One of the items that are essential in daily life is a camera. Life moves fast and the different moments that occur in your life may not happen again. Photographs are the only way of holding the beautiful and crucial moments that fly past, and you need a camera to keep these moments alive in your memory. Whether you have a family gathering, a wedding ceremony, or you go on a trip to an exotic destination on your vacation, a camera is a must-have item.
Inconvenience of wrist-straps
Using a handheld camera may not be convenient always. Though provided with straps for the wrists, these cameras are usually small ones which have limited capabilities. Most of the good cameras are a bit on the heavy side such as Single Lens Reflector or SLR type or the Digital Single Lens Reflector or DSLR type cameras. On top of it, you may like to use zoom lenses and other attachments that make the cameras heavier. Using a strap to hold this camera can be quite painful on the wrist and soon you may feel like packing up your camera.
Freeing your hands
Another reason you may feel inconvenienced by a hand-held camera is that one of your hands is always engaged in holding it. Only one hand remains free for doing anything else. You may not feel any inconvenience if the photo session is of short duration. But if you have to carry the camera in your hand for a long time it may cause a lot of inconveniences especially when you need both hands to be free for moving around. Going on a hike or an exploration trip may be one of the instances when you will feel like carrying the camera in your backpack.
Using a leather camera strap for your camera can be an excellent idea. A strap provides you with the maximum flexibility while using the camera. First of all, it does not produce any strain on the wrist as a wrist-strap does. You will be carrying the camera on a strap wound around your neck. Your neck will take the full load of the camera and all its attachments. You will be free to stop anytime, pick up the camera and take a picture of the surroundings around you. After taking the picture, you can let the camera hang from your neck as you move forward.
The camera hanging from your neck by a strap can also be very convenient when you are engaged in some activity where you need the use of both hands like climbing, trekking, hiking or any other sporting activity. You can use both of your hands to change lenses of the camera if using a strap. You can stop at any moment, take the picture and continue with your activity without bothering about where to put the camera safely. You can even use one hand to protect the lens of the camera as it hangs from your neck if there is too much dust in the vicinity.
Types of straps
There are different kinds of straps available in the market, and you can easily choose one that suits you and matches the camera. The cameras which are available nowadays have their bodies made from hard plastic. Thus, any metallic surface brushing against them can damage the external body of the camera. The leather straps are of help in such cases.
The straps used for the cameras can also be wide or narrow for catering to the requirements of different people. The most comfortable ones are the wide ones as the weight of the camera is distributed on the neck muscles better with the greater width. Professional photographers use wide straps with extra wide shoulder flaps as they have to carry the camera for a long time continuously. You can also choose a narrow strap for your camera if you think that it is convenient enough for you. A thin strap can be useful when you do not have to carry the camera for extended periods of time while keeping your hands free at the same time.
Selecting the strap
While choosing the right strap for your camera you have to take a few things into consideration. First of all, you have to think of the weight of the camera and its attachments that you have to carry around. The second important factor is the time for which you will be carrying your camera. Once you have decided on these factors, it will be very easy to choose the proper strap for your camera. With a camera hanging from your neck by a suitable strap, you can enjoy hours of taking beautiful pictures that can be a great reminder of the things you have experienced in life.