I’ve researched for the past few months to bring you what I believe are the best camera straps in 2018.
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Much like camera bags, most photographers own several cameras straps, swapping them around to suit the camera or the situation.
Personally, I own 3 leather camera straps, 1 Black Rapid camera sling strap and 1 custom camera strap, all of which I alternate during my personal and professional photography work.
Initially I wanted to sell the previous camera strap before I bought the next, but I soon realised that I was actually making use of all of them over time, in different situations.
This is why I decided to put together this roundup of the best camera straps in 2018, to showcase the multiple ways to carry your camera efficiently.
Best Camera Straps in 2018
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For these camera strap reviews, I’ve chosen products which are in daily use by professional photographers on Shotkit – you can see their names mentioned where relevant.
I’ve also included some other products that I’ve tested out first hand, including camera neck straps, camera wrist straps, scarf camera straps, camera straps for DSLR, camera straps for mirrorless, sling camera straps, camera strap holsters and everything in between.
(Click on the links above to be transported straight to my recommendations in each case.)
For some reason, I get a lot of questions about specific ‘camera straps for Nikon’ or ‘camera straps for Canon’. It should go without saying that all the camera straps listed in this roundup can be used on any camera, no matter the brand.
How to Choose a Camera Strap
Choosing a camera strap isn’t as simple as you might first think! Here are a few quick questions to ask yourself when making the decision:
- What camera strap material?
The usual choices are leather or nylon, although there are some other fabrics too. Leather looks the best and ages beautifully, but can be heavy or uncomfortable in hot climates. It also doesn’t offer the grip of some synthetic materials.
- What camera strap attachment?
Depending on the type of attachment, you can attach the strap via the loops on top of your camera or via the tripod screw hole. Some camera straps offer quick release attachments and others fasten to your belt or camera backpack straps via clips.
- Neck, wrist or shoulder strap?
- How many cameras?
You can hold one, two, or even three cameras using custom camera straps, which hang on your shoulders or on your waist.
How to Attach a Camera Strap
Before we get into the camera strap reviews, here’s a video which shows how to attach a camera strap that comes with your camera.
You’ll see we’re using the strap that comes with a Fuji X-T2, but the process is the same for any Canon camera strap, Nikon camera strap, or any other strap that comes free when you buy a camera.
(Excerpt from how to attach a camera strap.)
Camera Strap Reviews
Let’s dive into the camera strap reviews, where you’ll find my recommendations for the best ways to carry your camera in 2018.
My recommendation from previous experience is, don’t try and limit yourself to one camera strap for all uses.
I’m not advocating buying camera gear for the sake of it (a.k.a. ‘GAS’!!), but I do believe you can efficiently use multiple camera straps in different situations, for various cameras.
Fortunately, most camera straps in 2018 are inexpensive (see these cheap camera straps), which allows photographers to own more than one.
Think Tank Photo 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 camera neck strap strong enough to support pro DSLR 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.
This is actually a design feature overlooked by many camera strap manufacturers – having grip on both sides of the strap is a huge time-saver over the course of a day’s photography.
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 Spider Camera Strap Holster was founded by professional photographers who have revolutionised the way to carry your camera. The hip 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 reduces 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 camera strap 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 the neck and back from the rigours of carrying heavy cameras.
For those who shoot with two cameras in hot climates, or who want to travel with the lightest camera gear, the Holdfast Gear Camera Swagg is the best dual camera strap available in 2018.
Typical of Holdfast products, the Camera Swagg looks great, and is sure to attract compliments whenever you wear it.
This vegan-friendly (a non-leather camera strap!) version of the hugely popular Holdfast MoneyMaker is made from high grade cotton canvas and available in four fashionable colours. My favourite is ‘Copper‘, which looks great over both dark and light clothes.
The Camera Swagg features anchored metal d-rings and new safety straps that connect to the side lug mount, completely bypassing the clip and screw for ultimate camera security.
Fans of the original dual leather camera strap (check out the best wedding photography gear) will love this lightweight and stylish alternative when weight is an issue – I own both the MoneyMaker and the Camera Swagg, and alternate them every time I need to carry 2 cameras.
Having made all their camera straps sling style, 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.
Blackrapid’s cross-body strap style places the camera upside-down against your waist, allowing for fast and easy access at a moment’s notice.
Using ripstop nylon, bomb-proof webbing, fastening to the camera or lens from underneath via the locking FastenR3, the BlackRapid Breathe Curve combines flexibility with reliability, and efficiency.
The BlackRapid Breathe Curve further stabilizes the attached camera when used with its included Stabilizing Strap, which secures the strap under the user’s left shoulder and prevents the attached camera from twisting as it rests along one’s right side.
Optimized specifically for female photographers, the BlackRapid Breathe Curve is designed with ergonomic curves for comfort, breathability and even-weight distribution, without any compromise in integrity. It’s strong enough for any DSLR or mirrorless camera and lens combination you throw at it.
