As a photographer who primarily shoots weddings and other fast paced events I am constantly running around with multiple cameras around my shoulder. Typically I have 2 bodies with me at least at all times. I’ll have one camera on one shoulder and another on the other shoulder. Then many times i’ll also have a 3rd camera floating around somewhere. As I change cameras during the day bodies will get set on the ground, bump into things and generally just get tossed around. Wedding photographers typically aren’t too gentle with their gear and although my cameras are my babies they do get tossed around a lot.
Over the weekend I tested out the Carry Speed’s DS-2 Camera Sling Strap and have to admit the idea of a sling strap is pretty nice. There are a few different sling straps on the market and here are my thoughts on this particular model. First of all for those of you who haven’t heard of a sling strap yet it’s a strap that goes over the shoulder and across the body and allows the camera to hang right by your hip. Then when you need to use it there is a slider which will allow it to slide up to your eye level while still connected to the strap. So you get the safety of always having it connected to the strap and the ability to let it hang on your side so you have both hands free when you need to be mobile.
To start the build quality of the strap is very good. The metal connectors and the strap itself feel very well made. It has a very thick neoprene shoulder strap which even with a heavy body keeps your shoulder very comfortable. The strap has a standard ballhead tripod mount that has a slot at the top so you can use a coin to get it nice and tight. Here is a photo of it mounted on my 5D.
Once you have the ballhead mounted then you have to screw in the other end of the mount thats on the strap itself. This is my only complaint about the strap that you have to screw in this piece instead of having a quick release mechanism so you could very quickly take the strap on and off if needed. It does only take a second to screw in but in a bind every second matters. Once you have it screwed in you are ready to roll. The adjustments for the length of the strap is very easy and I was pretty much up and running with this strap on my Canon 5D within a matter of 1 minute from taking it out of the box. The camera slid up and down the strap very smoothly and like I said in the intro the padding on your shoulders was very, very comfortable.
If you want to check out the strap you can view it here: Carry Speed DS-2 Sling Strap It’s only $34.99 so a little cheaper than a few others I have seen and something that I would definitely recommend to event or portrait shooters (really any photographer who is active).
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