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Joby Pro Sling Camera Strap Review

By Stewart Kenny

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Package

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Package

A few months ago, I wrote some travel photography tips. In this blog one of the pieces of advice I offered up was to think about buying a new camera strap. This is also something I teach in my Travel Photography course in Ireland, with Dublin Photography School.

When we think about camera accessories, I’ll admit that camera straps are not the first gadget that spring to mind, but there a couple of reasons I’m such a big advocate of aftermarket straps.

  1. Comfort: depending on the camera and lens you are carrying around, there could be some serious weight hanging around your neck, now if you have big shoulders like mine, then the out of the box camera straps just don’t fit securely over the shoulder. Also because after market straps like, Joby, Slingshot, Crumpler are much wider they do not cut into you.
  1. Security: because these straps are much longer, they allow you to wear your camera across your body, which make them much harder to snatch off you in an unguarded moment. Also they allow you to wear the camera under a jacket or open top, making it harder to spot.
  1. Walking Advert: because they are generic colours, they do not advertise the model camera you are carrying, which will hopefully deter steal to order thieves that operate in some cities.
  1. Look less like a tourist: a small one, but important to me, a lot of my travel photography is about fitting in and not drawing attention to myself, now if i could only get rid of my socks and sandals, bum bag, I would be setJ

So after losing my last crumpler strap a few months ago, I had no choice to pick up a new strap. I just happened to be in the Camera Centre in the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght, when I seen one for €79.99, now I know that I could get it online for cheaper on sites like Amazon and Ebay, but I’m a big believer in shopping local and keeping the high street open so it not bother me that I spent a few quid over the odds. Also the staffs there are really good at their jobs and are always nice to me.

The camera strap I bought was a Joby Pro Sling XXL

Things I liked about this strap:

Length: the strap length is designed for someone who is carrying a bit of relaxed muscle like myself so it’s quite comfortable.

Weight Distribution: the strap spreads the weight over the entire chest back and rests on the side of hip, making it quite comfortable to wear.

Strap Width: the width of strap is 50-60mm meaning that the weight of the camera does not cut into you. ( Big one for me.)

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXLWidth

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXLWidth

Anti Slip Covering: This stops the camera moving around too much, but if you’re wearing loose clothing can drag your clothes around a bit as the strap grips the loose fabric.

Swivel lock: the strap comes with a rotating base that allows the camera to move freely. This is easily screwed into any standard tripod socket.

joby pro sling sJoby Sling Professional Strap XXL Swivel Lock

joby pro sling sJoby Sling Professional Strap XXL Swivel Lock

Carbiner Clip: this attaches to the camera strap socket and the other part clips onto the clinch in the strap meaning if for some reason the swivel lock comes undone you will have a back up to stop the camera falling.

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Carbiner Clip

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Carbiner Clip

Cable tidies: these are a god send for tying of excess strap length you don’t want.

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Excess Clips

Joby Sling Professional Strap XXL Excess Clips

Things I did not like about this strap:

Cushion: there is no real padding in the strap meaning that it is not as comfortable as say a crumpler strap.

Anti slip Coating edge: in places the strap has a sharp edge from the plastic slip coating, not a bother except were the strap makes contact with the neck line, can be irritating.

Price: even online the price is a little steep for what essentially a glorified length of fabric.

Overall Score 90/100

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5 Inexpensive Accessories To Improve Your Photography

While you should never rely on gadgets and gizmos to help improve your photography, there are certain items that are a must to help you get certain types of shots. For anyone taking up photography they soon find that it is an expensive habit with a get what you pay for ethos. However here are a few simple bits and bobs that every photographer should have that won’t break the bank.

TripodsTripod: no matter what type of photography you do from landscape to travel a tripod is one of the handiest accessories you can own. They can start from large heavy tripods from hundreds of euro to simple table top tripods and monopods that will set you back 15-30euro. Tripods allow sharper shots in low light, slow down your work, and allow you to keep shooting long after its gotten dark.

Good Brands: Monfrotto, Slik, Hanhel, Velbon

Prices starting: € 15

remote releaseRemote Cable Release: a cable release is an absolute must if you a looking to any long exposure or night shots. While you can take shots at night without them, they will be much sharper if you use a remote release.  Also in order to use bulb mode (any exposure longer than 30 seconds) then you will need one. They come in major brands and come in wired and wireless versions, as well as models that can be used as interval meters (time-lapse photography) etc. My advices keep it simple.

Good Brands: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Hanhel, Inov8te

Prices starting: € 10

CP FilterCircular Polarising Filter: no matter what type of photography you do, be it landscape or travel, there a few filters more versatile than a CP filter, these filters remove glare, from water, glass, and saturate colours. Depending on the light you are photographing they can have a massive effect on your image. they will help stop you getting bleached out skies, here is a handy place you can pick one up, and here is a very short once over on how to use them.  A top tip would be if you are using an expensive lense then spring the extra money on decent filter.

Good Brands: Cokin, Kenko, Hoya, Lee,   Prices starting: €20

camera strapDecent Camera Strap: A decent camera strap may come as a surprise, but I recommend them for a couple of reasons, firstly, if you’re travelling or doing street photography, you will soon find your camera strap cutting into your neck, two is that as a big man, I find that most camera straps are too short on me and I end up looking like a middle aged tourist. And three a lot of straps announce what camera you have on the strap, in a lot of cities around the world, there is a steal to order service and you’re basically advertising your stock. Finally if you’re more comfortable with your camera, you will carry it more often.

Good Brands: Joby, Blackrapid, Optech

Prices starting: € 10

50 mm 1.8A Nifty Fifty: photographers slang for a 50mm fixed lense, while  not exactly inexpensive compared to other items on the list, compared to other lenses you will not find another lens as sharp, as fast and versatile for the same money.  Because they are fixed (they don’t zoom in or out) they are able to open up to large aperture numbers like 1.8 – 2.8, which means that they are a god send when shooting in low light, they also are great for portraits because of the low depth of field they produce. They are the staple for any photography looking to start out in street or portrait photography.

Good Brands: Canon, Nikon, Sigma,

Prices starting: €100

While none of these items in themselves will make you a great photographer, they will help open up all kinds of shots to you that you would have a hard time creating without them. In order to get the most out of your photography and the equipment you have there is no substitute for photographic skill and technique. But in the mean time have fun and play around as much as possible.

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Stewart Kenny is a photography trainer and guide with Dublin Photography School, Stewart teaches photography students of all levels in Dublin and surrounding counties as well as leading photography holidays in Ireland. To see more about his Photography courses in Dublin see here