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Wrist strap / hand strap: how do you carry your Pen?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by robertro, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. robertro

    robertro Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 22, 2010
    I've been experimenting a bit with how to carry my E-P1.

    First, I used a neck strap, which felt a bit risky when entering/exiting cars, sitting down, etc.... a bit like a pendulum that might hit a hard object at any time.

    Then I tried the cargo/jacket pocket....OK when I wear clothes with these features, but not too handy.

    Now, I'm testing a hand strap, which has a plastic base that screws into the tripod socket, a strap that attatypoches to the eyelet on the right side, and a pad for cushioning the hand.... I like it, but it feels a bit bulky with a 1x8x3cm chunk of plastic under the camera. I'm looking for a low profile version.

    I thought of trying a wrist strap, but they look a bit fragile.

    Anyhow, I wondered what solutions you use to hand-carry your Pen?
  2. Graham_of_Rainham

    Graham_of_Rainham Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    I too have been playing with all sorts of different straps. Having big hands the PENs are a bit small for me, I have even made a grip (not very successfully), so I am very interested to see what others are using
  3. julienrl

    julienrl Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 28, 2010
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I use a wrist strap from my wii. They are sturdy and comfortable.
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  4. ajramirez

    ajramirez Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 16, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    I have been using this with my E-P1:

    Economy Ring ProStrap® Camera Wrist Strap

    Looks fine and works well.

    However, I just picked up a Panasonic G2 and decided to splurge for two Gordy's wrist straps. We'll see how those work out.


  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I use to use a Luigi Wrist Strap. I lost it sadly.
    Now I use a Luigi thin neck strap. It's very soft and wraps around the wrist to make a nice wrist strap. They sell them on eBay.
    I have a new Gordys wrist strap but I'm selling it cause I'm so used to Luigi's stuff....
  6. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I use a sling strap - sort of homemade with pieces of a few different ones I tried. Gordy's makes a REALLY nice leather one. Black Rapid makes good ones but they're kind of overkill for m43 sized cameras. Luma Labs makes a really nice one, but the strap itself is a bit overkill - the hardware is great though and can be used with a lighter weight strap. Mine is just a basic piece of one inch nylon webbing with a Luma Labs lanyard/buckle/tripod mount thingie at the camera end and a plastic buckle at the other end to hold it together. Very lightweight and secure.

    I don't like wrist straps because then the camera is always in my hand. And I don't like standard neck straps because of the whole pendulum thing the OP mentioned. But a sling strap lets the camera ride at your hip, it doesn't swing around, it can be easily move to your back if you need to lean over, and its always at the ready to grab and pull up to face level. My S90 lives in my pocket and has a wrist strap just so I don't drop it when I'm shooting. Anything bigger goes on a sling strap.

  7. rkhndjr

    rkhndjr Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    I always use a neck strap with my cameras, just safer I think.
  8. JoeFriday

    JoeFriday Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 28, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I've used wrist straps almost exclusively for my Leicas, Contaxes and now my E-P2. Assuming you use a good quality strap, I wouldn't worry about it.

    But on the occasions that I want to bring my camera and still have my hands free, I use a neck strap (which is my only other option), but it always seems to end up being used more as a sling strap. Ray S and I must think alike.. except he's way ahead of me. I should be looking for a good sling strap, apparently.
  9. angloasturian

    angloasturian Mu-43 Veteran

    I use an Op-Tech neoprene wrist strap for both my E-P1 and E-PL1 and find them extremely comfortable.
  10. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    op-tech wrist strap. It doesn't get irratating if I start to sweat like some do and the neoprene is soft and has a nice grip.
  11. squeegee

    squeegee Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 26, 2010
    haha that's awsome, I built my own ghetto strap out of a snowboard boot quick lace... looks thin and flimsy but in reality it's strong enough to hold the weight of my body... the camera will rip apart long before the strap breaks.
  12. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    I use a leather wrist strap, hand made by a Chinese guy. It's great.
  13. RetroBoy

    RetroBoy Mu-43 Regular

    So, I take it no-one uses the neck strap that comes with the Pen?

    I know I started to fit it, then realised it stuck up in the way of the buttons on the right side.

    For now I'm using the wrist strap from my old Canon P&S, but I've ordered a couple of leather wrist straps.
    When I get the VF2 I might go for a neck strap/sling, but as it is I need to hold the camera at nearly arms length in order for my eyes to focus on the lcd.
  14. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    I use a Gordy wrist strap: strong, cheaper than Luigi and good looking on my E-PL1.
  15. elshaneo

    elshaneo Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
  16. marlof

    marlof Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I do. It helps getting my E-P1 with pancake (either 20 or 17) ready to shoot when cycling. And when I walk around, I just wrap the neck strap around my wrist a few times. It's flexible enough to do just that.

    I still need to find a nice way to carry the E-PL1 with 14-150. With a larger lens like that, neck straps don't feel all that nice to me, and I prefer carrying this with a strap across the chest. I used to do that with my DSLR all the time, both with a Zing neoprene neck strap and a Black Rapid slingstrap. I'll try one of those next time.
  17. julienrl

    julienrl Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 28, 2010
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Actually, I added clips at the ends of my neck strap so I could easily put it on the cam if I wanted, but loose the bulk just as fast.
  18. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    I use a tripod a lot and the neck strap just gets in the way. The wrist stap isn't an issue although the socket for the remote could be located in a better spot.
  19. J. Allen

    J. Allen Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    I use an old strap that came with my Leica minilux. It's a slim, nylon strap that is like a wrist strap that attaches to one side by looping it but is about 20 inches long. I tried different wrist straps and a neck strap that was too short. I don't like the metal eyelets used to attach the next strap.
  20. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2012
    From https://www.mu-43.com/f67/strap-suggestions-24709/#post357590

    I use a Black-Rapid RS-7 strap for all my cameras. It attaches to a special lug or tripod adapter, so I only had to buy one strap. Yes, they are expensive, but don't even think about buying a cheaper brand. This is a high quality product. BTW, I would only carry a bridge camera or an M43 by the tripod socket, never a regular DSLR.
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