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06/24/2011 08:29:45 AM · #1
I like the idea of this strap, but I wonder how it works with a female body? I am not a fan of neck straps, and having a camera bounce off my breasts! I know the males might laugh at this, but it can be a problem. Is there a camera strap made for women? I use a wrist strap with my LX3, and love it! I don't know if I would like a wrist strap with a larger camera.

//figitalrevolution.com/y-strap/
06/24/2011 08:40:02 AM · #2
Originally posted by dagaleaa:

I like the idea of this strap, but I wonder how it works with a female body? I am not a fan of neck straps, and having a camera bounce off my breasts! I know the males might laugh at this, but it can be a problem. Is there a camera strap made for women? I use a wrist strap with my LX3, and love it! I don't know if I would like a wrist strap with a larger camera.

//figitalrevolution.com/y-strap/


That's how I carry my camera with the regular strap.. I hate having the weight around my neck, so I put one arm through and have it over one shoulder. I do have to bring the arm back through to take a shot, but it's simply and quick to do. If I've missed any shots because of it, they've been few and far between.
06/24/2011 09:21:53 AM · #3
Looks just like the Black Rapid Strap, but not as expensive. The Y strap site says patent pending, so I have to wonder what they have done to make their product different.
06/24/2011 09:24:11 AM · #4
I made my own using an old laptop carrycase shoulder strap and a bayonet buckle clip.

Basically all you need is the strap and something that holds the camera and moves on the strap. The clip buckles that come on most laptop carry cases are ideal as they are intended to carry weight(in the form of the laptop). I clip mine onto the camera using the mounshoe for the tripod.

I have carried a D80 with battery pack around all day using the strap and didn't feel a thing!
06/24/2011 09:35:54 AM · #5
I hate having something hang around my neck, and I only do that if I absolutely have to. I have difficulty carrying my camera over the shoulder with the strap that comes with the camera because it's not long enough. I'm not particularly flat-chested, either and have that little aging problem...like my tube tops are now cummerbunds. Actually, that's not completely true. I never had any tube tops.

I'd love something like this, but I wonder if a self-made version as suggested might not do just as well.
06/24/2011 09:42:40 AM · #6
Generally I don't mind the weight of the camera, though if I have the big lens up I'm usually carrying it in hand. But if I've got a smaller lens on I'll sling it across my chest bandoleer(?) style. Esp useful if I have to stop shooting and adjust items on a set, unless I'm using a tripod.
06/24/2011 10:26:30 AM · #7
Hmm, I have never cared about the weight around my neck enough to get one of these.
Lol, I have even been known to walk short distances with my camera connected to my fully extended tripod dangling from my neck :-P
06/24/2011 10:35:08 AM · #8
I use the black rapid and absolutely love it. I can't imagine it would be bad for a woman as it is much like having a seatbelt across your chest.
06/24/2011 01:29:25 PM · #9
Originally posted by MinsoPhoto:

I use the black rapid and absolutely love it. I can't imagine it would be bad for a woman as it is much like having a seatbelt across your chest.


Wow...it's pretty expensive. But who said that photography was cheap. :)
06/24/2011 04:33:09 PM · #10
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Looks just like the Black Rapid Strap, but not as expensive. The Y strap site says patent pending, so I have to wonder what they have done to make their product different.

I use the Black Rapid strap as well and I also love it! And although the Y strap looks similar, The Black Rapid is obviously better because it costs more. ...albeit it is not signed by Stephen Schaub, so there's that.
06/24/2011 04:46:40 PM · #11
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Looks just like the Black Rapid Strap, but not as expensive. The Y strap site says patent pending, so I have to wonder what they have done to make their product different.

It's not black.

Seriously, it looks to me like you could make your own from a length of (padded) strap material and a large key-ring ... I just wonder how well it works to walk like that with a dSLR and a 400mm lens -- take demo camera looked a little dinky to me.
06/24/2011 05:19:13 PM · #12
Originally posted by MinsoPhoto:

I can't imagine it would be bad for a woman as it is much like having a seatbelt across your chest.

My mom is short and always had a problem with the shoulder-strap part of the safety belt system. However, you can fix your camera strap the same way she fixed the shoulder-strap in her Volvo:

get a nice hair scrunchie and wrap it around your existing strap, then adjust it up and down to the most comfortable position for you.

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Message edited by author 2011-06-24 17:19:49.
06/24/2011 05:48:18 PM · #13
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06/25/2011 12:40:58 AM · #14
The video strikes me as funny. And the second video further down the page is even funnier. I mean, WOW - if you have a dinky camera lug to clip to, he provides a free, at no extra charge, "step down" ring, which is of course just a smaller keychain ring. Which might cost $0.20 if you look hard for an expensive one.

I have no problem with buying stuff so I don't have to make it. I just don't like people selling something as if it's more than what it really is.

But to be clear, this "military spec" ribbon he's offering is just climbing webbing available at any outdoors store like REI, which sells a 1" wide by 5-ft. length w/buckle for $2.95. Or if you want to get really comfortable, REI has 2" wide webbing for $0.65/foot.

eta Spiff: the fact it's patent pending means nothing. You can file for a patent for anything. Doesn't mean it's going to get a patent.

Message edited by author 2011-06-25 01:50:26.
06/25/2011 12:06:13 PM · #15
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

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Dang, why didn't I think of that! Marketing has always been my weak point ... :-(

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