The humble camera strap is a relatively simple but essential piece of camera gear. Looking for the best camera straps is incredibly subjective. As with most things, what works for one person may not work for the next.
In this review of the best camera straps, I asked 100 Shotkit photographers what camera strap they use and recorded the results below.
How to Choose the Best Camera Strap
The ideal scenario would be to hold and try out each camera strap before making your decision. However, it’s uncommon for camera stores to stock more than a couple of different camera straps at a time.
Also, some of the more popular camera straps (such as the Holdfast Money Maker) are only available online, or at trade fairs.
Here’s what I suggest you do to help you choose:
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- Think of the type of usage you require for the camera strap. Many photographers have multiple straps and change them to suit the shoot.
- Consider the clothes you wear and what strap would compliment them. This isn’t always important, but for some professionals, looking the part is essential.
- Find a camera strap you like the look of in the Best Camera Straps review below.
- Click through to read the reviews on Amazon. These are very valuable, since they are written by actual users of the camera straps.
Finally, when you make your purchase, even if at first you don’t get along with your new camera strap, don’t be tempted to return or sell it! You need to give it a chance – eventually you will find a use for it.
My Experience with Camera Straps
I’m a wedding photographer and have bought 5 camera straps for the various times I use my cameras over the years.
Despite wanting to sell the previous camera strap before I bought the next, I quickly realised that I was using all my camera straps in different situations.
At first I bought a BlackRapid RS-7 since I liked the way it attaches to the base of the camera. I used it for 2 weddings, then decided it didn’t suit the look I wanted to portray. Now I use it only for travel, and it’s an excellent strap for this.
Next I bought an UP Strap since it grips the shoulder well. I found that this didn’t suit my professional wedding work either, but it’s perfectly suited for street photography use.
Review of the Best Camera Straps
Artisan & Artist
‘Kumihimo’ is the name for the Japanese artists renowned for their silk craftsmanship that have been donned by Samurai, and in somewhat of a revival of the form Artisan & Artist have created this line of silk rope camera straps.
Following in the tradition, Artisan & Artist employ specialists who create the straps in traditional fashion with steely strength and a light touch, for something both old and contemporary.
Artisan & Artist has made their mark in the camera world for their subtlety, strength, and flexibility. The material breathes, allowing for comfortable use in any weather, can be altered in length via loose knots, with no sacrifice in strength.
Used by: Roberto Panciatici
Having given birth to the ‘camera sling’, BlackRapid became the creators of some of the most innovative camera straps ever, offering an unmatched level of ease and access to your camera, as well as strength and safety.
Using ripstop nylon, bomb-proof webbing, fastening to the camera or lens from underneath via the locking FastenR3, the BlackRapid RS-WS1B combines flexibility with reliability, and efficiency.
Amongst this hugely popular line of straps, the RS-W1B Women’s Camera Strap like the BlackRapid Kick Women’s Sling Camera Strap, is optimized specifically for women, designed with ergonomic curves for comfort, breathability, even-weight distribution, without any compromise in integrity, and ready for any camera and lens you throw at it.
Used by: Joan Pai
Well known for their innovative camera strap designs, Black Rapid feature heavily in this list with a wide range of options to suit different photographers’ needs.
The Black Rapid DR1, or the Double, has all of Black Rapid’s hallmark specs (such as Ballistic Nylon, FastenR3, and foam padding) combined with the versatility to be worn as a single or double camera strap.
Fully adjustable length and width straps, along with foam padding allows you to comfortably carry two cameras at the hip for extended periods. Quick and easy access to whichever camera you need is achieved simply by sliding the camera up along the strap.
If you like to carry two cameras at once and want to look at inconspicuous as possible, the Black Rapid DR1 is the best option on the market.
As used by: Maurizio Solis Broca
As with the Black Rapid Double strap, the Black Rapid Yeti is a versatile carrying system allowing the photographer to carry one camera or two. The difference is that with the Yeti, you’re able to carry two cameras comfortably on a single shoulder.
