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DSLR Camera Wrist Strap

A professional photographer or videographer needs a good wrist strap in their arsenal of gear. There’s simply no getting around it. Obviously, it isn’t necessary when the camera is stagnantly parked on a tripod, slider, or gimbal. The wrist strap really comes into play when you are out in the field, running and gunning. When stealing shots are imperative to landing the gig.
Everyone has been on those shoots where the producer, or whoever is spearheading the project, is frantically pointing out shots that the camera is missing. In these instances, it is easy for good footage or photos to be ruined by a shaky hand. A blurred photo or a clip that suddenly goes out of focus could mean the end of your workflow from a high standing employer.
What’s worse than an out of focus photo or clip? Dropping a camera on set! Especially, if the camera is rented or provided by the job itself. Dropping a camera during work could lead the rest of the crew to believe that you are unprofessional and could also lead to lost gigs.
Lost gigs mean less money. It also constitutes a tarnished reputation in the world of photography and film, and if you are currently running your own business, you know that your professional reputation is everything. That is why having a proper camera wrist strap is absolutely essential. The following is a collection of reviews that will hopefully help to make your final wrist strap decision.

JOBY Wrist Strap for DSLR and Mirrorless Professional Cameras


First and foremost, JOBY is an excellent prosumer company that produces some amazingly innovative products. Their Gorillapods are seen continuously, whether they are wrapped, stood up as a tradition tripod, or gripped to odd surfaces. They really work! People in the YouTube industry love them for the versatility they provide for all occasions and locations. The more traditional professionals like them for more turbulent jobs.
This particular JOBY wrist strap is designed for a smaller DSLR or at least a camera that isn’t caged. The strap itself is thin and made of nylon webbing and ABS plastic. If you are looking to mount an exterior microphone or flash to the camera possibly, this may not be the strap for you. However, it’s lightweight quality craftsmanship, and easy adjustability would be great for point and shoot cameras. If you’re looking just to grab a few quick shots, this is the perfect strap for that.
Although it may be designed for a camera that is not outfitted with all the bells and whistles, the braided nylon and less than ½ an ounce weight provides a super secure hold on the wrist without creating an uncomfortable, digging grip.

Wrist Strap by Altura Photo


Altura Photo is a company that understands that capturing a moment has a lot to do with the gear you hold in your hand. They are dedicated to creating high-quality products that are both affordable and most importantly, functional. They offer everything from lenses and flashes to innovative storage and travel options for your gear.
The camera wrist strap by Altura Photo is basically the big brother to the JOBY mentioned previously. The strap sports a quick release connector that can be used to attach a more heavy-duty strap for heavier, more outfitted cameras. You may also use the connector to connect a smaller strap included in this package for smaller cameras, or for point and shoot jobs.
Under normal conditions, the wider strap claims to be able to support up to 10lbs of weight. This makes it perfect for a camera with an external flash or monitor. The straps are made from durable, soft neoprene, and are compatible with most cameras that sport an eyelet slot. Amazon users rated it a 4.6 out of 5 stars. The consensus is that it is the best bang for your buck at $9.99. Two straps for two different occasions for a low price is hard to beat!

OP/TECH USA SLR Wrist Strap


OP/TECH USA is a great company that supports the photo and video community by offering a considerably large product line of pouches, straps, and other camera accessories. In addition to camera gear, they also market to the professional bird watchers as well. Most of their camera straps are designed to fit comfortably on the most massive set of binoculars. They also provide an extensive line of dual harnesses for DSLR cameras. Mostly their entire stock is made in the US.
This strap features a full weave of neoprene material that is ultra-comfortable and pleasing to the wrist. Like it’s Altura Photo competitor, it implies a 10lbs max weight ability. This weight ability makes the strap ideal for a photographer with a Canon 24-105, or a videographer with a set of Arri Master Primes. You can really push the limit when it comes to lenses with this kind of camera strap.
Rated an exceptional 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon tells us that consumers are really loving this product. Priced at a mere $8.95 for Prime members. It is a straightforward design that provides excellent security for all types of cameras and the most vigorous shoots.

Professional Camera Grip Hand Strap by USA Gear


USA Gear is very in-tuned with how to protect camera gear on the go. They are fully aware of how the film and photography industry functions. They understand that the typical shooter is working in a fast-passed, high-intensity environment. When working in these types of conditions gear is bound to get jostled at the very least. Enter USA Gear, a company working hard to protect your equipment in all working conditions.
If you’re looking to be strapped in, locked and loaded, this is the wrist strap for you. The camera strap by USA Gear comes equipped with an additional strap that secures the hand to the camera. The lightweight neoprene design is padded and adjusts to fit any hand size. The combination of a wrist strap that also provides generous hand support is excellent for combatting accidental drops.
Everyone has clumsy days, and if you happen to be a naturally awkward person you might have dropped a camera or two on the job. This strap virtually makes accidental drops impossible, all while offering excellent support for your hand and wrist. Its versatility and compatibility alone earn the dual strap it’s 4-star rating.

