• OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
  • OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
  • OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
  • OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
  • OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
  • OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)
OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)

OP/TECH USA Utility Strap - Swivel (Black)

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  • Comfortably carry heavy equipment for extended periods of time with the internal control-stretch system and lycra(r) binding
  • Incorporates 3/4" (1, 9cm) webbing, quick disconnects and rugged locking swivel clips
  • Non-skid surface keeps the neoprene strap securely on your shoulder
  • Fully adjustable in length 40" To 53" (101, 6cm - 134, 6cm)
  • Made in the USA

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versatile product The con: The company logo/name, on the shoulder pad is quite large (white letters, size of 2.5 x 0.5 inch). Personally, I prefer the logo on the products, if any, to be displayed more discretely. This problem can be easily resolved by coloring the logo with a black permanent marker.The pros: The OP/TECH USA utility sling strap is a versatile product. Besides using it as advertised, which is attaching just one or two connectors from the strap to the top loops of the camera. One can use the strap in conjunction with a mounting plate, e.g. EzFoto Black Color Rapid Mounting Plate with Tripod Mount Ready (one of the cheaper metal plates available on Amazon) so that both connectors are attached to the camera on the side, instead of on the top. I have uploaded several images for illustration of how the two products can be used in varying ways, e.g. 1) as a sling strap, 2) as a shorter sling/shoulder/neck strap and 3) as a camera handle (or a even wrist strap by purchasing an additional Uni Adaptor Loop). Since with the use of a mounting plate, both uni-loop connectors are on the side of the camera, the connectors will not get in the way between your face and the camera when shooting. 4Maybe, maybe not.... It's OK, but.... maybe not for me. I used this strap extensively on two multi-day trips through canyons and forests,GOOD: I like the padding on the strap. It makes for a comfortable carry. The strap has worn well and no signs of wear on the connectors. They do NOT feel cheap at all! There are probably as many ways to connect the strap to your camera as you can imagine -BAD: As many ways are there are to connect this strap to my camera, I haven't found one that is comfortable AND lets me get the camera in position quickly. I keep a Kirk tripod adapter on the base of the camera at all times, giving me 3 good spots to connect the strap. I tried the connection on the upper right side of the camera - the "preferred" way, and found that I was constantly pushing it out of my way while trying to set up for a shoot. Added a second connection on the tripod adapter, and both got in the way. Moved the primary connector to the tripod adapter and the secondary one to the left side of the camera, and it's better. NOT exactly the way I want it, but this might work. 3I am extremely disappointed with this product I am extremely disappointed with this product. I spent a great deal of time researching sling straps and based on excellent customer reviews, reasonable price and it being USA made, chose to go with the OP/TECH USA Utility Strap Sling. I took it out for a New Years Eve concert shoot and it was a nightmare. Every time I lifted the camera to shoot, the entire strap came up with it. The padded part that rests on the shoulder would move up to my neck and the rest of the lower strap where the camera was attached would end up around my hand in front of my face, and the extra connector that wasn't being used kept poking me in the face. This made my shoot very awkward, uncomfortable AND aggravating. It also interfered with the flow of my shooting as I had to keep moving the strap out of my face to shoot. At one point I got so annoyed I took it off and used the wrist strap (excellent item) but did not want to hold the camera in my hand for a 4 hour shoot so I tried again to make the shoulder sling work to no avail. I am extremely disappointed with this strap and have contacted OP/TECH USA but have not heard back. I'm quite puzzled about my experience with this strap when all the other reviews are so outstanding. All that being said, had this strap worked, I can say it was very comfortable when it stayed in place but it is completely useless to me. 1No reason to complain about this purchase I received this product today, on time and excellently packed.The sling at first glance is very well made and sturdy. I quickly read through the instruction and well, starting looking at the things people were crying about in the reviews. I will go through each one in a minute. With in 1 minute the sling was attached to my DSLR, the strap was adjusted and I mastered the sling, folks it doesn't get any easier than this.First the loop connecters are great, no buckles to come loose. The snap-in connecters on the handi loop are super strong, they won't go anywhere or come undone. I adjusted the length to where the right side of the camera