I absolutely love my BlackRapid RS-Sport-2 Slim (review) and Joby 3-Way Camera Strap (review). The freedom from the stock camera strap that came with the camera body is something that I always try to enjoy.
However, there are times when my favorite straps are not very practical: these are the times when I use a tripod.
Previously, when I needed to use a tripod, like when I shoot fireworks, I would have removed the FastenR from the tripod socket, then I would re-attach the stock neck strap. It's a very clunky setup because I would have to bring both the BlackRapid and the stock neck strap. And it was also an impractical set up because I would have to constantly remove and attach things depending on what I was trying to shoot! (Imagine shooting fireworks, then you are called inside to take someone's photos then you go back outside to shoot more fireworks.)
You may suggest that I just do away with the strap all together. However, I do not like this. I do not want my camera to be, say, 15 stories up, wind blowing, while I take photographs of fireworks and no strap for me to hold on to. I could hold the tripod but any movement I create will disturb my shots. With a strap, as long as you keep it slack while holding it, your shots won't, more or less, be disturbed.
Enter the Crumpler Noose.
This is a half-strap. You connect it to one of the strap mounts in your camera. The other end, you loop into your shooting hand. With this set up, the tripod screw mount is still free, for those times when you need to shoot with a tripod. It's so simple!
It's so simple that I am quite surprised that only Crumpler makes these. Or at least, Crumpler is the only brand I've seen with this kind of strap... Oh, there is pocket for an SD-card, though that is not as important for me.
So, when I don't need a tripod, which is about 90% of my photography, then I will use either the BlackRapid or the Joby 3-Way strap. But for the other 10%, I'm gonna use the Crumpler Noose.
So get yours here!
Gear used to make this post:
-- Apple iPhone4.