The Black Rapid Yeti features all the strength and durability expected of a Black Rapid camera strap, and incorporates all of their standard features, such as ballistic nylon, non-slip grip on the shoulder pad, FastenR3, and Lockstar (see here for explanation of these features.)
The Black Rapid Yeti is a two camera solution for a one shoulder strap. Even weight distribution and foam padding make it comfortable to carry two cameras, with two adjustable straps (one by your side, the other cross-body).
The Black Rapid Yeti provides a more lightweight solution for photographers who want two cameras at their side.
As used by: Samuel Luna
When it comes to camera straps, BlackRapid know what they’re doing. The BlackRapid Curve (or RS7) is a sling style strap that will hold your camera securely at your stomach, hip, or the small of your back.
This strap features Black Rapid’s FastenR, ConnectR, and Lockstar technology to hold your camera securely, and allow it to glide smoothly up the strap when you want to take a shot.
Made with Ballistic Nylon, this strap is strong and durable. The Curve is ergonomically designed to fit the shoulder perfectly, with dense, soft foam padding for comfort and even weight distribution all working together to make carrying your gear around a dream.
With over 531 4.5* reviews or more on Amazon, it’s easy to see the enormous popularity of the BlackRapid Curve amongst pro and amateur photographers alike.
As used by: Roberto Panciatici
Cecilia Gallery is a heritage brand with a century old tradition in leather manufacturing, today in its fifth generation. They combine Argentine cowhide with Peruvian alpaca wool to create straps that are both durable and beautiful.
The Cecilia Baby Alpaca strap is the epitome of style, designed to secure a sSLR with lens attached, )tested to 175lbs), all in a slim and length-adjustable form.
With the strength, feel, and aroma of full grain leather, combined with alpaca wool that’s soft, hypoallergenic, and water resistant, as well as a nickel plated steel and zinc-alloy slider, this Cecilia strap is a no-compromise combination of beauty and brawn.
Camdapter Hand Straps use top grain leather in a wide hand strap that is soft and comfortable. The Camdapter ProStrap fits to your camera easily and stays in place once you’ve adjusted it to your hand.
The Camdapter ProStrap is bolstered by heavy-duty nylon thread and is made from one continuous piece of rugged 3/8″ nylon webbing. The padded strap section is available in various colours and textures, including python!
The Camdapter ProStrap is high quality and designed to last. Once installed on your camera you won’t ever need to remove it, unless you want to change the colour!
Thick, soft, top grain leather, stitched with heavy duty nylon thread, and secured with Nylon webbing with a heavy-duty nylon slip lock, the Camdapter ProStrap is built for comfort and durability for photoraphers seeking a simple, light, unobtrusive and long-lasting hand strap.
As used by: Juliet Shayne Lui
Crumpler started out when all a man wanted was to cycle home with a slab of beer in his bag, but couldn’t because nothing was strong enough.
Bringing all their strong bag-making knowledge into the world of camera straps has resulted in a range of super strong, super comfortable, camera straps that come with a lifetime warranty.
The Industry Disgrace combines super strength webbing and heavy duty plain weave polyester outer fabric (which is highly water resistant and extremely durable) along with double length adjustment straps.
The neoprene neck cushion gives comfort and moisture control along with an anti slip liner. The reviews on Amazon say it all – this strap is reliable and functional, and extremely popular as a result.
As used by: Mark Lobo
When two photographers were fed up with tangling camera straps, they came up with an idea to solve the problem, enlisted the help of a friend, and produced the immediately popular C-Loop. Following its success, Custom SLR was born.
If you’re fed up of your camera bouncing on your belly as you walk, this strap is for you. It uses a comfortable sling strap with the camera hanging at your hip. When you’re ready to get that shot you just glide your camera smoothly up the strap .
Quick, easy access to your camera, without it getting in your way the rest of the time. The Glide One Strap System is easy to set up, easy to adjust, and with features like the Split Strap Technology (to distribute weight evenly on your shoulder), neoprene padding, and silicone print, it is super comfortable.
As used by: Edin Chavez
Domke Bags, part of Tiffen (the award winning photography accessory manufacturer), bring their technical genius to make a range of durable camera straps.
