July 16, 2021 at 11:59 am #63704
I’m looking at an upgraded camera strap. Right now, with my new heaver camera body and lens, I have to keep a hand on it at all times even with the neck strap. So I’m looking for a strap that can carry it securely and more hands-free. Does anyone have any recommendations? So far I’ve considered three different ones:
joby ultrafit sling strap
Pros: Securely carries camera behind back.
Can easily bring forward.
Has locking mechanism for hiking.
Cons: Have to remove to mount on tripod.
peak design slide
Pros: Carries camera behind back
Easy to use with tripod mount.
Like the colors. 🙂
Cons: From the videoes, doesn’t look quite as secure as Joby.
Right now the prices are higher on Ebay.
peak design capture camera clip
Pros: Secure and hands-free.
Good for a second camera.
Takes the weight off the neck and shoulders.
Cons: Have to have a belt (Not as good for girls with skirts and jumpers)July 17, 2021 at 3:18 pm #63710James StaddonKeymaster
EXCELLENT research here! Let me share just a bit from experience.
I really like the Joby strap. @esther’s brother introduced me to it years ago and I was skeptical at first because of the price (like, really, for a strap??), but after he showed me how it worked in-person, I was sold. For some reason, however, they don’t manufacture them any more, so they might be hard to get your hands on. As you look for one, it might not be readily evident that there is an extra-large size and one specifically designed for women. The extra-large version would probably be too big for you. There’s very little difference between the men and women’s version, and I think the men’s version would work for any adult. But the women’s version is just designed slightly different to make it fit better. As for having to take it off for mounting on a tripod, that’s a very valid drawback. For me personally, I generally find myself using one camera for tripod stuff and another camera for event-related stuff, so I don’t take the Joby strap off very much. However, if you use a tripod much, then swapping the Joby strap with a quick clip for your tripod is going to be very annoying very quickly.
This makes me like the idea of going with the whole Peak Design system. I’ve never used any of their straps, but I have used their little red snap-ons with the regular camera strap, and it’s a tremendous time-saver. I like how the same strap can be used for three different carries. I wouldn’t worry too much about it being not secure.
As for the 3rd option, the capture camera clip, that is my go-to choice for hiking. Completely hands-free, secure, and beautifully compatible with a tripod. But like you said, it’s not necessary user-friendly for women. Nor is it my choice typical, every-day use.
Therefore, of the three you mentioned, it seems to me like the Peak Design strap is going to meet your needs best. If you use a tripod a lot, you’ll probably only want to attach the strap to either side of the camera (and not on the tripod mount area). Hope you can find a good deal on it, being so expensive. 🙁 Maybe you could find an off-brand that does the same thing, and try it out for starters.
Anyway, that’s my two cents!July 17, 2021 at 6:11 pm #63711
@JamesStaddon, Thank you for your input from experience! So there are three different size Joby straps? I hadn’t picked up on the size differences, so thanks for mentioning that.
Yes, I do like the peak design strap setup the best. It’s just the price…twice as much as the Joby on ebey.
I don’t use my tripod to much, on average, every couple weeks.
I think the belt clip would work well for a second camera at an event, or as you mentioned for hiking.
I haven’t found any off-brand sling-slide straps yet. It would be nice though. I’ll have to check my local camera store. When I had tried to describe it to them, they didn’t think they had any like it.
Thanks again!July 17, 2021 at 6:58 pm #63713
My dad had a question about the two straps. On the Joby, how easily does the screw come unscrewed when you don’t want it to? Then with the peck design, does the cording on the anchor links wear out?
I like the ash color of the peak design strap, I just didn’t know how easily it would show dirt or if the leather would dry-rot.July 18, 2021 at 5:31 pm #63718
@Jamesstaddon, have you ever used the peckdesign anchor links with a Manfrotto tripod plate?July 19, 2021 at 7:18 pm #63728Ernest LloydParticipant
I personally love the Peak Design Slide Lite camera strap (Ash), and would definitely recommend it so far!
