While hiking at Fort Pillow State Historic Park a few weeks ago, I realized that I really needed a camera harness that would take the weight of my camera off my neck and redistribute the weight across my back instead.
I carry a Nikon D3100, which came with the standard 18-55mm zoom lens. However, when I am hiking in the woods, I prefer my 55-300mm zoom lens, which is heavier. The longer lens is required for capturing close-up images of birds in the trees, animals in the distance, or points of interest in the woods. Normally the weight doesn't bother me at all. However, on a 2 mile trail hike up and down hills, I've found that I do notice the weight. After our hike at Fort Pillow, I found myself rubbing the ache from my neck and shoulders. Therefore, it was past the time to find a camera harness.
As soon as I got home that day, I went in search of a camera harness and found this awesome harness. Upon arrival, I put it on my camera, adjusted the straps and prepared for my next hiking adventure.
As you can see in the photo, I opted to leave my neck strap attached to my camera. It is the strap I will use in my everyday life. Since the harness has quick release buckles, it is very easy to leave off and quickly reattach for hiking.
Excellent Features of the USA Gear Camera Strap Harness
USA GEAR DSLR Camera Strap Chest Harness with Quick Release BucklesThe camera strap harness that I selected is available in multiple colors and patterns. It features a small pocket on each strap. The pockets are a suitable size for batteries or SD cards. The pockets alone would make this harness an excellent choice. I always carry a spare battery when hiking. The pockets have Velcro closure which makes them easy to open quickly, even when wearing gloves, but are otherwise securely closed.
As I mentioned in the introduction, the harness has quick release buttons so the harness can be used during specific activities like hiking, but not a permanent attachment when it is not needed. These buttons are also helpful if you need to raise the camera above your head to get a certain shot.
This camera harness is very inexpensive too. If you wish to buy several in order to color coordinate with apparel, you could certainly do that.
Very easy to use! Slips on exactly like backpack arm straps.
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