When was the last time you embarked on a little photography session and ended up with a killer migraine or nagging shoulder pain? Ever felt like you had to book an appointment with a chiropractor afterwards because your neck felt so stiff?
Factory camera straps are a one-size-fits-all that may not be the best fit for every type of neck, hand or shoulder. And if you’ve given up on the hunt for the perfect camera strap, thinking that it doesn’t exist, well, we’re here to prove you wrong.
Let’s take a look at the different types of camera straps available in the market and how they can affect your posture, comfort and fatigue levels.
This is your standard camera strap that usually comes with every camera kit. You’ll see the brand name of the camera on the strap and a material that’s typically synthetic. There’s nothing wrong with a factory camera strap – however, after several months of use, it may start to show signs of wear and tear, which may not be the best thing as far as your postural health is concerned.
This is something chiropractors typically recommend to folks who shoot professionally for a full day, as it distributes stress equally across both shoulders.
While this kind of strap may not be feasible for every build, it is certainly far better than a factory neck strap for cameras.
It may, however, take you a while to get used to it as the camera might swing about loosely around your lower back/hip area or otherwise bang into things when hanging freely. There have been incidents where sling straps have the tendency to come undone without warning.
Double Camera Strap
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Well, it can be if you’re looking at a full day of professional shooting with two weighty cameras.
There are many brands out there that make good double camera straps, plus, they make you look like you’re really ready to get into the action. As cool as it looks and sounds, it’s not meant for everyday use by those who are simply looking to take a few snaps and call it a day.
These are starting to gradually gain popularity, particularly among professional calibre photographers. Maybe you need to keep your hands free during parts of a professional shoot, in which case you can conveniently keep your camera tucked away next to your hip, taking weight off your neck and shoulder.
Very handy indeed, looks fantastic, but again, not the best option for the everyday/casual photographer.
Wrist and Hand Straps
For those of us who just want to trek about and take photos of our favourite things, this seems ideal, doesn’t it?
Hand camera straps and wrist camera straps are perfect for anyone who does not need to worry about where to rest their camera when not using it.
The one thing you really want to look out for when getting adjustable camera straps is that they’re made with 100% Full Grain Vegetable tanned cowhide leather from Spain. Leather camera straps made from this material seamlessly blend with your body type and age beautifully over the years, never compromising on style, comfort or durability, for that matter.