Ditch the Neck Strap for a Comfortable Sling Strap
The one thing I hate about my camera is the strap that comes with it. The way they’ve designed us to use it just isn’t practical for every day use. Having the camera hang in front of you causes all sorts of issues. I can’t even count how many times the kids have been camera butted when they turned around or run up to me to quickly or even how many times I’ve accidentally bumped the lens. It’s amazing none of them have cracked. I have to thank those lens hoods for that one.
I remember complaining to my husband about the strap how I wished they designed it so the camera can hang on your side. After all that’s how I usually carry mine. I have the strap hanging on my shoulder with the my hand on the camera at all times in case the strap falls or to maneuver through a crowd with out any equipment casualties.
Well I wasn’t the only person who had complaints about the strap because now several manufactures have come out with a sling strap that you wear across your shoulders and you camera hangs upside on the side of your hip. The camera is secured by a screw that screws into the hole you would use to mount your camera on the tripod.
JOBY recently created their own version of the sling strap, the UltraFit Sling Strap and they have one exclusively designed for females.
The strap is very easy to use and extremely comfortable. You can control the length of the strap, which is helpful for those that are vertically challenged like myself. It took a few seconds to figure out the mechanics of the movement but a cinch to use after that.
The strap can be used with any camera that allows you the ability to mount to a tripod. I tested this one out with my Canon 50d with 50mm lens attached. Don’t worry you don’t have to abandon your tripod all together if you use the strap, there is an attachment you can purchase that allows you to use both. The quick release plate is $19.95.
The JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap is available for $49.99, which is less then some of its competitors.
I’ve checked out some reviews of others who reported that their camera have come loose from the strap. However I didn’t have an issue with the screw loosening at all. I do wonder, since they’ve had these complaints, why they wouldn’t include the camera tether (extra security) with the original strip. Instead is an accessory that you have to purchase for $7.95. The tether acts as a back up connection between your camera and camera strap if you need the extra peace of mind.
Are you in the need for a camera bag? Check out our review on the Lowepro Passport Sling III.