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Best Camera Straps in 2022

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I spend much of my life hiking through mountains with a camera slung over my shoulder. I've tried more camera straps than I can remember, I'm sure. I rely on several tools for different jobs and have a few favorites. Whether you're a pro or a hobbyist, these are the most functional, comfortable camera straps available this year.

From one photographer to another

I've used the Peak Design Slide (opens in new tab) as my everyday strap for several years and can't imagine anything ever replacing it. The anchor that screws into the tripod mount on the bottom of your camera is small but strong enough to support 200 pounds. It also doubles as a tripod mount, so you never have to fiddle with unscrewing the Slide bracket and then screwing in another plate. Genius! The Slide is length adjustable with aluminum handles that fold down and out of the way. And the whole setup is ridiculously comfortable. If you're a pro photographer or you work with heavy lenses, this is the strap you want.

If you take two cameras with you on shoots, the BlackRapid Double Breathe (opens in new tab) delivers on value. Thick shoulder pads prevent straps from pinching and digging into your skin while a chest harness supports and distributes weight equally on both sides of your body. The Double Breathe is breathable, adjustable, and one of the best investments that sports and wedding photographers can make.

Not everyone needs the bulk of a full-on camera strap. For those, I recommend the Altura Photo Rapid Fire Wrist Strap (opens in new tab). I've used this strap with mirrorless and video equipment, and it's a perfect size and weight for those days when you know you'll have your camera up to your eye the majority of the time. If you're a street or travel photographer, this is the camera strap of your dreams.

Jodi Owan works behind a keyboard and a camera. She's a freelance writer for iMore, Android Central, and Windows Central.