Singapore Sling Camera Strap [review]

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.

Singapore Sling Camera StrapIt 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.

Turn your digital photos into Polaroids with Rollip.com

We’re previously looked at Poladroid’s recreation of instant photographs but it seems they’re not the only ones working hard to recapture that magic. Rollip.com does much the same, but you don’t need to have an application on your desktop this time… it’s all done online.

The process is kept very simple – just pick what style of photo you want, choosing from imitation polaroids (complete with that classic “frame”) or full-sized with the same colour and focus effects applied. As with Poladroid, I think the recreation of the dodgy colours you used to get with polaroids is pretty spot on.

If you go for the imitation polaroid you’ll get to choose which style of frame to go for, with a variety of text styles for captioning your photo and other nice effects (like the coffee-stain I used on the photo above!) Then upload your original image and you get the processed version back out. Simple!

That’s it really; you can download your processed image, send a link to your friends, or share it on social sites… and when someone asks you why your picture looks a bit funny you can tell them about the good old days of polaroid cameras :)

Drop in to Rollip.com and see what you come up with!

Cool BlackBerry Apps

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John is a Salvation Army Corps Officer who likes computers, Radiohead and F1. He lives and works with his wife Marta in Gainsborough UK, and blogs at johnager.co.uk and johnager.org

Following my review of the BlackBerry Bold 9000, I thought it would be helpful to review some apps that are readily available – probably through BlackBerry App World.

  • BBNotePad is a simple notepad that saves files in TXT format and integrates with the Memo app, it’s really useful for making a quick note.
  • BBTran translates text to and from many languages currently with a choice of four providers, including Google and SYSTRAN.
  • For a while I’d been looking for a good tracking app, but there were no free ones, not that is until I found beGPS one – definitely worth having!
  • BerryAnnoying has a small price tag, but gives you the opportunity of silencing the camera shutter sound.
  • BuzzMe simply enables you to have ringer and vibration at the same time.
  • Evernote is fairly well-known and there is now a BlackBerry app!
  • Facebook is a useful free app if you use this increasingly popular social media site.
  • File Manager Pro is not a free app, but is very useful – especially because you can save favourite folders.
  • Flickr! has an app for the BlackBerry, but it’s not one that I use very much.
  • FreeRange is an app I use nearly every day – it’s a free RSS feed reader for up to 10 feeds, and it has the advantage that you can create an account and manage the feeds from your desktop computer.
  • That brings me alphabetically to Google! If you use Gmail then the Gmail app is essential. If not, you still need Google Maps and Google Mobile App – both free!
  • Need a free spreadsheet on your BlackBerry? Look no further than GridMagic!
  • Opera Mini is an excellent alternative to the supplied browser, and has the added advantage that you can synchronise bookmarks with the desktop version.
  • QuickPull saves you having to remove the battery to do a complete reset!
  • ScratchPad and SnapScreen are not free (if I remember correctly) and are a clipboard extender and screenshot tool respectively.
  • TwitterBerry is a great app for Twitterers.
  • Last, but not least, is YouVersion which gives you access to more online versions of the Bible than you can shake a stick at!