body where the connection is made is hanging just at my waist, I can go another two inches lower but then it would be in my pocket. Where it is resting I can allow my right hand to semi-rest on the body as my hand was in my pocket. Nice and comfy. Folks I am a stout man that wears XXL T shirts with a 50'' chest and this sling fits me fine. Bringing the camera to my eye and NOTHING gets in the way. It glides up smooth as butter every time. Now (ladies I am sorry) The front strap buckle if used right handed will be in the center of your chest right in the cleavage. You can move it some up or down but for the most comfy fit it was there on me. A smaller person it may fit differently. Works fine with my back pack. If you want to and it can be done but it takes away for the proper use of the strap but can let it hang in front of you. Not sure why anyone would do this though.Two things you need to get use to.1. the camera dangling at your waist or side. I am use to it snug on my chest or in my hand with wrist strap. Resting your hand it helps. This is an easy thing to overcome.2. attaching the handi loop to the right side of the camera. Can't turn the camera on end with right side up with out moving the handi loop buckle out of the way. No big deal to me but will take some getting use too.3. Only had it for one day. I will put it through its paces and report any problems or things that might annoy people.Now about the cons some reviewers posted1. the extra handi loop, really? It does not have to dangle. Here is what I Did. I used the lowest loop for the camera. I look the other loop and pulled it to the top buckle. I put the loop through the gap between the buckle and the strap then pulled it over the buckle (just like attaching it to the camera) Whammo it is out of the way, not dangling, pulled tight and I have an extra loop with me all the time. That took about 45 seconds to figure out.2. The buckle gets in the way of the eye piece. How? Only if you turn the looped end up to take an inverted picture. Easy to fix, turn the left side up instead of to the right. I will have to get use to that myself but hey it's not hard.3. only attaches to one point. Won't work well attached at both camera loops, not designed to. This system blows away any two point camera strap. Can't believe I never went this way before.4. doesn't work left handed. Yes it does. Here is what I did. I put the handi-loop on the left side of the camera instead of the right. Now the little slide buckle that was on the back for a righty is now in front, soooo slide it all the way up to the shoulder buckle and it is a perfect fit. It comes to the eye perfectly and NOTHING is in the way.5. The OP/Tech USA Logo on the shoulder strap. It isn't that big so It doesn't bother me, yet. I don't advertise for free. If it bothers you take a black sharpie and trace it out. Problem solved.6. Doesn't work if using a back pack. yes it does. The strap goes over your shoulders and over the BP straps. I don't see the problem and It worked fine for me. 5Top 5 Reasons why this strap is better than the Black Rapid RS-7 1. It stays in place. Unlike the RS-7, the "stops" clamp solidly on the strap. So everything stays where it's supposed to. The strap doesn't slide up or down your shoulder. It stays solidly in place, even with fairly active movement.2. It's lighter and less bulky than the RS-73. It feels great! More comfortable to wear than the RS-7. You hardly feel any weight at all.4.It doesn't use the tripod socket, so it's easy to switch (unlike the RS-7)5. Oh, and it costs less than half of the way overpriced RS-7.So glad I found this one! 5Only strap I'll ever use This product was a life changer for me. Damage to my shoulder & neck from an accident prevents me from carrying anything with my left arm/hand, and I can't have any kind of strap - not even a light scarf or necklace - over my left shoulder or around my neck. I'd just started dabbling in photography before the accident, and had to give it up because I couldn't carry the camera, batteries, lenses, etc. easily. I'd tried a waist pack, but it was clumsy, bulky, and hot. After planning a special trip with my husband, and wishing that I could once again take photos to record the trip as I'd done in the past, I started searching online for a solution that wouldn't aggravate my injuries and was light weight, and would hold the camera securely in crowds, while hiking, etc. This Op/Tech strap looked like a possibility. I read another review that mentioned using the gender changers to reverse the strap from left to right, and figured I'd give it a try. SUCCESS! I wore this strap every day for 2 weeks, in mostly hot weather, without a single problem. I'm a tall, middle-aged woman with an ample bust, and unlike some other straps, I was able to easily adjust this in length & position so that it was always comfortable. Nothing rubbed or caught on my clothes or skin, there were no rough edges anywhere, even at the ends of the straps, which was much appreciated. I added on the Op/Tech SLR Wrist Strap, Gender Changers, and 2 sets of Secure-Its System Connectors, and I was able to carry everything I had - extra cards & batteries, filters, and two lenses + camera, easily, all day long. Nothing bounced around, everything stayed secure, even in crowds and