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Recommended MFT Wrist Strap / City Walkaround Bag

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Recommended MFT Wrist Strap / City Walkaround Bag

Hi All,

Just picked up an E-M5 Mark II. Looking for ideas on wrist or hand straps? Hoping to not having something that'll dig into my wrist should I leave the camera dangling.

I've seen Joby, Gordy's, Peak Design, Barton Braidy. What are you all using / recommend?

From a bag standpoint, what are you guys using for city walk around bags? I currently have the camera, and the Panaleica 17 1.7. I'll probably end up with one more lens in the near future. Right now I grabbed the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 20, but it seems a tad larger than I'd want; however, the Mirrorless Mover 10 seems cramped once I put the camera w/ the 17 mounted on it in the bag.

Thanks
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If I had an MFT/ILMC, I'd jump on this light version on kickstarter which is commonly a lower price than the full production model, and if there's any defects, they'll send you another one http://spiderholster.com/kickstarter

I use the regular one on my Canons and I can't imagine not using them spiderpro-hand-strap-anyone-pre-order-1643153/

(edit on the last post in that year old thread, I would pay for it, and I pair it with a Spider Holster clone off eBay now... not sure if they've cloned the strap too these days, lol)


Reviews http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... _hand.html
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Using Gordy on my xt1. It's really nice and gets better over time as the leather soften.
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I just picked up the Peak Design Cuff this week.

https://www.peakdesign.com/product/straps/cuff/

The strap itself is great. Doesn't dig into your hands at all. I also picked up their slide strap, primarily to use with a Nikon D7100 and 70-200 lens.

https://www.peakdesign.com/product/straps/slide/

I was thinking about using the cuff secured around my waist belt to carry a small second body , probably a D3200 with 35mm prime. I think it might work better than their capture system for the type of events I shot. This would give me the option of using two bodys when required, without getting into a double strap system.

The nice thing about the system is that you install the fasteners on your contact points ( strap hooks, tripod mounts ), and snap in whatever strap/sling you want. I was out shooting this weekend and had a numbers of photographers ask about it. Build quality is very good. I purchased from their website, order was shipped from Toronto and delivered in maybe 3 days all told.
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Welcome to the m43 family.... Any eBay handstrap will do to be honest I have 3 of them... Fav is the braided one, also a fan of the rapid shoulder strap
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I went into a Henry's today, the Joby strapped looked soft enough. Couldn't try it though on as it is strapped to the packaging.

On a side note, I grabbed the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 20 bag. I would have grabbed the 10, but it could only hold the body w/ my 17 1.7 lens mounted, and maybe a couple small accessories. The 20 is a quite a bit larger, but nothing really in between the two (a "15" would have been perfect).

Because I got the bag, I'm now debating between the wrist strap or a hand strap now.
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baillieul wrote: I just picked up the Peak Design Cuff this week.

https://www.peakdesign.com/product/straps/cuff/

The strap itself is great. Doesn't dig into your hands at all. I also picked up their slide strap, primarily to use with a Nikon D7100 and 70-200 lens.

https://www.peakdesign.com/product/straps/slide/

I was thinking about using the cuff secured around my waist belt to carry a small second body , probably a D3200 with 35mm prime. I think it might work better than their capture system for the type of events I shot. This would give me the option of using two bodys when required, without getting into a double strap system.

The nice thing about the system is that you install the fasteners on your contact points ( strap hooks, tripod mounts ), and snap in whatever strap/sling you want. I was out shooting this weekend and had a numbers of photographers ask about it. Build quality is very good. I purchased from their website, order was shipped from Toronto and delivered in maybe 3 days all told.
+1

Been using the peak design ones for a few years now. Soft, non abrasive, long lasting. Well worth the money. I believe Henrys sells them as well, or by directly from them.
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Photogear.com, a division of 123inkcartridges sells Peak and they have periodic % coupon codes, sign up to have them delivered.
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I modified my OP to include questions about bags too.

