Friday, February 19, 2021

Camera Strap Harness Reviewed

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.

Camera Harness
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 BucklesCheck PriceThe 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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17 comments:

  1. What a handy accessory for carrying your camera. I'm so glad you found this to relieve the stress of the camera on your neck. I really like the added pockets for batteries or SD cards. I have an Olympus 3 camera that I haven't used for a long time. I'm always using my phone which doesn't give me the best quality photos.

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    1. I know most people use their phones now Sam. I still carry my camera because my phone won't capture great pictures, but I can certainly understand enjoying that convenience. And, those pockets are a great extra!

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  2. Really a great accessory for the photographer that hikes. I could see many times in the past where this would have been really handy for me. Thanks for a very informative review.

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    1. I know how much you enjoy taking pictures when you are walking and exploring the world Mary Beth. I do think this harness would be a great gift idea for someone to give you.

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  3. A very handy accessory for your camera, making carrying your camera while hiking, or on any outing, much more comfortable. Especially perfect for a photographer like you who always has a camera handy.

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    1. It really is a "world changer" for me Elf. I hadn't realized what a big difference it would make. Well worth the $15 price tag.

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  4. I purchased a camera harness a few years back for all of the reasons you state here. What a difference it makes to redistribute that weight and take it off the neck. This is something every photographer should have. Thanks for sharing your experience and product choice. Happy trails to you!

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    1. Happy trails to you until we meet again .... Now, I will be singing that song all day :) It doesn't surprise me one bit that you have already discovered the camera harness. I know how much you enjoy your own hiking and photography.

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  5. This seems like a very thoughtfully designed camera harness! Making it quick and easy to attach and detach, and to slip on and off, and adding small pockets for batteries or SD cards to the straps, is really smart. Offering this practical accessory in a choice of attractive patterns is a lovely bonus, as is the extremely affordable price! Great review and recommendation from someone who brings an SLR cameras on hikes frequently, and knows what features are important in a camera harness.

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    1. I went in search of one for practicality, but I admit, the patterns are a lovely bonus and those little pockets are awesome! I found a camera battery in my coat pocket the other day that I thought I had lost. With the harness pockets, they have a place of their own and won't be misplaced easily again.

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  6. Oh this looks like a great addition to any photographers "needs". I can see how this would be much more comfortable to have if you are on a long walk. Thanks for giving me a new idea for anyone who loves to hike and take pictures too! There are a couple of guys I know that will love this idea!

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    1. After getting one, I truly think they would be a great gift for anyone who enjoys photography. They would even be a great benefit to someone who is simply snapping shots while strolling through the park.

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  7. Oh Sylvestermouse, thank you for this review! I have a nice camera strap. But it hangs around my neck and it makes me crazy. I often just loop it over my shoulder then have almost dropped my camera several times when it slips off. I am definitely going to check out this strap. I think it will be much more handy than the one I have. I had no idea this style existed.

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    1. I think you will love it Dawn! With the straps being like a backpack, it is easy to get in and out of. I have a camera bag that is supposed to be easy to pull around to the front and access. I know I am doing something wrong! I can never figure out how to put the thing on so it will work! I end up strangling myself with it. This harness is simple, which clearly is a necessity for me.

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  8. That's a handy item to have on hand. This is a terrific quality harness. One of my boys takes his camera out to photograph once in a while, this handy item would make an excellent gift for him. Thanks for the heads up on this - if I were walking around with a camera, I'd want to have one of these.

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  9. I love the sound of this camera strap harness! My hubby recently gifted me a new camera and I am enjoying learning about it. I really do not use my phone much for nature photos, I prefer a camera. We would usually have been out hiking with it by now taking nature photos but have not been able to due to the travel restrictions. However once we can we will be out walking for hours :) Mine does come with a nice strap but I am thinking this harness will be so much better and more comfortable for me. Thank you for a great recommendation!

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  10. Having a good camera strap is important - and good to have a good camera strap recommended by you!

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