Neck Shoulder Camera Straps
There is a wide choice of neck/shoulder camera straps available, with many factors to take into account when shopping for them, from the brand, to material type, padding, style, colours and cut.
Then there's your budget. Amateur photographers might be happy to get a no-frills strap, whereas for professionals will probably want to invest in something that offers more support and will therefore come at a higher price point.
Benefits of a camera strap
Camera straps can have both a functional and aesthetic use. Most DSLR cameras will come with a camera strap, but professional photographers often decide to upgrade to something that is more comfortable, more stable and will help them get to their camera quicker.
Types of camera straps
Camera sling straps are worn over the shoulder and across the body. If you're an active photographer this could be the strap for you - it attaches the camera to a loop which allows you to slide the camera up to your eye. Look for breathable materials as you may be wearing this strap for hours at a time.
If you often hold your camera, hand straps offer a great extra level of security, ensuring your DSLR doesn't fall to the floor. Plus it takes the strain off your neck and shoulders. Many photographers will have this type of strap in addition to a neck or sling strap.
Wrist straps are great if you have a small point-and-shoot camera. However, you can also get thicker straps that also hold heavy DSLRs. Again, not an ideal option if you use your hands a lot with props when shooting, but another popular option for street photographers.
If you're purely a hobbyist photographer, you may simply be searching for a no frills strap. In this case there are plenty of very affordable straps from the likes of Canon, Nikon and Sony. Some straps are designed mainly for aesthetic use.
A brown leather strap could be suitable if photography is more of a hobby and you're not required to carry the camera around for long periods of time, or you don't use heavy lenses.