BosStrap One Piece (OP) Sling Strap (Black)
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- One Piece Construction remains with camera like your original strap
- Connects to left camera lug leaving tripod socket always available.
- The 1-1/2" wide strap eliminates cumbersome and roaming shoulder pad
- Extremely strong and smooth strap is easy to stow by wrapping around lens
- Made in USA right down to the thread
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|Package Height||1.8 x 2.5 x 6.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.3 pounds|
A BosTail replaces the tripod fitting supplied with many two-piece sling straps. One end of the BosTail attaches to the camera body strap lug, the otherend provides an attachment ring for a strap connector. BosTails can remain on the camera. The tripod socket will always available. Eliminate the hassle of removing the fitting from the camera tripod when moving to a tripod. Attach to your existing strap's carabineer to a BosTail. The BosTail comes with a slip lock and a nickel plated, metal ring which is permanently attached to the BosTail. The BosTail can be adjusted from about 2" to 4" to accommodate different camera body heights and carrying configurations. A BosTail attaches to the left side triangular split ring, or left strap lug depending on the camera body. BosTails do not interfere with the camera's controls whether shooting horizontally or vertically. A BosTail never needs to be removed from the camera body. Helps reduce the stress and possible damage to your camera body tripod socket and internal seals when hanging the camera upside down from a tripod socket fitting.
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The concept of sling straps dates back to the old days of the rifle sling (a long long time ago, and contrary to what you hear from certain other manufacturers who claim to have developed the idea in it's entirety... whose name rhymes with "aBlack aRapid", the concept is hardly new; ask somebody in the military). Rather than hang the camera from your neck, with these sling straps the camera hangs from the strap draped across your body from left shoulder to right hip, with the camera idle at your hip. When you're ready to use it, just effortlessly slide the camera up and shoot. It's a very natural position both for quick shooting and to bring the camera up quickly so it's ready to go. It's hard to explain how much better it works versus a neck strap if you've never tried one. If you find yourself frustrated that you miss shots that, despite hanging from your neck the camera just seems awkward or never ready enough, you might want to give this BosStrap a try.
This strap is an illustration of simple minimalist quality, and if you're expecting to be "wowed" right out of the box you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. It's unlike the typical, horrendously uncomfortable, thin scratchy neck straps most cameras come with that dig into your neck as the day wears on. It's unlike the neoprene style neck straps which seem comfortable at first but begin to annoyingly bounce around incessantly as you move throughout the day.
The strap is made of an extra wide, smooth seat belt type material. It isn't going to break. If something pulls at it you're going with it. The adjustment mechanism slides to customize the fit to you and/or your preferred style of carrying. Also, unlike many aftermarket neck straps or competing sling straps (including another made by BosStrap, their recent "Generation 3" model), there isn't any quick release to worry about. I can't speak to the quality of the Generation 3 model's quick release mechanism since I have no experience with it. However, I actually prefer not having any quick releases myself; I simply can't bring myself to fully trust them. The camera is on that strap good and solid. No mistakes or misconnected quick release couplers leading to disastrous falls with your expensive DSLR & lens. The only time the camera gets separated from you is when you take the strap off your body. Period. It's one of the things I love most about this strap. It's rock solid.
It is comparable to the "Black Rapid" style sling straps, but with significant differences. Foremost, the BosStrap One Piece mounts to the carrying lug on either side of the camera (I prefer the left), while the Black Rapid and most of it's competitors connect either to a separate screw on fastener or monstrous unwieldy custom bracket, either of which screw into the tripod socket. So now you have multiple potential points of failure; at the fastener/bracket (hoping it doesn't unscrew on it's own), or at the quick release.
As I have young children who need carrying at times during long adventures the strap is great to put the camera on the hip, far away from the kid's attention, as well as just plain out of the way. You quickly realize the exercise in futility trying to carry little ones and simultaneously fighting with the camera resting on your chest (or worse, jammed in your armpit) hanging on any old neck strap.
Of course even roses have thorns. The camera hanging at the hip can tend to swing around a little bit as you move. It isn't a big issue but it's something you have to think about. When moving around at a normal pace this is almost never an issue as the camera pretty much stays where it belongs. If you don't want you gear hitting stuff as your pick up the pace and it starts to swing you just need to make some minor adjustments. Mostly just a simple placing of your right hand on the camera where it hangs to keep it in check is usually more than enough to keep the gear from doing that, especially if you have to move quickly or maneuver through a tight or crowded spot. And you may occasionally need to tug on the strap up or down from time to time to fine tune it's position. These cons are very minor and I still think this strap is far ahead of neck straps that have their own carrying challenges.
I had a lively back and forth a while back with the BosStrap creator Tom Fama, who seems genuinely interested in my feedback as well as making a high quality product at a fair price. I really appreciate that. I did suggest extra padding at the point where the strap hangs from the shoulder (it's a personal comfort preference but isn't necessary as the strap rests well on your shoulder without it), and while he didn't agree with my assessment on that he did take an interest and listened respectfully to my ideas.
So my advice to you would be, if you're looking to up your game and get into sling straps but find the price of competing straps outrageous (or the designs less than optimal), the BosStrap One Piece (OP) Sling Strap would be a good place to start with something high quality and at a fair price point.
I bought the older version with the non-removable camera attachment, and wish I had bought the newer version. It would be much handier in the winter, with coats and such, to leave on the strap and simply attach and remove the camera as needed when driving from place to place. Also, if you have multiple cameras, get the newer version and get extra camera attachments.
And just a note: they recommend attaching it on the left camera lug. I found the right to be more convenient for my use.
This is a great strap to get the camera's weight off my neck and carry my camera comfortably. There are two different straps with different trade offs. This one leaves your tripod socket free and let's you carry your camera in a position where it is easy and natural to grasp. It works great for horizontal shots; however when the camera is tilted for vertical shots the strap has a tendency to fall along the back of the camera and get in the way. That is no different than a factory strap. The other BosStrap attaches to a tripod bracket and does not have that problem, however when I am preparing to take a picture grabbing the camera with the strap is harder because it is not hanging in an easy to grasp position.
Of the two I would definitely buy this strap again.