by Gordon King
A while back I wrote about my search for the perfect camera strap. At the time I was just starting to use the Think Tank Photo V2.0 camera strap. I had high hopes for the strap but after extensive use I’m ditching the Think Tank straps.
While there is much to praise about the straps I found them lacking in a couple of key areas. First, they are too narrow to comfortably support a camera hanging around my neck for extended periods of time. This is especially important during football season when I keep a camera hanging off my neck the entire time I shooting the game (this is a “grab cam,” fitted with an 80-200 lens to grab those shots too close for the 300 mm or 400 mm lens I’m using on my other body. It needs to be immediately accessible so that’s why it hangs around my neck).
Second, the rubber grip strips do not grip on the slick materials of my winter jackets. It’s pretty annoying to have to constantly re-position the strap (and camera) on my shoulder.
I’ve changed one of my straps over to an Up Strap, which touts itself as the strap with “the best non-slip pad.” I am using the X-Ergonomic model; the pad is a bit more supple than the Large Pad model and has the non-slip grippy knobs on just one side of the pad.
I’ll see how this strap works over the long term. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and does seem to stay on my shoulder better than the Think Tank straps. If it does seem to work I’ll change my other strap to the Upstrap.
The Upstrap is a little more expensive – $32 versus $26.75 for the Think Tank strap.
Maybe, just maybe, this new strap will work out. Hope springs eternal.