I have been looking for the right strap for the SL since I bought the camera.
- The standard strap works, tends to twist and tangle a bit.
- The A&A silk cord strap is light, works well, but is a little too short for my druthers. It's a little narrow to be comfortable. ($150)
- The Leicatime strap is superbly made of beautiful leather. It is very comfortable when I wear it. Unfortunately, it tend to catch and stick with my clothes and gets in the way more than I like. ($150)
- The Case Logic handstrap doesn't really sit on the camera right for me and has a somewhat scratchy feel. ($12)
- The OP/Tech handstrap tends to slide off my hand, feels crummy, and gets in the way in the bag. ($24)
I have to admit that I am getting a little tired of this. I knew I had solved this issue at some time in the past and it was bugging me. Well, I finally remembered my old solution, the one that worked beautifully with my Panasonic L1.
I recreated it last night:
- Take a Nikon AN-4b neckstrap.
- Cut off 11 inches on the right and 4 inches on the left
- Thread the right side on the camera such that the neck pad on the strap is hanging down and pointing to the left.
- Twist the left side 180 degrees anti-clockwise and thread that on the left side of the camera.
The strap now hangs down under the camera and the ends lay flat against the sides of the camera.
To use it:
- Pick up the camera with your left hand.
- Reach around on the right, with your right hand, and put your hand through the strap from the front.
- Rotate your forearm so that the neck pad makes a loop around your wrist.
- Grip the camera on the right.
The strap forms a perfect wrist-leash, lays flat against the body under the palm of your hand when you're gripping the camera , and loops flat against the body from the left eyelet to the looped part. It's light, thin, very comfortable, and feels very secure. It takes up very little space in a bag, doesn't get caught up on stuff or tangle, and does not get in the way of battery, card door, or any controls. You can use a tripod adapter with it fitted without any problem.
And it costs $15 for the Nikon neckstrap.
I walked with the SL using the R-'Lux 50mm lens for an hour. Very comfortable, very secure, a pleasure. Satori.
I'm done with the strap hunt. This works for me.