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OP/TECH Pro strap over shoulder?

 
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Aug 17, 2013 13:21 |  #31

I use both the Optech and Black Rapid straps. To me the downside of using the optech strap is the amount of "bounce" when a heavy body and lens is attached.

When carrying two bodies I use both straps, the lighter camera on the optech.


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Aug 18, 2013 04:45 |  #32

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You can save yourself a lot of money if you buy the Velcro in bulk and cut it to the size needed.
I bought this at Home Depot and cut it to Aprox. 4" lengths and was able to do every quick connect I own which is a bunch and still have plenty left for future use....
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Exactly what I do ...

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Aug 18, 2013 13:21 |  #33

C Scott IV wrote in post #16215557 (external link)
The Op/Tech sling strap has two connection points to the camera.

Edit: The Web page says "The second Uni-Loop connector is only used on cameras with a second connection area located on the right side (not top) or on a Pro Battery Grip. Most cameras will only use one connection." Not sure why they say that. It doesn't appear that anything is stopping you from using both connection points. Or possibly using both connectors on one side.

I have the sling. What I did was get one of the longer connector straps and use it on the opposite slot. It hangs loosely off that slot with the weight all on the primary slot, but it gives a piece of mind that if I goof and unclip the primary, I won't have the camera crashing to the ground.


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Aug 19, 2013 10:46 |  #34

Maxdave wrote in post #16215669 (external link)
I have on occasion used a smallish carabiner clip through the pro loop connection cord connection and then around a belt loop to reduce motion and "swing out" when I bend forward.

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CanonCameraFan wrote in post #16214514 (external link)
I keep my right hand gently on the camera whenever I move. A sling is a sling!

Check this video for an option: http://www.youtube.com …er_embedded&v=V​H5KAnxZaaY (external link)



Interesting thought. Either of those sounds like good options as well. I will be having twins in Jan and figure I will be doing a considerable amount of bending over to deal with them while out, thus the reason I was worried about camera movement. Thanks.


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Aug 19, 2013 11:29 |  #35

wanner wrote in post #16210859 (external link)
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.

I use the Op/Tech straps on both a 5D3 and 7D, and quite often carry the camera over my shoulder. I have never had an issue using the camera when carrying it this way -- the strap never gets in my way. I have even carried both cameras -- one around my neck, and the other over the shoulder -- without any problems.

The Black Rapid system doesn't appeal to me, either, due to its use of the tripod mount.


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Aug 19, 2013 21:45 |  #36

i also will put it over the shoulder when walking in between shots. its a great strap.


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Aug 21, 2013 06:31 as a reply to  @ pdrober2's post |  #37

I got my Op/tech Utility Strap - Sling today. It has the Op/tech quality and a nice strap if use it on your left shoulder and the camera is on your right side.
I have accustomed to using my gear on my left side. Using this way the strap pad works but all the connectors in the strap sling are the wrong way round. A little disappointing first experiments. :confused:


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Aug 21, 2013 10:32 as a reply to  @ post 16212559 |  #38

I bought that one as well. $20 on Amazon a couple of weeks ago. I've only used it a couple of times, but it works well so far.




  
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Aug 21, 2013 11:29 |  #39

clacson wrote in post #16226876 (external link)
I got my Op/tech Utility Strap - Sling today. It has the Op/tech quality and a nice strap if use it on your left shoulder and the camera is on your right side.
I have accustomed to using my gear on my left side. Using this way the strap pad works but all the connectors in the strap sling are the wrong way round. A little disappointing first experiments. :confused:

I know this doesn't help your situation right now but Op-Tech has a new swivel adapter in prototype that will solve the problem in the future.
It's due out in the next few months....


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Aug 21, 2013 12:05 |  #40

shooter00 wrote in post #16227563 (external link)
I know this doesn't help your situation right now but Op-Tech has a new swivel adapter in prototype that will solve the problem in the future.
It's due out in the next few months....

I use the sling with the camera on the left too. Glad they are working on those adapters. Thanks for sharing.


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Aug 21, 2013 15:04 |  #41

I started out with the OP/Tech SOS strap which I have now on all bags. Now I am on the utility strap with black rapid components. I really like the bounce, I feel that it helps with heavier loads.

As for the velcro strips, whichever you use, I think they are essential to the clips on the OP/Tech straps. I learned first hand when the clip came loose (my fault) and the body and flash went straight for the ground. Luckily the flash was on (turned 90 degrees and fell straight to the gravel on the plastic) hanging completly upside down, sustained only superficial scratches to the flash.

I started with a 50D/gripped with either a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 or 24-105L hanging from the tripod mount.
I personally have not had any issues using the tripod mount as the sole point of support. I carry the camera on my side with my arm over the camera or slightly push the camera to my back. I especially like the ability to swing the camera from my side to shooting position
I never gave it any thought that using the tripod mount could be an issue.
Should I be concerned about using the tripod mount only ????




  
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Aug 21, 2013 15:26 |  #42

I have got to wear my camera like a purse, thus the BR works for me. I have a classic Optech on my T2i, and when paired with a lightweight lens, its a great strap. But slogging through the jungle, climbing trees with my gripped 6D, I needed a better solution. Some might not care for the attachment mechanism that the sling straps use, but I have had zero fears of it failing. I just ensure its fastened tight. I had a Sun Sniper for a day, but it went back. Materials and construction, its built much better than the BR, but it also feels like it could use a serious update in its design. The shoulder pad is way too bulky and the extra strap length management was essentially non-existent, meaning the more you shorten the strap, the more excess strap you have just deal with. The BR has a newer, more modern way of dealing with the length of strap that gets created


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Aug 21, 2013 17:10 |  #43

rudou wrote in post #16228119 (external link)
I started out with the OP/Tech SOS strap which I have now on all bags. Now I am on the utility strap with black rapid components. I really like the bounce, I feel that it helps with heavier loads.

As for the velcro strips, whichever you use, I think they are essential to the clips on the OP/Tech straps. I learned first hand when the clip came loose (my fault) and the body and flash went straight for the ground. Luckily the flash was on (turned 90 degrees and fell straight to the gravel on the plastic) hanging completly upside down, sustained only superficial scratches to the flash.

I started with a 50D/gripped with either a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 or 24-105L hanging from the tripod mount.
I personally have not had any issues using the tripod mount as the sole point of support. I carry the camera on my side with my arm over the camera or slightly push the camera to my back. I especially like the ability to swing the camera from my side to shooting position
I never gave it any thought that using the tripod mount could be an issue.
Should I be concerned about using the tripod mount only ????

You might not ever have a problem but if you do you'll be the first to know !Crash $$$!
It's just peace of mind for me having small security strap attached to a strap lug on the camera back to a point on the sling slider....That's just me YMMV.




  
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Aug 21, 2013 20:12 |  #44

just double check the integrity of the connection frequently and you ll be fine. I have read of people having issues, but a simple check would save them from winning the camera darwin awards.


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Aug 21, 2013 21:51 |  #45

I was wondering if anyone has heard of the tripod mount giving out?




  
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