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tip for changing your camera strap for quick vertical shots

Conrad Erb - Philadelphia, PA , Oct 18, 2006; 01:06 p.m.

hi folks - for those of you who use a battery grip on your camera with a portrait shutter release, I found out today that changing the camera strap can make it a lot easier to get quick portrait/ vertical shots.

I find that when I shoot with a camera that has a regular camera strap setup (the strap is on the top right and top left corner of the camera), that the strap frequently lands right on top of the viewfinder when I pick it up to take a shot in the portrait/vertical mode. as a result, I would need to push the strap away from my eye, and I would sometimes miss a good moment.

I had the insight today that if you have the ability to attach the camera strap to the BOTTOM of the camera instead of the top (ie. if you have a battery grip for the canon XXXD, XXD and 5D cameras - I don't know about nikon), it is a lot easier to pick up the camera without having the strap land right where you put your eye.

I'm kicking myself for not thinking about this earlier - it probably seems elementary to everyone else!

another benefit is that for landscape/horizontal shots, the strap is not in the way of the right side dials and buttons.

so, if you have been fighting with your straps when taking vertical shots, you might want to give this a try. all you need is a way to attach your strap to the bottom of your camera. If you don't have have an attachment point for your camera on the bottom, you can buy a small plate here at Camdapter.com.

if none of this makes sense, see the images below.


strap attaches bottom of camera - much more convenient for general shooting.

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Conrad Erb - Philadelphia, PA , Oct 18, 2006; 01:13 p.m.

this is the way my other 20D has the strap - and as soon as I get a battery grip, I'm going to do it the other way also. the strap intefered with horizontal shots by getting in the way of the buttons and in vertical shots by landing right over the viewfinder.


the traditional and inconvenient strap.

Conrad Erb - Philadelphia, PA , Oct 18, 2006; 01:35 p.m.

I'm a visual person - here is an image of the problem that I'm speaking of on vertical shots with the traditional strap setup.


the vertical problem

Conrad Erb - Philadelphia, PA , Oct 18, 2006; 01:40 p.m.

here is the horizontal problem of the strap in the buttons that is now eliminated.


when working quickly this was an annoyance...

Ben Rubinstein - Manchester UK , Oct 18, 2006; 01:40 p.m.

Although your solution seems like it would work, does it not hang awkwardly?

Conrad Erb - Philadelphia, PA , Oct 18, 2006; 02:00 p.m.

ben - yes, this strap setup will make the camear point down instead of pointing straight ahead.

however, most of my lenses are on the medium to heavy end, and since the bodies usually have a flash attached, the cameras would usually hang downward anyway. so - it doens't change much - the camera will still usually hang with either the bottom or the left side of the camera flush with my stomach or my right hip (this camera is always on my right side).

Bob Donlon - Albany, NY , Oct 19, 2006; 01:38 p.m.

Conrad, interesting. I've gotten so used to that when I flip the camera on the bracket, that my right index finger automatically catches the strap and pulls it over to the side for me.

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