The cameras are heavy. Despite the beginning of the mirrorless camera era, many photographers still use reliable DSLRs. Plus, mount a long zoom lens with a mirrorless camera, and like any DSLR, hanging it around your neck is a lot of weight if you rely solely on the neck strap in the box.
Certainly, you can invest in one of the best camera bags, best camera backpacks, best camera cases or even one of the best camera straps. However, if you really want to distribute the weight evenly and maximize what you can carry with virtually no disturbance, only a cam strap will do.
The basic concept behind the camera harness is that it sits atop the torso and supports and secures the camera to the photographer’s chest. Look for a system that is easy to install and close, they usually use a special adapter that screws into the thread of the tripod on the bottom of the camera.
With the strap in place, your camera will be secure, comfortably supported, and easily accessible so you can do everything from hands-free hiking through the mountains to a long day’s work as a wedding photographer. All without tiring your back and neck.
You can expect all kinds of extras from your camera strap, with some offering extra holsters for extra cameras or lenses and others stuffed with pockets for storing accessories like memory cards or a backup camera battery.
There is a camera assembly for every conceivable setup, but choose wisely to make sure your best option will work for you. Here we’ve included the best camera gadgets of all different types, including some dual-camera gadgets, so whatever type of photographer you’re into, there should be something here to help you shed the extra weight and be hands-free.
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Do you need to carry two cameras? Or a single camera and binoculars during a wildlife trip? Essentially a regular strap and side holster, the CCS G3 is all about avoiding a camera backpack. By keeping the weight of one camera on the chest and another on the waist, it feels balanced even when used with two DSLRs, although it makes sense to keep the heavier on the chest. It uses a smart locking and locking system with clips that rotate 90 degrees to be opened and removed. The clip fits the camera’s tripod thread and fortunately also has its own tripod thread. Thus, it is easy to remove and replace the camera very quickly. We found that it was best to leave the camera strap on the chest-mounted camera, but remove it from the camera in the side holster to avoid tangling. This sliding holster can also be attached to the shoulder straps of a camera backpack, making the CCS G3 handy even on days when you decide not to actually use it.
Here’s another two-camera design that’s perfect for wedding photographers, but this time no chest pad and far fewer devices. Fully adjustable leather strap, consisting of two padded shoulder straps that wrap the shoulders for added comfort. This is much needed because from every side the camera can be hung. The two halves are joined using clipping tape which is easy to attach and detach.
Made of leather, there are two ways to attach the straps to the camera; Either into the camera’s metal eyelets – where the manufacturer’s strap is usually attached – or directly to the 1/4″ tripod thread. This is a nice touch because some photographers will want to mount tripod plates to the bottom of their cameras even when using a strap.
Carrying everything on one’s chest certainly isn’t for everyone. Designed to help photographers use a DSLR or mirrorless camera and backup lens while shooting, this innovative product from Cotton Carrier consists of a SlingBelt strap that goes around the waist, a lens bucket to attach it to, a DryBag for lens protection and a SlingTether camera strap. In essence, it’s about how to fix the camera for the SlingBelt; Screw into tripod socket with Allen key. With that in place, it’s easy to lift the cam and replace it with a twist-and-lock motion. This clip also has its own 1/4″ thread so you can still mount your camera to a tripod. We’re not convinced that most photographers will use the DryBag more often when a camera bag is better, but the SlingTether is an excellent camera strap and nice extras that can easily be used without the SlingBelt.
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Although this simple belt is primarily designed for binoculars, there is no reason to; It can be used with a small camera. Like the OpTech BINO-CAM belt also found here, it consists of a simple wearable belt that you wear as you would a coat, slipping your arms into two loops. They are tied to your back with a leather pad. The straps are fully adjustable. Also like the OpTech BINO-CAM harness, the Zeiss Comfort Carry Harness uses loops to connect to the camera’s strap slots, with clips to easily attach – and detach – the camera from the strap. Do the latter and the two clips can be attached to each other to form a small carrying handle for the camera.
If you like the idea of a chest strap but don’t like the feeling of being restricted, Skout might be for you. Instead of a pillow on your chest, the Skout is built around a much smaller kite-shaped pillow that clamps diagonally and is secured with a single shoulder strap that clips at the waist. Securing the camera to the pad includes a twist-and-lock mechanism on the camera and on the strap that uses a clip that fits into the camera’s 1/4-inch tripod thread. An Allen key is provided to make the connection difficult and real and there is a small zipped pocket on the back of the board to store it in.
When in use, it can look a little weird, but it works well for travel and urban photography and keeps the camera close at hand and hands-free without having to use a lot of hardware.
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Yes, you get what you pay for, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay a lot. If you’re using a compact or mirrorless prime lens camera for street photography – or if you’re hands-only – a pretty simple device like the OpTech BINO-CAM strap should work just fine. It’s primitive stuff, with two loops around the shoulders connected by Uni-Loops that attach to a camera (or a pair of binoculars). With its clamps it is possible to clamp and clip the camera really easily. We tested the non-stretch strap version, which we found to be effective with a small cam if all you really want to do is leave it idle and hate traditional cam straps, although they are also sold as a flexible version.
Can you strap a GoPro to your chest? Definitely! The best action cameras are classic hands-free devices and there are plenty of scenarios in which the GoPro harness works really well. Primarily designed for skiing, mountain biking and hiking, the Chesty features a center cushion with a breathable bolster sandwiched between two adjustable shoulder straps that fit over ski jackets. There is a large quick release buckle that allows for a built in buckle in that pillow whose size adds some extra stability, although its large size is also easy to release.
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The third incarnation of ThinkTank Pixel Racing Harness requires accessories. It consists of two shoulder pads and a stirrup, but instead of securing it around the shoulder blades, the ThinkTank Pixel Racing Harness mounts behind it on the belt. Two different packages are available – one quilted and the other in leather. There are no less than 23 belt and tool accessories—all with built-in rainbags—including lens pouches for up to 600mm lenses (which use vertical zippers) that hang from the belt, cam clips, and gear bags galore. Capable of adapting to what a photographer needs and nothing more, this modular system is ideal for those who like to wear their camera gear.
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