on steep ancient stairs & mountain paths hiking through ruins in Greece. After 2 weeks of constant use in heat, rain, etc. everything still looked & functioned like new, and I saw no signs of fraying, broken or loose stitching, etc. And, my hands were free to hold onto railings, shop, eat, etc. Was even convenient to sit at a cafe and have a meal while the camera was resting against my hip, no worries about leaving the camera on a chair or the floor, and it wasn't in my way. I definitely recommend this product to anyone who is thinking about a strap, esp. if you're going anywhere crowded or where you'll be active. I got some extra long velcro and ran it inside the little carrying case for my filters, and then looped it over the strap, so I really was able to carry everything with me. I also used a stretchy neoprene sleeve to cover the camera when not in use, and it easily fit over the strap, so my camera was well protected from scratches & bumps while on the strap. 5Excellent sling strap A little background : I've never liked neck straps since the camera just gets in the way and with large DSLR's and lenses it puts a lot of weight onto your neck. One thing I don't like about the Black Rapid or similar sling style straps is the connection point - the tripod mount. Personally, it would get in the way when shooting in a portrait orientation and hinder tripod usage. It also worries me a bit that there's so much weight put onto the tripod mount on the camera/grip when it wasn't really designed to hold weight in that fashion. I created my own sling style utilizing the OEM strap mounts on the body and it has served me well so I never bothered looking for another sling style strap. I happened to come across this Optech strap and it seemed like a perfect strap (which I explain below.) Since my custom sling strap doesn't have padding and the connection points are a bit bulky I decided to give this strap a try.The Optech strap is very well built. The padding is great, helping to cushion and distributes the weight wonderfully across the shoulder. The quick-release connectors are a sturdy plastic and the engage/disengage clips require quite a bit of force which eases the worry of accidentally releasing them. (I don't use the quick-release too much though and was thinking of chopping off the quick-release connectors and replacing them with metal carabiners with locks.) The length of the strap is perfect as well. Personally, at 5' 9" and a big build it rests comfortably near waist level.The main part of this strap which made me buy it were the "system-connectors". These connectors, which have a nylon loop on one end and a quick-release clip on the other, utilizes the OEM mounting points on the camera. This makes me feel a lot more comfortable than using only one point at the tripod mount like other sling straps. These system-connectors connect to one (or two) matching free-floating connectors on the main strap. Movement of the camera from waist-level to your eye is very smooth with the connectors. As mentioned, the actual connection to the camera is nylon, through the OEM mounting points. Like with OEM neck straps, it'll eventually eat through the nylon after extended amount of use. The beauty of the Optech strap is that you can buy just the system-connectors for under $10 if you ever need to replace them.My heaviest setup (and one I use very frequently) is the Canon 7D with grip and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. The strap feels very solid and I don't have to worry about the integrity of the strap. The padding on the strap definitely does help in distributing the weight. It really does feel lighter when using this strap (at least compared to my custom one.)If you're looking at this product and wondering if this is a good sling strap I would definitely say yes. It is well designed and solidly built. The mobility that a sling strap gives you is a wonderful feeling and with most lenses you won't even feel it over your shoulder. 5Great strap, with a caveat... First off, let me just say that I love this strap! It's very comfortable and feels natural where it sits on my hip. There is however, one caveat, and maybe other reviews have already covered this point. I find it hard to look through the viewfinder when both connectors are attached to the camera. If you look at the user submitted picture I posted (with the Red Socks hat in the background), you'll see how the two connectors pull in towards the viewfinder. I found that it's manageable when taking horizontal pictures... it usually just rests on my nose. However when I twist the camera for a vertical shot it can easily get in the way and obstruct the viewfinder.Actually, Let me expand on the vertical shot problem. If you pull up and twist the camera counter clock wise it obstructs the view. If you pull up and twist clock wise, it doesn't. I prefer to shoot vertical shots twisting counter clock wise so that my index finger and trigger are above the camera not below.So why the five stars? Well, I've found that if you have only one of the two connecters attached, there's no problem looking through the viewfinder. Also, you can still work with it if with both connectors (i.e. if you know to twist clockwise for verticals) for those "on the fly" shots.What I usually find myself doing is:1. If I'm just walking around with the camera, I have it connected with both connectors for the added security / safety (it prevents it from swinging around at all).2. When I'm in picture mode where I'm actually holding the camera and / or anticipating a shot, I'll take the extra second to remove one of the connectors (which is really easy to do). 