Attach Your Camera Strap

Posted Jun. 11th, 2018 by Daniel J. Cox

Camera straps are generally considered an afterthought when buying a new camera. Maybe it’s due to the fact most manufacturers include a strap with virtually every camera sold. The downside to getting a strap from your camera maker is that it’s most always going to have flashy advertising emblazoned across it. Think NASCAR drivers and you get the idea. Whether you go with the one that came with your camera or something else, it’s an important piece of your equipment. To help get you on the right track, I’m going to share with you how to properly attach your camera strap. That sounds simple, but there really is a better way than most are aware of.

Attach Your Camera Strap

Attaching a camera strap in a way that will never come loose on its own.

I personally like going under the radar when I’m in the field taking pictures. I don’t have a problem with talking up a good product, but when I’m trying to blend in, whether with wildlife, travel, or the scientists I work with, a plain camera strap makes a world of difference.

Today there is a massive collection of camera straps to choose from. Some are high tech and some not so much. My favorite falls under the heading of not so much. Low tech is the way I would describe it. It’s the Dome Gripper Camera Strap and my preferred color is their olive drab. It’s simple, functional and I have one that I’ve been using for over 15 years. They virtually don’t wear out.

How To

The video above is a short piece showing the so-called “Pro Technique” for attaching many kinds of camera straps. If you want bomb-proof, climbing rope-like strength and stability, take a look at a tried and true camera strap attachment technique I’ve used for 40 years. I know rock climbers who’ve bivouacked thousands of feet above the ground using nothing but their camera straps to hold their shelter in place when attached using the Pro Technique. OK… I’m joking, but I can promise you’ll never have a strap come undone with the technique I show in the video.

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  1. karl the kamera manOn Aug. 12th, 2018 (2 months ago)

    I’ve used TAMRAC “Banana” sling straps for many decades on all my camera bodies. I like the fact that they have plastic “quick-disconnect” devices, so IF I want to remove the strap it’s quick & easy. But, there’s one thing about this design that is poor, and I’ve been a victim of it in the past …. there is a plastic “buckle” with internal teeth that are essentially designed to engage the woven tang endpieces of the strap. However, because these endpieces are made from a nylon thread & cross-woven, the teeth do not effectively dig into the tangs. With constant movement, most especially when the camera is dangling from one’s neck, these ends work themselves through the buckle, eventually coming completely loose, and with that imminent disaster. The strap becomes unfastened from the camera ring, and falls to the ground, ruining expensive equipment. In the past, I had contacted TAMRAC directly about this problem. They did not even give me the courtesy of an acknowledgement, and now they are no longer the TAMRAC brand of old. So, what I’ve done to ensure the safety of my equipment is to take some black thread with a hefty sewing needle & run some stitches through the end of the nylon tang pieces on the shoulder side of the strap. Now, I am completely sure that the straps will never come undone. Because the nylon tangs are made with a tight cross-weave, it may be necessary to push the needle through the material with the aid of something hard, if a classical thimble is not available, but once done, you’ll be assured that you’ll not have a problem in the future.

  2. Steve ThompsonOn Jun. 13th, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Good idea thanks

  3. DeanOn Jun. 11th, 2018 (4 months ago)

    This is what’s so great about your blog! Practical suggestions resulting from decades of experience “in the field.”

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 11th, 2018 (4 months ago)

      Thanks for stopping by Dean

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