The camera strap market is crammed with products tailored to every need. But which one is right for you? We test 6 of the top camera straps to find out.
The humble camera strap has undergone some radical transformations in recent years, with an ever-impressive array of styles, fabrics, designs, features and technology being launched onto the market.
For some of us, of course, the free strap provided with Nikon cameras will prove more than adequate. For others, meanwhile, something more specific may be required.
Photographers travelling without a bag, for example, require increased protection and comfort. Strap design also becomes more crucial when working with large, heavy lenses.
Fabrics such as neoprene will ensure the camera doesn't jump around with walking, and harness straps will help combat this problem.
The strap you choose is dictated by the type of photographer you are. But whatever your needs, rest assured there's a strap out there to suit. Here's a selection of some of the best around…
Best Camera Strap: Matin Neoprene Fast Access Strap
Price: £40, $62
Buy it: www.cameraclean.co.uk
This sling design has an 8mm-thick neoprene shoulder pad finished with an elasticated soft rubber coating, making it one of the most comfortable straps on test.
Matin also includes a detachable under-shoulder strap for additional security, although the resulting harness can be fiddly to thread around the head and arms.
The tripod mount attachment is a solid, all-metal design, but requires a coin or screwdriver to tighten.
Overall though, this is a comfortable well-made strap, best suited to heavier cameras requiring greater support.
Pros… The 8mm-thick shoulder pad helps make this one of the most comfortable straps
Cons… The harness can be rather fiddly to thread around the head and the arms
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