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Geek Tip: Use Your Strap to Keep Your SLR Camera Safe

You know your expensive camera needs to be kept safe, but besides the obvious commonsense of wearing your camera strap around your neck, there are other precautions you can take to prevent damage to your snapper.

  • Wrap it: Holding the camera body in one hand, put your other hand through the strap, then twist that hand around the strap about four times. Grab the other side of the camera body with that wrapped hand. This makes it so that if someone bumps into you or you trip, your falling camera will just slowly unravel, giving you a chance to grab it. Whereas if you just had your hand through the strap, it would slip off your hand and hit the ground before you had a chance to do anything about it.
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  • When setting your camera down, you generally always want to put your camera in the middle of any table. If it has to be near an edge, make sure you flip the strap up over the camera body instead of letting it dangle off the table or surface.

    You'd think this was common sense, but I see people doing this all the time and it's painful to me. Be a pal next time you see someone's strap dangling, and flip the strap up over the body.

Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This is kind of a "duh" thing to do as far as I'm concerned.
violethill90 violethill90 8 years
I think it's funny that flickr has a group dedicated to results of throwing your camera while taking a photo ;)
macgirl macgirl 8 years
vintagesugar- love your name! :-) I always use the strap when using my husbands D10. It costs so much more than my silly little Canon I am always afraid I will drop it on accident.
kia kia 8 years
It is painful to see some of the things that people do to their cameras. Definitely use the strap to its full advantage when it is not around your neck.
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 8 years
I recently cracked my camera, which is a Minolta. Since this manufacturer is no longer around, I had to get a freelancer to repair it. I almost broke it again lifting it off the repair place counter. I could definitely use these tips.
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