Out of all the DSLR camera straps Black Rapid produce, this is the most popular and it’s easy to see why.
Used by: Joan Pai
The entirely crowdfunded Peak Design brand 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.
(Peak Design also features heavily in my roundup of the best camera bags in 2018.)
The newly re-designed Peak Design Leash v2 (aka the L-BL-3) is a versatile camera strap, which represents many functions all in one: camera sling strap, camera neck strap, safety tether, and video stabilizer. It 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 Leash is 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)!
It’s a well engineered, minimalist strap that covers all the essentials. Make sure you’re ordering the newly re-designed version of the Leash by clicking the button below. Available in black or ash.
With over 460 positive reviews on Amazon, it’s hard to ignore the popularity of the OP/TECH SLR Wrist Strap in this roundup of the best camera straps in 2018. It’s also the best camera wrist strap at this bargain price point (click here to see the latest price).
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.
If you dislike the weight of a camera hanging around your neck, I highly recommend a camera wrist strap, and few are as comfortable, affordable and well-built as the OP/TECH SLR Wrist Strap.
Leather and other materials may be more stylish, but neoprene is definitely the most comfortable for prolonged usage.
Another consideration is the size of the braided ribbon cord which connects this wrist strap to the camera – it’s substantially wide, about 3/8″ x 1/8″, and definitely not a weak link in the strap assembly.
I love the inclusion of quick-release clips that allow you to quickly attach/detach the OP/TECH SLR Wrist Strap from your camera. Most camera straps’ quick release functionality is hugely underrated – being able to quickly detach your camera from the main bulk of the strap provides freedom and versatility.
The OP/TECH SLR 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.
Available in royal blue, black, steel grey and forest green.
If you’re looking for the most innovative way to attach your DSLR to any existing belt or strap, look no further than the Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip.
You can attach your camera to a backpack strap or bag strap, or even your trouser belt, by securing the Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip and sliding your camera in place. (The ‘pro’ in its name relates to its ability to carry larger DSLRs.)
If you own one of Peak Design’s award winning camera bags (such as the Everyday Messenger – reviewed here), you’ll have specific reinforced loops that have been made especially for the Capture Pro Camera Clip.
The quick-release lock on the inside of the Clip keeps your camera secure yet instantly accessible, and works equally well with compact cameras as well as with 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. (See more travel tripods here.)
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 DSLR, the Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip is the perfect solution. It’s the best camera strap for hiking, since you can attach it to any specialist hiking backpack you already own.
As used by: Spencer Pablo
At first glance, Tarion seems to be a producer of camera straps Amazon has decided to sell exclusively. However, on closer inspection, Tarion is actually just a little-known manufacturer of low cost, high quality photography accessories that has managed to fly under the radar in 2018.
For less than the price of a hot meal, you get a surprisingly well made, albeit very simple, cotton yarn/PU, cheap camera strap which has a stylish white/brown weave outer and leather-look brown accents. (See more cheap camera gear.)
On the inside of the strap is a non-slip surface which allows you to have your DSLR or mirrorless camera slung over one shoulder without any worry.
The Tarion Vintage Camera Strap, fastens to your camera using the metal loops at the top, much like any regular Nikon or Canon camera strap – it just looks a whole lot better with its vintage… dare I say it… hipster aesthetics!
Other styling elements that add to the overall look include embossed logo and camera image and a small, brass-look ‘pin’ in the shape of a button. Tarion appears to give all its camera straps vintage aesthetics, and I really like the look and feel of this one.
HoldFast Gear wants to help photographers capture their images… in style. Ethically made in the USA, the HoldFast Gear Money Maker is a multi-camera strap with a difference.
Yes, this strap has many features of a dual sling camera strap, such as tripod socket connectors (allowing you to carry the camera inverted by your hips), sliders, and safety catches…. but on top of all this, it’s the best leather camera strap for two cameras 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 every job – there’s not a wedding photography gig that I shoot where at least one guest doesn’t mention my Money Maker strap! (See my other photography gear here.)
The Money Maker has quickly become one of the most popular camera straps for wedding photographers, or anyone who carries two camera bodies at the same time and cares about their appearance.
It’s been improved since I wrote my original Money Maker review, with reinforced D-rings and additional safety catches.
There’s also an optional attachment that allows you to carry a third camera across the front of the body, suspended in between the two main straps.
For ladies or those with slender frames, there’s the Money Maker Skinny, which features narrower 1″ straps and removable shoulder pads/D-rings.
Available in a myriad of colours and skins, this is one robust dual leather camera strap that will age beautifully and last a lifetime.
Whilst this isn’t officially an Amazon camera strap, the TrueSHOT is one of several camera straps on Amazon that doesn’t appear to have its own dedicated site.
