Really not liking strap that came with E-M5 MK II. Any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by So Thankful, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2015
    I need to get a different strap for my E-M5 MK II. The strap that comes with it is far to wide ands stiff for my tastes.
    I like the Peak Designs Leash and Cuff combo but I just can't see spending $50.00 for it.
    Do you all know of anything similar but at a reasonable price?
  2. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
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    If you're looking for reasonably priced, but very comfortable straps, check out OpTech. OP/TECH USA | Leading manufacturer of neoprene camera straps
    I don't care for neck straps, so I use their slings and various connectors and straps to customize it for my needs. Their stuff is modular and you can mix and match pads and straps to get what you need. It doesn't look it is that robust, but I've never had any of it fail. Great stuff, very reasonable, and Made in the USA, if that matters to you. Amazon also sells their stuff, sometimes on sale.

    OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Sling
    OP/TECH USA Lens Loops System Connector for big lenses
    OP/TECH USA Classic Strap I used the pad from this to swap for the one that comes with the Utility Strap Sling because the original one was a little too big (when I switched from Canon to Olympus).
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  3. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I much prefer a wrist strap these days. The Gordy leather strap is excellent. Do a search for it.
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  4. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
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    Joby Ultrafit sling is about $30USD.

    I was happy with mine until the PD Slide cane out, with I prefer as it's convertible between shoulder sling and neck strap.

  5. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
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    David Dornblaser
    I use a Gariz wrist strap, they are about $25.00 on eBay and Amazon.
  6. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2015
    I have looked at OP/TECH. They may be an option. Just not sure I want neoprene.

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  7. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2015
    I will look it up.

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  8. robcee

    robcee Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 10, 2016
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    Rob Campbell
    I also vouch for the Gordy straps. They're excellent, well made and great customer service. You have to break the strap in a bit, but once you've spent a bit of time with it, they get nice and soft. I have 2 of them!
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  9. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
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    FYI you can often find coupon codes for Peak Design if you Google (generally 10 or 15% off). That helps a little bit if you don't find any straps you like as well as the Leash and Cuff. Incidentally, I love my Peak Design Leash and Cuff combo and would buy them again. Super light weight and comfortable, and they fold so easily into bags without taking up much room. I think I did get mine with a coupon code.
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  10. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
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    Just get the peak and eat ramen noodles for a week.
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  11. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
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    Try I bought their thin strap for my GX7, and like it very much. Reasonable prices, too.
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  12. Repp

    Repp Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 27, 2011
    Oak Harbor, WA
    I use a Gordy's wrist strap for everyday, but for a shoulder strap I just dropped the OpTech for the new Peak Design Slide Lite. I'm considering their wrist strap too. I don't like everything PD does, their bag will be going up for sale soon, but the strap and belt clip are first rate.
  13. Raptor7

    Raptor7 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 21, 2014
    Madrid, Spain
    I also have the SlideLite and the Cuff, and they are far better than the Op/Tech, which is in a box since the PeakDesign's arrived.
  14. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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    artist and artisan silk - this will make you think the peak is cheap.
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  15. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I use PeakDesign connectors and cuffs however I don't use a neck strap, the PD stuff is generally good quality.
  16. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
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  17. snaimpally

    snaimpally Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2012
    I totally agree. When I first got my EM5, I went into my local camera store (its a fabulous store) and they recommended the OP/TECH strap. I have transferred it to my EM5II. Its very comfortable and relatively cheap.
  18. gorilla

    gorilla Mu-43 Rookie

    May 5, 2010
  19. Straps are as much a personal choice as bags. Stiff, scratchy ones are absolutely suck..wish the manufacturers would just not even bother. Aftermarket items ran all over the place as far as comfort goes. One thing going for us smaller camera users is that the support equipment..everything from tripods to straps..can be downsized. No more gigantic guitar type straps for these guys. But anything hanging around your neck for hours at a time can become uncomfortable or a royal PIA...and it's always the little things that annoy the most. Two things about neoprene straps..I'm always shifting the camera around on my neck while either wearing it straight in front or to the side bandolero style. The neoprene pad doesn't slide well over a tends to stick. So I looked around on Amazon and found these that have just enough of a pad for the camera size and the pad is made of woven nylon that slides easily and is very comfortable. And the price is OK too. : Foto&Tech Padded Neck Shoulder Strap with Black Grosgrain Ties for Fujifilm Samsung Sony Olympus Panasonic Canon Nikon Pentax Compact Cameras Point and Shoots Cameras : Camera & Photo
  20. So Thankful

    So Thankful Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2015
    Well I just bit the bullet and got the Peak Designs Leash and Cuff. I honestly could not find another option the checked all my boxes. Thanks everyone for your input.
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