That was many years ago, but a good lesson was learned. Don’t use cheap camera straps, particularly if you’ve invested in a good camera. Functionality is not the same as quality and reliability. You don’t need to spend a small fortune on a strap to get good quality, but you should choose carefully. For that reason, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you out.
Factors to Consider
It’s important to point out a few things before getting into our camera strap recommendations. Straps are a diverse bunch, just like with most camera gear. They can serve different purposes, come in different types and styles and be better for some cameras while not working well with others. They offer various levels of comfort or convenience.
How you use and hold a camera, the camera’s weight and size, and the type of photography need to factor into your selection process. In some cases, a harness might serve you better, while a sling strap would be the way to go in other instances. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of comfort. There’s no sense in buying an expensive, reliable strap if it feels uncomfortable.
Factor in the weight of a camera and its lens. For example, most DLRS are on the heavier side. You’ll want a sturdy strap that can handle the weight. Consider also the weight distribution offered by the strap. Can you comfortable (and safely) carry the weight on your neck, or are you better off with a crossbody strap? Don’t forget that you’re likely lugging around other gear as well.
A quick-release strap can be handy. Depending on where and what you’re shooting, you might want a strap with a quick-release feature. How often has a photographer been out shooting only to find that the strap is getting in the way, an unnecessary annoyance?
Other things to consider when trying out straps:
Do you prefer to hang a camera around your neck, crossbody, or shoulder?
Do you have a preference for material?
Indoors or out?
Is a weather-resistant strap a must-have?
Long periods of use out in the field?