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    Straps here is what i use

    Well another little tidbit of info. Thanks to Al Tanabe when i was in Germany on the leica tour he showed me his camera strap after i almost lost a M8 off my shoulder with a Luigi strap which is really nice leather and hand made but it just does not hold very well to your shoulder when you bend down. So i put on a Leica strap and they work very nice but in the heat of the battle you just don't have time to unwind it and make sure the grip side sticks down on your shoulder. Well Al showed me is Upstrap and it is two sided grip , so now i have them on both camera's and have been very happy with them. Here is a link to them, I use the RF one's

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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    Guy,

    I really like the pad but hate to lose Luigi's strap. Did u try to fit it on his? But I could still use his case with the grip which I really like.

    Jim

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    Nice. My current M8 strap is a Domke Gripper with "Canon Professional" printed on one side. Not sure how I ended up with it, but it's quite nice. Nylon with a rubberized side. The Luigi ones are nice, too, but look a little off without a matching half case.

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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    I have been using the Upstraps for six years now. They are by far the best $30 one can spend on a camera. I have them for all of my cameras, M8, Nikon D1X, Hasseys and my bags. They just do what a strap is supposed to do, keep your camera on your shoulder wihout having to lift your shoulder up.
    My new strap is meant to use like a wrist strap, it is the Artist and Artisan Silk strap. http://www.artisanandartist.com/straps/acam106.htm I wrap it around my wrist and hold the M grip at the ready. But it does not perform well as shoulder strap, it still slips, I still like the Upstrap for overall travel.
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    I went with upstraps on both my M8s. It killed me to take off the Luigi straps as I use his half cases and the leather is nicer..but functionally the upstrap just works better.

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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    Hi there
    I have used all kinds of straps, but truth to tell I find that the basic Leica strap works best; it's light and thin, sticks to my shoulder and is easy to wrap around my wrist when carrying the camera. It doesn't scratch the LCD either
    In fact, having spent a fortune on hand grips, half cases, fancy straps and bags, I now use my M8s "naked" as they came out of the box, and I carry them around in a ten year old Billingham small Hadley. Go figure!
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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    Does the Upstrap have the same quick connectors as the Leica strap? These quick connectors is one reason I stay with the stock Leica strap. Using split rings on a Leica makes it slow to remove the strap and the rings marr the body and strap lugs.

    When travelling, I have a Billingham grip pad that snaps over the stock Leica strap. It does not slip off your shoulder and is more comfortable around the neck when you have a heavy set of lenses.

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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    Robert what I did was steal the lug adapters from the Leica straps and used them which I think the Leica lugs are the best setup. Jim if you want the black Luigi i can send it too you, just setting here anyway. I also found it a little short.

    i like the look of his cases
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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Robert what I did was steal the lug adapters from the Leica straps and used them which I think the Leica lugs are the best setup.

    Guy:

    Don't you need to cut the Leica strap to get the leica lug pieces off and then have them sewn onto the new strap? Doubles the price of a third party stap if you have to ruin a Leica strap to get the quick release fittings.

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    Yup you have to cut the strap. That is the bad part right there. Than you can use it on the upstrap. I took the orginal straps and hacked them for parts. I'm a alternative guy. LOL
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    Shoulder?

    I learned long ago that around the neck AND over the shoulder is the only safe way to carry a camera.

    The staps are long enough for me.

    At times, when shooting I may change, and go just around my neck or as a last ditch, I just hold it.

    Maybe you mean something different, but just on the shoulder, well maybe I just learned wrong 50 years ago from my aunt (a pro)

    Or maybe she just did not relly trust me with a camera.

    For those more generously proportioned, I think you can get an extender, like they have for BIG people on airline seat belts.

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    Shoulder?

    I learned long ago that around the neck AND over the shoulder is the only safe way to carry a camera.

    The staps are long enough for me.

    At times, when shooting I may change, and go just around my neck or as a last ditch, I just hold it.

    Maybe you mean something different, but just on the shoulder, well maybe I just learned wrong 50 years ago from my aunt (a pro)

    Or maybe she just did not relly trust me with a camera.

    For those more generously proportioned, I think you can get an extender, like they have for BIG people on airline seat belts.
    I totally agree with this, over one shoulder camera under the other arm strap running across chest and back. This allows you to be secure with the camera (No way for someone to rip it off my shoulder), bring it up to your eye in either landscape or portrait orientation and swing it in front, to the side or in back of you. If you bend over no worries of the camera swinging out and wacking something. I still use the supplied Leica strap for this type of carry but have removed the rubber grip section (It just peels off the nylon strap) so it moved around my neck and back easier. If I carry 2 bodies at the same time I have one in this position and the other with a stock Leica strap, rubber grip section still on, over my right shoulder with the strap running through a carabiner that is hooked to a ring near the shoulder on my Domke photo vest.
    I'd hate to have to shoot at someone that just grabbed my camera off my shoulder.

