One of the biggest annoyances among photographers who have to carry cameras over both shoulders during their working day is the need to constantly do the Les Dawson-esque bra-adjusting manoeuvre as they recover the camera straps back onto their shoulder. As a news photographer, trying to run while laden with cameras involves a unique position with the arms pressed by the side, clutching at your straps as you pray your gear won’t bounce off and clatter along the ground.
Last week however, I saw the light. After seeing the UPstrap on fellow photographer Carl Court‘s cameras, I ordered a couple from their website and have now been using them for a week. While looking a lot thinner than my previous Lowepro and Domke straps, the “UPstrap SLR Large” is made from 600-pound rated Kevlar with a non-slip moulded rubber pad that sticks to shoulder like a pirate’s parrot with separation anxiety issues. The strap adjustments are made from metal rather than the usual plastic for an added element of build quality.
So far this week, I’ve been in bun-fights, chased after cars and jumped over walls with no sign of the infamous “photographer’s shrug” as I grab for my cameras before they hit the floor. With the import tax that I was hit with on arrival, they do work out to be pretty damned expensive at $43 each plus shipping from the US, PLUS an import tax of £18. Despite this, I’m hoping that they should keep me happy for quite a while as they seem to be built to last. Time will tell but for now, I can only advise on breaking out the credit card. Bravo, UPstrap people..