OP/TECH USA 1501372 Pro Loop Strap for Camera Equipment (Black)

$19.95

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  • Fits most cameras; great for professional cameras, digital SLR cameras and large binoculars
  • Easy to attach with unique connection system for especially tight connection points
  • Lightweight 2. 5" Wide Neoprene pad has slight curve to rest lower on the neck and offers a non-slip grip
  • Pad dimensions: 2. 5" X 15" (6, 3cm x 38, 1cm)
  • Made in the USA
  • Fits most cameras, great for professional cameras, digital SLR Cameras and large binoculars
  • Easy to attach, fully adjustable with nonslip grip

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OP/TECH USA

Product Code:

B00007E816

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Color:Black  |  Style:Pro Loop  |  Pattern:Single

The PRO LOOP STRAP is rapidly becoming the choice of professional photographers and people who use large cameras with long heavy lenses.


Product information Color:Black  |  Style:Pro Loop  |  Pattern:Single Product Dimensions 37 x 2.5 x 0.25 inches Item Weight 3.2 ounces ASIN B00007E816 Item model number 1501372

Wide shoulder strap good for heavy cameras. If your camera is not so heavy, be sure to consider the Op Tech Classic, which I prefer for most all of my gear.

The difference between the OP/TECH Super Classic Strap Pro Loop, and the OP/TECH USA 1001062 Super Classic Strap-Uni Loop for cameras and binoculars is very straightforward once you buy both, as I did: the Pro loop has two connectors right at the sides of the neoprene shoulder (or neck, depending on what you call it) pad, and the Uni Loop does not. This is presumably so a Pro can use the former strap to remove the neo shoulder strap to use with other OP/Tech accessories.

The threading loops that go into the camera/binocular strap metal arches, and the clips near those threading loops, and the adjustable side black nylon straps, and even the neoprene shoulder pad, are identical in these two models.

So, one must decide if they want to pay five dollars more (price may vary with time) for the two uppermost plastic buckles--the ones at each of of the neoprene shoulder pad--or if they will never use them or need them. I'm in the latter group.

Note: the Super Pro Loop Strap model features everything the same as the Pro Loop, but has a wider neoprene shoulder pad that is cut in a slight arc, or curve, to go around the neck profile. Also, the Super Pro Loop Strap model comes in colors for the neoprene (but, as any camera maven knows, only black will not show dirt). For me, it's unnecessary to have such a wide pad, even when I am carrying, say, my 4 pound 4 ounce 15x56mm binoculars; I prefer the thinner and non-curved shoulder pad of the Classic versions. Your preferences may vary. I found these straps very confusing, even when watching thye Op Tech official videos, until I bought one of each for myself. Hope you can buy the one that would serve you best. :-)

I have found the width (weight distribution) and ergonomic shape of this strap to be notably more comfortable than the "Super Classic Strap" by the same company. Unfortunately, unlike the "Super Classic Strap," the connectors that attach the Pro Loop Strap to the camera do not separate from the "extensions." So, when you want to put your camera on a tripod, or simply hold it in your hand without the strap, you still have two 12 inch straps flopping around after disconnecting the neck strap. (You can snap the ends together, but this is only marginally better.) The work around is to buy a separate set of extensions (OP/TECH USA 1301052) and connectors (OP/TECH USA 1301062 Uni-Loop - System). Odd that the company doesn't sell the padded portion of the strap separately so that you can mix and match this way, and save a little money, and space in your "useful in some parallel universe" junk drawer. Note: the width and denisty of the Uni-Loop connectors may not fit through some camera eyelets. I attached them to Panasonic and Sony bodies without much difficulty. Finally, I would add that I have complete confidence in the strengh and durability of this system.

I'm not a professional photographer by trade, but I shoot photos as part of my job which sometimes takes me into the field for days. I thought I could get by with the stock strap that came with my Nikon D7000. But after I spent three days carrying it around at a trade show with the 18-140mm zoom lens attached, I knew I needed something better. The stock strap made my neck and shoulders ache. Plus, when I'd try to get some relief by wearing the camera on my shoulder, it would constantly slip off.

I spent a great deal of time researching many different options before settling on the OP/TECH USA Pro Strap. I couldn't be happier with my selection. The neoprene padding works as advertised, more comfortably and more evenly distributing the camera's weight. The first time you try it out, you'll feel a noticeable difference. The rubber friction bumps on the bottom of the neoprene strip keep the camera from sliding around on my neck and help keep it on my shoulder when I wear it there.

I'm six feet tall and had no problem adjusting the strap to exactly where I wanted it. I prefer to wear my camera lower with a longer strap that enables me to wear it bandolier-style on occasion. I've also noticed that the OP/TECH strap doesn't constantly get twisted the way the stock Nikon strap does.

One criticism I've seen about the OP/TECH design is the use of quick-release clips. I've yet to read a review or comment by anyone who said the clips released accidentally, causing their camera to fall. Honestly, the clips are so stiff and solid that it's difficult for me to envision this ever happening. You can buy Velcro strips to protect and further reinforce the clips, but unless you're using your camera under extreme conditions, it seems unnecessary.

