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Don't Buy This Strap


The Luminous Landscape introduces to its readers a touted-to-be ultimate mirrorless camera strap.   For the fast release connector to quickly detach the camera from the strap by way of a buckle, leaving a short section possible to connect to a wrist strap, it earns a rave review from the reviewer. Well, this is as good as it gets. Apart from the ubiquitous design of such a connector system -- I didn't say this design lacks originality but it has been long used for the strap in the extendable sleeves for the local Octopus card and such similar straps for smartphones, I for one will not trust a pricey camera to a strap that can be easily detached. This is from my experience some ten years ago when I bought a camera bag using the same release connector. On many occasions it detached accidentally, falling off with the camera in it with a thump. In the end, I fastened the buckle with exactly that twist tie the reviewer used to thread the ultimate strap.

But my camera was in a bag. Imagine the possible damage if yours falls naked.

As for the wrist strap, I don't recommend it for a legitimate concern. Some five years ago, you know some photographers have this habit, a photographer wound the neckstrap around his wrist and the index and middle fingers while shooting. Bad luck struck him when he tripped over and instinctively pushed his hand against the floor to stop falling. Unfortunately, the camera was stuck in between the railings next to him. Two of his fingers were torn off.

The ultimate camera strap. Think over it again.

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