the website gives the dimensions. They are 26 cm long and are designed to fit 50 mm wide webbing. There is a small amount of adjustment with the velcro but they probably won't suit straps much wider or narrower than that.

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Re: Extra Padding for Camera Bag Strap

FWIW, I use a sling bag, Tamrac which has little pressure on the shoulder or neck. Not the biggest of bags, but then I don't want to haul every camera and lens that I own around...........
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Re: Extra Padding for Camera Bag Strap

The mint ones are even cheaper!
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Re: Extra Padding for Camera Bag Strap

They are okay if you just need a bit of padding but they're not designed for carrying a bag on a shoulder. Memory foam in a pad is something I would be looking for these days or a stretchy neoprene strap.
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Re: Extra Padding for Camera Bag Strap

I have shoulder problems also. Most of the time I use my Sheerwood shooting jacket which has massive pockets inside the jacket. It will take 40-150mm lens on E-M1 camera with ease & often E-M5 with lens in another pocket or spare lenses.

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Re: Extra Padding for Camera Bag Strap

Whenever I use a shoulder/messenger bag with relatively this straps I personally tend to "borrow" one of the padding things that they put on my old laptop bags - it's essentially just a nice bit of padding that velcros itself around the strap and is big enough to cover my shoulder and could potentially be something you have lying around already!
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