Photography

The Perfect Camera Strap – Luma Loop Review

Ed note 11/16/11: I just realized that Luma has stopped making the Luma Loop, because of an aggressive patent awarded to a competitor. This is a shame, as this is a great camera strap. See this statement about the patent on their website.
 

If you take pictures with a DSLR camera, you should check out the Luma Loop camera strap. I saw someone using one this spring and immediately asked what it was, having never seen anything quite like it. The guy told me it was a Luma Loop, and he loved it – after taking a close-up look at his, I knew I needed my own.

I awoke with excitement on Father’s Day, pushed the kids out of the way and ran downstairs. There it was, wrapped in Father’s Day paper under our Father’s Day tree, and I ripped into the package with reckless abandon. (sorry no pictures of this incident; I didn’t have a Luma Loop yet, so I didn’t have my camera handy). I opened the package and was immediately impressed with the quality of the strap and connection. The Luma Loop is a sling-style strap, meaning the top of the strap goes on one shoulder and crosses your body. There is a quick-release buckle near the shoulder pad, but I’ve never used mine – I just put the strap over my head. The shoulder strap is well-padded and comfortable, but more importantly, the shape of the pad keeps the strap pad on your shoulder and away from your neck.

As with any sling-style camera strap, what really matters are two things: where the camera hangs where you’re not holding it, and how quickly you can move from camera hanging to framing up a shot. I think the former is done pretty well with the Luma Loop, as the camera doesn’t seem to bounce around a lot, even with a medium-range zoom lens. I’m a big dude, as you can see in pictures of me, but I was pleasantly surprised by how secure I felt with the camera hanging out around my right hip. I do put my hand on the camera from time to time if I need to steady things a bit, but that seems to be more my problem than a downfall of the strap.

Where the Lump Loop really shines is the transition from hangin’ to shootin’, and also in allowing you freedom to shoot in a variety of positions without releasing the camera from the strap. A quick grab with the right hand, a flick of the power switch with my thumb as it’s coming up to my face, and I can frame landscape/portrait, aim high/low, or to the side, all without getting any resistance from the camera strap. There’s no dog-at-the-end-of-the-chain here – just the pleasure of feeling “I didn’t miss that shot” over and over again. I’ve used my camera on the Luma Loop at a wedding, while hiking, and playing tourist around the city of Boston; of course, it’s also useful around the house when trying to catch a great image of the kids.

There’s one other benefit to the Luma Loop – people who have DSLRs will ask you what that awesome strap is, and you’ll get to explain to them what makes this loop so cool. In the few months I’ve had the strap, that has happened to me several times, just as I discovered the wonder known as Luma Loop in the same way.

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