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    Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Hi folks,

    Is anyone using a hand or wrist strap for the a900? I have used neck straps for years, but I generally would prefer to have a hand strap if possible.

    Markins makes a QR plate that has a strap lug on it, so a hand strap would be viable on the camera:

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    Using this strap with the QR plate and you have a good way to carry the camera with one hand... maybe. That's the question. Anyone try an approach like this?

    Any other options for this?

    Oh yes, I'm a new Sony a900 convert, after spending the last 25 years using Canon 35mm gear.


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    I used the Markins strap on my 5D; it is wonderful. I have another on order for my A900, but plan to use it with my new ImageTooling.com P1DS_LP QR plate. Since the strap is not yet in my possession, I have not been able to try it out. I agree this is the best way to handle the camera.

    Please note that the ImageTooling.com web site doesn't list this plate yet, but I exchanged emails with Jim (Mr. ImageTooling, I guess) who told me about his new plate. It fits the A900 whereas his original P1DS that I have on my Canon does not.

    http://www.imagetooling.com/

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    I have the Sony strap and bought the Hassy strap that Guy and Marc have used. I find the Hassy strap a bit too big for the camera but I just was trying it out before going to Iceland and I don't know if I had it optimally set up. Not sure if Marc uses his with a battery grip which might be the difference.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Tom,

    Thanks for the mention of this other plate. I wasn't aware of them, so it's worth looking into.

    TEB,

    Are you referring to the standard Sony strap (that comes with the camera)? Or is there a hand/wrist strap from Sony and Hassleblad? I don't intend to get the vertical grip for the camera, so anything that relies on that won't work for me.

    I've always liked the OP/Tek straps for a neck strap, and if I need to, I'll use one of those, but if I can get a hand strap to work well, I think I'd prefer that approach.


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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Here is what I currently have on the camera

    http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665295951

    There is a slot on the bottom of the RRS L bracket for the strap to attach to (need to take off the little thing they have that attaches to the tripod mount).

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    TEB,

    OK, thanks. That looks like it'll work on the other plates as you indicate. Maybe I'll chase one of those down.


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    The nice thing with the Sony handstrap is that you can use the neck strap at the same time as there is a buckle on it to attach the strap.

    The Sony neoprene strap is excellent because it can unbuckle so that if you are using a tripod you can remove it and clip the small lengths left on the camera together to keep them out of the way.
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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Breaeside,

    That part of why I like the OP/Tek straps so much, when the strap is not needed you unclip the strap and then you can clip the two ends together into a much shorter hand strap, or just leave them dangle. Plus, the neoprene softens the shock of the camera on the shoulder.


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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    I've always wondered what people were raving about with these OpTech straps. I got one for one of my a900's and hey! I'm now a believer. Talk about comfortable, talk about making the weight disappear, talk about not having to constantly re-position it on my shoulder. Possibly the best few €'s I've ever spent to make my photography life that bit better. Recommended 1000%.

    With regard to hand straps, I use my old Canon 1D type hand strap with my a900 sometimes. Either with a battery grip or with the RRS L bracket fitted. I have the extra buckle fitted to allow use of the shoulder strap, but by in large I tend to use just the hand grip on it's own without the complication of extra trailing straps getting in the way.
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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Eoin,
    The one drawback to the OP/Tech straps (other than cost) is the bouncy neoprene, which can really get the camera moving if it's heavy, or has a heavy lens attached. You have to worry about it bouncing into a table or something if you aren't careful. Especially if you are moving quickly.

    But I think they are great overall.


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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    I use the Sony handstrap with the vertical grip and I like it. It feels very similar to my ex-Leica R9/DMR set up with it's standard handstrap.
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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    +1 for the Sony Hand strap. I lucked out a while back and found it mis-marked for 1/2 the retail price (at a Sony Store no less) and they honored the marked price.

    I use it with the RRS L bracket and am happy with how it works.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Are you guys talking about the Sony hand strap or the grip belt that TEB provided a link to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcnickle View Post
    Are you guys talking about the Sony hand strap or the grip belt that TEB provided a link to?
    The Sony grip belt is what I called the Sony hand strap. That is what I have, along with the Sony neoprene strap (not OP-tech).
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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Me too..... I call it a handstrap but Sony describe it as a belt(?)! As an Anglo-Saxon, belts to me are what I wear around what I laughingly call my waist!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom in mpls View Post
    I used the Markins strap on my 5D; it is wonderful. I have another on order for my A900, but plan to use it with my new ImageTooling.com P1DS_LP QR plate. Since the strap is not yet in my possession, I have not been able to try it out. I agree this is the best way to handle the camera.
    http://www.imagetooling.com/
    I have the Markins hand strap now. This is a great combo.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Quote Originally Posted by dhsimmonds View Post
    Me too..... I call it a handstrap but Sony describe it as a belt(?)! As an Anglo-Saxon, belts to me are what I wear around what I laughingly call my waist!
    As opposed to stiff belts, which is how our waists got that way!
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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Tom,

    I got the plate you recommended, so I'm all good there, and I'm waiting on the Sony strap that Terry recommended.

    I like that the Sony strap allows a regular strap to be connected to it as well. I'm not sure if the Markins does or not.

    Anyway, I should be good to go shortly.

