After you’ve spent a small fortune on your new camera, the last thing you want is for it to slip out of your hands and tumble to the floor. To keep your camera safe and sound, you need a reliable camera strap. A camera strap keeps your camera within reach, and off the ground.
But you don’t want just any old strap. Your camera is a capable tool, and it deserves something special to keep it safe. Here are the best camera straps for 2020. Pair one with one of the best camera bags to build out a functional — and fashionable — kit.
Peak Design is known for its innovative collection of bags, camera clips, and one surprisingly exciting tripod, but the company has also made a name for itself in the world of camera straps.
The aptly titled Slide features a unique — and proprietary — method of snap-on anchor points, which are capable of holding more than 200 pounds. Pair the Peak Design Slide with the optional mounting plate and its seatbelt-style shoulder strap, and you have yourself a strong, capable camera strap. Peak Design also offers lighter options in the event you’re using a smaller DSLR, mirrorless camera, or a point-and-shoot.
Sometimes you just want to feel like an Old West gunslinger. HoldFast’s collection of MoneyMaker dual-camera straps are perfect for the working pro photographer who doesn’t have time to switch lenses and always has to be quick on the draw.
This dual-sling setup supports two mirrorless cameras or DSLRs, allowing each to be freely raised to eye level at a moment’s notice. When not in use, let the cameras hang by your hips and free your hands to set up lights, direct your talent, or take a shot of whisky.
While we picked the new canvas version here (available in blue, black, copper, or red), the HoldFast MoneyMaker Camera Swagg also comes in a variety of leathers, including a genuine python skin version and a white-leather “Storm Trooper” limited edition. And if two cameras aren’t enough, you can even order the MoneyMaker in a three-camera variant.
Tested to hold over 220 pounds, this camera strap is built for professionals in the most demanding situations. We couldn’t find a camera big enough to test that limit, but we did strap it to the medium-format Fujifilm GFX 100 with a 120mm f/4 lens and it worked like a charm.
You can attach the strap either to the existing mounting points on your camera or the tripod socket. Made with a seatbelt-like material that’s nearly 2 inches wide, it evenly distributes weight around your neck, over your shoulder, or across your body. The three-button pinch clips add an extra layer of security while still making it easy to remove the strap in a, um, pinch.
One side of the strap features silicone ribs that help keep it in place on your shoulder, while the other is smooth, letting it easily slide as needed. The RucPac Slide might not be quite as classy as Peak Design’s strap of the same name, but it’s equally capable and happens to be less expensive.
Designed for advanced point-and-shoots, mirrorless cameras, and rangefinders, the Oslo is a low-profile premium leather strap with classic ONA style. The brand is known for its very high-end leather and canvas camera bags, and the Oslo strap fits right in with the good-looking family.
The padded leather provides a comfortable fit around your neck, while steel keyring clasps with leather scratch guards keep the ONA Oslo secured to your camera. The length of the strap itself can be extended from 40 to 46 inches to help you find the right fit for your body and camera.
Blackrapid was the first in the camera strap industry to promote a sling-style strap, adding to a long legacy of photography-gear innovation. Any dedicated photographer knows the importance of having a hands-free option like this one.
The Curve Breathe is an update to one of BlackRapid’s original straps. The strap has the company’s trademark quality design and practical use, and they made improvements of material: the Curve Breathe uses a breathable mesh fabric while also providing extra padding.
The Blackrapid Breathe Curve moves your camera’s weight from your neck and onto your shoulder for a more comfortable carry. It can handle mirrorless cameras, but the similar Black Rapid Hybrid Breathe is ideal for heavier cameras and can accommodate two bodies for a barely noticeable price increase.
Holdfast manufactures the stylish Sightseer Sling Camera Strap in the United States using waxed canvas and bison leather. Quality materials and elegant construction take center stage, rather than features you’ll never have to use. In addition to a beautiful, practical strap, it also comes with a pouch for carrying a phone or camera lens.
Artists and professionals love this premium strap, which boasts high performance and a flawless design. If you’re looking for a budget strap, the HoldFast Sightseer Sling Camera Strap is not for you. But if money’s not an issue, it’s worth investing in the upscale HoldFast strap.
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