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.
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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