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Best Camera Straps 2017

Best Camera Straps 2017 - Here, we take a look at some of the best camera straps available right now.

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If you want to have your camera ready for anything and the ability to truly photograph on the fly, or if you're heading to an event where there's no point in bagging your camera because the photo opportunities will be coming thick and fast, a camera strap will be necessary. 

The camera strap is an important part of kit. It may be a simple concept, but what sort of neck strap you want can be a very personal choice. There are loads of different designs and concepts out there, and in this article, we will be focusing on the following camera straps:

Miggo Two Way Speed Strap

4V Design Lusso Brown Tuscany Leather Neck Strap

OTZI London Design Studio Personalised Camera Strap

Peak Design Slide Camera Sling Strap

Sun-Sniper Rotaball Pro, One, Traveler and Surf

Hawkesmill Leather Camera Strap

Barbershop 'Moustache' Camera Strap

Heavy Leather Classic & Slingshot

1901 Steichen Leather strap

Capturing Couture Sofia Black 

WP Studio ScarfStrap

Eddycam Elk Neck Strap & Hand Strap

BlackRapid Curve Breathe

Cecilia Camera Straps

Stroppa Camera Straps

 

Miggo Two Way Speed Strap 

The Miggo Two Way Speed Strap is made from soft neoprene. It's a modular system that comes with 2 different fitments that clip onto either side of the strap. One set allows you to attach the strap to the shoulder lugs on your camera (if it has them) and the other ones screw into your camera's tripod socket. This fitment is meant for when you're wearing the camera across your body rather than around your neck. 

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There is a lock on the strap's clips so you can't accidentally undo them when they're supporting a camera. Both sides of the strap are adjustable in length and each side has a plastic loop for attaching additional kit to. 

Miggo on body

If you're the type of photographer that likes to shoot on the fly but doesn't want the camera weighing you down around your neck, this strap could be ideal for you. It's available for £21 on Amazon

 

4V Design Lusso Brown Tuscany Leather Camera Strap

The 4V strap is a luxury option and if you like quality, real leather products then you'll love this. It's classically stylish and the shoulder pad is really comfortable. What sets this strap apart from other leather straps is its padding and also its unique grippy, yet not sticky undercoat which keeps it firmly on your shoulder. It's made from Tuscany leather and top quality cotton tape. 4V design

It attaches to your camera via the two strap lugs and the length can be adjusted. The 20mm wide ribbon is all cotton and the shoulder pad itself is hand-painted on the edges. It's really comfy to wear even with a relatively weighty DSLR attached.

4V grip

The 4V strap is available in a few different colour, including black, washed green and brown/cyan and black/cyan. It's also available with a medium sized and slimmer shoulder pad. The large is available for €104.90. 

 

OTZI London Design Studio Personalised Camera Strap 

OTZI is a London based design studio which will create bespoke and unique leather products.OTZI studio

They have recently teamed up with Olympus to provide a range of camera straps which can also be personalised. If you want a traditional, no frills camera strap then this is the one for you. Real leather, hand-made, simple design and no padding, it oozes style. 

Personalised OTZI London camera strap

The strap will soon be available exclusively from the Olympus camera shop. However, you can use it with any brand of camera. 

 

Peak Design Slide Camera Sling Strap

A clever camera strap that can be used as a slide strap, a neck strap and a shoulder strap.Peak Design Slide Strap

The strap comes with attachments for a number of cameras and is also compatible with Peak Design bags, and the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip. The attachment for the tripod socket of the camera is also ARCA-compatible. The wide strap is padded internally, and there is a grippy section for when wearing the strap on your shoulder or around your neck. You can quickly adjust the length of the strap with the aluminium quick-adjust handles.

Peak Design Slide Strap P6230223

The Peak Design Slide comes with a lifetime warranty, and is available for around £50 from Amazon.

 

Sun-Sniper Rotaball Pro, One, Traveler and Surf

The Sun-Sniper Rotaball strap system is a quick access strap that attaches to the bottom of your camera, and lets you quickly use your camera. It’s available for larger DSLRs (as the One or Pro system), for mirrorless and mid-sized cameras, as the Traveler system.

