Here’s a Quick Tip that can save you a bundle but won’t cost you one: tape your camera strap ends. This is a trick that we’ve been doing for years in the profession, taping the ends of our camera straps to prevent accidental and costly slippage of those little plastic and metal camera adjustment thingys. This is something I do with every camera I own, the very first time I put the strap on.
Get a role of gaffer tape-it’s a black, cloth-backed adhesive tape that comes from the film/lighting industry. You can find it at better camera stores or order a roll from a good supply house. It’ll set you back a few dollars but will come in handy whenever you need to tape gels to strobe lights or secure something that you’re trying to photograph which keeps moving around. It’s just as strong as duct tape and won’t leave a sticky residue.
Tear off a piece about three inches long. Depending upon the roll you buy, you may need to then tear that piece in two, lengthwise. (The roll I am using in the photo is a 2-inch wide roll and I tore it in half here). You want a piece about an inch wide and three inches long.
Simply tape it around the loose end of your camera strap, working up from where the two pieces meet to a spot up on the single layer of strap, creating a seamless connection.
You’re done! Now you’ll never have to watch as your strap slips apart and your precious, expensive camera hits the pavement!
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