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Strap for 6D with a bit of stretch in it

 
pawelx
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Jan 02, 2018 04:05 |  #1

I mostly shoot "street photography" let's call it. I walk around with camera slung across my chest courier-bag-style, and then bring camera to my eye without taking it off.


The strap I'd like would therefore need to have a bit of stretch in it. Any recommendations? Ideally, products available to purchase easily from the UK... thanks!


Canon 6D, 24-105 f/4 , 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 150-500
Lenses previously owned: 70-200 f/2.8 IS, Sigma 35mm f/1.4, Tamron 18-270...

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John ­ from ­ PA
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Jan 02, 2018 06:27 |  #2

Google "amazon.uk sling strap" (without the quotes) and check the offerings. OpTech, Black Rapid and Joby come to mind as possibilities.




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DaviSto
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Jan 02, 2018 07:02 as a reply to John from PA's post |  #3

For street photography, I think the "OP/TECH Utility Strap Sling" would be a good option. It's a simple low key design and less obtrusive than the various Black Rapid alternatives. It's also well priced. I own both OpTech and Black Rapid sling straps but the OpTech is the one I use most despite the extra features of the much pricier BR strap.

But there are loads of alternatives.


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pawelx
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Jan 02, 2018 09:02 as a reply to John from PA's post |  #4

thanks.
Optech Utility strap, does it stretch though? I was looking at this very product.


Canon 6D, 24-105 f/4 , 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 150-500
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DaviSto
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Jan 02, 2018 09:24 as a reply to pawelx's post |  #5

The shoulder portion of the sling strap is composed of a good thickness (about 1cm in depth) of neoprene. This cushions and distributes the weight of the camera over the shoulder. There is some elasticity to it so there is natural 'suspension' (can't think of a better term) and the camera (in my case a 5Div ... with up to a mid-weight lens such as a 70-300mm L) is very comfortable to wear. I think the elasticity is about right ... you don't want the camera bouncing around too much. The sling arrangement means that you can raise the camera from hip to eye level very quickly.

One drawback is that the lens can knock against the ground when you crouch down ... particularly with a long lens. But you are going to get this with any of the sling type straps, I think. You have to remember to get a hand to the lens first to stop this happening. For street photography, I don't think it's going to be an issue. It can also help to keep a hand lightly on the camera/lens when you are walking around to stop it from swinging about too much.

As I mentioned, I think the simplicity and plainness of the OpTech design would be a plus factor for you. It doesn't scream 'look at me'.


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pawelx
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Jan 02, 2018 09:47 as a reply to DaviSto's post |  #6

OpTech Utility strap bought, thanks everyone for taking the time to reply!


Canon 6D, 24-105 f/4 , 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 150-500
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DaviSto
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Jan 02, 2018 11:33 as a reply to pawelx's post |  #7

I think you will be pleased with your decision.

Just one point. When you get it, try out different ways of attaching it to the camera. I use just the left (non-battery) side attachment point and find I can easily take both landscape and portrait format shots that way without anything getting in the way. But different arrangements may work better for different people.


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drmaxx
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Jan 02, 2018 12:31 |  #8

If you want to spend a little more then you could go for the Peak Design straps. They use a very silky material (neck tie comes to mind) that slides very well. So it is very easy to get the camera to your eyes - no stretch needed. (The other side has a non slip surface). Well suited for bringing the camera up fast and back down e.g. behind your back.


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