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Straps for super tele lenses

sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2019 6:02PM
What strap do you use for your super telephoto kit?

I have a Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 lens. Itís a bemoth of a lens and when combined with a body the total weight is over 4kg. Most often I carry the kit in a back pack until I want to use it, but then I hand carry the kit by the tripod mount of the lens. This less than comfortable over long periods!

I note that the tripod ring has lugs for a strap to be fitted, but I am wary of applying a strap such as an optech as whilst these are ok for weights up to 6-7kg (depending on model), I worry that the forces applied when carrying the lens may exceed the maximum specified (e.g. a small jolt may effectively increase the force beyond the tolerance of the strap). Combined there is nearly £6k worth of kit at stake and dropping this would likely break my heart.

So what strap solution can you recommend?

saltireblue Plus
13 14.0k 86 Norway
24 Mar 2019 7:01PM
Have a look at Black Rapid straps. They supported my 5Diii + 70-200 f/2.8 without a thought, and I'm pretty certain they support up to 7 or 8 kilos. Plus they are very sturdily made and it would take more than just a nudge to dislodge equipment.
Worn cross-body, I was comfortable carrying it all day.
SlowSong Plus
14 10.8k 30 England
24 Mar 2019 7:13PM
Agree with Malc. Black rapid are so comfortable and there are various models to suit.
JJGEE 18 8.1k 18 England
24 Mar 2019 8:25PM
Peak Design's Slide Strap may be worth checking out.
Randle 17 119 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2019 8:35AM
A cheaper version is the Trekking Safari Pro Plus Camera Harness which is nearly half the cost of Blackrapid

I bought one at the NEC Photo show, but cannot give any feedback as not had time to try it out yet.
There are a couple of versions but liked this as it also screws into tripod socket for added security.
User_Removed 18 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2019 5:47PM

I've used this Trekking harness for about 5 years now and it's still going strong.
I have the chest strap tight, the camera connecting straps hold the camera, and the tripod foot hooks over the chest strap so the lens lies across you chest and doesn't swing about.
I carry a Nikon D500 with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemp. like this.
You can get spare straps for other camera bodies, and an ordinary camera strap that fits the clips making it a versatile set up.
Although Jack the Hat sell via eaby and Amazon things are slightly cheaper if you buy direct from them
LarryG 5 9 3 United States
9 Apr 2019 5:54AM
Adam, Take a look at the Ape Case. I have a large one for my 200-500mm lens. It makes carrying the lens easy and keeps it safe from bumps, etc. Hope this is helpful. Larry
LenShepherd 15 4.6k United Kingdom
9 Apr 2019 9:24AM
An alternative is not to use a strap at all, and to carry longer lenses, along with camera body and other lenses or converters, in a well padded "single compartment" back-pack.

Several of these types of bag have straps to fix a tripod and a mesh external pocket for a water bottle.

With the back-pack harness adjusted to split the weight between shoulders and hips I can confirm you can carry a lot more weight a lot further with this type of bag.

With the bag on the ground and open you have quick access to other lenses, converters etc.

Cost new is from about £250. Expect around 10 years wear from a robust back-pack.

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