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Sep 20, 2010 00:06 |  #1

What do you guys use to support your large lenses while attached to a body? I hate that the lens are so big putting all the pressure and weight on the body connection. I almost need like a nice strap or something. Was just looking for suggestions other than shoestrings and fishing line lol


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Sep 20, 2010 00:31 |  #2

You mean when using a tripod or when hand holding?


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Sep 20, 2010 00:36 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #3

more for when I have them hanging on my neck, a lot of the time when Im shooting I get tired of holding them up becasue of the weight and I HATE to let them hang there with all the pressure on the ring wher the lens meets the body. More like a suport strap for the lens when its hanging there.

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Sep 20, 2010 04:03 |  #4

I don't hang my camera around my neck, that can't be very good for you, especially if you have a heavy lens on. I have my camera with the strap over one shoulder, in my hand or fixed on a tripod resting over my shoulder (when I only move around on one location.) It really depends on the type of photography you are doing really. With a big lens on, you normally don't move around that much and if you do, maybe you should just pack it in a backpack between locations.

A few years ago I also had a climbing hook attached to my camera strap, close to the body. That way, you can attach this hook to the straps of your backpack so that the camera rests on your chest. This doesn't work well with heavy lenses though. Works very well with wide angle. This way you CAN have the strap around your neck, but there is never actually any weight on it.

There is also something called a camera holster, maybe they are good?

Hanging your camera around your neck also looks very amature imo ;)


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Sep 20, 2010 08:51 |  #5

There is a company that makes a neck strap with a sling support for a long lens but I don't remember who does it. Perhaps Optech.


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Sep 20, 2010 09:39 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #6

Yeah, Im not in it to look cool or anything ;). Typically its over the shoulder but even then I still run into the same thing. It doesnt bother me I just worry about my equipment. I have seen guys with support straps on big lens before while I was out shooting. I just didnt know who made them or if they were homemade or something. Ill look into the company mentioned above. Thanks gents


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Sep 20, 2010 10:24 |  #7

I just found something...thanks guys


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Sep 20, 2010 10:37 |  #8

The 300mm f/2.8 and up have built-in lugs and come with their own straps. I don't usually use one on my 300 but I do use both the lens and the camera strap for the 500mm f/4.


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Sep 20, 2010 10:45 as a reply to  @ FlyingPhotog's post |  #9

I shot with a 300 2.8 before, it was a big lens. In my opinion, my 300 f/4 should have the same setup. Hell, my 70-200 2.8 should have that setup. I just found a cradle that will fit both and it seems to fit the bill of what I was looking for.

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