5SO much better than the included strap, NO strain on neck or back, you NEED this. This review is for the OP/TECH USA 3501262 Utility Strap, Sling XL Quick Adjust (Black).I just recently got into DSLR photography as I need to ramp up pretty quickly for a vacation I'll be going on. One of the first suggestions I was given was ditch the Nikon strap and purchase a shoulder sling instead. Everyone suggested a BlackRapid sling, and they do look pretty nice but I'm on a budget; that money would be better spent on a memory card, and besides... How does a camera strap warrant spending $80??So I came across the Op/Tech sling and decided to give it a try, and let me tell you what a difference it makes! This thing is solid and puts absolutely no pressure on your neck which for me is important since I have 4 herniated discs on there to begin with. The camera hands at your side and when adjusted properly is always at your hands reach, you'll barely even know it's there.I never would have even thought of replacing my camera strap if someone didn't warn me about it, I didn't even know it was a thing. Now that I have, I'll never go back to the OEM around-the-neck strap ever again. Trust me, you NEED this thing.One word of advice; don't do what I did at first. You only connect ONE of the clips to your camera, NOT BOTH. If you connect both, the strap will cover your viewfinder and you'll hate this thing, that's because you did it wrong. One strap, right side of camera. Trust me on this. 5OP/TECH USA Utility Camera Strap-Sling is a Winner! The OP/TECH USA Utility Strap-Sling is well-designed, strong, and built to protect your equipment while doing the important task of allowing you to carry your gear in a comfortable manner, keeping it out of the way until you need it and then being readily accessible. Dual attaching points add to the safety of carrying and even provide more stability for keeping the camera 'tucked away' from harm while hiking. For shooting, the camera is easy to bring to a level for convenient shooting, and, if you want a more unobstructed access to camera controls you can simply undo one of the attaching points and the harness mostly drops away from obstructing while still keeping one point attached for continued safety of the equipment. Brilliant design and better than the type that attaches to the 1/4' 40 TPI threaded tripod mount hole at the bottom of the camera as you can keep a quick-release mount attached to the bottom of your camera for ready attachment to a tripod, nothing to remove because the OP/TECH USA Utility Strap-Sling is attached to the normal camera strap attachment points. I'm a new owner but can see right away, the OP/TECH USA Utility Strap-Sling is a Winner! 5
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versatile product The con: The company logo/name, on the shoulder pad is quite large (white letters, size of 2.5 x 0.5 inch). Personally, I prefer the logo on the products, if any, to be displayed more discretely. This problem can be easily resolved by coloring the logo with a black permanent marker.The pros: The OP/TECH USA utility sling strap is a versatile product. Besides using it as advertised, which is attaching just one or two connectors from the strap to the top loops of the camera. One can use the strap in conjunction with a mounting plate, e.g. EzFoto Black Color Rapid Mounting Plate with Tripod Mount Ready (one of the cheaper metal plates available on Amazon) so that both connectors are attached to the camera on the side, instead of on the top. I have uploaded several images for illustration of how the two products can be used in varying ways, e.g. 1) as a sling strap, 2) as a shorter sling/shoulder/neck strap and 3) as a camera handle (or a even wrist strap by purchasing an additional Uni Adaptor Loop). Since with the use of a mounting plate, both uni-loop connectors are on the side of the camera, the connectors will not get in the way between your face and the camera when shooting. 4Maybe, maybe not.... It's OK, but.... maybe not for me. I used this strap extensively on two multi-day trips through canyons and forests,GOOD: I like the padding on the strap. It makes for a comfortable carry. The strap has worn well and no signs of wear on the connectors. They do NOT feel cheap at all! There are probably as many ways to connect the strap to your camera as you can imagine -BAD: As many ways are there are to connect this strap to my camera, I haven't found one that is comfortable AND lets me get the camera in position quickly. I keep a Kirk tripod adapter on the base of the camera at all times, giving me 3 good spots to connect the strap. I tried the connection on the upper right side of the camera - the "preferred" way, and found that I was constantly pushing it out of my way while trying to set up for a shoot. Added a second connection on the tripod adapter, and both got in the way. Moved the primary connector to the tripod adapter and the secondary