Dubious origins aside, the TrueSHOT Camera Strap has managed to sneak its way into this roundup of the best camera strap due to its enormous popularity among both amateur and professional photographers around the world.
Fashioned out of neoprene, the same durable but soft material used to make wetsuits, it turned out that this humble camera strap is one of the most comfortable straps I’ve ever tested!
Most camera straps are made from nylon or leather, which look good but may not be comfortable over extended shoots. The cushion-soft neoprene on the TrueSHOT on the other hand is 4mm thick, ensuring even the heaviest camera won’t cause the strap to dig in to your skin.
The outside of the TrueShot Camera Strap features your choice of colour (there are 17 available!), and two expandable pockets – perfect for spare batteries, memory cards and business cards. It’s actually a really handy feature to have pockets on a camera strap and I wish more brands implemented this.
The inner side of the strap features a non-slip surface which keeps your camera from sliding off your shoulder – another feature that nylon or leather camera straps often lack.
I love the inclusion of quick-release clips where the TrueSHOT connects to the camera. This allows you to attach or remove it in seconds – something I find myself doing multiple times during a shoot, especially when shooting in portrait orientation.
All in all, it’s a great value for money, comfortable and functional camera neck strap that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
If you can afford to buy one of this iconic camera brand’s 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! As one reviewer put it, “Quite possible the only Leica item I will ever own!”
As this camera strap is intended to be used on a Leica rangefinder, it’s better suited as a mirrorless camera strap rather than a DSLR camera strap. It’s also popular among Fujifilm X100-series shooters due to the similar aesthetics to a Leica rangefinder.
The strap itself is lightweight, flexible, and well designed, with D ring connectors that will attach to your camera’s strap lugs. At 42″, it’s longer than the regular Canon or Nikon camera straps that come with your camera, so it goes over your shoulder and under your arm easily.
Aside from the prestige of owning something by Leica, the main reason I decided to include this seemingly simple product in my roundup of the best camera straps of the year is the surprisingly effective anti-slip pad, which allows you to carry your camera on the shoulder without any worries.
Each end of the Leica Carry Strap with Anti-Slip strap is secured by both a D-ring lock and a buckle, meaning that if either piece were to break, the camera would still remain safely attached.
As used by: Christian Brecheis
Among 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 70-200mm f/2.8 all day without hating my life”, Justin has succeeded in creating something practical and good-looking in his range of camera straps.
The Classic Lucky Camera Strap is my favourite in the range – a simple, classic design of flexible, soft nu-buck leather stitched to tough nylon where the straps meets your camera fastenings.
The one pictured above is the Slim model, suitable for smaller rangefinder and mirrorless camera straps. It’s also been embossed with the name of my own photography business, making it one of the few custom camera straps available in 2018.
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 custom 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.
With many manufacturers trying to revolutionise the humble camera strap with the addition of crazy gadgets and gizmos, it’s nice to see some brands trying to perfect what we already have by keeping things simple.
The aptly named Simplr M1a mirrorless camera strap is made from lightweight, strong, military grade nylon webbing and heavy duty plastic hardware that won’t scratch your camera.
My favourite feature and the main reason for inclusion on this list of the best camera straps are the detachable connectors, which allow you to remove or reattach the main portion of the strap in seconds.
As mentioned before, quick release camera straps are my preference every time due to the ability to detach them for tripod use, or for shooting in portrait orientation without the strap getting in the way.
There’s really not much else to say about this line of simple but well-designed camera straps – they do their job well, and are available in several eye-catching colours.
This is one unassuming camera wrist strap by a company that has amassed thousands of fans – just check out all the raving customer reviews on Amazon!
The Opteka Professional Wrist Grip Strap is a simple, well-made product that provides a comfortable base to help you hold your camera steady while shooting.
Compatible with all DSLR and mirrorless cameras that feature a standard 1/4″-20 tripod socket, the Professional Wrist Grip Strap is very quick and easy to install.
The padded, adjustable strap on fits neatly around your hand so you can hold your camera securely without worrying about accidental drops. It is also designed to stablize your camera while shooting.
Priced at under $10 (see latest price here), photographers looking for an affordable solution to free up their neck and shoulders from the nuisance of a camera strap will love this neat solution.
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 ultimate camera carrying system for your wrist.
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. It’s a family-run business that offers a range of handmade in the USA, stylish, durable mirrorless 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 a camera neck strap, this stylish, minimalist strap can also be worn as a camera shoulder strap, across the body, or even wrapped around the hand as a camera wrist strap.
However you choose to use them, the Non-adjust straps are hugely popular with compact and mirrorless camera owners. It should be said that they’re slightly too slim to be used comfortably with heavier DSLRs.
They also offer the convenience for photographers to interchange straps by easily detaching the string loop connectors – a feature I wish was on all mirrorless camera straps.
