Product Type: Novoflex photo accessories
Newest Review: ... I would have had no idea if it was better than my existing one. What are the features? The mid section of the strap is constructed fr... more
Weighty SLR? Give your neck a break with Optech
Novoflex OP/Tech Pro Strap
Member Name: Huomenna
Novoflex OP/Tech Pro Strap
Advantages: well made, comfortable, good weight distribution
Disadvantages: still got branding on it
All SLR's come with their own strap, usually proclaiming the brand, and often model number in huge garish letters. Some people love this as they like to show off how expensive their camera is, others either prefer subtlety in general or what something less showy to discourage potential thieves. Another possible reason for wanting to purchase another strap is the comfort factor - manufacturers straps tend to be very coarse nylon which is hard and digs into the skin.
I chose to replace my Nikon strap with the above Optech one. Why? To be honest it was because we sold them in the shop I work in so I could see and feel it before buying rather than buying blind online, otherwise I would have had no idea if it was better than my existing one.
What are the features?
The mid section of the strap is constructed from a stretchy, foam like material which is slightly shaped to account for the contours of the neck. The thinner end pieces are of nylon construction and attach to the camera by the normal method of threading through the lugs, the other ends clip into the central section for each of separation. On the rear of the middle panel are little circular beads, which look like silicon to me, these are designed to provide grip against the skin even when sweating. Further more the stretchy section is supposed to act in a weight reduction capacity which is a bonus for bulky equipment.
Optech make a number of different straps in various styles, however this particular one is available in 2 colours: black and camouflaged. Both have 'Optech USA' branded across the middle.
This is kept to an absolute minimum with just a small plastic hanger attached to enable the shop to hang them from a display hook.
Personally I found the strap easy to use and I have made use of the detachable strap feature. I went for the black version and don't particularly like having the name written across it, but this is something I have to put up with as it's just a minor annoyance. I wouldn't say this reduces weight, but if you think about it, that's an impossibility - the same camera is still hanging round your neck, what it does do is distribute the weight more evenly. In this sense it is comfortable, a lack of defined edging and the stretch make heavy weights dangling from your neck as comfortable as possible. I haven't measured it, but I'd say the strap is of average length - certainly similar to my pre-exisiting Nikon original and as can be expected it's adjustable within bounds.
Anything less than £20 is reasonable.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, it isn't ridiculously expensive and it's much superior to the branded straps that come with SLR's. If you have your camera hanging around your neck for a prolonged period of time you'll appreciate the higher level of comfort obtained by using Optech, but you're still likely to have back ache at the end of a long day.
Summary: Good replacement for manufacturers original straps