The Domke 1-Inch Camera Strap (with or without swivel) is constructed of the same thick webbing used on all Domke bags, and is available in a range of colours to suit your style.
The canvas webbing of the Domke 1-Inch Camera Strap combines flexibility and comfort with durability. These straps have tracks of non-slip rubber woven into the webbing and are fully adjustable, making them great for carrying both cameras and shoulder bags alike.
Many photographers often replace the generic strap on their Domke bags with the Domke 1-Inch Camera Strap.
If you go for the Domke 1-Inch Camera Strap with swivel, your straps will remain nicely untangled, even when you walk. Domke straps are simple, stylish, and functional, and judging by the numerous 5 star reviews on Amazon, very popular too.
Think Tank designs and produces a wide range of camera carrying solutions for the professional photographer. The Think Tank Camera Strap V2.0 is a simple, unobtrusive shoulder strap strong enough to support pro bodies with pro lenses attached.
The 1 inch wide poly spun strap with 3ply bonded nylon thread is both strong and durable. It has non-slip silicone on both sides saving you the task of checking which side is which when you sling your camera over your shoulder.
The Think Tank Camera Strap V2.0 is available in two colours, blue and grey, to quickly differentiate between two similar camera bodies.
Designed to be compressed easily for less bulk and increased portability while traveling, the Camera Strap V2.0 also attaches to Think Tank backpacks and harnesses, and is frequently used by professional photographers in this way.
The Gordy Strap was created by a photographer who couldn’t find the strap he wanted on the market (heard this story before?!). Originally a one man band, Gordy has grown into a local, family run business where they create a range of beautiful, handmade leather camera straps.
Unique, stylish, simple, and robust, leather wrist and neck straps handmade in the USA. Add a pad for heavier cameras to distribute the load, and an o-ring to tighten the strap if you like.
Wrist straps are a great way to carry your camera, securing the camera to the wrist without getting in the way. If you need your extra hand you can let the camera safely dangle from your wrist. Wrist straps can be attached to the right or left side of the camera depending on your preference.
The leather, which will soften over time, is secured with durable waxed cord available in various colours.A black rubber o-ring slides to reduce the strap opening.
Gordy straps have been described as “elegant and rugged all at once”, and are often imitated but never bettered.
As used by: John Towner
With over 400 positive reviews on Amazon, it’s hard to ignore the OP/TECH SLR Wrist Strap in this list of the best camera straps.
The OP/TECH SLR Wrist Strap is built from durable, comfortable, non-slip neoprene which adjusts around the wrist with a security slide to keep it firmly in place.
Anyone who dislikes the weight of a camera hanging around their neck should consider using a wrist strap, and few are as comfortable, affordable and well-built as thew OP/TECH SLR Wrist Strap. Leather and other materials may be more stylish, but neoprene is definitely the most comfortable.
Another consideration is the size of the connecting ribbon cord to the camcorder or camera. This braided cord is substantial, about 3/8″ x 1/8″, not a weak link in the strap assembly.
The OP/TECH SLR Wrist Strap neoprene wrist strap is comfortably wide and can be secured to your hand with the included security slide. The length is just right – not so long that your camera will dangle far from your wrist when you let go of it.
Better known for their lenses, Opteka also produce a wide range of camera accessories including a range of cases and straps. The Opteka Professional Wrist Grip Strap is designed to help you hold your camera steady while shooting.
The Opteka Professional Wrist Grip Strap is compatible with all Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, and Samsung SLR cameras that feature a standard 1/4″-20 tripod socket. It is very quick and easy to install.
The padded adjustable strap on the Opteka Professional Wrist Grip Strap fits neatly around your hand so you can hold your camera securely without worrying about accidental drops. It is alsao designed to stablize your camera while shooting.
Priced at under $10, photographers looking for an affordable solution to free up their fingers for shooting will love this. The Opteka Professional Wrist Grip Strap is frequently purchased together with the Spider Camera Holster D-Ring for Wrist Strap and the Spider Pro SCS -Single camera System Camera Holster, creating the complete camera carrying system.