I know $20 might seem expensive for a camera strap that's not flashy and doesn't have extra features, but if you value comfort, convenience and quality over style and you need to carry your DSLR for extended periods of time, you won't regret spending a little extra on the OP/TECH Pro Strap. It's worth every penny.

One final tip: Check out the link below for the OP/TEC video on different ways to attach the strap to your camera. The final reverse/double-loop method is neat and solid.

http://optechusa.com/Videos/WebbingConnectors.html

This seems to be a well made strap, but it is very very short. With the strap alone your camera will hang just above nipple height (I am a 6 foot man). Luckily I ordered it with a set of their XL extenders. With these attached it is just about the perfect length for me to carry it across my body. Even for just around the neck I would recommend the standard extenders be purchased with it.

I bought this strap a few years ago for a Canon EOS 60D and have used it with a variety of lenses from a nifty 50 right up to a Sigma 150-600mm and even added the battery grip to the camera, so far it handled this load everywhere from a walk in the local churchyard to hiking through parts of Yellowstone.

The big neoprene neck/shoulder pad is firm but soft and easily spreads the load, obviously it's not as secure / load spreading as a harness but there is enough length in it to wear cross body (over head and one shoulder) plus the grips on the pad don't slip with the camera slung (temporarily) on a shoulder. With a big telephoto over a long day it's a bit of a load on the neck and I often move it to a cross body position to distribute the load better.
Although it will take the big telephoto I also add a second strap to the lens at times, this makes swapping to a smaller wide angle easier when needed and allows the big lens to hang at the hip.

For a convenient and comfortable alternative to a standard camera strap I'd recommend it, I recently bought a second cammo one for my Canon EOS R, the new strap seems to use a softer neoprene pad.

I have Op/Tech straps on all my cameras and camera bags, both when using heavy Canon equipment and more recently having switched to lighter Olympus kit. The straps are always comfortable, even when out for the day, because they are wide, quite soft, and there is plenty of give in them. Could do without the huge advertising slogan, but I can put up with it because they are so comfortable. They are hard-wearing, too.

Anyone struggling with the neckstrap that came with their camera will want to give this a try.
The strap is wide and strong. The connections are up to the job. the available extra long extensions give you an vast range of free movement and the longest and quickly adjust to bring your camera close to you when needed.
It doesn't slip off the shoulder and is very comfortable on the neck.
It feels really sturdy and I have no downsides to report.

I bought this to replace a many years-old one whose neck strap was worn out. They really do help to reduce the strain of carrying a slr, but to be honest that's the only thing I like about this one.
The neoprene neck part of the strap is shorter than the one I had before, so I had no choice but to use the new 3/8" webbing attachment pieces rather than my still serviceable old ones that were made of a stronger plastic material.
Because the buckles can be positioned anywhere on the webbing it took me much fiddling about to adjust the overall length to what suited me and to get them equal on either side.
There is a useful video, 3/8" Webbing Connectors, on the optechusa.com website that shows ways of dealing with the loose retainers for the ends of the straps.
When my dslr is hanging hands free round my neck the weight of the lens tilts the camera so that the webbing straps are awkwardly twisted where they pass through the lugs on the camera. I'm wondering now if I should have bought the Pro Loop strap, which might be better in this respect.
The idea behind the clips on the strap is that you can have webbing attachments on a number of cameras and easily share one neoprene neck strap between them. Well I only have one camera but the longer length of the neck part of my old strap meant that I could unclip that part and have little in the way when mounting my camera on a tripod, or I could clip the two side pieces together to make a short carry handle. The webbing attachments of my new strap, each being 14" long, are no use for anything in this respect.

I bought this after reading a recommendation by an author of a camera guide book and was so impressed that I bought a second for my other camera. Since having this strap I have taken to wearing it slung over my shoulder and across my chest instead of round my neck and the difference in comfort is amazing. The loop attachment I find easier to manipulate that the usual method and for those who wish to investigate further, Op Tech have a very informative website. I am a zealous convert!

This has to be one of the cheapest and simplest kit upgrades for a significant gain.

Why? Firstly, the shoulder area of the strap is broad and made of stretch neoprene with elastic reinforcement. This hugely reduces the pressure on your neck by spreading the load and absorbing movement. Rubber dots on the underside make it grip clothing without slipping. If using pro-grade bodies and fast lenses you will instantly feel the benefit.

Secondly, the shoulder section of the strap can be unclipped from the lower sections which remain attached to the camera. This means you don't have to squeeze it in or wrap the strap up when putting the camera away in a bag. The ends of the disconnected straps are both male and female so they clip into each other to form a small loop should you wish to do this. The pinch clips are very secure and have to be well squeezed to disconnect them....fortunately!

Thirdly, you could use one shoulder section and buy a set of lower sections for each camera body you own.