one to the left side of the camera, and it's better. NOT exactly the way I want it, but this might work. 3I am extremely disappointed with this product I am extremely disappointed with this product. I spent a great deal of time researching sling straps and based on excellent customer reviews, reasonable price and it being USA made, chose to go with the OP/TECH USA Utility Strap Sling. I took it out for a New Years Eve concert shoot and it was a nightmare. Every time I lifted the camera to shoot, the entire strap came up with it. The padded part that rests on the shoulder would move up to my neck and the rest of the lower strap where the camera was attached would end up around my hand in front of my face, and the extra connector that wasn't being used kept poking me in the face. This made my shoot very awkward, uncomfortable AND aggravating. It also interfered with the flow of my shooting as I had to keep moving the strap out of my face to shoot. At one point I got so annoyed I took it off and used the wrist strap (excellent item) but did not want to hold the camera in my hand for a 4 hour shoot so I tried again to make the shoulder sling work to no avail. I am extremely disappointed with this strap and have contacted OP/TECH USA but have not heard back. I'm quite puzzled about my experience with this strap when all the other reviews are so outstanding. All that being said, had this strap worked, I can say it was very comfortable when it stayed in place but it is completely useless to me. 1No reason to complain about this purchase I received this product today, on time and excellently packed.The sling at first glance is very well made and sturdy. I quickly read through the instruction and well, starting looking at the things people were crying about in the reviews. I will go through each one in a minute. With in 1 minute the sling was attached to my DSLR, the strap was adjusted and I mastered the sling, folks it doesn't get any easier than this.First the loop connecters are great, no buckles to come loose. The snap-in connecters on the handi loop are super strong, they won't go anywhere or come undone. I adjusted the length to where the right side of the camera body where the connection is made is hanging just at my waist, I can go another two inches lower but then it would be in my pocket. Where it is resting I can allow my right hand to semi-rest on the body as my hand was in my pocket. Nice and comfy. Folks I am a stout man that wears XXL T shirts with a 50'' chest and this sling fits me fine. Bringing the camera to my eye and NOTHING gets in the way. It glides up smooth as butter every time. Now (ladies I am sorry) The front strap buckle if used right handed will be in the center of your chest right in the cleavage. You can move it some up or down but for the most comfy fit it was there on me. A smaller person it may fit differently. Works fine with my back pack. If you want to and it can be done but it takes away for the proper use of the strap but can let it hang in front of you. Not sure why anyone would do this though.Two things you need to get use to.1. the camera dangling at your waist or side. I am use to it snug on my chest or in my hand with wrist strap. Resting your hand it helps. This is an easy thing to overcome.2. attaching the handi loop to the right side of the camera. Can't turn the camera on end with right side up with out moving the handi loop buckle out of the way. No big deal to me but will take some getting use too.3. Only had it for one day. I will put it through its paces and report any problems or things that might annoy people.Now about the cons some reviewers posted1. the extra handi loop, really? It does not have to dangle. Here is what I Did. I used the lowest loop for the camera. I look the other loop and pulled it to the top buckle. I put the loop through the gap between the buckle and the strap then pulled it over the buckle (just like attaching it to the camera) Whammo it is out of the way, not dangling, pulled tight and I have an extra loop with me all the time. That took about 45 seconds to figure out.2. The buckle gets in the way of the eye piece. How? Only if you turn the looped end up to take an inverted picture. Easy to fix, turn the left side up instead of to the right. I will have to get use to that myself but hey it's not hard.3. only attaches to one point. Won't work well attached at both camera loops, not designed to. This system blows away any two point camera strap. Can't believe I never went this way before.4. doesn't work left handed. Yes it does. Here is what I did. I put the handi-loop on the left side of the camera instead of the right. Now the little slide buckle that was on the back for a righty is now in front, soooo slide it all the way up to the shoulder buckle and it is a perfect fit. It comes to the eye perfectly and NOTHING is in the way.5. The OP/Tech USA Logo on the shoulder strap. It isn't that big so It doesn't bother me, yet. I don't advertise for free. If it bothers you take a black sharpie and trace it out. Problem solved.6. Doesn't work if using a back pack. yes it does. The strap goes over your shoulders and over the BP straps. I don't see the problem and It worked fine for me. 5Top 5 Reasons why this strap is better than the Black Rapid RS-7 1. It stays in place. Unlike