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How do you carry your camera with long lens?

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Aug 31, 2012 15:44 |  #1

Just a topic for conversation. Everyone has their own preference.

How do you carry your camera, with long lens?

Do you just use a camera strap, and also hold the lens?
Do you use a lens tripout mount to attach a strap?
No straps?
Mounted to a tripod?

I used to use a camera strap but accidentally bumped the disconnect button, using an extender and almost dropped a lens.

Just curious how others carry their camera. I use a strap attached to the lens tripod mount and let the camera hang upside down.

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Aug 31, 2012 16:28 |  #2

Blackrapid attached to lens foot. My two largest/heavy lenses are my 70-200 2.8 II and 100-400. Sometimes even though I have the Blackrapid attached I will hold the lens right were it mounts to the body, say when I'm walking through a crowd of people.

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Aug 31, 2012 16:35 |  #3

I use hand strap and just hold the camera+lens in my arm

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Aug 31, 2012 16:37 |  #4

Black Rapid attached to the body, lens leans against my body.

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Aug 31, 2012 16:48 |  #5

OEM Canon strap, generally wrapped around my arm.

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Aug 31, 2012 16:57 |  #6
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My two big lenses are the 100-400L and a 70-200 2.8. When either of those is mounted, I carry the lens and hold the body for support, all with the CANON EOS strap around my neck, just in case.

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Aug 31, 2012 16:58 as a reply to  @ Virto's post |  #7

I use a POTN OP/Tech strap to carry my 5DMII w/ 400mm, close to my chest.


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Aug 31, 2012 17:03 |  #8

Although I prefer hand strap for all my short lenses, I like using Luma Cinch when shooting with my 200IS. The bouncy feel of the padding gives real comfort to my shoulders. Of course I tend to have my right hand ever so slightly supporting the lens for added security.

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Aug 31, 2012 17:11 |  #9

Very carefully. Actually i have a camera armour hand-grip and simply cart it around one handed, even with the 100-400L on the front. I take extra care when i have the ext tubes on camera,(2 hands) just in case. If it's on a tripod i just carry it by the tripod head.

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Aug 31, 2012 17:13 |  #10

Home-made shoulder strap from 1" nylon webbing, Stainless steel welded ring and locking d-ring, and the overpriced blackrapid sling stud for my manfrotto QR plate. Sling it and camera hangs upside down by the Meike battery grip. Carries up to my old 100-400 without issue.

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Aug 31, 2012 17:16 |  #11

I now Have the Black Rapid....

But I used to (and in all honesty liked it better) Tuck the Tripod mount of my 70-200/100-400 into my belt at my side, then put the OEM Strap on the same shoulder.... Never really walked around like that for extended periods of time, but I like the feel of it at my hip..

Unfortunately I HATE the Black Rapid Strap when I have my camera just sitting around.. the Screw-in part is ANNOYING

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Aug 31, 2012 17:17 |  #12

Depends on the long lens IMHO. How you hold 300/400mm f2.8s and 500/600mm f4 is totally different from 300mm f4, 400mm f5.6 and lower focal lnegths. :) And it shouldn't be that hard to figure out the right way IMHO.

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Aug 31, 2012 18:11 |  #13

Trekking Safari Strap setup- the camera and lens' weight almost disappears.

With the Sigma longer lenses- they have long, large hoods- so fully hooded, lens fully extended- oh, baby, yeah!

I am thinking about getting the twin safari strap.. The Black Rapid RS DR1/2 Double strap looks nice as well.

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Aug 31, 2012 18:12 as a reply to  @ bobbyz's post |  #14

I have POTN OpTech straps attached to my long lenses (these would be my 300L f/2.8, 500L f/4 and 600L f/4) and each body that I have. How I carry then depends on what I am shooting. If I know that I can support the lens on something else then why bother packing a tripod along. In this case I will sometimes put the strap from the lens over one shoulder and the one from the body on the other shoulder, in essence carrying this like a pack pack almost. If I am using a tripod I simply carry the tripod over my shoulder with the body and lens attached but also have a firm grip on the straps should the hold in the tripod loosen up for some reason. Anything smaller such as my 70-200 and 100-400 I simply carry by the camera strap over my shoulder as I hand hold these lens almost 100% of the time.

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Aug 31, 2012 18:13 |  #15

500mm gets carried double-strapped (body + lens) or by the lens foot.

300mm is usually carried by strap on the lens.

I usually just put one on each shoulder.

Optech straps on everything.

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