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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:57 am 
Are there any recommended, comfortable straps out there that people know of? I want to replace the one on my D80 because I'm still rather fond of the idea of keeping the skin on the back of my neck.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:40 am 
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I picked up a Lowe Pro strap recently with a wide neck section which feels quite comfortable, but I'm not sure about the quick-release clips at each end of the strap... not sure I want it to release quickly!

But yes, there are much more comfortable straps out there than the supplied ones, and they're also more discreet...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:21 am 
Comfort and discretion are my prime interests as the camera will be going round the world with me for nine months.

I'll have a look at the LowePro one, thanks.


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I think the Op Tech strap is popular with other members, but I've never seen one...


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Op/Tech mate. Only way to go. I love mine. They're built really well and even have quick-release connectors (like rucksack straps) which are handy if you're sometimes using a tripod as they prevent the main part of the strap from catching wind and shaking the tripod. They also come in a range of colours, including my choice, black. £16.95 from Warehouseexpress.com

Here's the one I got -

http://optechusa.com/product/detail/?PR ... CT_SUB_ID=

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:15 am 
I've been looking at the Optech Pro Loop but from the pictures it looks quite chunky and rigid and I'm concerned that it won't fold easily enough to fit in my Lowepro Slingshot 100 bag.

How flexible are these things?


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They are extremely flexible. It is thicker at the neck area than the standard strap of course, hence the comfort. I manage to get mine in the bag no problem though.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:36 am 
I'm fairly settled then. Did you order it online? If so, what site did you use? UK retailers seem thin on the ground...


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I have no experience of the "Pro-loop" version, just the standard one.

I use Warehouse Express for all my photographic purchases. Very competitive price-wise and very reliable. Highly recommended -

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/?/photo/intro.html

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:17 pm 
I looked at Warehouse Express but the Pro Loop option seems to only be on the Super Classic strap, not on the Pro series. Ie, the images of their straps don't seem to match up with the product and I can't be sure what I'm ordering.

Specifically, I wanted the pro loop strap in red.


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Good point! It's not the most intuitive of sites at the best of times but you're right about this.

OK, the last stuff I bought on-line was from a company called Speed Graphic. They're listing The Pro strap with Pro-loop fittings for £17.95. I've only bought stuff from them twice but both times the service was good.

http://www.speedgraphic.co.uk/prod.asp? ... Loop+Strap

Just out of curiosity, why do you want the Pro-loop fitting?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:28 pm 
The only preference for the pro loop is because I liked the idea that it fits particularly small fittings on the camera (the D80 fittings *seem* quite small to me). I’m assuming that since you have the D80, that the standard Pro Strap fits just fine so I may just get that. It’s cheaper too.

My main reasoning for getting a new strap (aside from saving my neck) is because I don’t want a whopping great NIKON advert hung around me when I go travelling next year. I’m thinking the red Optech strap might defeat that purpose but it’s hard to tell without seeing it for real.

I’ll deliberate on the colour some more and make a purchase soon. Thanks for your info mate.


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your reasoning is exactly the same as mine mate. The normal Op/Tech Pro fits just fine on the D80 so no need to worry about that.

The only people to whom the site of "Op/Tech" would raise eyebrows are fellow photographers, and we know they're an honest bunch eh :wink:

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Bringing us briefly back on-topic (!) how many people like the 'quick release' clips that are used by most of these third party strap upgrades? I'm not sure I like them myself - I'd like the least possibility of something coming undone on a strap, and these seem to be inviting a potential issue.

Maybe they'd come loose by themselves, causing the camera to fall, or maybe an adept thief could unclip your camera from your very neck!

So all you long-term op-tech owners - has it ever been an issue?

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I had initially worried about the quick-release aspects too but in the flesh they're very sturdy. Of course their best use is when you have two bodies but it's really handy when using a tripod. On breezy days the wind can often catch the strap and cause minute wobbles. Unclipping the strap takes 2 seconds and the two loose ends can be connected so that even without the neckstrap a secure hold is possible.

Put it this way, I like the camera strap so much that I've just ordered the Op/Tech bag strap to replace the cardboard one supplied with my Tamrac bag.

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