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Old 15th of August 2013 (Thu)   #1
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Default OP/TECH Pro strap over shoulder?

A question to everyone with the optech pro / pro loop strap.
Can you quickly and easily access your camera when wearing the strap over your shoulder instead of around your neck?

Reason I'm asking is because black rapid models and similar brands that make sling straps use the tripod mount I figure there must be an advantage to that?
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A question to everyone with the optech pro / pro loop strap.
Can you quickly and easily access your camera when wearing the strap over your shoulder instead of around your neck?

Reason I'm asking is because black rapid models and similar brands that make sling straps use the tripod mount I figure there must be an advantage to that?

yes but I use http://www.amazon.com/OP-TECH-USA-Sy.../dp/B002R6KZLO

and I am broad shouldered so unless you are really huge this should work well for you. black rapid has 0 (zero) appeal to me. I won't hang my camera from one (very expensive) point.
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yes but I use http://www.amazon.com/OP-TECH-USA-Sy.../dp/B002R6KZLO

and I am broad shouldered so unless you are really huge this should work well for you. black rapid has 0 (zero) appeal to me. I won't hang my camera from one (very expensive) point.
Yeah, fastening it to the tripod mount doesn't appeal to me either.

However It's not the length that worries me but rather the way it's fastened to the strap (the regular camera strap mounts on each side). What I'm wondering is if it works good to pull the camera from hanging on your side up to your eyes, or I'd the strap will get in the way and you have to rearrange it.
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However It's not the length that worries me but rather the way it's fastened to the strap (the regular camera strap mounts on each side). What I'm wondering is if it works good to pull the camera from hanging on your side up to your eyes, or I'd the strap will get in the way and you have to rearrange it.
The only way you'll find out is to try it for yourself. I do this with my Optech and it works fine for me. The only thing is that the pad doesn't slide so it is a 2-handed operation for the most part.

It's easier to do with a BR since the camera slides up and down the strap, but the pad slides off too easily unless you spend more money for one of these:

http://www.blackrapid.com/products/brad
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Default Re: OP/TECH Pro strap over shoulder?

[quote=wanner;16210859]Yeah, fastening it to the tripod mount doesn't appeal to me either.

However It's not the length that worries me but rather the way it's fastened to the strap (the regular camera strap mounts on each side). What I'm wondering is if it works good to pull the camera from hanging on your side up to your eyes, or I'd the strap will get in the way and you have to rearrange it.[/quote]

doesn't cause me any problems. i usually wear my camera this way when i'm walking around. if I am more involved in shooting I just keep the strap around my neck. even on tripod I keep the strap around my neck -- because with extenders it's long enough -- unless I am doing long exposures and there's no one around me.

I would try it first because it's a lot cheaper solution than BR especially when you start adding straps and plates. of course BR to some is a fashion statement .
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Default Re: OP/TECH Pro strap over shoulder?

Works good if shooting landscape, not good for portrait. Much more comfortable than using the OEM strap with my gripped 50D with 70-200 f/2.8 lens. The strap seems to always be over the viewfinder in portrait. I will remove it this winter when shooting basketball, which is nearly always shot in portrait.

Overall: Good value for my needs.
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Default Re: OP/TECH Pro strap over shoulder?

If you do try the optech I recommend the classic, which is my favorite strap.
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Works good if shooting landscape, not good for portrait. Much more comfortable than using the OEM strap with my gripped 50D with 70-200 f/2.8 lens. The strap seems to always be over the viewfinder in portrait. I will remove it this winter when shooting basketball, which is nearly always shot in portrait.

Overall: Good value for my needs.
Since your body is gripped, have you tried using the bottom strap attachment point on the grip instead of the top right one? It will probably work better in portrait orientation this way.

Also, this way the lens hangs down close to your body and does not stick out.
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Default Re: OP/TECH Pro strap over shoulder?

I "wear my camera like a purse" far more often than around my neck, ( like 85%/15% ) and I use Optech/POTN strap.

Works well for me.
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Since your body is gripped, have you tried using the bottom strap attachment point on the grip instead of the top right one? It will probably work better in portrait orientation this way.

Also, this way the lens hangs down close to your body and does not stick out.
I use the right camera attachment point and the bottom right grip attachment point. This is not typical. Don't ask why I am using it this way. I might have seen a photo or something on You Tube and then I might have had a dream. It works fine like this as the lens lies next to my body.

I seldom shoot portrait except for basketball. I will remove it and use a hand strap then.
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Considering all the rave of BR type straps, I bought a Sunsniper from my local store, about $85. High quality, theft resistant, etc. I hated it. The Shoulder portion seemed very heavy, slick and always fell down. Quite annoying, in spite of all I read of the BR lovers and similar. It simply isn't right for me. I missed my Op/Tech straps of years gone by. Well, after seeing they had a Slider version but with their stickier shoulder strap, I had to try it. Loved it!

Advantages were it is lighter, more flexible, comfortable to store and use, easier to maneuver, held at 2 lugs, freed tripod mount for my Manfrotto plate, less bulky both in use and especially in storage, color selection, 15 years previous experience and price (about $25) . Having my camera stolen by a knife wielding snatcher is low on my list of fears/concerns. I like it so much, I am going to get another for my spare. I did buy extensions, and used just 1 of the 2 to get the perfect length for me, even though I'm just of average height.

BTW; on subject of camera being only held at one point: Tripod mount is a risk, but never bothered me (except loss of QD plate). However, even with 2 points of connection with conventional straps, it still has risk of one point of attachment as the main strap it self could slide apart in some manner, unsnap, untie... Not common if properly assembled of course, but just be aware and be certain all is tight, regardless of brand/style!

Op/Tech actually sells a velcro type piece to wrap around it's Military style connectors to assure they never separate. I never had that problem, except one connector when I was in the military, on my TA-50 strap!
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Considering all the rave of BR type straps, I bought a Sunsniper from my local store, about $85. High quality, theft resistant, etc. I hated it. The Shoulder portion seemed very heavy, slick and always fell down. Quite annoying, in spite of all I read of the BR lovers and similar. It simply isn't right for me. I missed my Op/Tech straps of years gone by. Well, after seeing they had a Slider version but with their stickier shoulder strap, I had to try it. Loved it!

Advantages were it is lighter, more flexible, comfortable to store and use, easier to maneuver, held at 2 lugs, freed tripod mount for my Manfrotto plate, less bulky both in use and especially in storage, color selection, 15 years previous experience and price (about $25) . Having my camera stolen by a knife wielding snatcher is low on my list of fears/concerns. I like it so much, I am going to get another for my spare. I did buy extensions, and used just 1 of the 2 to get the perfect length for me, even though I'm just of average height.

BTW; on subject of camera being only held at one point: Tripod mount is a risk, but never bothered me (except loss of QD plate). However, even with 2 points of connection with conventional straps, it still has risk of one point of attachment as the main strap it self could slide apart in some manner, unsnap, untie... Not common if properly assembled of course, but just be aware and be certain all is tight, regardless of brand/style!

Op/Tech actually sells a velcro type piece to wrap around it's Military style connectors to assure they never separate. I never had that problem, except one connector when I was in the military, on my TA-50 strap!
an optech that slides? let me go a do a quick google search .
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an optech that slides? let me go a do a quick google search .
Here you have it:
http://optechusa.com/straps/utility-strap-sling.html
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I looked at that earlier. for $25 i'm going to have to give it a try. looks interesting!
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I looked at that earlier. for $25 i'm going to have to give it a try. looks interesting!
I made the same decision and ordered mine today.
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