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    Camera strap meets Hammock Technology

    I've been thinking of making something like this for a while. I thought it'd make a good shoulder bag strap but I got a new camera and I didn't like the strap that came with it so the camera got the strap and not the bag. While I was at it I made a hand strap from paracord.

    These Black Rapid Straps seem to be all the rage lately among the camera crowd, but I use an L-bracket and I don't like all that hardware.

    What to do? What to do? Why not make a tiny hammock that spreads the load of the camera over the whole shoulder? So I made a little end channel hammock, about 6"x18"-ish with a whoopie sling as the camera suspension. The fixed eye of the whoopie is larks headed thru the channel on one end, then the line goes out thru the channel on the other end and then into the bury of the whoopie. On the shoulder strap/hammock is a pocket with a grommet in the bottom so the tail of the whoopie can store in there. On the opposite end of the hammock is another pocket and the whole hammock can store "inside itself". It weighs 14 grams or there abouts. I larks headed a continuous loop on the L-bracket on the camera and connect the camera to the strap with a soft shackle. The beauty of this system is that none of the connections interfere with the L-bracket to tripod interface, and there's no metal so it won't scratch up my camera.

    I have a holster type bag that can be put on the camera and the camera "carries" the bag with the suspension coming out of the corner of the lid... Sorry no pix of that. Or I could connect the soft shackle to the bag. Either way so far so good. I'm not gonna win any fashion shows with it but it feels better wrapped around your shoulder that a strap going across the top of your shoulder.

    All packed up.


    Hanging on my hip.


    Not too impressive is it?


    Shouldering the load. Whoopie tail goes into pocket.


    Hand strap.


    Hand strap and continuous loop connected to L-bracket.
    Good luck,
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    Dude that's awesome!!! Congrats on ingenuity of the day award from me!!!
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    Love it, any excuse to use a hammock and make a new one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute1100 View Post
    Dude that's awesome!!! Congrats on ingenuity of the day award from me!!!
    Thanks brute! The award is now prominently displayed in my mental trophy room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craige View Post
    Love it, any excuse to use a hammock and make a new one!
    Thank you craige. In my book any excuse is a good one.
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    Very ingenious Red, Good work
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    Pretty darn ingenious Red! If I ever get a camera larger than the pocket one I use, I'll have to mimic your design. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TZBrown View Post
    Very ingenious Red, Good work
    Thanks TZ

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeBait View Post
    Pretty darn ingenious Red! If I ever get a camera larger than the pocket one I use, I'll have to mimic your design. Thanks for sharing.
    Mimic away. I may actually make another one for one of my camera bags and put a whoopie or UCR on each end to go to the d-rings on the bag. After a long day of toting my camera around I often find myself trying to get the strap to stay on the apex of my shoulder, which is where this hammock strap happily stays w/o effort.
    Good luck,
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    Man your ingenuity and your skill with a sewing machine continue to amaze me. Great work. Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chickenwing View Post
    Man your ingenuity and your skill with a sewing machine continue to amaze me. Great work. Thanks for posting.
    Thanks a bunch Chickenwing. Much appreciated.
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