I shoot a lot of video personally, so being able to take off the strap easily is a big deal to me. (Especially if it’s on a gimbal)
It is more expensive… but if you view it as an investment, it will last you many years!July 19, 2021 at 8:50 pm #63730
Thanks @ernestf-lloyd. That good to know that it’s worked well for you! My biggest question right now is if/how it will work with my Manfrotto RC2 tripod plate.July 20, 2021 at 10:47 am #63733
On the Joby, how easily does the screw come unscrewed when you don’t want it to?
I’ve been using a Joby strap for several months now, and I just always make sure the strap is screwed on nice and tight. There was only one time that it almost came loose, but I had not been careful to screw it on tightly. Since then, with making sure it’s tight, I haven’t had any problems.
peak design capture camera clip
…Cons: Have to have a belt (Not as good for girls with skirts and jumpers)
I borrowed this setup for carrying a second camera at a wedding this past weekend and I really liked it. I had a pouch to carry my phone, extra batteries and SD cards, one for my speedlight, and then the clip with the second camera. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or if it would look good, but my sisters said it looked fine on me. I meant to look in a mirror or take a picture with it on, but I forgot. 🙂 It probably works for some people and not so well for others, but for me, it ended up working well in that setting.July 21, 2021 at 7:57 pm #63771
Since then, with making sure it’s tight, I haven’t had any problems.
I’m glad to hear that @lenspirationlydia. If I get a joby I’ll have to be sure and keep it tight.
So the clip worked well for a second camera? I was thinking a clip would be useful for a second camera at weddings and events. Do you think having a peck design strap would make the clip work more seamless when switching between cameras? @JamesStaddon how do you carry two cameras at weddings?July 22, 2021 at 11:40 am #63772
Yes, the clip was great with the second camera. I had the one camera on the Joby strap all day, and the other was clipped on the belt all day, ready at a moment’s notice. I was able to switch between the two cameras pretty seamlessly. When you’re using two cameras like that, you just have to make sure that you set them both up with the settings you want to use in each scenario throughout the day, and make sure they’re synchronized with the time so when you put all the pictures together they show up in the proper order. 🙂July 26, 2021 at 7:14 pm #63923
Thanks @lenspirationlydia! That’s good to know if I ever get a clip. Also good pointers about using two cameras.July 27, 2021 at 3:38 pm #63928James StaddonKeymaster
@blessingscaptured, to answer your questions:
* Yes, I’m pretty sure there are only three “sizes” of that kind of Joby strap: women, men, and men extra large.
* It is VERY easy to screw on and off the Joby strap. But that doesn’t mean it comes off easily when you don’t want it to come off! It’s designed very well.
* Yes, the cording on the anchor links do wear out eventually. I bought some in 2016 and I still use them, but you can tell they are warn. However, I’m not planning on buying new ones any time soon. I’d say I’m maybe through half their life.
* I’m not sure I understand the question, “have you ever used the Peak Design anchor links with a Manfrotto tripod plate?” I do not have reason to tie a Peak Design anchor link to a Manfrotto RC2 tripod quick release plate, but yes, if you wanted to, I’m sure you could tie the anchor link to the metal ring that is used to tighten the quick release plate onto the camera. I tried it, and it works on my particular tripod head.
* For carrying two camera’s at a wedding: one camera is on a Joby strap, the second camera is on the Peak Design clip on a waist strap.
If you are going to be on the webinar tonight, please ask about it and I will show you everything you’ve asked about!
July 27, 2021 at 4:06 pm #63933
- This reply was modified 3 months ago by James Staddon.
Thank you @ JamesStaddon!
Have you ever used the Peak Design anchor links with a Manfrotto tripod plate?
For the peak design strap it shows that you can attach one of the links to their specially designed tripod plates. I was wondering if it would work just as well with the Manfrotto plate that I already have.
I actually got a good deal on a Joby strap on Ebay and I’m excitedly awaiting it’s delivery.
We are planning to be at the webinar. That would be great if you could show me your setup!July 28, 2021 at 10:10 am #63949
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