Has anyone used a Lu.ma strap?

DarrenG

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These look like an ideal solution for my needs. I need a strap that allows me to carry it comfortably satchel style over head and shoulder but also be able to bring it up to eye level.

The solutions from Lu.ma, here and Op/Tech's similar Utility Strap here look perfect.

Has anyone used either, do they work, any catches?
 

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Darren,
The sling straps work very well. I use 1 in the warmer weather.
All in all, I use a Luigi thin neck strap. It is very supple and can work as a wrist strap as well.
 

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I think I've tried most of the sling straps out there and personally love the concept of sliding the camera up the strap and wearing it on the hip rather than lifting it off of my chest or belly to shoot - easier to keep a hand on it to steady it as you move around and right there when you want it. Many of the commercially available slings are overkill for the relatively small cameras in the m43 line, although they certainly work. Luma developed the Loopit, the lower priced of their options, with smaller cameras like m43 in mind. Its what I'm currently using and I really like it. Its arguably no better than others or what you can do with a home-made sling, but I really like the lanyards they're using now that allows you to stick any number of lanyards on different cameras and switch the strap between cameras pretty much instantly. Its a bit more expensive than the OpTech ($35 against $25), but to me its worth it.

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I made a home version of it myself and it works great... I had an M4 gun sling laying around the house and used that... i kinda copied a friend who had a similar strap for his leica =)
 

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Actually that's a good idea, I already have an Op/Tech hand strap with quick disconnect. If I can find some webbing of the right width I can make one.
 

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It would be great to see some detailed photos of the home-made straps as I, too, would like to make my own. Also, sources of various components would be great.

Thanks to the OP for posting this.

Good shooting,
Otto...
 

phrenic

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I'm on the waiting list for the luma loopit..perhaps a bit of a price premium for a simple product, but looks solidly built.
 

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made my own.... hardware store for nylon strapping, stainless steel spring loaded latch, plastic buckles for adjustment, part of a quick release plate and a plastic washer dug out of a junk box.

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It works pretty darn well. I still use the strap but now with the Gariz leather half case that has a built in loop underneath. Originally intended for carrying a panny lx3 underneath my coat
 

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I use the Luma Loop and I love it. I've got the older version, from before they introduced the LoopIt, with a plastic buckle instead of the new connector. The lanyard connector sets it far above any thread-mount slings for me because I like to leave my tripod plate attached at all times. I also just really like the way the company presents itself. They seem like genuine dorks for quality and integrity, in a way that makes me trust the product.

I'm on the waiting list for the luma loopit..perhaps a bit of a price premium for a simple product, but looks solidly built.
Speaking of price premiums... $35 for a strap with a custom metal button-release pin, which you wouldn't be able to cobble together yourself, is one thing. This is another. It's 25 bucks for a few cents' worth of stock materials that aren't specialized whatsoever, and the way the guy blabs and blabs about the components makes him seem like a kooky charlatan.

Y-Strap dude said:
This is a hardened steel, nickel-plated keychain ring. These are 32mm in size, they're insanely durable, they're very lightweight, it's minimum metal-to-metal contact on your camera, and it slides very quickly up and down the strap. This standard 32mm size one that comes actually on the strap is perfect for a film or digital, digital SLR-type camera, 99% of the cameras out there, this will attach simply to the camera strap lug on the side of your camera. However, if you happen to have a smaller point-and-shoot camera, or something that has a smaller attachment point, I include, at no charge, a small 25mm step-down ring — it's also a keychain ring — that locks into, just like a standard keychain ring, into the larger ring. This allows the larger ring to still be on the strap, and the smaller ring that attaches to the camera. That way the Y-strap can fit all types of camera configurations.
Jesus christ dude, they're two keyrings that you can buy from any hardware store on the planet for about one cent, why have you spent over a minute telling me about keyrings? Just tell me it attaches with a keyring!
 

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the loopit is a great idea. i plan to get one when next available. i hate having my camera sit on my chest/stomach whilst walking around. i think this is much better.

thanks!
 

DarrenG

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As an update, Lu.ma said they weren't expecting stock until next week which wasn't enough time to get one to me in the UK before I travel to MWC in Barcelona.

So I plumped for the Op/Tech Utility Strap which does the same thing. It works well, is very comfortable and has the added benefit of compatibility with the Op/tech hand strap and the strap I have on my Nikon DSLR.
 

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It would be great to see some detailed photos of the home-made straps as I, too, would like to make my own. Also, sources of various components would be great.
Here is some info: https://www.mu-43.com/f67/insanely-long-detailed-review-3-sling-straps-2901/index2.html#post65659. There is a photo in post #19, just above and the thing is described in post #15.

Since I made my strap I have seen the lu.ma system. It uses what appears to be a standard pushbutton release rifle sling swivel (World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools - BROWNELLS) with a custom-machined thimble on their lanyard. I think that would be a better solution than the key ring, though heavier, because of the release feature. There are times I don't want the strap, but disconnecting the camera is a PITA, so I usually leave it.
 

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I received an email today that my loopit will ship tomorrow!! Sweet.. I hope it arrives before my next long trip!

Don
 
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