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Old Monday 23rd April 2018, 23:48   #1
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Is there any kind of shoulder strap to safely use for carrying my D7200 / 200-500 camera? It does get heavy after a while.
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2018, 01:18   #2
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This what I'm using with my D750 + 200-500mm:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'm very pleased with it!

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Old Tuesday 24th April 2018, 06:15   #3
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Another vote for the above, it is handed though, ime right handed and wanted the camera on my left side so i bought the left handed one.
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2018, 10:28   #4
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2018, 13:00   #5
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I have a D7200 and Sigma 150-600 and use a Tycka Camera Shoulder Neck Strap which is available on amazon (at least in the UK) and costs about 10. No problems with it all and its nice and comfortable plus the version I got had a secondary safety strap!

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+1 on the Black Rapid (cross-shoulder) straps, my girlfriend and I both love them. She has a Nikon D700 + a Nikkor 70-300mm lens, and it's helped alot.

I used Black Rapid cross-shoulder with much lighter gear because cross-shoulder is easier on my neck. I've since switched to their Dual so I can carry two cameras and a pair binoculars comfortably all on one harness (takes some getting used to and I had to hack it a bit, but worth it).

If you want to go with traditional behind-the-neck then I used Tamrac's neoprene straps in the past, quite comfy for that style.

Given the growing amount of gear we like to tote on "photography walks", we've both mentally drooled at systems like Cotton Carrier, but haven't quite reached that level in our hobby yet.

YMMV.
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2018, 15:44   #7
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Are we sure that Cotton Carrier isn't a modified flak jacket? :)
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2018, 15:52   #8
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I use a Peak Design Slide with a D7200 and 300mm PF. I think it's very good, comfortable and solid:
https://www.peakdesign.com/slide
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Old Friday 27th April 2018, 20:43   #9
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Op/Ttech USA has a lot of choices for straps. Check them out to see if they have one that works for you.

https://optechusa.com/
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I used the OpTech USA straps for my 300mm 2.8 and also several cameras including my laptop bag. So far so good. Good quality too.

https://optechusa.com/utility-strap-sling.html

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Thanks again all, food for thought.
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Old Saturday 28th April 2018, 13:56   #12
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I use a Joby sling strap.
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Old Monday 30th April 2018, 12:04   #13
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My only advice is whatever you use, make sure it has a tether! I carry a D720 with 200 - 500 lens and I've gone through two straps already (including one black rapid one). It's not the strap itself that gives way - but the metal elements that attach the camera to the strap. Both times these have given way, my camera has fallen to the floor but has been saved from crashing onto the ground below by the tether - or seatbelt as I call it.
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My only advice is whatever you use, make sure it has a tether! I carry a D720 with 200 - 500 lens and I've gone through two straps already (including one black rapid one). It's not the strap itself that gives way - but the metal elements that attach the camera to the strap. Both times these have given way, my camera has fallen to the floor but has been saved from crashing onto the ground below by the tether - or seatbelt as I call it.
+1 to this. I use BlackRapid's tether kit, but for some cameras I simply loop the hand strap for the camera through the shoulder strap. Good insurance.
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Decided on the Black Rapid and have been pleased. Thanks again,
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Old Thursday 7th June 2018, 01:46   #16
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Lens Support?

Does anyone know of anything that also supports the lens? Had real problems with my Sigma 150-500 (you'd go to focus and the framed picture would jump up and down - other times nothing would happen until I twisted the lens as if I was attaching for the first time), and I think part of the problem was that I let it "dangle", ie the camera was attached to the strap and the lens just hung from the camera - I did feel that possibly the weight of the lens was pulling away from the camera. Just got the new Nikon 200-500, and don't want to risk a similar problem. I find myself walking about holding the lens so it doesn't put strain on the mount. Grateful for any thoughts.
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Does anyone know of anything that also supports the lens? Had real problems with my Sigma 150-500 (you'd go to focus and the framed picture would jump up and down - other times nothing would happen until I twisted the lens as if I was attaching for the first time), and I think part of the problem was that I let it "dangle", ie the camera was attached to the strap and the lens just hung from the camera - I did feel that possibly the weight of the lens was pulling away from the camera. Just got the new Nikon 200-500, and don't want to risk a similar problem. I find myself walking about holding the lens so it doesn't put strain on the mount. Grateful for any thoughts.
Always fix the strap to the lens, not to the camera
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+1 For the above if you strain the camera mount you will never get sharp images.
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Thanks guys. It was just that when I looked at the examples above, these straps seem to attach to the camera body, not the lens. Daft question, but how do you attach a strap to a lens that has nothing to attach it to...?
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https://youtu.be/YnJjqlC-mV8

Be careful, the tripod collar on the Nikon 200-500mm lens is not the best, and easily comes loose.
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Many thanks Pasquier - will give it a go.
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 20:59   #22
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I use the optics strap which has two connections. One I use on the camera the other is on the lens.

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My D750 & 200-500mm
A word of warning if using the screw designed to retain a Manfrotto QR plate.

The ends of the wire loop fitted to the screw have minimal insertion into holes drilled in the screw head and the loop has been known to separate from the screw while tightening.
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