Best Camera Strap for DSLR cameras

The best camera strap for DSLR cameras is:

In this video I discuss what i think is the best camera strap for DSLR cameras. Included in this review is a representative of all major strap types: Camera neck straps, loop-straps (like the BlackRapid), and camera clips like the Spider holster. In my opinion, the OP Tech Pro Strap (or OPTech Pro Strap) is the best option.
Video Rating: 4 / 5


  1. Nicholas Erwin
    February 1, 2015 at 1:12 am #

    I just picked up the pro loop strap and I really like it..surprised by how
    comfortable it actually is. The build quality is very nice too! Don’t get
    me wrong, I really like my BlackRapid RS7, but it kept rubbing against my
    neck giving me a rash. Very irritating. Other have said the tripod screw
    mount has come loose before, that has never happened to me and I always
    make sure its tight. But I do agree that when you use a sling, the camera
    just flops around like crazy if you don’t have your hand on it. Now that I
    have a D610, I wanted a more convenient strap and fits the bill perfect.
    When I leave, I can just grab my camera and not have to mess around
    hooking up the BlackRapid. I’ll keep my RS7 for when I use a lens that has
    a tripod great in that regard!

    If you’re worried about the buckles coming loose on the Op/Tech strap..then
    you can always use a zip tie to prevent the buckles from unbuckling, but I
    think they are pretty secure only way for them to unbuckle is a person.
    The problem with the zip tie method is when you want to take the strap off
    the camera, you’ll have to snip them off first. But did I mention how easy
    the Pro Loop strap is to remove and to put back on? SO much easier than the
    including strap.

    Thanks for the really awesome review! 

  2. Nicholas Erwin
    February 1, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    Excellent. I’ve been using the RS7 for a long time, but because I have a
    huge strap..I tend not to bring my dslr around with me that often anymore.
    I think the RS7 is really nice when maybe you’re shooting 8 hours or have a
    heavy lens with tripod collar..but for day to day use with light lenses
    like primes..I still think a neck strap used in the way you demonstrated is
    the way to go. Heading to B&H now! 

  3. Ronny Wade
    February 1, 2015 at 1:54 am #

    Good advice that. Anyone who thinks swinging a pro camera and lens weighing
    around 4.5 pounds minimum from a tripod bush needs their brain examined.

  4. J.P. Stone
    February 1, 2015 at 2:51 am #

    All very well stated. Some real world tips in there some would not have
    thought of.

  5. Big Dil
    February 1, 2015 at 3:17 am #

    I totally agree with you Blake, and with the addition of a short disconnect
    strap which links the two strap ends loosely at a point across the chest,
    should one of the camera fixing points fail the camera would still not fall
    during rigorous use.

  6. Allan McIntyre
    February 1, 2015 at 3:29 am #

    Um, did I mishear at 1:05 “goes into your cameras hot shoe mount.” Hot
    shoe? Or, tripod mount? I was out late last night …. 

  7. mmelach
    February 1, 2015 at 3:35 am #

    Brilliant, insightful video! Your comments are soooo spot on, especially
    the concerns… Hang a multi thousand dollar piece of gear off a single not
    engineered for the purpose point and let it sling happily ever after? I’m
    not so sure…

    Also couldn’t agree more with the “quick release” buckles on the OP/Tech
    strap (or any of them for that matter). What the heck were they thinking??
    OK, to be fair, these straps (esp. the OP/Tech) are a bit on the bulky side
    so not so easy to fold in the the camera bag, so it would be nice to be
    able to easily remove. But really, is this a serious enough reason to use
    quick releases? Thank god for velcro!

    Thanks again. Keep ’em coming

  8. Stefan Totev
    February 1, 2015 at 4:12 am #

    Take a look at the joby straps. And more specifically the pro sling strap
    and the hand strap with plate and the wrist strap. I have all of these and
    they are superb. Really well made designs. 

  9. captainkanji
    February 1, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    I’ve never heard of someone’s BR coming unscrewed from the body. I’ve been
    using one for 2 years and never had an issue. Works great.

    February 1, 2015 at 4:53 am #

    Something tells me you’re a hammock camper.

  11. ThePatriotMuckraker
    February 1, 2015 at 5:26 am #

    Excellent review and philosophy of use.

  12. reg171reg
    February 1, 2015 at 5:54 am #

    How about you try an actual Black Rapid instead of some crap knock off.

    It pretty much has none of the issues you raise and even has a strap for
    those with boobs.

  13. Myla Snyder
    February 1, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    Yah, My Camera accidentally disconnected and dropped the ground. I thought
    I had it very tight but somehow it became loose. Sad for my 5D.

  14. wschick83
    February 1, 2015 at 6:48 am #

    Initially I got on well with the stock Canon strap with my 40D (six or so
    years ago), but as I progressed to heavier lenses and took it to hotter
    places, that rubber on the strap started to tug at my skin. Very
    I viewed the Black Rapid ‘like’ straps as a good idea, but was put off by
    the image of looking too ‘geared-up’ (as if that mattered carrying a huge
    DSLR?), and the huge £50 asking price. Oh and the fact that you’d have to
    remove the screw if you wanted to mount it to a tripod; so not what you’d
    call suitable for most occasions.
    At the moment I’m currently using a Crumpler neck strap (similar to the Op
    Tech), with the benefit of adjusting the length of the strap quickly to
    wear around the neck or as a ‘loop’.
    Thanks for the Video. Keep them coming!