Sun Sniper Rotaball Proe

The straps have a metal wire running through the middle of them to stop someone cutting the strap and stealing the camera, and the Rotaball has a “Blokker” which is designed to make it more difficult for someone to unscrew the camera from the strap. The strap also has a “Limiter” so that the camera doesn’t end up sliding too far behind your back.Sun Sniper Rotaball Traveler Strap E

The Pro and One straps have a shock-absorber built into the strap to help reduce strain caused by heavy cameras bouncing up and down as you move, as shown above. The Pro and Traveler come with insurance, as well as a “Pitt” strap to keep the strap in position. The padded area is quite large on the One and Pro straps, at nearly 3 inches wide, and just under 2 inches on the Traveler.

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Another option is the Rotaball Surf, which can be attached to an existing camera bag strap. The Rotaball Pro is available for around £80, the Rotaball One for around £55, and the Rotaball Traveler for around £75.

Hawkesmill Westminster Leather Camera Strap

Hawkesmill

This Hawkesmill offering is made from Horween Chromexcel leather, known for its durability and softness. The strap is available in two colours - brown with orange stitching and black with red stitching. 

Hawksmill

There are high-quality split rings to attach the strap to your camera and bumper guards ensure that they don't scratch it. The straps are handmade in England.

The strap is precisely made with careful stitching and the underneath of it is comfortable on your skin. It's a classy strap that's simple but screams quality. It comes in a soft carry bag that's a nice touch. It's available for £115 on the Hawkesmill website

 

Barbershop 'Moustache' Leather Camera Strap

Barbershop

Barbershop straps are handmade in Italy with the best leathers. The Moustache strap has a thin strap and a padded area for your neck with soft underside. It's stylish and the neck pad makes the strap comfortable. The thin strap makes it a more appealing choice for those of a slighter build. 

Barbershop

You can adjust the length of the camera strap at both sides and there are fabric lugs which attach it to your camera. We love the fine detailing of the pins on the strap and the neat stitching. It's available for £89 on the Barbershop website

 

Heavy Leather Classic & Slingshot Camera Straps

Heavy Leather straps

Heavy Leather is a famous NYC brand that makes guitar and camera straps out of top grain cowhide leather. Here we have their Classic and Slingshot straps.

Heavy Leather

The Classic strap is  made from soft Italian cowhide that Heavy Leather say will age gracefully and mold to your body straight away without the need to break it in. The leather adjuster straps can attach straight to your camera or you can use the key rings. 

The strap is really comfy and soft and is a good width to remain comfy around the neck even with a heavy camera on there. It's a high quality strap that any discerning photographer will love. It's available for $95. 

Slingshot

The Heavy Leather Slingshot is an option for those that want to wear their camera on one shoulder or across the body with quick access. It's adjustable and attaches at the camera's tripod mount. 

The shoulder strap is wide, well padded and even has a handy business card holder. Like the Classic strap, it's handmade in the USA. 

The padding on this strap and underside leather is really soft, making it really comfy when worn. The silver buckles add a touch of bling. This is a strap that you can tell will last a long time. It sells for $155.

 

1901 Steichen Leather Strap 

1901 strap

The 1901 Steichen strap is available in 7 different colours from tan to stone grey and is available in custom lengths, the standard being 115cm. It's available for £25.95. 

1901

It's a minimalist strap that's supple yet strong and designed for 'real' photographers. They're made in the UK using fine quality full grain English leather. The grommets are machined in stainless steel and have a quality finish. The leather ends unhook from the grommets allowing you to attach the camera. 

This is a sleek camera strap that has extra layers around the shoulder for comfort and is very neatly finished. 

 

Capturing Couture Sofia Black Camera Strap

Capturing Couture

The Capturing Couture black camera strap has a plush velvet underside and nylon webbing to prevent wear. It has a rather Jazzy design and there are lots more designs and styles to choose from on the Capturing Couture website. The Sofia black is available for $39. 

Capturing couture

The strap is flexible and feels comfy on. It's a great choice for the lady photographer who wants to express her personality while out shooting and is adjustable so that it fits well when worn. 

It's quite a blingy camera strap with silver personalised rivets and it's well made and feels sturdy.

 

WP Studio ScarfStrap

Scarf Strap

The WP Studio ScarfStrap is a camera strap made from a scarf - so from the back, it looks like you're just keeping warm. 

It's manufactured to be strong, soft and comfy. The camera attachment is secured to the scarf strap through a leather pad that's really well sewn, so there's no chance of it coming undone. 

WP scarfstrap

The scarfstrap is available with many different scarf designs on the WP Studio website for £35.50. It's a lovely idea especially for women who want something a little different to the usual camera strap. 

