What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cameras? A memorable family outing? A happy birthday celebration? For me, the time I ruined my most expensive “gadget” comes to mind, so protection is the keyword. After accidentally losing my camera into a lake back when I was in college, I have been overly protective of all my digital devices, and in particular my camera. I do not know what was more to blame for dropping my camera: my own clumsiness; or the poor design of the strap, as I realized later.
Anyone who has had experiences similar to mine will probably agree that most camera straps on the market are both impractical and not very reliable, especially those that come with camera bags. The quality varies greatly from brand to brand and it’s hard (at least for me) to judge which one is better when browsing online and trying to find one that meets all my requirements.
That is, until I came across the Rota Strap, I knew it was the one. To be honest, the Rota-Strap looks rather mediocre or even plain, but once you get your hands on it, it grows on you. As part of our work, we often test outdoor equipment, which I usually enjoy doing, and I always have my camera with me. We received the Rota Strap just in time for another test trek, and it got a fair amount of use while we were hiking in the mountains.
First of all, the Rota Strap is very lightweight as well as comfortable to wear, even when it’s directly rubbing against your skin. The strap is made of Dyneema fibers, one of the strongest materials in the world, with a tensile strength 15 times higher than steel, and at the same time it is so light that you might doubt its durability.
It also uses a rope connector made of sturdy aluminum (7075 aluminum alloy), which is also found in aircraft construction due to its lightweight and durability. The ball joint mechanism allows for a full 360-degree rotation and makes it easy to attach the strap to your camera, with the aluminum wire brackets easily sliding into and through the camera strap’s eyelets. I think most people will appreciate and benefit from this design, as it completely eliminates the problem of twisting and greatly reduces the tension on the strap.
Looking back, no matter what situation we were in, no matter how we used or placed our cameras, the Rota-Strap did an excellent job of keeping us focused on what we were doing at that moment. We barely noticed its existence when we were using it in the mountains. I think that’s the best compliment for a camera strap!
For most photographers, it is very important to be able to capture images and moments in a short moment of time. Therefore, it is worth mentioning that with the Rota-Lock you can quickly convert your strap into a wrist strap, which makes holding the camera in your hand less tiring, especially for longer periods.
The clever design of the Rota-Strap also allows you to attach it to your backpack to take the strain off your neck. My colleagues and I all find it very convenient after trying it out. What makes me even happier is that it also reduces the big sway in movement and I can adjust it to my desired length or just take it off if needed.
The Rota-Strap is a camera strap that I would recommend to all of you without hesitation because I know it will make your shooting easier and simpler.