As used by: Max Thompson
Lance Camera Straps was created in 2012 when a street photographer was looking for a camera strap to suit a long day walking around with his camera. This is a family-run business that offers a range of handmade in the USA, stylish, durable camera straps.
The Lance Non-adjust Neck Strap features the high quality materials that your camera deserves: sturdy polyester cord straps, high-grade weather resistant rubber rings, and stainless steel connectors. It’s also available in several colours.
Although touted as neck strap, this stylish, minimalistic strap can also be worn as a shoulder strap, across the body, or even wrapped around the hand as a wrist strap.
The Lance Non-adjust Neck Strap offers the convenience for photographers to interchange straps by easily detaching the string loop connectors.
Besides aesthetics, the black rubber rings tighten the spliced ends of the strap. The rings are made of high-grade material and are all-weather resistant.
As used by: Sittig Fahr Becker
The iconic brand of Leica, renowned for their engineering prowess, sell the photographic equipment of dreams. If you can afford to buy one of their R or M series cameras, then you will be blessed with your very own Leica Carry Strap with Anti-Slip. If you can’t, then you just have to buy the strap!
Leica’s engineering knowledge has been put into this adjustable carry strap. The anti-slip pad is grippy and allows you to carry your camera over the shoulder without any worries.
The strap itself is lightweight, flexible, and well designed, with D ring connectors that will attach to your camera’s strap lugs.
Since each end of the Leica Carry Strap with Anti-Slip strap is secured by the D-ring lock and a buckle, if either piece were to break, the camera would still remain safely attached.
As used by: Christian Brecheis
Luma Labs, started by a photographer and industrial designer duo, produce professional, quality camera accessories made entirely in the USA. They care deeply about their products, and it shows.
The Luma Loop 3 is a sling style camera strap absolutely chock full of high quality materials and thoughtful design.
Coats thread (used in parachutes), Lumalon padding, precision machined aluminium mount, custom made D-rings and rivets, and more make the price of the Luma Loop 3 worth every penny.
The Luma Loop 3 is easy to attach (just screw it into the tripod socket of your camera), easy to adjust (just slide the carbon adjuster), and above all, very comfortable. In use, your camera rests securely at your hip – no spinning cameras like some other sling straps.
If you want a simple, stylish, sling strap that will last you a lifetime then the Luma Loop 3 is hard to beat.
As used by: Eric Cheng
Lucky Camera Straps
Classic Lucky Strap
Amongst all the big name camera strap manufacturers out there, it feels good to shed some light onto the smaller local players in the industry… especially when their camera straps are as good as those hand made by Justin and the team at Lucky Camera Straps.
Born out of a necessity to find a camera strap that “allows me to carry a pro sized camera body with a 70-200 2.8 all day without hating my life”, Justin has succeeded in creating something practical and good looking in his range of camera straps.
Amongst all those on offer, the Classic Slim and Standard sized Lucky Camera Straps are my favourite – a simple, classic design of flexible, soft nubuck leather stitched to tough nylon where the straps meets your camera fastenings.
The one pictured above is the Slim, suitable for smaller rangefinder and mirrorless cameras. It’s also been customised with the name of my own photography business – something you can request for some added personalisation.
The Lucky Camera Straps logo is quirky and fun, setting the camera strap apart from all the other brown leather camera straps on the market. The contrasting white stitching is also a nice touch, with other colour combinations available too.
Judging by the Lucky Straps fans shown on their Instagram account, the average user is an outdoor lover from the Instagram generation, with the straps complementing the whole hipster/vintage movement perfectly.
If you’re looking for a simple, well made camera strap with some personality, head over to Lucky Camera Straps and grab yourself one of their limited edition colours.
As used by: James Day.
HoldFast wants to help photographers capture their images… in style. Ethically made in the USA, the HoldFast Money Maker is a multi-camera strap with a difference.
Yes, this strap has many features of a dual sling style strap, such as tripod socket connectors, sliders, and safety catches…. but on top of all this, it’s one of the few all-leather dual camera straps (available in different skins to suit your budget) with buckles that simply oozes style.
Worn like a gun holster over the shoulders and in an X across the back with a camera at each hip, you’re sure to attract compliments at your next job.