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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    My problem is two camera's , so one has to get on the shoulder but i agree the most secure way is around the neck
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    Dear Shootist
    yes, and for two I just put one on one side and the other over other arm.

    Actually, I find the 'bracing' works well too for hand held shots. I just aim then pull tight on strap to 'lock' the position. I get shots gowm to 1/20 sec

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    Dear Shootist
    yes, and for two I just put one on one side and the other over other arm.

    Actually, I find the 'bracing' works well too for hand held shots. I just aim then pull tight on strap to 'lock' the position. I get shots gowm to 1/20 sec
    Well I have shot down to 1/20 also but they ain't to clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    My problem is two camera's , so one has to get on the shoulder but i agree the most secure way is around the neck
    Well Guy It's really not around my neck. I find that type of carry totally annoying and literally a pain in the neck. About the only time the camera strap is around just my neck is when I'm taking off or putting on a coat, and don't feel like setting the camera down, or when using a tripod someplace where I don't feel to secure.

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    Yea the trick is finding what is comfortable to use and be secure also from falling and theives. i worry more about falling just because i am doing usually a lot of fiddling
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    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    Shoulder?

    I learned long ago that around the neck AND over the shoulder is the only safe way to carry a camera.

    The staps are long enough for me.

    At times, when shooting I may change, and go just around my neck or as a last ditch, I just hold it.

    Maybe you mean something different, but just on the shoulder, well maybe I just learned wrong 50 years ago from my aunt (a pro)

    Or maybe she just did not relly trust me with a camera.

    For those more generously proportioned, I think you can get an extender, like they have for BIG people on airline seat belts.
    Around the neck and over the shoulder works well and is very comfortable when you are just using one camera. But if you are working with two bodies at the same time, which I often do, one has to be over the shoulder to avoid the straps interferring with each other. The one that works for me is the wide Leica strap.

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    dear shootist

    1/20 work well, for 12mm lenses


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    Guy,

    Thanks for the offer, but I already have a nice brown croc case w/grip. I do like the looks of that Upstrap though. Can see why it wouldn't slip as much. Perhaps I'll try one on the Leica one day.

    Jim

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    Al, I remember in Germany you showed me how you made some sort of adapter to connect our Upstrap to the M8, but I don't recall how you did it. Do you care to share your method?

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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    The secret to not destroying a perfectly good Leica strap for the lugs is to have a great dealer or get to know your Leica rep. I have both and have not had to sacrifice any of my new, unused straps. Most dealers that sell used Leica gear have a drawer full of old, worn straps that they will sell for a couple of bucks or give to you so that you can harvest the connectors. My Leica rep in Seattle, Brad Weeks, gave me his old straps from last year's demo cameras. But if you have to sacrifice your own strap, here are some options to consider.
    The most recent itteration of the strap has a non removable plastic clip that secures the metal clasp to the strap. The metal ring has two prongs and need to be seperated over the camera lugs to be fastened. In the picture, it is on the camera. You can cut the stitching and remove the clasp and if you want, have a seamstress restitch it later. The old version of the strap, has an open metal fastener and the clip is not secured to the strap. It is the middle strap in the picture. The top most strap shows the plastic clip that needs to be cut free from the strap. You could also just cut the plastic bar on the clip on one side and remove it from the strap. It seems that the main purpose for this attachment is to keep the clip from becoming lost when the strap is not attached to the camera. It can't go beyond the camera lug afterall.
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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    LOL i was just not very polite and cut the heck out of the Leica straps. My rule: When in doubt hit the damn thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    LOL i was just not very polite and cut the heck out of the Leica straps. My rule: When in doubt hit the damn thing.
    And if that doesn't work use a BIGGER Hammer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Works for me most of the time. That either fixes it or leave no doubt that I need to buy a new one.

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    Exactly correct.
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    Re: Straps here is what i use

    Thank you Al for the explanation and photo. I have considered the Upstap since seeing yours, but haven't got around to getting one. I think I will give one a try.

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    After being corrupted by Guy, I also ordered several UPStraps for my cameras.

    I love the Luigi cases but his straps do slip and are short for me. I tried Guys a while back and fell in love.

    They now ride on my Leicas and my Nikons.

    Best description - Very comfortable and flexible, but they stay where you put them.

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