MSRP $29.95 - $31.95
The Utility Strap™ - Sling offers ideal comfort and versatility in a cross-chest design while keeping your tripod mount accessible. The unique neoprene pad comfortably conforms to the contours of your body distributing the weight evenly over a larger area. As the pad of the strap combines neoprene and elastic at its core, it absorbs the shock of your movements. There's really nothing like it.
The Utility Strap™ - Sling offers quick access to your camera while maintaining the security of a strap worn across the shoulder. The Utility Strap™ - Sling comes with two of OP/TECH USA’s Uni-Loop Connectors™. Most cameras will only need one Uni-Loop, but for cameras with a third strap-connection point located on the battery grip, the second Uni-Loop Connector will be used. Your gear hangs securely at the side and will glide up and down the sling without interfering with a camera's tripod mount connection. The patented weight-reduction feature combines two layers of neoprene with an internal elastic support layer and non-skid surface to form a comfortable, durable strap that can make carrying heavy gear a joy. OP/TECH USA’s quick disconnects (QDs) are rated at 146 pounds tensile strength, so you know your gear is secure.
The Utility Strap™ - Sling XL Quick Adjust offers all the great features of the Utility Strap™ - Sling but gives you a much larger adjustability range with an added 5" in length. It can be quickly cinched tight up against the body for added protection by simply tugging on the webbing loop. This is especially handy when gear needs to be kept close to the body in rough terrain or in large crowds. When the proper shooting position is desired, lift the buckle with a single finger and pull down on the camera with your other hand. It's quick and easy!
Combine the Utility Strap™ - Sling Utility Strap™ - Sling XL Quick Adjust with other OP/TECH USA products for even more possibilities.
Check out the videos to discover how the Utility Strap™ - Sling can make carrying your gear feel 50% lighter and 100% more comfortable!
|Utility Strap™ - Sling||Utility Strap™ - Sling XL Quick Adjust|
|* Note: The weight of an item is often perceived as being much heavier than the actual weight. The recommended load is the amount of weight that can be comfortably carried on the strap. Straps can safely carry much more.
** One Uni-Loop Connector™ is sufficient for supporting a camera. It has a static weight support of up to 146 pounds.
† The Utility Strap™ - Sling and Utility Strap™ - Sling XL Quick Adjust are measured from the top of the shoulder to the end of the Uni-Loop Connector™.
|Recommended Load *||Up to 15 lbs (6.8kg)||Up to 15 lbs (6.8kg)|
|Carry Style||Shoulder, crossbody||Shoulder, crossbody|
|# of Connection Points||1 or 2||1 or 2|
|Connection Type||Uni-Loops™ **||Uni-Loops™ **|
|Strap Length||Fully adjustable 26.5"–31" (67,3cm–78,8cm) †||Fully adjustable 25"–36" (63,5cm–91,4cm) †|
|Pad Dimensions||2.5" x 16" (6,3cm x 40,6cm)||2.5" x 16" (6,3cm x 40,6cm)|
|Materials||Neoprene pad with non-skid surface and nylon webbing||Neoprene pad with non-skid surface and nylon webbing|
|Made in the USA||Yes||Yes|
|Stock #||Utility Strap™ Style||Color||MSRP||Approximate Size|
|3501262||Sling XL Quick Adjust||Black||$31.95||25"–36" (63,5–91,4 cm)|
|3510262||Sling XL Quick Adjust||Nature||$31.95||25"–36" (63,5–91,4 cm)|
The Utility Strap™-Sling & Utility Strap™-Sling XL Quick Adjust are measured from the top of the shoulder to the end of the Uni-Loop connector.
Please watch the product video for complete instructions on how to use the Utility Strap™ - Sling. Download and print out the Instruction Sheet for attaching and using the Utility Strap™ - Sling.
Quick Adjust Feature
How to Attach a Uni Loop™ Connector to your Camera
1. Thread Uni Loop™ through connection point on the right side of camera.
2. Thread quick disconnect through opening of Uni Loop™ Connector.
3. Pull quick disconnect to tighten knot.
4. Attach the Uni-Loop Connector™ to the corresponding quick disconnect on the sling. The second Uni-Loop Connector™ is only used on cameras with a second connection area located on the right side (not top) or on a Pro Battery Grip. Most cameras will only use one connection.
5. Place the strap pad over the left shoulder. The triglide on the back adjusts the sling to the appropriate length. The second triglide can be positioned to act as a stop to prevent your camera from sliding too far back on the sling.
One Uni-Loop Connector™ is sufficient for supporting a camera. It has a static weight support of up to 146 pounds.
I wanted sling with disconnects because I usually carry my camera slung to my side while walking, biking, etc. and to use around the house (I'll soon be adding the wrist strap for that) or on a tripod without dealing with a difficult to attach neck strap. Tried it hiking for Christmas Eve and it worked great except for one thing — it's difficult to shoot vertically. After a few failed attempts I was able to use the viewfinder on vertical shots but it's going to take some getting used to.
