Choosing the Right Camera Strap
If you're an avid photographer, you may not be satisfied with the camera strap that came with your camera. Stock straps can be thin and flimsy, and while they'll do in a pinch, you may want a replacement for enhanced comfort and protection. Unlike camera bags, straps hold and suspend cameras and keep them within quick reach. The right strap is strong, made of high-quality material, and comfortable to wear.
Types of Camera Straps
Wrist and hand straps are for those who prefer to carry cameras in their hands. One wraps around the wrist while the other fits snugly against the back of the hand. A wrist holder lets you dangle your camera while using both hands to adjust lighting equipment or direct a shoot. However, dangling a heavy device from your wrist can get uncomfortable, and there's a chance of accidentally bumping it against another object. With hand straps, there's no risk of dropping or bumping your camera since it'll always be in your grip.
There are also finger holders for small, lightweight point-and-shoot cameras. These are like hand straps but they wrap around one or two fingers. Camera neck straps are suitable for big and small shooters. They protect equipment against bumps by always keeping them in front of you. Sling holders are just as long as neck straps, and are worn across the body or over one shoulder.
Straps to Carry Two Cameras
There are double straps for professional photographers who like carrying two camera bodies. These look like two camera sling straps worn diagonally across the body in an X shape. Alternatively, you may opt for two holsters hanging on both sides of the hips. Such holsters attach to photographers' utility belts and harnesses.
What's a Quick-Release Camera Strap?
It's a holder with connectors that you can quickly detach to release your camera. This quick-release mechanism eliminates the hassle of attaching and removing straps. It saves valuable time when switching cameras or reaching for a strapped one to capture fleeting moments.
What Are the Best Materials for DSLR Camera Straps?
The most common materials used are leather, neoprene, and nylon. Leather camera straps are strong and durable, and feel soft and supple. Neoprene is a synthetic material that's flexible and waterproof. Its flexibility gives it some stretch and makes it suitable for comfortably carrying heavy photography equipment. It's also waterproof and sweatproof. Nylon is another strong, synthetic material. It's available in braided cord and webbing forms. Both types are breathable. Some straps combine two or more of these materials to offer a good balance of durability, comfort, and aesthetics.
Choose a strong camera strap that suits your style, protects your expensive equipment, and is comfortable to wear. Consider a quick-release strap for a holder that won't get in the way of fast action shots. You'll find a varied selection of these accessories among the photography gear protection products at B&H Photo and Video.