When a new gadget is released, the hype and publicity usually focuses on its features. Take a new camera, for instance… does it have a higher pixel count than its predecessor? How many pictures can it take in burst mode? Is it a full-frame sensor?
Then, when reviewers get their hands on said gadget, they start to fill in some important details. I’m talking about how the gadget feels. A camera might have the most impressive features available, but if the buttons are laid out illogically, or the grip is too small, that all falls by the wayside.
It might be a small thing, but I think even the camera’s strap can make a difference to how it feels to use. I’ve used the Canon strap that came with my DSLR since buying it a few years back, and it’s done a fine job. I noticed a couple of annoyances, though, like the fact that it was a bit prone to slipping off my shoulder if I was doing something else and, given that I’m a little on the large side, it wasn’t practical to wear it across my body bandolier-style.
So when the guys at LoveCases gave me the chance to try out a Crumpler Singapore Sling camera strap, I was interested to see how it would differ from Canon’s own effort. I’d been impressed with Crumpler bags and cases before, so was pretty hopeful for a positive experience.
Let’s be honest, there’s not too much you can say about a camera strap so I’ll sum up in one phrase: I like it.
Oh, you want more? OK, well the Singapore Sling is very well padded, which makes it comfortable when carrying your camera on your shoulder. I found that the padding made it feel a little too chunky when wearing it round my neck, but it feels a little more secure than my Canon strap when on my shoulder, and cross-body is great (I like to wear it with the shoulder pad on my left shoulder, and the camera on my right hip).
The strap is adjusted via two thumb-released buckles, which make it very quick to change its length. I don’t often find myself wanting to do that, but it’s nice to know it’ll be as easy as possible on the occasions when I do. Rather, I’ve extended the strap to its maximum length and am likely to leave it there. That extra length means it’s comfy to wear but it’s also easy to get the camera up to my face without feeling like I’ve been tied up in the strap. With my old strap, I used to just wrap it round my wrist if I was going to be doing lots of shooting.
Lastly, a couple of nifty little extras: the Singapore Sling comes with a memory card holder that you can attach to the strap, so you always have a spare card handy. Secondly, the strap can be removed via two quick-release clips. Those clips, one on each side of the camera, can then clip together to create a little carry handle. Personally, I’ve never thought, “I wish I could get rid of this strap” while using my camera, but you never know when the ability might come in handy.
So, is the Crumpler Singapore Sling camera strap worth it? Yes – especially if you’re going to be wearing your camera for a long time. The extra padding, the extra length, and the little extra touches make this well worth a look.
The Crumpler Singapore Sling camera strap is available from LoveCases.co.uk.