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Joby UltraFit Sling Strap,
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I had been looking for something like this for a long time, so I put my name on the waiting list when Amazon said it was coming. Then Cameta Camera got it first and I actually cancelled my Amazon order and ordered from Cameta so I could get it in time for a huge local two day arts and crafts festival. I needed this type of strap mainly for this kind of event, an all-day crowded "walkabout," and also for brisk, hilly exercise walks and general nature photography.
At festivals like this I think the traditional around-the-neck camera position tends to make people look like rank beginners with huge carbuncles on their bellies. Also, there's almost no seating for hundreds of people, so, as you eat while standing, there's the threat that someone will bump your elbow and spill your jambalaya or Coke on your equipment. And with brisk walks, the around-the-neck camera swings back and forth and is more prone to get soaked with sweat. Also, I haven't been able to use the traditional over the shoulder position because the camera is constantly sliding off. So this strap, with its across-the-chest sling position, has solved all these camera carrying problems.
I simply adjust the strap length, lock it at that length by pressing the flap on the buckle and leave it locked all the time. I position my camera at or above belt height and slightly behind my back so my arm won't bump it when I walk. When I shoot, I simply grab the camera (a Nikon D5000 with zoom or macro lens), pull it up to shooting position, shoot, and place it back in carrying position. So far I have had no need to unlock the strap for shooting and re-lock it afterward. The part of the strap that goes over the shoulder stays in place pretty well for me or is easy to readjust and I have plenty of slack for shooting. (If I remember correctly, one of the people in the Joby videos was using it the way I do.) However, if you need to carry the camera more snugly up under your arm, you would have pull the strap to get more slack to shoot and cinch it up afterward, really not much trouble as demo'ed in the videos.
I was a little concerned about wear and tear on my camera's tripod threads, but the strap's tripod fitting goes on and off easily and seems to grip tightly without over-tightening or stressing the screw threads. If you need to take a tripod on and off repeatedly, you might want to get an easy-off adapter to put on the strap screw and camera base, but the Joby's screw fitting is so easy to use, I don't think this would be necessary.
I've tended to get minimal straps in the past, so I was concerned that this one might be too wide, but it turns out that it's very comfortable and stays in position all the time. It worked just as depicted in the videos at the Joby site. I was very impressed with the ability to position the camera exactly where you want it at your side or around toward your back. This made it very easy for me to also wear a tiny belt pack with two lenses toward the other side of my back. With this belt pack, a High Sierra Express, and the Joby strap, I was totally comfortable and unaware of my equipment except while I was using it. This was a first for me.
At the previous festival, I struggled with a normal neck strap and a heavy camera-gear-specific LowePro belt pack which would probably protect your gear during a slide down a mountain, but was overkill for a craft festival. It had to be strapped uncomfortably tight to keep it from tipping backward, and I had to be constantly aware of turning around and bumping things with it. The High Sierra Express lacks padding, so I had to put something between the lenses to keep them from bumping each other. I may review this little belt pack later.
Hope this helps with your decision.