I used the neck strap when carrying it around, but to be honest, if I want to shoot handheld 6x7 I am far more likely to use the Bronica GS-1. It's lighter and more intuitive with the right hand speed grip and traditional focus ring on the lens barrel. And more recently I've totally fallen in love with the Fuji GF670 even though it has a fixed lens. It is extremely light and compact, and designed to be a walk around. The 6x7 SLRs are at their best on a tripod. But don't let me pour water on the RB flame. It's a great camera that has one of the biggest, clearest and brightest finders around. And I absolutely loved the all mechanical design! I hope you enjoy yours!