Cross Body Camera Straps

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  1. RowdyRay

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    I have the Black Rapid RS-4. (older model) Two years now. Love it.

    Recently picked up a Tamron 200-500mm. Added the grip and went for an easy 1 mile walk. My walks are shorter in the winter. Wanted to see how it felt on the shoulder. But....I did attach it to the tripod mount. Just not sure how much I trust that lug in the grip. Should be fine this summer. Walk 3-4 miles and bike 6-8 miles.

    If I were to do more rugged hiking or biking, then I'd look at other models. Looks like they have a new and improved retro RS-4. And a trade in for older ones. May have to check that out.

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  2. Dave442

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    The regular Black Rapid has worked great for me, today I think the similar model is called the BlackRapid Curve Breathe.
     
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    Op-Tec straps make felt weight about 50% lower than non-stretchy straps.
     
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    I have an OP/TECH USA Utility Strap, Sling XL Quick Adjust on my Canon 40D. Bought a set of connector gender-changers for it so I could hang the camera on the left, instead of right.

    Tried it out day-before-yesterday, walking about our nearly 1 acre, taking nature photos. Initial impression is I think I chose well.

    I do feel it's a bit long, even for me, at 6 ft. 4 in. tall, so I'll probably eventually pay a local boat upholstery shop to shorten it by 2-4 inches.
     
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    Looks like the Optech is my choice. Thanks for all the input. I really appreciate the comments and suggestions.
     
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    Note there are two models: The one Square Peg has and the one I have. Difference is mine is longer (I believe), is designed for the camera to hang on the right (check the video for how it works), and has the quick-adjust feature (which is why it's side-dependent).

    Mine, you can switch to the left, but that requires the connector gender-changers.

    I went with the one I did because I wanted the length quick-adjust so I could snug it up to my chest when I wanted to get it off my hip.
     
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    I really liked the idea, but, at around $100 to start, and that's for light gear, I decided to take a pass.
     
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    There are some very affordable Chinese clones on Aliexpress.
     
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    Destin Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    That and the fact that if you drop the camera while shooting it isn’t tethered to anything scared me away.
     
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    Chinese clones of things have an unenviable track record. Even genuine brand-name products made in China have had serious quality issues when the buyer's/owner's QC was insufficiently rigorous. See, for example, the history of Rocna anchors.

    I would be disinclined to trust my camera & lens to a Chinese clone of such a thing.

    Easily-solved with a wrist strap. Of course: That would add to the $100.
     
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    I looked at the Spyder system as well. Didn't like it because the camera sticks out to the side, not too handy in a crowd or when going through the woods. Also the points about no safety if the camera is dropped. What really got me was that I attended an even were a pro photographer was using one and he told me he was planning to replace it because his camera kept bumping into things.
     
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