So what is everyone using for city walk around usage? As mentioned in the OP, I have the Panaleica 1.7 right now, and may grab one more lens in the near future. The Mirrorless Mover 20 is a tad larger, but definitely fits everything I'd ever need. The Mirrorless Mover 10 seems a bit cramped when putting my camera with the 17 mounted on it in the bag. If only they make a "15" model of the bag.
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WorldIRC wrote: I modified my OP to include questions about bags too.

So what is everyone using for city walk around usage? As mentioned in the OP, I have the Panaleica 1.7 right now, and may grab one more lens in the near future. The Mirrorless Mover 20 is a tad larger, but definitely fits everything I'd ever need. The Mirrorless Mover 10 seems a bit cramped when putting my camera with the 17 mounted on it in the bag. If only they make a "15" model of the bag.
i use a domke f802 with a tenba byob 9. i mostly carry my xt1/23mm and some accessories/personal stuff. i have a separate ebay lense bag for my 18-55 (which mostly stays at home). i use inserts because sometimes i switch bags and this allows me to use any bag as needed (i.e. backpack or messenger bag)
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iHateShaw wrote: Which braided one do you use? Something like this? http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Luxurious-Strong ... SwQTVV8GSa
Yep something like that.. Not glossy though

Bag I use the lowepro passport sling... Looks like a diaper bag lol but waterproof, fits water, umbrella, 2 camera bodies, iPad mini and 4-5 lens but cheap

When travelling i walkaround with
Panny 15
Panny 35-100 f2.8
Panny 7-14
Panny 45 f1.7

Sometimes that's too heavy so i go 15 and 35-100 with 1 camera
Mk2 and gm5
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For walkaround, I love Ona bags, a bit too rich though. Costco online has Tenba 11 if you like their return policy. A DNA 8 might be more appropriate for smaller systems. You can also size out small wide messenger bags and buy inserts off eBay. I converted a designer bag I bought off kijiji that way. I also have a Vanguard Havana bag when casual.

I prefer messenger bags when walking that I can reach into vs backpacks I have to spin around or take off to reach my gear. Those are typically Lowepros I take on vacation.

Whatever type, one that is repellent or with a rain cover is a good idea.
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i use the original Olympus grip strap for my EM-5 with the vertical grip and feels good.

during my last trip i bought and used the Black Rapid Sports strap and find it useful and very convenient and the camera did not get in the way while walking about.
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I think I may give the Peak Design Cuff a try this week as I'll be doing lots of walking around on my trip. It seems to be quite comfy, and the "quick release" system looks to be handy should I ever want to grab a different strap from Peak Design.

That is...unless there are other suggestions?
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WorldIRC wrote: I think I may give the Peak Design Cuff a try this week as I'll be doing lots of walking around on my trip. It seems to be quite comfy, and the "quick release" system looks to be handy should I ever want to grab a different strap from Peak Design.

That is...unless there are other suggestions?
My Cuff has been working out well for me. I use a Lowepro sling bag when I want to take a couple primes, and the Cuff strap. Nice combo. I really just order it to top off my order to get free shipping, but I am using it more than the sling ( not that I don't like the sling ).
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Cuff feels too long for me, probably due to my small wrists. Phone is just dangling all over. Looking closer at pics, they may all be the same and something I simply get used to.

Edit: I think I got the hang of it now. Just have to grab the strap properly while walking, and the camera won't swing all over the place.
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I also ordered the Spider Black Widow holster. I know there are aftermarket ones available, but I'd rather not chance it in terms of durability & reliability.
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I wish the Mirrorless Mover 20 bag came with more than just 2 dividers. Anywhere locally I can purchase more? I don't see much listed online at Henry's or Vistek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC1CBNSB6rE

That video shows how someone basically custom-rigged their MM 20 to hold more.
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Think Tank has great customer service. I lost a few dividers for a TT Airport Security on a set so I emailed them to request to buy some and they sent me a whole pack of extra dividers from their warehouse in the US for free.

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