A reader asks:
“Could you talk about straps on your blog a little bit? You mention that you use Domke and the blackrapid. Are you still using them or are you using anothere one? If you use multiple ones, when do you use them? You also mentioned the ezee strap. Looks like a nice idea but I haven’t heard much about it. Personally I don’t like how it looks at the back. Almost feels like I have billboard on my back, if you know what I mean.
I am looking at buying a strap. People like the blackrapid but the idea of having the camera on my hip makes me nervous. I prefer it on my chest. But that might just be me.”
Yes, I use a Domke strap on my cameras. They are tough, unrecognizable (no loud “CANON 1Ds” or “NIKON D3x” logos), and they allow themselves to be quickly unhooked using a quick release clasp at each end. They also have rubber bands interwoven, ensuring friction.
I also very much like the Black Rapid strap. It screws into the bottom, where the tripod normally mount. The camera thus hangs down, and the camera slides along the strap. Very convenient. It looks dangerous but if you screw the Black Rapid strap into the bottom firmly, it will not come off.
And I use the Domke strap because when I put the Black Rapid on, I can unclasp the Domke and take most of it off quickly.
So when so I use what?
Normally Domke. But when shooting an event with multiple cameras, the Black Rapid. The other strap, seldom.
Straps are personal, so find what you like and use it. As long as you use a strap of some kind, you are fine. Make sure it feels good to you: if a strap does, you will be well served by it.