Movo Photo HSG-2 Dual Padded Wrist and Grip Strap


Movo Photo is a company that specializes in both camera and video, as well as audio gear. All of their products come with a one-year limited warranty and almost instant customer service communication. Whether you are in the market for a mixer or a stabilizer, Movo is well equipped to meet all your industry needs.
Their current claim to fame is creating gear that is phone devise specific. If you’re looking for an audio kit that works well with a smartphone Movo comes highly recommended. They are currently working on a genuinely innovative smartphone video studio kit that will include everything you might need to shoot professional, quality work from your personal device.
The strap that they offer is easily affixed to any camera or camcorder with a 1/4-20 tripod mount, then double secured by back buckling the other end to the camera’s eyelet slot. It will seamlessly lock into place. The padded material fits comfortably to the natural grip of your hand as well as your wrist. If you find that you are always on those run and gun shoots, this strap will definitely be an asset to your work. The extra security that it provides through the dual grasp on a hand is almost essential to ensuring a smooth-running shoot.
The reviewers on Amazon give the Movo camera strap a 4.1 out of 5 stars. Professionals who mostly work on travel gigs where they experience rough terrains love this product. It is a bit on the heavier side of the wrist strap spectrum, weighing in at 2.4 ounces. However, a more substantial strap that provides proper support gives the shooter the ability to attach all the bells and whistles they may need, as well as use a more massive lens at the same time.

All of these camera straps are exceptional and furnish the consumer with different uses for different experiences. They all cover an array of instances, from snapping some quick photos with family to compromising instances on a hectic shoot.
If you are looking to tote a bunch of external gear on a camera such as monitors, a flash, or microphone buying a sturdier wrist strap is probably in your best interest. However, most DSLR cameras used by photographers are minimally outfitted with just the basics. In which case a smaller, less cumbersome strap may be what you are looking for.
The most important thing to consider before purchasing any camera or audio gear is how it will enhance your work experience, and will it really stand up and perform its function when it’s in use. In the case of which strap to use, you’ll want to be sure that every time you release your firm grasp on the camera body, that strap made out of good quality material is strong enough to support the entire weight of the camera and its accessories.
The companies mentioned above are all great leaders in the camera and photography community that provide affordable, high-performance gear for whatever speed you’re working at and will surely administer an excellent camera strap no matter which one you choose.

Best Sirui Monopods

Exploring The Sirui PS Series Monopods

A lot of photographers can’t imagine a world without tripods and monopods. Well, they can, but they probably wouldn’t want to live in such world! In this article, we will discuss good monopods for DSLR and Video, specifically Sirui monopods (their PS series).

We’ll talk a bit about the SIRUI PS Series, and then move on to particular monopods that are part of that PS Series (such as Sirui P-424S and Sirui P-224S). Those who seek stabilization tool for their cameras or binoculars should read this article, for it also explains the benefits of using a monopod (as opposed to a tripod).

Introduction to Sirui

Sirui was founded back in 2001, with one goal in mind: designing and manufacturing of high-quality camera accessories. The company is notable for making and offering tools and accessories for photographers and videographers (mainly), though their devices can be used for purposes that transcend mentioned fields.

Most notably, Sirui earned the ISO9001/ISO14001 certificates, signaling that the company makes products that are good for both their customers and the environment. They offer tripods, monopods, backpacks, smartphone accessories, and many other products that benefit amateurs and professionals.

On SIRUI PS Series Monopods

Two groups of people benefit most from the SIRUI monopods: videographers and long-lens photographers. Why? Well, SIRUI PS monopods excel in three things:

Compactness: these monopods are foldable and lightweight, allowing smooth operation, and convenient transportation.
Capacity: these monopods are very sturdy and can help you share the burden of the massive camera (so to speak); they are also robust and stable.
Spider: just as a spider balances itself via its legs, SIRUI PS features fold-out spider-like legs that help you stabilize the monopod, as well as your camera shots/videos.

P-204S is aluminum made, and other monopods of this series use 10X Carbon tubes, making them both lightweight and sturdy. Each monopod of the PS Series tilts up to 20°, thus offering considerable maneuvering space.

