Tamrac N45 Black Leather Padded QuickRelease Camera Strap
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The Leather Padded Camera Strap is the ultimate in carrying comfort. The thick foam pad absorbs and distributes the weight of the camera. The non-slip suede leather keeps the strap from slipping off the shoulder. The quick-release buckles allow flexibility … see full wiki
There are many cameras on the market today that are on the heavy side. If you use a light weight camera, a new strap is probably not a desire. For the rest of us, we should consider upgrading the manufacturer provided camera strap.
My camera is a Canon 20D weighing about 5 pounds by itself and comes with a durable fabric neck strap. The supplied neck strap is simple, basic, and advertises Canon boldly. That may be okay if you don't make much use of the strap or use light weight lenses. Take my camera however, and add any one of my heavy L lenses to it and the supplied neck strap can still do the job, but becomes a pain in the neck.
This strap is made for comfort. The pad helps to absorb and distribute the weight of your camera. The suede cover on the pad is smooth enough to feel pleasant on the skin while being rough enough to not slip around easily. The suede covered padding is attached to an adjustable nylon strap which contains a quick release buckle near each end before the strap attaches to the camera.
Having the buckles come in handy when the strap just gets in the way. This usually happens when the camera is used on a tripod. Pressing the sides with your fingers releases the buckle for quick removal and only the piece connecting the camera to the buckle remains. Push the buckle back together and it snaps into the locking position.
Back to the bold advertising, some people feel such items bring attention to their camera equipment. This may cause one to think thieves are paying closer attention to them. While I think seeing the camera is enough to get a thieves attention, I don't really know if this is a legit concern. If it is your concern this strap does have a Tamrac label on it that could be removed or worn against the body so it is not seen.
If you are planning to replace your camera strap, this one is build to do the job and be comfortable.
PROS: High quality durable construction Comfortable padded neck Quick-release system
CONS: No viewfinder cover
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