Thursday, July 11, 2013

Joby UltraFit Sling Review

I don't like camera neck straps. They strain the neck, it's uncomfortable when it's hot, and they give away the type of camera you are using.

So, I always use an alternative to the neck strap. And now, I would like to introduce you to one of the best straps out there: the Joby UltraFit Sling Strap.

The strap is a well-made strap that, I feel, can stand a beating. The strap is thick so that ensures comfortable wearing for extended periods. And most importantly, you put the strap on either (yes, either!) shoulder so your neck won't carry the weight of your gear. (The thick part of the strap is made up of the same material as the Highly Recommended Joby 3-Way camera which I reviewed here).

But, for me, the best feature of the strap is the ability to easily adjust its length. Just imagine some of the famous messenger bags: you shorten the strap when you move around so that the bag will be closer to your body and thus more secure, right? The same principle applies to the Joby UltraFit; just pull the O-ring and the camera apart and the strap will shorten. And more importantly, when you're ready to start shooting, just pull the camera to the normal shooting position and the strap will automatically extend! How's that for easy shooting?!?

Lastly, when you are going to move around for an extended period, then just lock the strap in the shortened position.

The only negative that I can say about this strap? Well, you attach the strap directly into the tripod mount; so, if you will be using it for a different camera, then you will have to unscrew it from the current camera and screw it on to the other - there is no quick-release feature to transfer the strap from one camera to another. Well, the strap is so good then you might as well get one for each of your cameras!!! Oh, also, there is a version specifically for women.

The Joby UltraFit Sling Strap is Highly Recommended!

I prepared a short video on how to use the strap:

Joby UltraFit Sling Strap from Gary Coronado on Vimeo.

Thanks to the wife, @Reina_Reyes, for serving as my videographer and photographer. And special thanks to Emily Voigtlander and Jen Goykhman of Joby for providing the strap.

So get yours here:


Ps. (The wife noticed that this is the second post that I opened with the same statement, the first one being here; yes, I hate neck straps that much!)

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