    Now all I need to do is figure out a very small/light travel tripod and ball head for those times that I can't take my Gitzo 1348 (like next month, when I travel to Italy)...


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    Quote Originally Posted by mjm6 View Post
    I like that the Sony strap allows a regular strap to be connected to it as well. I'm not sure if the Markins does or not.
    Yes, the Markins strap does have a lug at the top of the strap to attach a neck strap.

    My vote for the neck strap is the Optech.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjm6 View Post
    Tom,

    Now all I need to do is figure out a very small/light travel tripod and ball head for those times that I can't take my Gitzo 1348 (like next month, when I travel to Italy)...


    ---Michael
    I'm going to Italy in October. I've decided to skip the tripod and just take a tabletop tripod (Manfroto). None of the lightweight tripods I've seen seem adequate. I've also decided to leave my A900 at home and take a Panasonic G1. Without using a tripod, the difference between the two is a lot smaller than I expected. I think it takes a good tripod to get the full benefits of the A900.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    j-

    I figure that most of my shooting will be without a tripod, but I want to be able to take evening and night shots at times, and that's where the tripod comes in. Plus, the night shots are the ideal time to be shooting HDR, so a tripod becomes doubly useful.

    I was looking at the small-ish Benro travel angel tripods (TRCB169 or TRCB168 maybe) as a good really lightweight option. The Feisol 3441 looks interesting as well, and I think better-built.

    I can't justify a 'real' tripod (I have those, but they are too big and heavy for this kind of travel).


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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjm6 View Post
    j-

    I was looking at the small-ish Benro travel angel tripods (TRCB169 or TRCB168 maybe) as a good really lightweight option. The Feisol 3441 looks interesting as well, and I think better-built.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I hadn't heard of the Benro tripods before. I may still stick with the table top tripod I have, but the Benro might work.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    John,

    I am leaning to the Feisol due to feedback I've heard from users that I trust... I'm looking into the details of the tripod and a suitable head to make a good small kit.

    I would recommend looking at:

    www.reallybigcameras.com

    for more information on the Feisol.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    I bought a Benro carbon fibre tripod a couple of months ago to hold me over until my Gitzo gets repaired, and I'm impressed. From what I understand, Benro has had to deal with a lot of legal issues, because they are almost too "Gitzo-like." The only thing that I'm not sure about, durability wise, is the washers inside the leg locks are a little weak, so don't extend the legs with too much force. Overall, though, I'm thrilled with the tripod for the price.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Ordered the Sony Hand Grip, should be here Saturday. I'm really looking forward to trying it out.
    I was shooting pictures of my Grandson Kart racing on Sunday, I was using the Sony neck strap and A900 with 135 f1.8Z. Most of the time I support the camera with my hands. Between a couple races while waiting I let the camera hang with only support from the neck strap. Later in the day I couldn't figure why I had such a stiff neck.
    Any body using the Artisian Neck strap with the Hand Grip?

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    I have the Sony strap and bought the Hassy strap that Guy and Marc have used. I find the Hassy strap a bit too big for the camera but I just was trying it out before going to Iceland and I don't know if I had it optimally set up. Not sure if Marc uses his with a battery grip which might be the difference.
    Yep, I was using it with the battery grip, but now have the Sony strap on both A900s along with a shoulder strap ... but use the camdapter bottom plate with dual lugs because it is sturdier than the Sony adapter and has a built in Arca type quick release. They also have adapters with QR for Manfrotto tripods

    I also tried their wrist strap for the Nikon D3X, and it's the best wrist strap of the bunch ... it doesn't stretch out when shooting for a length of time. Really well made, doesn't stretch and slip down, and covers more of your hand. looks cool too! Take a look ...

    www.camdapter.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    ... but use the camdapter bottom plate with dual lugs because it is sturdier than the Sony adapter and has a built in Arca type quick release.

    www.camdapter.com
    I like the ImageTooling plate better; it is also serves as an Arch QR plate, but is much, much thinner than camdapter. Strength is not an issue; I have used one for years with no problem. It is the same price as the camdapter plate. As it is much thinner, I am usually unaware that there is even a plate attached. And it's both smaller and less expensive than the Markins.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Quote Originally Posted by tom in mpls View Post
    I like the ImageTooling plate better; it is also serves as an Arch QR plate, but is much, much thinner than camdapter. Strength is not an issue; I have used one for years with no problem. It is the same price as the camdapter plate. As it is much thinner, I am usually unaware that there is even a plate attached. And it's both smaller and less expensive than the Markins.
    Looks interesting ... I need another adapter for my other A900 so maybe I'll try it. Thanks.

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    Re: Hand/Wrist Strap for the a900?

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Looks interesting ... I need another adapter for my other A900 so maybe I'll try it. Thanks.
    Be sure to order the P1DS_LP which may not be listed on the site yet. Just add that as a note on your order.

    Send Jim an email if you have any questions about it.

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    Just received the sony hand grip.. Love it. fits great on the a900.

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    Tom,

    Thanks for the information on P1DS_LP, ordered my today and it has been shipped already.
    Great service.

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    My god, that snakeskin camdapter strap looks..... striking for sure..... it is not clear if they fit the sony A900 with battery grip attached.
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