The Holdfast Money Maker has quickly become the most popular camera straps for wedding photographers, or anyone who carries two camera bodies at the same time and cares about their appearance.
The entirely crowdfunded Peak Design started just a few years back with their first product to help adventurous creatives carry their gear more easily. Fast forward to today and they now have over 20 products and multiple product design awards.
The Peak Design Leash is a versatile thing: sling strap, neck strap, safety tether, video stabilizer, and can adapt to any shooting situation via its unique anchor link connection system.
You connect up to 4 of the included anchors to your camera, then slide an anchor into the strap fastening to lock it into place.
The Peak Design Leashis slim, lightweight, and comfortable, with seatbelt style webbing that glides easily over your clothes. It has a huge range of adjustment (19-60 inches) and it’s quick and easy to attach or detach your camera with the Anchor Link system.
The Peak Design Leash is super strong, despite it’s ultralight credentials and the fact that you can easily fold it away into your bag when you don’t need it. The anchor system can support up to 200lbs (90kgs)!
The Peak Design Leash is a well engineered, minimalist strap that covers all the essentials.
If you’re looking for the most innovative way to attach your camera to any existing belt or strap, look no further than the Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip.
Carry your dSLR or compact camera directly on any backpack strap, belt or bag, by securing the Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip, and sliding your camera in place. The quick-release lock keeps your camera secure yet instantly accessible, and works equally well with a compact cameras as a dSLR with large lens attached.
With an all-aluminum, extra-durable construction, the Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip can actually be used as a tripod head, fitting most ARCA-type and Manfrotto RC2 tripod heads.
The quick-release lock and all-aluminum construction holds your camera during any physical activity while providing instant access for picture-taking. If you wear a backpack and need the fastest access to your camera, the Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip is the perfect solution.
Leather Factory Roberu is based in Yokohama, Japan. Its founder and creator focuses on natural, simple, and handmade products, and his Roberu Leather Camera Strap encapsulates all those things. Beautiful leather, naturally dyed and hand crafted into a strap strong enough to hold 5kg of gear.
This Roberu Leather Camera Strap strap is for the photographer with classic, understated style. This high quality strap with its subtle embossed logo and chrome buckles, has a wide shoulder area distributing the weight of your camera to make it as comfortable as it is stylish.
If you really want to invest in something unique and beautiful, I’d recommend the Roberu x Anchor Bridge collaboration strap shown above. I purchased this strap a few years ago to use on my Fuji X100S and it has aged beautifully into the softest, best looking strap I own.
Spider Camera Holster was founded by professional photographers who have revolutionised the way to carry your camera. The Spider Camera Holster system frees the upper body by using a utility style belt, with your camera at your hip ready to draw and shoot anytime.
Besides making you feel like a gunslinger, this belt and holster removes the chance of neck and back pain, camera swing, and tangled straps (since there aren’t any). The Spider Camera Holster belt is padded for comfort, and its triple action buckle ensures that you can’t accidentally undo it.
The holster plate screws onto the belt, and a pin (that screws into your camera’s tripod socket) slides neatly in and out of the plate, with the holster’s locking system ensuring that your camera is secure.
Comfortable, reliable, and professional, the Spider Camera Holster is perfect for the photographer who wants to invest in a carrying system that will protect his back.
UPstrap are a small family business and have been making non-slip camera straps in the USA for more than a decade now. They produce a range of shoulder and sling style straps to suit your preference and camera weight.
Made with Nylon or Kevlar web (Kevlar for Canon camera system style attachment slots or if you have heavier lenses), these straps all feature polymer non-slip pads with little nubson either side that will latch onto whatever material you sling them over.
Combined with even weight distribution, you’ll hardly even know your gear is there until you need it. If you’re looking for a simple, strong, reliable strap that won’t ever slip off your shoulder then the UPstrap should definitely be in your sights.
What Camera Strap do you use?
I hope you found this review of the best camera straps useful. As will all photography gear purchasing decisions, it helps to hear what other photographers are using.
What do you find is the best camera strap for your photography? Leave us a comment below with your recommendations and/or camera strap collection!