Is Your Camera Strap a Pain in the Neck?

Remember when you bought your new high-quality camera, and how exciting it was to unbox?  You charged the battery, attached the lens, and customized the camera’s settings, anxious to get out and start shooting. But what about that last item in the box?

The neck strap.

TackyStrap-2Compared to the other high-quality items that come with most modern cameras, the stock neck strap often seems like a cheap after-thought, tossed in at the last second by the manufacturer. Emblazoned all over the neck strap in tacky, brightly colored letters, is the brand name, and in some cases, the model of your new camera.  You’ve no doubt seen tourists with similar straps. Not only is it a billboard for the camera company, it’s a giant “steal me” sign for thieves just waiting to get their hands on some expensive camera gear.  Attaching the camera strap might require many long unsuccessful minutes of fiddling while you decipher how to unbuckle, thread, attach, re-buckle, and adjust. Once the tourist billboard strap is attached, you can set out on your journey to be the next Ansel Adams.

Learning to use your camera is fun, but eventually you’ll notice that camera strap with its rough edges scratching at your neck or tangling in your hair.  You might wish it was several inches longer or shorter.  You could remove it from your neck, and wind it around your wrist.  But the uncomfortable strap won’t give up–it’ll dangle, and snag, and get in the way.

You could simply remove it, toss it back in its box, and go out to photograph the world around you, free from that annoying strap.  Going strapless is liberating, but your photography friends will chastise you, saying you need the strap, because dropping your new camera would be tragic.  The strap is the only thing preventing your camera from dying an untimely death.

If you research alternatives, you’ll see sling-straps, fancy hand straps that bolt on to the tripod mount, and straps made of leather, neoprene, nylon, and braids.  Who knew the camera strap industry was so vast?

Cuff2-2 In San Fransisco a little camera accessory company called “Peak Design” invented a wrist strap that’s comfortable, unobtrusive, and small called the Peak Design “Cuff”.  (Check out their YouTube video).

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The “cuff” clips quickly and easily to your camera, and adjusts comfortably to your wrist.  When unclipped, it wraps neatly around your wrist like a bracelet, holding itself in place via hidden magnet.  There’s two colors, “ash” and “black”. With your camera safely secured to your wrist, you’ll remove fear of drops, and the tacky, billboard tourist look.

If you like camera accessories that are designed with actual people in mind, why not take a quick minute and click here to check out Peak Design.  They offer free shipping, lifetime guarantee, and 30-day returns, so there’s really no risk.

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