The spider isn’t only foldable, but also removable. If you think it “disrupts your mojo”, remove it; now you have a regular monopod with the rubber foot. Or, if you wish to ground in, you can use the provided spiked foot. It is needless to say that each monopod rotates to 360°, perfect for panning and panorama.

And though there is a lot more to be said about these monopods, we should move on to specific monopods (through which we’ll explain those other features).

Sirui P-204SR P

Sirui P-204SR P

Sirui P-204SR P is aluminum made, 27.56 x 2.36 x 2.36 inches big monopod. It weighs 3 pounds (roughly) and can carry up to 17.5 pounds (8 kg). Sirui P-204SR P can be used as a standard monopod, or, you can install the given Spider or aluminum spike, which stabilize the monopod.

You can pan it by 360° and tilt by 20°. Most importantly, the monopod won’t move out of its set position, allowing you to take clean and stable shots. And if you start going wild, feel free to step on the fit for further stabilization; they won’t break.

It is important to say that, during planning, only the top part of the monopod moves, not the whole body (the shaft). Also, P-204SR P allows you to follow moving objects (to record or photograph) even if your camera/ video head doesn’t have built-in panning base.

The monopod is padded (foam padding), allowing firm and ergonomic grip in any environment conditions (cold or wet, it doesn’t matter). If you record or photograph non-moving objects and events, you can tighten the collar and lock it down.

And, since it is lightweight and sturdy, you can maneuver with it quite freely if you want to record from an unusual perspective. Also, climbing is a lot easier with P-204SR P: it folds and is very easy to carry around. Upon purchase, you also receive wrist strap, shoulder strap, protective carrying case, rubber foot (removable) and the aluminum spike (also removable).

Sirui P-224S

Sirui P-224S

Unlike the Sirui P-204SR P, Sirui P-224S is made of carbon, and weighs only 2.87 lbs, but can still carry as much weight as the Sirui P-204SR P (which is 8 kg or 17.5 pounds. Much like all other Sirui P series monopods, it features removable Spider legs.

When it comes to design and performance, the two products (Sirui P-204SR P, Sirui P-224S) are virtually the same: same panning ability, same size (27.56 x 2.36 x 2.36 inches), 20-degree tilting, and so forth.

The most significant difference between the two is the material. The 10X helps with a couple of things. For starters, Sirui P-224S feels less vibration and is even more stable. It is also lighter, granting eve more convenient transportation and carrying.

Much like the previous monopod, the Sirui P-224S’s max tube diameter is 28 mm, minimum of 19 mm. Its max height is 1.6 m (5.2 ft), and the minimum is 0.7 m (2.3 ft). Sirui P-224S is a bit more expensive than the 204, due to its improved stability, lightweight features, and improved durability.

Sirui P-324S

Sirui P-324s

With Sirui P-324s we are approaching the heavyweight category. Sirui P-324s weighs 3.2 pounds and is 29.53 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches big. Its max height is 5.7 ft, and minimum 2.4. Its weight carrying capacity is 10 kg or 22 pounds. Its tubes are a bit wider, ranging from 32 to 22 mm.

Sirui P-324s is also made of carbon and is a much better option for those that carry more massive videos/cameras or prefer/need a higher monopod (that can kind of morph into a tripod!).

And though it is more massive, and can carry 20% more weight than the previous two Sirui monopods, it is still very light. Furthermore, the stabilizing spider-like feet are also more expensive, providing more stabilization. In short, it won’t be knocked over that easily by windy conditions or people that accidentally bump into it.

It is a lot more expensive than the Sirui P-204SR P, slightly more than the Sirui P-224S. And when it comes to design and performance, it offers same maneuverability and functions as other Sirui PS Series monopods.

Sirui P-424S

Sirui P-424S

Sirui P-424S is the biggest and heaviest Siruie PS monopod but is also the most stable one. It is 31.5 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches big and weighs 3.5 pounds, its tubes ranging between 36 and 25 mm. Max height is 6.26 ft, and min is 2.57 ft. Most importantly, Sirui P-424S weight carrying capacity is 12 mm.

It is heavier than any other Sirue PS Series monopod, but you do have to sacrifice a little bit of convenience for a lot more stability. It is the most expensive monopod, but also the one that can withstand 12 kg of weight, and extends even up to 75 inches.

It functions as any other Sirui PS monopod (refer to “On SIRUI PS Series Monopods” subheading). If you seek the most massive but also the most stable monopod, then this is the one you should get.

Which Should I Go For?