Fourthly, it doesn't advertise that you have a 2 grand camera around your neck.

Whether its the best strap of its type I have no idea but it works very well and I can't fault it to date. It looks very well made and all the webbing and stitching is robust.

I can't believe how long I left it before buying on of these. I've always complained about neck ache and rubbing after a long day carrying the camera on its OEM strap but did not realise how much of difference an Optech strap would make. The camera feels lighter around my neck and the padding is soft and cushioning.

It was a toss up for me between the neck strap or shoulder sling and whilst I think either would be an improvement over the OEM one I thought the neck strap would be better for me. Now I can see the difference though I'm tempted to also buy a sling so I have the choice when out shooting.

Good idea to have a comfortable large padded section for your neck, however you can't use it if you're wearing a T-shirt as the strap has rubber on the back of the camouflage neck pad which makes you extremely sweaty.

Only a useful strap if wearing it over clothing which defeats the object of replacing a standard strap that comes with the camera in the first place

I have a Canon 650D with the standard lens, newly purchased. I purchased this as I wanted something a bit more comfortable on days out.

Although it does support the weight of the camera better than the strap that comes with the camera, there are some downfalls:

1. It is quite thick (which gives the support for heavy cameras and lens'), especially for a female.
2. if it is just on skin (wearing a t-shirt or tank top), the grip bubbles do start to cause irritation and potentially pain (dependent how sensitive your skin is).

Otherwise, the quality is excellent and would be suited to those who the above issues will not be apparent. Alas, as a 20-something year old female with a camera that does not need such high weight support, I will be looking for another option.

Have used these straps before, and I do think that they are amongst the most comfortable available - the neoprene pad spreads the load, and the non-slip dots under it are effective in stopping it sliding off your shoulder (if you carry your camera that way).
For added security, I use a cable-tie around each of the clips - makes it impossible to undo them, but why would you want to? Similarly, once I have attached the strap to the camera, I sew the end of the strap back to itself, making it impossible to undo - it's not difficult, and gives absolute peace of mind against thinking the buckle may slip off.

UNLESS I PURCHASE THE EXTENSIONS AT AN ADDITIONAL COST OF£6.99 PLUS POSTAGE THIS OPTECH STRAP IS UNUSABLE. IT ISN'T POSSIBLE AFTER THREADING THROUGH THE EYEPIECE COVER AND BINOCULAR ATTACHMENT RINGS TO USE THE COVER TO PROTECT THE EYEPIECE'S FROM DUST AND RAIN WHEN BINOCULARS AREN'T BEING USED.THE ATTACHED LOOP STRAP IS FAR TOO SHORT WHEN BINOCULARS ARE INVOLVED. OK FOR A CAMERA BUT I DIDN'T BUY IT FOR A CAMERA SO ABSOLUTELY USELESS UNLESS I PAY MORE MONEY. AS I PURCHASED THE KOWA 10.5X44 BINOCULARS FROM AMAZON UK I AM FAR FROM HAPPY.6/6/2019.AS IT IS THE LOOPS THAT ARE TOO SHORT THE EXTENSIONS WON'T HELP.THE LOOP WHEN USED WITH BINOCULARS NEEDS TO BE EXTENDED BY 50% SO THAT EYEPIECE COVER CAN BE USED .

The Op/Tech Pro is a great replacement for the terrible standard strap that comes with your DSLR or Binoculars, the foam is thick, durable and comfortable, disperses the weight evenly, i use it on Canon 5D mkII/mkIII bodies with heavy L lenses, and the whole lot feels lighter with this comfortable strap, it also has rubber spots on the underside so if you prefer carrying your camera on your shoulder then it wont slip off, I normally use a black rapid rs7 and as great as it is, releasing the strap from the tripod plate was a pain, so I went for something that leaves the plate free as I travel with a carbon monopod for landscaping this is the ideal solution, and the quick release clips although a bad idea they are secure, I have used them in the past and believe it when I say they hold a substantial amount of weight and are very secure, I have not heard of one giving way or releasing for no reason, so rest assured it is a secure, comfortable and stylish strap to buy, its excellent for the price its selling for here at amazon.

I was looking for a wider strap than the one supplied with my Sony camera as I found the weight when fitted with a largish zoom lens was uncomfortable on my neck. This is nice and wide, and the neoprene material used is very comfortable. It's meant to fit directly onto the camera lugs using rings etc, but I fitted it to Peak Design Anchor connectors for speedy removal when using the camera on a tripod. Better in my opinion than any of the Peak Design straps.

As a regular neck strap it is very comfortable. However, I already have the OP/Tech double harness for carrying two cameras. I've never actually carried two cameras, I wanted to carry a camera and binoculars (i.e. one either side) so that the binoculars are not bouncing on my chest.
I did have a spare pair of the attachment loops which came with the double harness but I wanted the option of the neck strap.
I still have a spare pair of the attachment loops.
Both camera and binos are easy to swing round and use, the binos are easy to carry and the harness is better weighted.
I like the Op/Tech system.