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  • #16
    Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

    Originally posted by StephenL View Post
    I've tried the Black Rapid style of connection, via the tripod socket, and for me it just doesn't dangle right.
    I would agree with that too & that's why I like the lower corner point of connection with a sling strap (Black Rapid, Q-Strap or one of the others). The lens the points towards the back while a mounted flash points forward & leaves the hands free for all of the above, but not to pinch bottoms. (look, but don't touch ) When the grip strap is attached it is then right where it needs to be to slip the hand in. The other disadvantage with the direct connection to the tripod socket is when attached to the portrait battery grip, as it it an uncomfortable lump in the palm of the hand & thats why I made my own padded plate instead. Infact, it made the portrait grip more comfortable with the added roundness to the grip.

    If in a crowded situation, it is easy to hold the camera around in front to protect it from bumps.

    Originally posted by StephenL View Post
    I don't like neck straps. make me look like a tourist
    Yeah, I know what you mean. I feel the same way too & I look to look 'cool' with the sling strap.
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    • #17
      Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

      Originally posted by StephenL View Post
      I've tried the Black Rapid style of connection, via the tripod socket, and for me it just doesn't dangle right.
      Hmmm! Stephen, Maybe you had the Ladies version ? if your "missing the important bits" for the strap to lay between it will not dangle right iykwim aityd
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      • #18
        Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

        The thing I don't get about wrist straps is - how do you change lenses. With a neck or diagonal strap my method is:

        1: get new lens out of bag, remove back cap and hold in teeth (you can shake it and growl at this point)

        2: One hand holds camera, and removes old lens - while other hand continues to hold new lens.

        3: Now the critical bit: The camera dangles lensless for a second or two as you click the new lens on.

        4: Finally you can dry the back cap off and put it on the old lens. At this point you can stop growling as well.

        How do you manage this with a wrist strap?

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        • #19
          Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

          Originally posted by StephenL View Post
          I've tried the Black Rapid style of connection, for me it just doesn't dangle right.
          I am sorry to hear that. Perhaps you should see your GP about it?

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          • #20
            Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

            Originally posted by Loup Garou View Post
            I am sorry to hear that. Perhaps you should see your GP about ut?
            NOT the French implants ... they leak, so are unreliable "rests"

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            • #21
              Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

              Originally posted by Chevvyf1 View Post
              NOT the French implants ... they leak, so are unreliable "rests"

              Let's not confuse dangleitis with droopyitis...

              Mind you, women may not have the same problem as men when it comes to changing lenses - see Pete's concern earlier. Women have a convenient and well padded location for temporarily supporting a small M43 lens while swapping lenses. It adds a whole new dimension to "does this lens fit your body?"

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              • #22
                Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

                Originally posted by SteelD View Post
                Women have a convenient and well padded location for temporarily supporting a small M43 lens while swapping lenses. It adds a whole new dimension to "does this lens fit your body?"
                Now I know the real reason for the OM-D's popularity. Must be that nice looking 12-50mm zoom that comes with the kit.

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                • #23
                  Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

                  Originally posted by Chevvyf1 View Post
                  Hmmm! Stephen, Maybe you had the Ladies version ? if your "missing the important bits" for the strap to lay between it will not dangle right iykwim aityd
                  Depends on the length (of the strap).

                  After reading Snaarman's lens-changing instructions, it sounds like Dibnah may be called into play. She's got growling and shaking it about down to a fine art.

                  Thinking laterally, I wonder if you can get panniers for Jack Russells?
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                  • #24
                    Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

                    Originally posted by Loup Garou View Post
                    I am sorry to hear that. Perhaps you should see your GP about it?
                    Think he's fed up seeing me about my arthritis, impingement, and diabetes. Don't know what he'd make of the dangle (or should it be droop?)
                    Stephen

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                    • #25
                      Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

                      Originally posted by StephenL View Post
                      Think he's fed up seeing me about my arthritis, impingement, and diabetes. Don't know what he'd make of the dangle (or should it be droop?)
                      Dried arrangement?
                      Ross
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                      • #26
                        Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

                        Originally posted by Loup Garou View Post
                        But what is wrong with the understated but original Olympus strap that comes with the OM-D kit? It looks and feels sturdy enough.
                        You might be right Loup. I've tried a Gordy wrist strap but feel that a small neckstrap might be better. The original strap looks classy and doesn't look overly large so I might give it a go.

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                        • #27
                          Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

                          I think it comes down to deciding how you want to carry the camera around.

                          I don't feel comfortable walking around with a camera hung round my neck, and so keep it in a protective shoulder bag (either on its own or with extra lenses). My LowePro bags are waterproof and so are ideal when simply travelling from place to place in our current weather conditions

                          When actively seeking photos, I prefer to hold the camera in my hand with a wrist strap to give added security. I have Gordy straps for my Lumix cameras and had transferred one to my E-M5, but now have an Olympus Pen "Hand Strap" for my E-M5. It's a bit longer and wider than the Gordy's which makes it easier to slip your hand in. When the camera is back in its bag, the strap just folds over the top.

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                          • #28
                            Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

                            Chris, that's my preferred mode of operation but I like street and candid photography and am tempted by the idea of holding the camera at waist level and firing the shutter from the touch screen. This approach strikes me as being more practical with the neck strap. Has anybody tried this with neck and wrist straps - what worked better?

                            What I really want is a quick change strap system...

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                            • #29
                              Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

                              I confess that I dislike wrist straps and use them only if I have to. I do not feel comfortable about having anything continuously around my wrist except a watch. Even with compacts, I have a camera case with a neck strap and use the wrist lanyard only to secure the camera while actually taking photographs. With SLRs I usually have a camera bag over the shoulder and when I take the camera out, I put on the neck strap. I have been doing that for years and am used to it.

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                              • #30
                                Re: Wrist strap or neck strap?

                                With my 5D, I work as Loup does but with my Fujifilm X10, I use a wrist strap. The OM-D is an in-between camera and I can envisage situations where a wrist strap will work better and situations where a neck strap would be better. I might try Chris' solution first and maybe experiment with a bigger wrist strap - the Gordy I have is a good strap but I want something a little bigger to quickly slip my hand into.

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