If you aren’t happy with the included strap that came with your camera, don’t worry. There are plenty of quality, third-party straps to choose from. To help make your decision easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best camera straps on the market. Whether you plan on snapping epic panoramas in the backcountry or you want to keep with the prevailing style for a wedding shoot, there is a strap for you. Take a look at our favorites below, and if you’re looking to match it with a great tripod or camera bag, we’ve got you covered there, as well.
Black Rapid is one of the most respected strap manufacturers on the market — and for good reason. The company’s straps are as functional as they come, but are by no means lacking in the aesthetics department, either. The Curve Breathe is an update to one of Black Rapid’s original straps, and improves upon its predecessors with a new mesh material that’s designed to improve airflow while still offering substantial padding and the same ease-of-use Black Rapid customers have come to love. There’s also a smaller version available, if the full-sized version is too bulky for your needs.
Peak Design Slide ($60)
Peak Design is best known for its impressive collection of camera backpacks and mounting hardware, but the company has also made a name for itself in the world of camera straps. The aptly titled Slide strap features a unique — and proprietary — method of snap-on anchor points, which are capable of holding more than 200 pounds. Pair these with the optional mounting plate and its seatbelt-style shoulder strap, and you have yourself a strong, capable strap. Like Black Rapid, Peak Design also offers lighter weight options in the event you’re using a smaller DSLR, mirrorless camera, or a traditional point-and-shoot. Peak Design is on its third iteration of the Slide, so if you don’t use the links provided, make sure you get the model with the version name SL-XX-3 (the XX in the name changes based on the color you pick up).
Custom SLR Glide One ($60)
One of the most obvious — but often overlooked — features of a camera strap is its ability to provide quick access to your camera. After all, you never know when your next frame might need to be captured. Custom SLR has taken this — and more — into account when it designed the Glide One Camera Strap. The offering is similar in concept to the aforementioned Curve Breathe, in that it lets you slide your camera system along the shoulder strap without the need to move the strap itself off your shoulder. When you’re done shooting, simply slide the system back down the strap and allow it to rest safely at your side. Quick release buckles make it easy to swap out cameras, or remove an entire setup for complete control.
Luma Loop The Loop ($100)
Of all the camera strap designs we’ve seen on this list, Luma Loop’s “The Loop” might possibly take the cake for innovative design. Although the strap doesn’t offer much in the way of extra features or functionality, its mounting point stands out. The unique design is machined out of aluminum, swivels free from the tripod mount, and offers a 360-degree range of motion. This makes it easy to adjust when changing your hand placement on the camera, and all but ensures you won’t turn into a tangled mess when your camera is down by your side.
ONA The Presidio Leather ($110)
So you want a retro-looking camera strap to match the rest of your equipment? Well, you’re in luck, because ONA has the Presidio, an Italian tanned-leather strap with chrome hardware. Inside the padded part of the shoulder strap is a neoprene material which should ensure even the heaviest of cameras aren’t too much of a burden over the course of a day. The leather models currently come in two colors, Dark Truffle and Antique Cognac, while the three waxed-canvas models come in Smoke, Black, and Tan. The latter models also cost $30 less, which is nice if you’re working with a tight budget.
Crafted in the United States and made of waxed canvas and bison-based leather, the Sightseer Sling Camera Strap is as homegrown as it gets. Rather than focusing on unnecessary features, Hold Fast puts an emphasis on quality materials and construction. That said, the Sightseer has a good bit to offer with its sling-style camera access and optional accessories, which allow you to stow a smartphone or camera lens directly on the shoulder strap. It’s not cheap at $185, but it’s somewhat to be expected given the premium materials and hand-made construction.