Admittedly, these are very similar products, especially the 224, 324, and 424, for they are all made of carbon. Here are a couple of things you should pay attention to before you make your final decision:

Dimensions, Weight, And Capacity

These two factors should be your primary concern and should be determined depending on your needs. And when we say needs, by that we mean your recording/photographing style, the type of equipment you use, the kind of job you do, and so forth.

If your job requires that you are always on your feet, always prepared to take a shot of a fast moving player or car, you should probably go with the lightweight monopod, for it will give you more freedom. Then again, if your job requires a lot of patience and stability, perhaps you should go with the monopod that can give you that stability.

Convenience

Perhaps you are an amateur, and you enjoy climbing crazy places and taking crazy shots from weird angles. In this case, the lightest monopod is the best option ( which is the 324). You should also think about the weight/size concerning transportation.

Unmistakably, the more compact the monopod is, the easier it is to transport it. It is worth mentioning, however, that all Sirui PS Series fold. Then again, it is one thing to carry it (folded) to the location, and it is another thing to move it around once you are in the dedicated area.

In short, you should preferably pick the one that will help you do your job (or hobby) efficiently and more passionately; it should make it more difficult.

Price

If you can afford it, should you go with the most expensive one? No. For starters, if you don’t need the Sirui P-424S (for its carrying capacity, height, and stability), why would you buy it? In fact, it can make your job more difficult.

First, think about the needs, and then select the monopod. If you are debating whether should you get Sirui P-204SR P or Sirui P-224S, you should go with the Sirui P-224S (if you can afford it). They are the same (regarding dimensions, height, and capacity), but the Sirui P-224S is lighter and more stable.

Conclusion

Are SIRUI PS Series monopods worth it? Yes, without a doubt. These items are well designed, stable and durable. They offer ergonomic, foam-padded grip, foldable/removable Spider stand, aluminum spike, and so many other accessories.

Make sure you think about the things we discussed if you decide to buy one. That way, you will not only purchase high-quality monopod, but also the one that suits you and your needs in the best possible way.

Best Camera Backpack

Photographers often spend large amounts of money on cameras, lenses, and laptops to edit photos. However, one of the most important items a photographer can spend money on is a way to make all of their equipment mobile, usually in the form of a backpack.

There are several things a photographer should look for when choosing a backpack. A photographer’s backpack must be equipped with features to not only fit their equipment but also keep them protected from bumps and jostles. It must also be comfortable to wear and easy to store. It should also be versatile and offer protection from the elements. It should also allow for easy access to the equipment in situations where photos need to be taken quickly or quietly. Here are some of the best camera backpacks available on the market, all affordably priced under 100 dollars.

1. Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera and 15.4-Inch Laptop Backpack

Case Logic is a popular brand of backpacks for electronics and cameras and their reputation for making quality bags shows in the SLRC-206. It offers plenty of utility and space for the camera and all its accessories. The hard EVA base is waterproof and offers the ability to stand the bag upright. It also has straps on the side to strap a portable tripod onto the bag. The bag is also quite lightweight when it is empty, weighing in at a little over 2.5 lbs.

Inside, the SLRC-206 offers enough space for a DSLR camera with an attached lens, any PC laptop up to 16″ and a MacBook Pro up to 17″. The interior lining of the backpack lid is made of memory foam to help protect the LCD screen on the back of the camera. The most interesting feature is the patent-pending hammock system that suspends the camera above the bottom of the case to prevent damage from being bounced around or hitting the bottom of the bag when it is put down.

2. Lowepro Slingshot Edge 250 AW

Wearing a DSLR camera backpack full of equipment and accessories can be uncomfortable at times. Lowepro’s unique sling-style backpack design helps relieve some of the discomfort. It also allows for easy access to everything in the backpack without ever taking it off. It features the Hideaway Tripod Mount system that allows for storing a tripod or monopod easily. It’s All-Weather cover protects the bag’s contents from the elements. There are also SlipLock attachment loops that allow the user to attach compatible pouches and other bags.

Inside, the Slingshot can fit compact DSLR cameras such as the Canon Eios Rebel T6i with an attached lens easily. It can also fit three to four other lenses, accessories, and some personal items. However, there is not enough space in the Slingshot for a laptop. It is mainly designed to just carry photography equipment.

3. Lowepro Fastpack 250 DSLR Camera Backpack

Lowepro offers many different styles of DSLR camera backpacks other than the Slingshot. The Fastpack offers traditional backpack style with easier accessibility and unique storage options. The outer shell is water resistant and offers plenty of outer pockets for storage including a harness pocket for a cellphone or mp3 player. A mesh side pocket allows for storage of easily accessible items like snacks or water bottles.