Besides the unique look of the black rubber rings, they also serve to tighten the spliced ends of the strap for added security. The rings are made of high-grade material and are all-weather resistant. Available in several colours.
As used by: Sittig Fahr Becker
The Gordy Strap was created by a photographer who couldn’t find the strap he wanted on the market. 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.
You can add a pad for heavier cameras to distribute the load, and a rubber o-ring to tighten the strap around your hand if you prefer too.
Camera 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 dangle safely 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.
Gordy straps have been described as “elegant and rugged all at once”, and are often imitated but never bettered. It’s a simple product at first glance, but I have to say that after using mine for over 2 years, it’s the best leather camera wrist strap I’ve ever used.
Much like the other Peak Design products, the Slide is a hugely popular DSLR camera strap which Peak has called, “the most versatile pro camera strap in the world”.
For mirrorless camera shooters, there’s also the Slide Lite, a slimmed down version of the same crossbody camera strap, which is also suitable for lightweight entry-level DSLRs such as the Nikon D3400.
Then there’s a limited edition model called the Slide Summit Edition, which oddly enough seems to be available on Amazon here but not on the actual Peak Design website – maybe it’s sold out there, but whatever the reason, I’d recommend you snap one up before these unique designs sell out everywhere.
The internally-padded nylon webbing has a smooth side that glides over clothing in sling mode, and a grippy side that prevents slipping in shoulder mode. Dual quick-adjusters provide instant access and easy reconfiguration.
As with the other Peak Design camera straps in this article, the Anchor Link system can be attached/dettached quickly, and the dual points of connection keeps your camera more stable than traditional sling straps – see the video above for an explanation of how they work.
In addition, the Anchors now work with any 3rd party tripod plate or L-bracket, as well as any Peak Design plate.
As used by: Spencer Pablo
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, the Custom SLR Glide One Strap System was born.
If you’re fed up of your DSLR bouncing on your chest as you walk, this strap is for you. It uses a comfortable sling strap with the camera hanging upside down at your hip.
When you’re ready to get that shot you just glide your camera smoothly up the strap, much like a BlackRapid sling strap.
The Glide One Strap System offers quick, easy access to your camera, without it getting in your way the rest of the time.
It’s easy to set up and adjust, and with features like the Split Strap Technology (to distribute weight evenly on your shoulder), neoprene padding, and silicone inner grip, it’s a feature-rich and highly functional camera strap.
Swiveling camera strap quick release buckles allow the camera to rotate freely for maximum flexibility, then detaches altogether for increased mobility.
As used by: Edin Chavez
The brand ‘Lifemate’ appears to be another of the camera straps Amazon chooses to stock in one location, but this is one scarf camera strap that’s definitely worthy of our attention.
Scarf camera straps are extremely popular for female photographers who want a comfortable way to carry their cameras, without sacrificing style.
As with camera bags for women, the best camera straps for women often complement an outfit, remaining fashionable without sacrificing function.
The camera strap scarf section offers a choice of stylish patterns to suit every taste, whilst the strap section that attaches to the camera is strong, easy to adjust and dependable.
No matter what vintage, ethnic, polka dot, stripe or other crazy pattern you choose, the base of the camera strap’s scarf section attaches to the strap with a stylish leather-look brown tab.
If you’re looking for an original way to bring a little colour to your outfit as a photographer, this Lifemate Scarf Camera Strap is affordable and fun. The only problem is choosing one out of the 32 funky patterns!
Born out of a succesful Kickstarter campaign a few years ago, the Custom SLR Air Strap promises “to do more with less.”
For under 20 bucks (check the price here), if you’re a traveler or live somewhere with a hot climate, it’s definitely a cheap camera strap that’s worthy of your attention.
Breathable vents made from a moisture wicking fabric run along the padding of the Custom SLR Air Strap, allowing air to flow under and through it, meaning no more sweaty marks when the mercury begins to climb. It also makes it extremely lightweight – just 0.32oz./9g!
With its unique quick-adjust slider, you can keep your camera secure at your side to maneuver through crowds and tight spaces – when you need to take a photo, just pull and slide to extend the strap.
The wider strap and ergonomic design distribute weight evenly, making your load feel lighter. Cushioned neoprene padding absorbs shock for maximum comfort, and unique swivel-buckle rotates for better flexibility.
This combination allows you to attach the strap to the camera’s tripod mount, leaving the camera to hang upside down at your waist and swivel freely as you move.
What Camera Strap do you use?
I hope you found this review of the best camera straps useful. As with all photography gear purchasing decisions, it helps to hear what other professional photographers are using before making your decision.
What do you find is the best camera strap for your photography? Leave us a comment below with your recommendations!
Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products or the brand. The products in this post contain affiliate links which help support Shotkit.
Mark Condon is a British wedding photographer based in Australia and the founder of Shotkit.