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  • Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

    I suffer from pain in the neck.

    No, seriously. I stick to light-ish camera gear as a result of the weight of the neck strap. Even E620 + 14-54 + EC14 can be too much sometimes.

    So, what about a wrist strap? Well that would take a weight off the neck which might be a good thing. However there are two big questions in my mind with these.

    One. How easy is it to drop the camera?

    Two. How do you change lenses when using a wrist strap?? I find there is a fleeting moment when I have a lens in one hand, a lens in the other hand and the camera body supported round my neck. How is it done?



    Pete

    Three. Doesn't it interfere with driving?
    Look, I'm an old man. I shouldn't be expected to put up with this.


    Pete's photoblog Misleading the public since 2010.

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    Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

    Pete,

    I've got one sitting here doing nothing... If you want to try it out, I'll send it to you.

    Graham

    We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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      Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

      Have you tried the Y Strap, which goes bandolier-style across the shoulder? I suffer from impingement in the shoulders but this strap prevents it for me.

      http://figitalrevolution.com/y-strap/
      Stephen

      A camera takes a picture. A photographer makes a picture

      Fuji X system, + Leica and Bronica film

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        Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

        Originally posted by Graham_of_Rainham View Post
        Pete,

        I've got one sitting here doing nothing... If you want to try it out, I'll send it to you.

        Most kind.. I will PM you :-)

        Pete
        Look, I'm an old man. I shouldn't be expected to put up with this.


        Pete's photoblog Misleading the public since 2010.

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        • #5
          Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

          Originally posted by StephenL View Post
          Have you tried the Y Strap, which goes bandolier-style across the shoulder? I suffer from impingement in the shoulders but this strap prevents it for me.

          http://figitalrevolution.com/y-strap/

          That is quite interesting. I will have a chat with Graham about trying his wrist strap, and if I don't get on with it I might look into this. Do I take it you buy it direct..

          Pete
          Look, I'm an old man. I shouldn't be expected to put up with this.


          Pete's photoblog Misleading the public since 2010.

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          • #6
            Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

            Op Tech's Grip Strap ( http://www.optech-online.co.uk/optec...-gripstrap.htm ) features a snap-to-close loop that goes around the wrist meaning the camera can be dangled without fear of dropping it. Even without it done up, I find it very secure in use, and the only downside is that on a hot day, the neoprene makes one's hand a bit too warm...

            You're right about changing lenses tho' - a third hand would be very useful.
            Hugh of Bardfield
            Essex, UK
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              John

              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

                I can also vouch for Op Tech's neck straps - I used them with my OMs for years and then transfered them to my E's. The older of the two will celebrate it's 20th birthday sometime this year!

                Because they use neoprene, they "give" slightly and absorb some of the weight of the camera when walking around. Depending on what combination of connectors are used, they can be used over the shoulder in a "Y" strap-like configuration as well as the more traditional "American Tourist" look! (with apologies to any American members!)
                Hugh of Bardfield
                Essex, UK
                http://www.flickr.com/photos/hughofbardfield/
                http://hughweller-lewisphotography.blogspot.com/

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                • #9
                  Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

                  Yes - If I recall, world-wide postage was included in the price and it came quite quickly. Very happy with mine except when I tried it on the E-3 the camera felt a bit heavy to be suspended on one lug, especially with the 50-200 attached! But it's fine with the E-620.

                  Originally posted by snaarman View Post
                  Do I take it you buy it direct..

                  Pete
                  Stephen

                  A camera takes a picture. A photographer makes a picture

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

                    FWIW the newer Optech straps seem to have a long section that attaches to the camera and a short one going round the neck. Earlier versions were the other way round and made life easier if you use the Oly grip strap and want to take the Optech strap off. Canon also make or made a strap which, if you take the neck bit off, allows you to join the two short lengths together and means you can carry the camera as if it were a handbag.
                    David

                    EM1ii, EM10ii

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                    • #11
                      Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

                      A bit of lateral thinking. Would a harness favoured by some binocular users be another solution to your problem?
                      An example can be found here :

                      http://www.opticron.co.uk/Pages/bino_lanyards.htm

                      Regards
                      Peter

                      she looked at me and said "It's official. I hate your camera. It's just so amazing and perfect I want one!"

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                        Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

                        Have you seen the cotton carrier, this seems to be another solution?

                        http://cottoncarrier.com/video.html

                        Rod

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                        • #13
                          Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

                          If you can find one in the UK or willing to import from abroad, the BlackRapid straps are the best alternatives to the usual neck strap. I've got one and it's a great sling and shoot strap for my walk about needs.

                          http://www.blackrapid.com/setup-and-tips/
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                            Re: Pain in the neck, Wrist strap and How?

                            Goodness me! What a lot of choice... clearly this will require some thought.

                            BTW - I do like some of the American all-action demo videos for these products. Think "Rambo does Landscape"

                            (Thanks for all the suggestions so far. Hopefully this thread will be of interest to the forum generally )

                            Pete
                            Last edited by snaarman; 4th February 2010, 10:31 AM.
                            Look, I'm an old man. I shouldn't be expected to put up with this.


                            Pete's photoblog Misleading the public since 2010.

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