A Strong Camera Wrist Strap

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Robert Watcher, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    To tell the truth - up until a week or so ago, I thought camera wrist straps were useless. I couldn't understand why I would want to use one, and I didn't like the delicate looks of any of the ones that I had seen.

    What changed my mind is my use of 2 small Olympus Pen cameras (and a DLSR with long lens) at a Buskerfest recently. I carried the cameras in my shoulder bag and could swap them in and out OK - but it became a real nuisance because I did not want to carry all of the cameras around my neck. So I had my E-PL1 with holga lens without a strap at all - my E-PL3 with the thin Olympus strap that comes with the camera - and my DSLR with a hand grip. There were so many times when I wished that I could just let one of my small Pen cameras dangle on my wrist while I grabbed and took the few shots I needed with my DLSR or while I changed a lens on the E-PL3 that was hanging on my neck.

    I don't like the straps that come with cameras and never use them. That is, except for when I am wanting a strap on my Pen cameras. In that case I had no choice if I wanted to use a strap because my normal straps are just too big and bulky and so often get in the way of looking at the LCD screen for focusing. I also got thinking about when I am street shooting in Central America, and for security reasons I want a camera strap that is wrapped around my wrist a few times in case someone is eyeing it up and plans on grabbing it from me. . .

    . . . it was those sentiments that got me thinking about using a wrist strap. I then realized how strong the small Olympus straps were and that they would make a great wrist strap. So I made a loop around my wrist with the strap and asked my wife to mark the length and sew it strongly (like she would a pair of jeans) and then cut off the excess. She actually did it while the strap was still on the camera and then we took the rest of the strap off the lug and set it aside to make another one for another camera. If I didn't happen to have a wife who is a seamstress and has all of the gear, I think that I would go to the local shoe repair shop and see if it may just cost a few dollars for them to run a stitch across the fabric.

    It fits well and comfortably - - - and the funny thing is that that cheap looking strap all of a sudden transforms into a thick professional looking wrist strap. Two things I may or may not change in the future may be - sewing in some sort of quick release hook - and some type of band to tighten up against different size wrists. Although I am the only one that will be using the strap likely and so it fits perfectly my ability to have the camera dangle without falling off, and still having enough slack so that I can access different parts of the camera and working comfortably without it being so snug that it pulls at my wrist.

    I actually can now see that I may make a wrist strap for my hand held DSLR that I use for my commissioned work - such as when I am using the camera on a tripod for family portraits and I find the camera straps get in the way of my viewfinder - so I don't use them. The extra security of knowing that the camera is attached to something when I take it off and on the tripod would comforting. Or in the middle of a dance floor at a wedding when I am holding my camera high in the air and pointing down taking action shots - I would feel better knowing that if I were bumped by someone or lost my grip, that the camera wouldn't fall to the floor or onto someones head.


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  2. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    That's a really nice home-brew solution. :thumbup:

    I use an OP-TECH USA wrist strap which has the two features you noted are missing from yours: a quick release and a retention slide. This strap works well and is quite comfortable, but the neoprene leaves something to be desired in the aesthetics department IMHO, especially once it gets a bit worn. I love the quick release feature as I have a sling strap from the same brand that I can simply clip on in place of the wrist strap.

    If you decide to tackle a "Version 2.0" of your strap perhaps you can take some inspiration from the OP/TECH design.

  3. Glenn S

    Glenn S Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
  4. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Thanks for the other suggestions.

    Of course I forgot to include my Favourite Word - FREE :biggrin:

  5. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    +100 .. Exactly what I use (Optech Pro Loop Wrist Strap)...:cool:

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  6. kornfan

    kornfan Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 30, 2012
  7. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
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  8. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
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    I've always had a soft spot for Gordy's.
  9. WJW59

    WJW59 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 20, 2011
    +1 on the Gordy's wrist straps. I have them on both Pens (E-PL2 & E-PM1). I use the larger Op/Tech strap for my E-620 (with battery grip) and have qr on both sides so I can switch from neck to wrist strap.
  10. Ritualnet

    Ritualnet Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2012
    UK - West Midlands
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    I see your homemade strap and raise you my homemade strap! :tongue:

    Strap 2 by Ritual-Net, on Flickr

    It wasn't free, but close (99p). The only problem is, it might be a bit long, and I need to perfect a sliding system to tighten it on the wrist (it just uses a loop for now) but there's enough paracord left to make another one.

    If I could sew though, I'd do your option. I like the way that looks.
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  11. Brodie337

    Brodie337 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 1, 2012
    That's an awesome strap, Ritualnet. I made my own for my GX1 out of some 300 paracord and a few O rings (not shown in this picture. They slide up and down the strap to tighten it around your wrist).

  12. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
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  13. Derek TX

    Derek TX New to Mu-43

    Jul 20, 2012
    I agree with the Gordy Strap suggestion
  14. ahendarman

    ahendarman Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2012
    Agoura Hills, CA
    I found that Gordy handstrap is too thick and it gets in the way holding the camera.
  15. santiclaws

    santiclaws Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2012
    Another happy Optech user here.
  16. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
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    Promit Roy
    Is this tough enough to go on the OMD?
  17. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    Absolutely...I wouldn't hesitate to use it with a big Canikon, either.
  18. byron2112

    byron2112 Mu-43 Regular

    May 22, 2011
    I like the Optech because it's cheap, it's modular with some options, it's quick changing... but mostly it's really comfy for me.

    That said, you're not exactly gonna look like Humphrey Bogart with it around your wrist if that's important.
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  19. Ritualnet

    Ritualnet Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2012
    UK - West Midlands
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    I'm more worried about the plastic snap buckles. I've seen them things weaken and break through use and I would be wary to have any expensive electronics on them. However the modular system is a nice one.