DIY DSLR Camera Sling Strap
Too much time, too little money
The strap that came with your camera is quite useful. Not only does it remind you of what brand you have (in case you forgot), but it is also able to help avoiding fatal damages to the camera. However, the strap often gets stuck or tangled up when you need to move the camera in position, which could kill the shot completely.
Now, wouldn't it be so much better if the strap could just stay in place, and the camera would just move along it instead? These do exist, but I decided to give it a try myself before shelling out some EUR 50 for such a simple thing.
Read on for a tutorial on how to make your own sling strap.
What you need
- A strap (e.g. from some old bag) with "dog hooks"
- A tripod quick release
- Some fabric (a carrying pouch for example)
Oh, and if you try this on your own, you do it at your own risk. So don't blame me when the strap snaps and that Canon 5D with L-glass falls to its death. ;)
Step 1: Find a strap
The strap I used had metal hooks on each end. The hooks seem quite strong and should easily be able to carry the weight of the camera.
Step 2: Adjust the length
This type of trap usually has one hook fixed to the end, while the other can slide along it. This is necessary in order to be able to adjust the length of the strap. Now, adjust the strap to be as short as possible. What you will end up with is a loop, which is exactly what we need.
Step 3: Attach the hook to the quick release
This may be a bit tricky. I was lucky enough to have hooks with just the right size to fit into the quick release. I guess you could attach a keyring or so between the hook and the quick release if the hooks are too big.
If you don't have a quick release, try to find something "suitable" with a 1/4" screw at your local hardware store.
Step 4: Cover the second hook with some fabric
This is optional, but we still have the second hook on the strap, doing nothing. You could remove it, but I wanted to keep the strap intact. Therefore, I covered the hook with a carrying pouch from a portable scanner. Doubles as a shoulder pad. Just imagine what you can achieve with some double adhesive tape!
Step 5: Try it out!
So that's basically your zero-cost camera sling. I need to try it out some more before I use it with a heavier lens (and maybe an external flash), but so far it works really well with the Canon 1000D and a 50mm 1.8.