This strap, as the name suggests is a sling strap, so it fits across the shoulders distributing the weight much more effectively. This particular strap also benefits from the split design which further spreads the weight as well as being constructed out of neoprene. This fabric (same as in wetsuits) is very tough but also very stretchy – it’s this stretch which helps cushion the weight of the camera especially when walking/moving around. When compared to the factory neck strap you can barely even feel that the strap is attached.
The main selling point of the camera is the fact it has ‘quick draw’ functionality – which basically means that the camera is not attached to a fixed point on the strap but to a metal ring which allows the camera body to slide up the strap into a shooting position fast without the strap itself moving at all – a great invention and is why I will never again use a strap without this function.
When not in use, there are small adjusters that you can slide up and down the strap to fix the camera to a certain point along the strap – this is extremely handy during periods on non-use to limit camera movement. The strap length is easily adjustable and when fitted properly the camera body will simply hang upside down by your side where it is less noticeable as well as being safer and more comfortable.
The strap attaches to the camera via what’s known as a D-ring, this small loop screws into the tripod socket on the bottom of your DSLR. After you have fixed in the D-ring you then attach the strap to the loop using a carabiner hook which locks for added safety – see below:
The attachment system – D-ring and Carabiner.
Attaching to Camera
Both these connectors are made out of strong metal and the manufacturer claims they have been load tested to way over 7KG – which is plenty. The D-ring itself screws nicely into the tripod thread and feels secure, however I would recommend checking this connection and tightening it throughout the day, especially if you have been moving a lot.
In conclusion the strap is pleasing to the eye as well as being less garish than the factory strap, It is also extremely comfortable and spreads the weight of the camera and lens very well. The ‘quick draw’ mechanism is incredibly useful as it keeps the strap in a fixed place across the shoulders whilst allowing the camera to be quickly brought up into shooting position. Although a strange feeling at first, the camera actually feels safer hanging upside down by your side, the strong connectors also provide confidence. I would happily recommend this strap to anyone, it is a great affordable alternative to some of the more expensive straps out there as well as being a massive improvement on the factory strap.