Neck Strap or Shoulder Strap?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by baberate, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Hi everyone~ Let's discuss something here!
    I found that many people are still using traditional neck strap, I used it before. It's so tired after a whole day hanging a camera on my neck. Besides, I have to hold up my camera when getting through the crowds. But when I using the shoulder strap, it frees my neck. And camera lens is downward, so I just need to hold it gently. In a word, it can free my hands in most of the time.

    Which strap do you prefer, Neck Strap or Shoulder Strap?

    This is the shoulder strap I'm using.
  2. I use the shoulder, set up so that when I pick up the camera to a shooting position the strap tensions round the shoulder & arm adding a little extra stabilization to the setup. When carrying i have the camera just behind my arm/elbow, trapping it against the waist & protecting it from jostleing by people coming the other way. My "generous girth" plays into this also as the lens faces up @ 45 degrees with the camera resting on the upper curve of my gut if I wear it round the neck.:eek:
  3. SCL


    I switched to shoulder strap over 50 years ago. Neck strap looked so much like "fat tourist" and was a giveaway. Shoulder strap was much less conspicuos.
  4. A strap attached to any significant weight should hang from your shoulder, not your neck. I use Upstrap, a thin, strong strap that has a rubber pad which will cling tenaciously to your shoulder. There are many other choices, including some that work like a harness, so that straps on your two shoulders are attached to each other.

    It doesn't matter what it looks like--a neck strap will give you a sore neck. A shoulder strap might actually look more conspicuous, suggests you've photographed enough to hate neck straps.
  5. I answered too quickly. Should have added that, when I'm taking a camera and lens out of a bag or carrier to put it on a tripod, I'll loop the strap loosely on my neck just in case I drop it. As soon as it's firmly on the tripod, I take the strap off. Since I don't drop my cameras, the strap never puts weight on my neck.
  6. No longer use neck straps and shoulder strap only on occasion; very much prefer wrist straps nowadays and if easy access to the camera is required, I stick it into a holster bag.
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  7. I'm strictly "shoulder strap" except for cameras I seldom use. Even a Leica on a neck strap is tiring after a short time. I go all day with a heavy lens (e.g., 70-200) and a shoulder strap. At times I've added a small bag, and a tripod too, all cross-shoulder.

    I haven't been tempted by wrist straps. What do you do if you need both hands for something? The camera hand for something else?
  8. Put the camera in the bag.
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  9. No longer use neck or shoulder straps. Settled on an OpTech sling strap, and it works very well for me. Guess, in a sense, you could call it a shoulder strap. :)
  10. I guess maybe I'm not discriminating enough, but I use whatever strap I happen to have and generally sling it over my shoulder. I just adjust it to be long enough that I can raise it to my eye.

    I tend to only buy expensive straps for heavy cameras.
  11. I mountain bike a lot and prefer to use a Movo camera carrying vest. The camera has a piece that screws into the tripod mount and then can be slid into the vest. The camera is carried securely against your chest and is easily slid out for use. This way the camera isn't swinging around as I bike through the trails.
  12. I prefer to skip that step. Now, if I carry a bag, it is for lenses only (plus memory cards and batteries, etc). When climbing stairs, I use the hand rail, normally on the right. That would entail a lot of putting in and taking out.
  13. I think the kind of strap matters less than how efficiently it distributes the weight.

    I often use a broad neck/shoulder strap for my regular camera combined with a Black Rapid strap for my large telephoto lens on another camera.
    I tried the Black Rapid double strap, but found it less satisfactory.
  14. I still use a neck strap, since it is secure, and I don't trust myself not to drop the camera into the ocean or something. I'm not sure how using a neck strap on a shoulder differs from using a shoulder strap, but the one I have seems fine either way. It has a reasonably good pad on it, and it's comfortable. I have long used Tamrac straps with buckles that allow the strap to be removed on a tripod. Some people don't trust the buckles but mine have never broken in many years.
  15. PapaTango

    PapaTango Itinerant Philosopher

    I just bought an Op/Tech "triple harness." See it here:

    Triple Carrier™

    My configuration is center camera and a small photo bag on the left. This ditches the belly strap, and retains the right side for anything or nothing! So far I have worked a beer festival and a bit of urban street with it. As far as I am concerned, it's the best $50 I have spent in a long time.

    They also make these in a 'double' that works well with single and double configs. Have a look.
  16. Interesting rig. It looks a lot like the old Vietnam era "Y-Harness" for the ALICE system.
  17. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    We teach our children not to put things around their necks for safety's sake,then do it ourselves. After a lot of decades in the Martial Arts, I know just how fast someone can be choked out. Don't care to have an unbreakable strap around my neck, shoulder straps at least are reasonable.
    No one has ever been strangled with a wrist strap.
  18. Except on British Television!
    There was an episode of "Midsomer Murders" ("Picture of Innocence") where the digital & film based photographers in a village had a feud. The digital guy strangled the Rollei user with the wrist strap from his Weston Master V.
  19. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Ah, TV & Movies, endless possibilities! A Looong wrist strap. Mine is 9 1/2 inches including the clip. It could be done, but even knowing the right technique, it wouldn't be easy.
  20. A cross-shoulder strap would leave one arm in the loop, which is the basis for the counter-move for a choke hold. That leaves the other hand free for ... I don't know the Korean term --- S&W.

    Seriously, if the neighborhood is that dangerous, you shouldn't be there. A more common assault, at least in parts of Europe, is to have your shoulder strap grabbed by a thief on a motor scooter. If it didn't break free, you'd get dragged. Sun Sniper and PacSafe straps have a steel cable to defeat cutting, which seems to be the preferred method in Spain. A wrist strap isn't all that safe unless you use it in the LEO fashion - looped from your thumb around the back of your hand into your palm. That way you can let go to avoid being dragged.

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