I could not stand wearing the camera neck strap that came with my heavy Canon Rebel T3i. As a woman, I looked for a sling-style strap that I could wear cross-body similar to how I carry my purse. Not only does this strap let you carry your camera at your side with a cross-body design, but it does a very wonderful job of distributing the weight, thanks to its wide shoulder pad. No itching, no strap digging into my skin, and my camera with a heavy lens attached can come with me all day long. Love it!
I found that the strap works best if the camera is connected to the left lug, not the right. I tried it out first as instructed, but soon switched it to the other side. I've used this with a Canon 7D and an Olympus OMD and it has functioned perfectly for almost two years. So much more comfortable than the usual neck strap. And, with the quick release, I can connect an Op-Tech wrist strap to the right lug and unclip the camera for off-strap use and on a tripod. Really a great system. Far superior to a neck strap!
Janyce and Charlie,in their reviews, spoke of the same issue that I have with this strap... portrait orientation is difficult due to the strap crossing the viewfinder. Although I have other Op/Tech straps and mounting options (for standard around the neck wear), I REALLY would like to see this work regardless of how a person holds the camera. Thanks for listening....
This strap works great once I attached the quick release to the left camera lug. Vertical shots were impossible with the quick release on the right side. I have a quick release on my 70-200 and you would never know you're carrying almost 6lbs of gear.
Overall seems like a good product but I was concerned by two things. The first was that the camera tends to swing excessively when at my side because of the single attachment point. The second was an irrational (?) fear that there is a single point of failure with this strap which may be illogical but doesn't inspire confidence.
I love this strap for its comfort, durability and convenience. Ur agree with an earlier post that it is not good for vertical shooting I'm still happy with it but still trying to figure out some way to hold it vertically so strap is not in front of viewfinder. Hopefully optech comes up with a solution that does not require buying a new strap
I previously used an Optech neck strap as a shoulder strap. I bought this as soon as I found it. We like the Optech neck strap (my wife likes neck straps better). This is much more comfortable, due to the edge binding. The strap should be available in more configurations, including alone. Also, there should be a non-neoprene version for warm weather. I bought the UNI ADAPTOR LOOP in order to convert this into a neck strap.
My first Optech Pro Strap was bought 20 yrs ago. After several upgrade of cameras, I was still using it. I gave the pro strap to my son as I bought the utility sling set which I have been looking for since last yr. I followed the video instruction on the connection of one uni-loop only. The functionality I felt disappointed was the when I positioned my Canon 7D camera (without battery grip) for vertical shot the strap partially covers the view finder and LCD. After several strap adjustments it was still the same. I experimented with using and attaching the left connection point of camera and it was no longer covering the view finder and LCD when shooting vertically. However, when not shooting the camera is positioned ackwardly on my right side as the starndard camera grip is down on my side. Maybe you can think of something to correct this. Or maybe it was improper usage.
I saw one of these in use quite some time ago and the person using it didn't seem affected by the weight or the position of his camera, w/grip, so last week I finally ordered one. It's one of the most comfortable and simple accessories you can have. I barely notice my Pentax K20D hangin' at my side and wish I had bought one sooner (I've gotta agree about having a lock mechanism of some kind on the strap would be a good idea). Along with their camera harness and "made in USA" the Utility Sling is another great product from OP/TECH.
Five stars across the board.... At first I had my doubts, but for the price I could not go wrong! I fumbled around with it at first, but once I had it adjusted properly, WOW! Makes my camera rig feel like nothing. Camera sits well when walking. Only thing I would do is make a larger one for larger guys like me!
What a difference from the rough strap that came with my camera! The guy from the camera shop where I bought mine put it on wrong, and I almost returned it. The assembly instructions that come with the strap referred to the video and that made it all so easy! Love having so much accessibility to my camera without having it swinging around in front of me.
One thing that could stand improvement is that the connector's release offers a very easy opportunity for theft, which is why I give construction quality 4 stars. A cover or lock design for the release would help to resolve that vulnerability.
Ok, now I have watched the video... which totally explains the strap. Wow... glad I came to the web site. This is a great strap once you know what you are doing. Hopefully the company will inform people to go look at the video somewhere in the instructions. Great product.
Do you have any type of "Gender Changer" adapters, so that the entire strap system can be reversed and worn on the left? This strap seems designed to be worn on the right side, so that the plastic slip part sits in the rear...to prevent the camera from sliding too far back. However, I want to carry the camera on the left side, so everything needs to be reversed..and the plastic parts don't work that way.
Yes! We do have System Connectors - Gender Changers™ that can be used to switch the Utility Strap™ - Sling to be worn on the right shoulder with your gear hanging at your left side. It’s necessary to use the Gender Changers™ on the Utility Strap™ - Sling when worn on the right shoulder, so that your camera can still glide freely up and down the sling.
Does this come with everything shown? I.e. does it include the across the shoulder strap and the strap below or do I connect it to my own camera strap??
Yes, the Utility Strap™ - Sling comes with everything shown. Nothing else needs to be purchased in order to use it.