Inside, the Fastpack offers a triple compartment storage configuration. There are separate compartments for the camera, accessories, and a laptop. The laptop pocket holds laptops up to around 15″ wide. The DSLR compartment holds a DSLR with an attached lens and has room for two to three other lenses. The camera compartment can be accessed via a side flap that can be opened without taking the backpack off. Built into the side flap is a pocket for storing memory cards. The final compartment can be used for personal items and other accessories.

 

4. Altura Photo Wanderer Series DSLR Camera and Mirrorless Backpack

The best DSLR backpacks offer a great balance of equipment storage, comfort, duarbility, and accessory storage. The Wanderer by Altura is a great example of that balance. Inside, the Wanderer offers space for up to two camera bodies, up to six lenses, a flash, and accessories. However, depending on your needs the padded inserts can be rearranged or removed to offer customizable storage options. The back flap can hold any laptops or tablets up to 14″ wide as well as things like memory cards and extra batteries.

The construction of the Wanderer keeps the serious, traveling photographer in mind. The padded shoulder pads provide comfort for anyone of any height. The stitching at common stress points are reinforced for long-term durability. The 840D nylon exterior protects the contents from the weather, and the dual zippers connect, allowing for locks to be placed on it for added security. Also, the bag is officially TSA carry-on compatible. Small and affordable bag.

A photographer’s tools are the most important things to them, and if they take the hobby seriously or are a professional, they should invest in a high quality backpack for their equipment. They should take into account how much equipment they want available to them at all times, whether or not they need a way to carry a tripod or monopod around easily, and how durable they want the bag to be depending on where they are going for a shoot. They should also think about the types of shoots they are doing, such as shooting a planned shoot with a human or a spontaneous shoot with local wildlife. And for those interested in looking good and being comfortable, they should choose a backpack that fits their style and offers comfort that fits their physical abilities and needs. A photographer’s talent is more than just how expensive their equipment is, but in order to express that talent they need a way to protect and transport their tools and help them be prepared to take the best photos at a moment’s notice. A great backpack can give them all of that.

Three Inventive Ways to Use the Gorillapod Tripod

The Gorillapod Tripod is a versatile tool that any amateur or professional photographer or filmmaker should include in their kit. The

JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom.

tripod is lightweight, flexible, and with a variety of different options available can offer a number of creative possibilities.
Here are a few inventive ways that photographers and filmmakers can use the Gorillapod Tripod:

1. Exciting Nature Shots:

Outdoor photography can present a number of challenges when trying to find the perfect shot. The flexibility of the Gorillapod Tripod offers users the opportunity to take interesting and exciting pictures of everything from deer grazing in a field to birds playfully flitting around a birdfeeder.

Capturing the right angle for a picture close to the ground, like a stream, can be complicated. Keeping hands steady while filming something can cause strain that creates unwanted shaking. The legs of the tripod can be placed in several stable positions to make such pictures possible. For users who want a higher view, the rubber grips around the legs allow the tripod to be wrapped around generally challenging objects like tree branches. A patient photographer may be rewarded with an intimate view of a variety of wildlife.

2. Unusual Angled Shots:

For the ambitious, the Gorillapod Tripod can also be used for unusual or complicated angles. Classic overhead shots that feel as if the audience is floating over a scene can be tough to execute. The tripod legs can be wrapped securely around a stable object like an overhead fan to give audiences that ethereal feeling of hovering above a scene.

For an unorthodox application, the tripod can be positioned on to something like a rail. These angles can be used to capture the crowds of people descending down the stairs, perfect for B-roll referencing the activity of a professional environment.

3. Dynamic Perspective Shots:

The Gorillapod Tripod is not limited to stationary shots. The tripod also has several dynamic applications that empower users with the ability to create thrilling footage. The legs of the tripod can be shaped into different positions that give users a number of options for their shots. A tripod leg curled over the top of a camera in the shape of a handle gives photographers a way to create low shots that travel along the floor. Outer legs bent into handles can give users enough stability to create sweeping or tracking shots.

For fun, the tripod can be affixed to any number of unusual, mobile surfaces, from a pet dog to an arm. A curious pet owner can clamp the camera to a dog collar and see what kind of trouble their pet gets into. Strapped to an arm, the tripod offers yet another dynamic angle from which a scene can be filmed.

For the filmmaker or photographer looking to diversify their portfolio, the Gorillapod Tripod can be a valuable tool with limitless possibilities that allows them to create dynamic, unusual, and creative shots.