the RS-7, the "stops" clamp solidly on the strap. So everything stays where it's supposed to. The strap doesn't slide up or down your shoulder. It stays solidly in place, even with fairly active movement.2. It's lighter and less bulky than the RS-73. It feels great! More comfortable to wear than the RS-7. You hardly feel any weight at all.4.It doesn't use the tripod socket, so it's easy to switch (unlike the RS-7)5. Oh, and it costs less than half of the way overpriced RS-7.So glad I found this one! 5Only strap I'll ever use This product was a life changer for me. Damage to my shoulder & neck from an accident prevents me from carrying anything with my left arm/hand, and I can't have any kind of strap - not even a light scarf or necklace - over my left shoulder or around my neck. I'd just started dabbling in photography before the accident, and had to give it up because I couldn't carry the camera, batteries, lenses, etc. easily. I'd tried a waist pack, but it was clumsy, bulky, and hot. After planning a special trip with my husband, and wishing that I could once again take photos to record the trip as I'd done in the past, I started searching online for a solution that wouldn't aggravate my injuries and was light weight, and would hold the camera securely in crowds, while hiking, etc. This Op/Tech strap looked like a possibility. I read another review that mentioned using the gender changers to reverse the strap from left to right, and figured I'd give it a try. SUCCESS! I wore this strap every day for 2 weeks, in mostly hot weather, without a single problem. I'm a tall, middle-aged woman with an ample bust, and unlike some other straps, I was able to easily adjust this in length & position so that it was always comfortable. Nothing rubbed or caught on my clothes or skin, there were no rough edges anywhere, even at the ends of the straps, which was much appreciated. I added on the Op/Tech SLR Wrist Strap, Gender Changers, and 2 sets of Secure-Its System Connectors, and I was able to carry everything I had - extra cards & batteries, filters, and two lenses + camera, easily, all day long. Nothing bounced around, everything stayed secure, even in crowds and on steep ancient stairs & mountain paths hiking through ruins in Greece. After 2 weeks of constant use in heat, rain, etc. everything still looked & functioned like new, and I saw no signs of fraying, broken or loose stitching, etc. And, my hands were free to hold onto railings, shop, eat, etc. Was even convenient to sit at a cafe and have a meal while the camera was resting against my hip, no worries about leaving the camera on a chair or the floor, and it wasn't in my way. I definitely recommend this product to anyone who is thinking about a strap, esp. if you're going anywhere crowded or where you'll be active. I got some extra long velcro and ran it inside the little carrying case for my filters, and then looped it over the strap, so I really was able to carry everything with me. I also used a stretchy neoprene sleeve to cover the camera when not in use, and it easily fit over the strap, so my camera was well protected from scratches & bumps while on the strap. 5Excellent sling strap A little background : I've never liked neck straps since the camera just gets in the way and with large DSLR's and lenses it puts a lot of weight onto your neck. One thing I don't like about the Black Rapid or similar sling style straps is the connection point - the tripod mount. Personally, it would get in the way when shooting in a portrait orientation and hinder tripod usage. It also worries me a bit that there's so much weight put onto the tripod mount on the camera/grip when it wasn't really designed to hold weight in that fashion. I created my own sling style utilizing the OEM strap mounts on the body and it has served me well so I never bothered looking for another sling style strap. I happened to come across this Optech strap and it seemed like a perfect strap (which I explain below.) Since my custom sling strap doesn't have padding and the connection points are a bit bulky I decided to give this strap a try.The Optech strap is very well built. The padding is great, helping to cushion and distributes the weight wonderfully across the shoulder. The quick-release connectors are a sturdy plastic and the engage/disengage clips require quite a bit of force which eases the worry of accidentally releasing them. (I don't use the quick-release too much though and was thinking of chopping off the quick-release connectors and replacing them with metal carabiners with locks.) The length of the strap is perfect as well. Personally, at 5' 9" and a big build it rests comfortably near waist level.The main part of this strap which made me buy it were the "system-connectors". These connectors, which have a nylon loop on one end and a quick-release clip on the other, utilizes the OEM mounting points on the camera. This makes me feel a lot more comfortable than using only one point at the tripod mount like other sling straps. These system-connectors connect to one (or two) matching free-floating connectors on the main strap. Movement of the camera from waist-level to your eye is very smooth with the connectors. As mentioned, the actual connection to the camera is nylon, through the OEM mounting points. Like