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    I don't care a whit about the appearance of the strap, the Op-Tech straps are great. I've got a few of them on some rather hefty 35mm SLR's and I can tell you that it makes carrying one around a LOT more comfortable. I haven't gotten one for my Hasselblad since I don't carry that thing around much. It pretty much stays in its case and gets mounted on a tripod when used. Bet your bottom dollar though that if the day comes when I do find myself carrying it around, that Hasselblad strap will be replaced with the "ugly" Op-Tech neoprene job.
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    Yes, just in case this slipped by, the Hassy does have a unique little "clippy" thing that attaches the strap to the body. I went through the whole "what strap for Hassy" some years ago until I got fed up and just paid the $60 for the OEM strap. I wasn't aware that Op-tec even made straps for Hasselblad. That's what I get for not looking a little more! FWIW though, the expensive Hassy strap is a good one, albeit a stretch at $60.

    If you get an Op-tec and it's good, please post on it. I'd be interested to know, if not anyone else.

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    Love my Op-Tech! I'm gradually changing out my other cameras to it. One great feature is that you can buy different connectors and use the same strap on many cameras (not at the same time, of course!).
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    Since the OP apparently has his answer, I can butt in. I am amazed by how many people are using camera straps. I find them a complete nuisance and just in the way. I took them all off and never missed them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Since the OP apparently has his answer, I can butt in. I am amazed by how many people are using camera straps. I find them a complete nuisance and just in the way. I took them all off and never missed them.
    With a 35mm lens the straps can be useful. With Hasselblad, I hold the camera in my hand and the strap is insurance. I cannot imagine using a strap, other than maybe, maybe a back up wrist strap for a Crown Graphic, Speed Graphic or a Linhof. Some how I cannot imagine using a strap on a Graflex Model D.

    Steve
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    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Since the OP apparently has his answer, I can butt in. I am amazed by how many people are using camera straps. I find them a complete nuisance and just in the way. I took them all off and never missed them.
    I think it depends on what you do with your camera, Ralph. In another thread you mentioned the danger of dropping glass bottles in the darkroom. When I am hopping around with my camera out in the middle of nowhere, a strap makes sense. Putting it in and out of the bag every few minutes is a nuisance. And a smashed Blad would make me a lot sadder than 500mls of XTOL on the floor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by iandavid View Post
    I think it depends on what you do with your camera, Ralph. In another thread you mentioned the danger of dropping glass bottles in the darkroom. When I am hopping around with my camera out in the middle of nowhere, a strap makes sense. Putting it in and out of the bag every few minutes is a nuisance. And a smashed Blad would make me a lot sadder than 500mls of XTOL on the floor...

    Ian
    You are correct. I use my cameras either on a tripod or in the studio with or without a tripod. A camera strap would be nothing but in the way. In the studio, I have my equipment on a small cart right next to me. It's easy to pick up the camera or put it back on the cart, no strap needed, but other shooting habits may benefit from a strap.
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    Just some thoughts...

    I'm looking to get a strap for my Hasselblad and Leica and I like the OEM straps. I've used them both without straps, and I'm fine with that but sometimes you need two hands to do something while you're out there shooting. It's also less conspicuous to have it on the strap down along your side when you're out and about, you can be much more nonchalant while carrying the camera than if it's in your hands the whole time. I went out on a street shoot, about 4-5 hours a few weekends ago, and although it was only the Leica with one lens, it can strain your hands to hold it for that long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    You are correct. I use my cameras either on a tripod or in the studio with or without a tripod. A camera strap would be nothing but in the way. In the studio, I have my equipment on a small cart right next to me. It's easy to pick up the camera or put it back on the cart, no strap needed, but other shooting habits may benefit from a strap.
    I agree that the strap is in the way when using the camera on a tripod. That's one of the reasons I like the Op-Tech strap; you can disconnect the strap part from the short parts that clip onto the camera body, and then connect them to each other to make a sort of hand strap. This is not in the way on a tripod.
    When I'm not using a tripod, I sometimes use a monopod, and the strap around my neck becomes a safety feature.
    For some cameras, like Leicas and the old Linhof 220 I used to have, the best strap is a wrist strap.
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    Another vote for the OP-Tech on my 500C. Although the strap I use on my Kiev 88 would probably also work, and I got one from Georg at ARAX foto in Ukraine and like it very much.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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