Review – Is the Lance Camera Strap the perfect strap?

When it comes to design sometimes form follows function and sometimes function follow form but when it comes to Lance Straps you get both.

Lance Camera Straps is a grass roots American company started by a street photography enthusiast (can you guess his name?) who wanted a strap that is perfect for long walks. Lance makes the straps in three basic desings and the photographer decides on styling and fastener options after that.

The process of choosing your perfect strap

If you ever had anything custom fit for your body, lifestyle or personal tastes you know the decision process can take time. Having a quality custom strap taylor made is no exception. While it was a process for me to decide what works for me it was an enjoyable one and when I had questions Lance Camera Straps was an email away.

First thing I needed to do was choose a design. Lance Camera Straps are available in three different designs; wrist strap, non-adjustable neck strap and adjustable neck strap.

Since I always owned adjustable neck straps I decided for one that fit me perfectly. Lance straps come in three standard cuts 36″,48″ and 60″ or they can be custom cut for you.

Choosing the right size cord made me stop and consider how I shoot and how I carry my camera. Since I like to shoot fast I often wear my camera around my neck “tourist” style when rocking my backpack but when I’m moving light I like to cross the strap shoulder to waist like a sling.

Straps for different looks

I think the hardest thing for me was to decide on the color options of which you can choose 7 different colors for the cord and 9 colors for the rings for a total of 63 different combos. That’s pretty awesome but in the end I went with red cord and black rings to start.

Thats right. Why limit myself to one particular look; I can see myself with different color straps for different looks. Check out these two combos I found on the Lance Camera Straps Tumblr site.

Before I go nuts with different color combos I decided it would be best to get a matching wrist strap. Sometimes when I really got the itch to hit the street and shoot I’ll grab my G5, one lens, a full battery and an empty SanDisk 16-gig begging to be filled. So I don’t miss a shot, I’m rocking a wrist strap which easily can be switched with the neck strap because of the snapping buckle.

Although it might not look as hardcore, I much prefer to interchange the straps as I please rather than use the metal ring which is similar to what you would find on a key chain. The string loop is much thicker in person than what it looks online and trust me its hella strong. Check out these durability tests Lance Camera Straps conducted of their straps.

Lance Camera Strap

If you don’t plan on using a tripod and want more comfort make sure you add the thumb screw option. The thumb screw is especially useful if you’re using a camera like the Lumix G5 that has a fully articulating screen. Without the thumb screw I just make sure to guide the wrist strap around the front of the camera then under the body. I don’t like to have the wrist strap on the right camera lug as I feel it gets in the way of my grip. This is not the fault of the strap it’s simply one of the things you must be aware of when shooting with a small camera.

Before I wrap this up I must mention the comfort of the Lance Strap. For a mirrorless camera it’s quite comfortable which is good since that’s all I shoot. :-)

I’ve worn my GH3 for long 12 hour days without a single comfort or usability issue. I almost forgot to mention the comfort of the straps which is telling of how nice they are. Like my GH3 and G5 the Lance Strap gets out of my way when I’m busy creating and that’s important to me. Add to the usability factor the myriad of styling options and a custom fit and what I have found here is a near perfect strap.

I call the Lance Strap “near perfect” since I’ve not owned it for years or taken it on many shoots but I have a feeling I will.

Spend some time on the Lance Camera Straps site and when you order let them know that G over at Small Camera Big Picture sent ya.

 

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About Giulio Sciorio

Since 2009, Hybrid Photography pioneer Giulio Sciorio has been blending still + motion & sound with his photography. Giulio is a Lumix Luminary, commercial photographer and founder of SmallCameraBigPicture.com - the resource for everything Hybrid. A portfolio of Giulio’s hybrid work can be found at GiulioSciorio.com.

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13 Responses to Review – Is the Lance Camera Strap the perfect strap?

  1. Lee Harris March 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Nice but pricey!

    • Giulio Sciorio March 21, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      They are more expensive when you compare it to a regular strap but think of it this way – They are hand made in the USA
      - Lance Straps will probably last a lifetime
      - You’ll have a strap custom made for you

      Thanks for reading and commenting Lee.

      • Lee Harris March 23, 2013 at 7:13 am #

        I may get 1 or 2 as I am doing a wedding in Austin soon , so will be in the US (I live in Spain so the ‘Made in the US’ is not quite so important to me!) this means it will be cheaper. I am particularly keen on the wrist strap because when i am doing personal stuff I always have the strap wrapped round my wrist and getting it just right and comfortable can be a real pain.

  2. MH March 22, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    I like them. I use them.

  3. Bill March 26, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Julio,
    With the adjustable version, do the ‘knots’ dig into you in any way?

    • Giulio Sciorio March 26, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      Nope not at all. I did take off the little metal strap lugs on the sides of my GH3 which helped a lot. I think the metal lugs look cool but they are overkill for such a small and light camera. Even worse on the OMD.

  4. Christine Nimitz March 26, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    The thickness of the strap, ie, round & what –12mm diameter, seems like it would become uncomfortable after time, particularly if you’re using a larger, heavier lens

    • Giulio Sciorio March 26, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      Hi Christine,

      While I don’t recommend this strap with a big DSLR and say a 70-200/2.8, for any mirrorless cameras like my GH3 and 12-35/2.8 with battery grip it’s just fine.

  5. Christine Nimitz March 26, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    just confirmed the size & @ 8mm in diameter(& not 12mm as I had guessed), I would think that the strap may get uncomfortable after a while with anything more than a small lens

  6. innerVision March 31, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    Haven’t tried the Lance strap but for me, the ultimate solution is the Leash (and Cuff) from Peak Design (https://peakdesignltd.com/leash-cuff/). It’s very versatile, fast in use and easily gets out of my way when I don’t need it.

    I also have a CarrySpeed sling and although I like(d) it in use I find the way it attaches to my camera cumbersome and slow and the sling itself is too bulky in my camera bag. The Leash kicks it’s butt any day with all but the heaviest cameras and lenses.

    Their “Capture” is also great, especially for hiking or when whenever you need to make sure that your camera doesn’t swing around. Works great on a backpack in any weather (if your gears is weather proof) and on your belt unless the weather requires warm/bulky clothing.

  7. chipbutty August 8, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Nice strap. But that clip design, which is used on most straps, really puts me off. While secure it isn’t full proof. Peak Design’s anchor point is a brilliant design. I have their Leash neck/sling strap and may pick up The Cuff.

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