Is Your Camera Strap a Pain In The Neck?

Remember when you bought your new high-quality camera, and how exciting it was to unbox?  You charged the battery, attached the lens, and customized the camera's settings, anxious to get out and start shooting. But what about that last item in the box?

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The neck strap.

Compared to the other high-quality items that come with most modern cameras, the stock neck strap often seems like a cheap after-thought, tossed in at the last second by the manufacturer. Emblazoned all over the neck strap in tacky, brightly colored letters, is the brand name, and in some cases, the model of your new camera.  You've no doubt seen tourists with similar straps. Not only is it a billboard for the camera company, it's a giant "steal me" sign for thieves just waiting to get their hands on some expensive camera gear.  

In my case, attaching the camera strap required many long (unsuccessful) minutes of fiddling to decipher how to unbuckle, thread, attach, re-buckle, and adjust. When I finally managed to connect my tourist billboard strap to my camera, I happily set out on my journey to become the next Ansel Adams.

Learning to use my camera was fun, but eventually I noticed the neck strap’s rough edges scratched my neck, tugged my hair, and got caught in my collar.  Some days I wished it was several inches longer. Other days I wished it was shorter.  I tried various things: I let it dangle, left it on my neck, and a couple of times I tried winding it around my wrist.  But no matter what, the uncomfortable strap dangled, and snagged, and got in my way.

One option I tried was to simply remove it, toss it back in the box, and go photograph the world around me, free from the annoying strap.  Going strapless was liberating, but my photography friends chastised me, saying I needed the strap, because dropping my camera would be tragic.  The strap was the only thing preventing my camera from dying an untimely death.

I continued going strapless for a while, and convinced myself that as long as I held on really tight to my camera, I’d be fine. I never dropped my camera. But holding it with a “death grip” made my arm get tired real quick. I figured there had to be a better way.

So I turned to the interwebs. As I researched, I found many alternatives to the annoying neck strap. I discovered sling-straps, fancy hand straps that bolt on to the tripod mount, and straps made of all sorts of materials like leather, neoprene, cotton, and braids.  Who knew the camera strap industry was so vast? I decided to buy one with a puffy soft neoprene neck pad. It was way more comfortable than the stock neck strap, but I eventually tossed it in the “pile of stuff I don’t use”, because I just didn’t like having anything around my neck. It also required just as much fiddling to get the thing on and off the camera. So, I continued scouring the internet—looking for a solution…

And then I found the answer!

The Peak Design “Cuff”

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In San Fransisco a little camera accessory company called "Peak Design" invented a wrist strap that's comfortable, unobtrusive, and small. It’s called the Peak Design "Cuff".  Best of all, it doesn’t go around your neck!!!

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The "cuff" clips quickly and easily to your camera, and adjusts comfortably to your wrist.  

When unclipped, it wraps neatly around your wrist like a bracelet, holding itself in place via hidden magnet.  

There's two colors, "ash" and "black". With your camera safely secured to your wrist, you'll remove fear of drops, and the tacky, billboard tourist look.

I bought a “Cuff” strap, and liked it so much I bought another one! Well, OK, I admit I actually misplaced my first one, and then bought another one. Of course, (Murphy’s Law), the minute the new one arrived, I found my first one!

For right around $30 bucks, I was finally freed from that annoying neck strap—and I have peace of mind knowing my camera won’t die a horrible death from being dropped! Most Amazon reviewers give this thing 5-Stars (myself included)! Click here to jump over to Amazon to see for yourself!

If you’re as annoyed by the generic neck strap that came with your camera as I was, you might want to give Peak Design a look. Watch their YouTube video. Who knows? They solved my annoying neck strap problem—maybe they can help you too?