with OEM neck straps, it'll eventually eat through the nylon after extended amount of use. The beauty of the Optech strap is that you can buy just the system-connectors for under $10 if you ever need to replace them.My heaviest setup (and one I use very frequently) is the Canon 7D with grip and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. The strap feels very solid and I don't have to worry about the integrity of the strap. The padding on the strap definitely does help in distributing the weight. It really does feel lighter when using this strap (at least compared to my custom one.)If you're looking at this product and wondering if this is a good sling strap I would definitely say yes. It is well designed and solidly built. The mobility that a sling strap gives you is a wonderful feeling and with most lenses you won't even feel it over your shoulder. 5Great strap, with a caveat... First off, let me just say that I love this strap! It's very comfortable and feels natural where it sits on my hip. There is however, one caveat, and maybe other reviews have already covered this point. I find it hard to look through the viewfinder when both connectors are attached to the camera. If you look at the user submitted picture I posted (with the Red Socks hat in the background), you'll see how the two connectors pull in towards the viewfinder. I found that it's manageable when taking horizontal pictures... it usually just rests on my nose. However when I twist the camera for a vertical shot it can easily get in the way and obstruct the viewfinder.Actually, Let me expand on the vertical shot problem. If you pull up and twist the camera counter clock wise it obstructs the view. If you pull up and twist clock wise, it doesn't. I prefer to shoot vertical shots twisting counter clock wise so that my index finger and trigger are above the camera not below.So why the five stars? Well, I've found that if you have only one of the two connecters attached, there's no problem looking through the viewfinder. Also, you can still work with it if with both connectors (i.e. if you know to twist clockwise for verticals) for those "on the fly" shots.What I usually find myself doing is:1. If I'm just walking around with the camera, I have it connected with both connectors for the added security / safety (it prevents it from swinging around at all).2. When I'm in picture mode where I'm actually holding the camera and / or anticipating a shot, I'll take the extra second to remove one of the connectors (which is really easy to do). 5SO much better than the included strap, NO strain on neck or back, you NEED this. This review is for the OP/TECH USA 3501262 Utility Strap, Sling XL Quick Adjust (Black).I just recently got into DSLR photography as I need to ramp up pretty quickly for a vacation I'll be going on. One of the first suggestions I was given was ditch the Nikon strap and purchase a shoulder sling instead. Everyone suggested a BlackRapid sling, and they do look pretty nice but I'm on a budget; that money would be better spent on a memory card, and besides... How does a camera strap warrant spending $80??So I came across the Op/Tech sling and decided to give it a try, and let me tell you what a difference it makes! This thing is solid and puts absolutely no pressure on your neck which for me is important since I have 4 herniated discs on there to begin with. The camera hands at your side and when adjusted properly is always at your hands reach, you'll barely even know it's there.I never would have even thought of replacing my camera strap if someone didn't warn me about it, I didn't even know it was a thing. Now that I have, I'll never go back to the OEM around-the-neck strap ever again. Trust me, you NEED this thing.One word of advice; don't do what I did at first. You only connect ONE of the clips to your camera, NOT BOTH. If you connect both, the strap will cover your viewfinder and you'll hate this thing, that's because you did it wrong. One strap, right side of camera. Trust me on this. 5OP/TECH USA Utility Camera Strap-Sling is a Winner! The OP/TECH USA Utility Strap-Sling is well-designed, strong, and built to protect your equipment while doing the important task of allowing you to carry your gear in a comfortable manner, keeping it out of the way until you need it and then being readily accessible. Dual attaching points add to the safety of carrying and even provide more stability for keeping the camera 'tucked away' from harm while hiking. For shooting, the camera is easy to bring to a level for convenient shooting, and, if you want a more unobstructed access to camera controls you can simply undo one of the attaching points and the harness mostly drops away from obstructing while still keeping one point attached for continued safety of the equipment. Brilliant design and better than the type that attaches to the 1/4' 40 TPI threaded tripod mount hole at the bottom of the camera as you can keep a quick-release mount attached to the bottom of your camera for ready attachment to a tripod, nothing to remove because the OP/TECH USA Utility Strap-Sling is attached to the normal camera strap attachment points. I'm a new owner but can see right away, the OP/TECH USA Utility Strap-Sling is a Winner! 5
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