 

Eddycam Elk Skin Camera Neck & Hand Strap 

Eddycam

Eddycam straps are made from elk skin. Elk skin is thick, elastic and really soft to the touch, making for sumptuous camera straps. The two we had on test were the 60mm neck strap and the sling strap, which is a hand strap. They both attach through the eyelets on either side of the camera. 

The neck strap is extremely mouldable and fits to your neck well. It's amazingly soft to touch and really flexible. It takes the weight of the camera well due to its elasticity. They are available in a wide variety of colours including brown, black, yellow, red, tan and blue. Prices start from 169 Euros. They are available in the UK through JP Distribution

Eddycam hand strap

The hand strap is reassuringly strong and feels nice against the skin. It too is available in lots of different colours and colour combinations. Prices start from 99 Euros. Both straps are classically stylish and amazingly soft and flexible.

 

BlackRapid Curve Sling Strap

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The BlackRapid Curve is a shoulder strap that sits across the body allowing you to 'quick draw' the camera from your hip. It's available for £75 and is available in the UK through JP Distribution. It attaches to the camera through the tripod mount on the bottom. There is also a strap that fastens under your left arm to keep the strap in place. The shoulder strap is well padded and breathable, and features a textured fabric pattern on the bottom that makes it grip to your shoulder. 

Blackrapid texture

The length of the strap is adjustable and can be unclipped from the back. The camera attachment is on a robust carabiner that is slidable on a metal bracket. The camera attachment can be removed from the carabiner if need be. The underarm strap can also be removed if you don't want it. The strap feels and looks really well made. 

 

Cecilia Camera Straps

Cecilia Wrist Strap

Cecilia Camera Straps come in a range of sizes, as either neck straps, or alternatively wrist straps, as shown here. The neck straps are available in wide or slim sizes, and there are a range of wrist straps. The unique thing about Cecilia camera straps is that they have a number of straps available that are made out of baby Alpaca wool, as well as some made of leather. The branding is subtle, and the leather is reinforced for extra strength. 

Cecilia Camera Strap

The wrist strap is quite thin, so isn't recommended for heavier cameras, but should work perfectly well with smaller mirrorless cameras, and compact cameras. The strap has protection for the camera, to avoid the metal ring scratching the camera, and the strap feels very well made. Prices start at a very reasonable $36 for a leather wrist strap.

 

Stroppa Straps

Stroppa straps

Stroppa is a Polish brand that specialises in rope and real leather finished camera straps. They give a premium look with an affordable price tag - they can be picked up for around £30. 

There are 3 types of strap available and all are available in several different lengths:

  • Flex - This strap flexible but also very difficult to break and is available in different colours
  • Duo - Has a denser braid and an on-trend mottled effect
  • Active - This is the toughest strap Stroppa make and they say it can take any abuse you can think of

Stroppa duo

These straps are certainly unique and fasten to the camera using metal rings for a secure fit. They are very well made and surprisingly comfy. If you want a custom and unique strap that won't break the bank, this is it. The straps come in a drawstring canvas bag, which is a nice touch. 

 

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meyeview Plus
8 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2016 1:20PM
i use 1901 fotografi for my leather straps.

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ajcarr 7 1 Ireland
22 Apr 2016 9:47PM
What about really good straps like those from OP/TECH and Up-Strap?
pink Plus
14 4.6k 7 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2016 7:20AM
Peak design are one of the best I have used
mistere Plus
4 3 3 England
27 Apr 2016 6:07PM
Have tried many different straps, for me Peak Designs slide is the
best strap so far.
joshwa Plus
7 822 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2016 12:53PM
Added the Peak Design Slide and will add more when possible, thanks for the suggestions Smile
14 Sep 2016 7:00PM
Another Peak Design fan, most comfortable strap ever for me, can't think of any other strap that comes close to Peak Design.
15 Sep 2016 7:02AM
After years of using black rapid and Sunsniper I now use peak design slide, lite and leash, can't fault them and wouldn't go back
4k78l 1 278 1 New Caledonia
16 Sep 2016 7:11PM
22 Sep 2016 11:05AM
I bought the Caden quick release, in 2013. Across shoulder not neck. Excellent, still going strong. Quick / safe release. Don't feel the weight of the camera, still about 17 on Amazon. Screws to tripod mount and still allows use of tripod screw. Slides up and down strap. A lot cheaper than expensive alternatives. Thoroughly recommend. T
Nigel_95 Plus
11 260 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2017 4:13PM
Before you stopped selling them, the ePHOTOzine straps were excellent. I wish I had more than one.

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