You’ve got a fantastic new camera that you’ve wanted for ages and you just can’t wait to get clicking.
Not so fast. Don’t just take that camera strap out of the box and put it on any old how. Cameras are quite heavy, and once you add the weight of a lens and maybe a speedlight, you have a fair weight hanging from your neck. If you want your camera gear to be safe while you use it, this is definitely one time that you really should read the manual on how to attach a camera strap to your camera the right way.
If you’ve had your camera a while and can’t remember how you fastened the strap on, it would be a very good idea to check and make sure it is okay. Also, just because you’ve had other cameras, doesn’t mean that you did it correctly, so it is worthwhile checking anyway. I speak from experience on this mistake.
I’ve had 8 SLR and DSLR cameras over the years, but 2 cameras ago I got a fright when I noticed that I’d put the strap on incorrectly. It had been that way for about a month before I spotted it!
Manuals are boring, so I’ve put together this easy step by step guide for you to ensure that you attach your camera strap securely to your camera.
Thread the strap through from the outside of the metal ring in towards the camera.
Thread the strap through the fastener and pull it down. Then pull some of the strap from the top through the buckle to create a loop.
Thread the short bit of strap through the top hole in the buckle towards the inside of your loop.
Thread the short bit of strap down through the bottom hole in the buckle.
Pull the short bit of strap down, now in the middle of two other parts of the strap.
Pull the main part of the strap up to tighten up the slack in the buckle.
Work the fastener up towards the buckle. This may be a bit tricky, because it is tight, but that’s a good thing. You won’t need to do this again, so it is worth the effort.
Repeat on the other side. (I know…stating the obvious!)
There you have it, your camera strap is securely fastened to your camera and you can concentrate on taking great photographs.
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