MSRP: $24.95 - $42.95
The Utility Strap™ is ideal for carrying cameras, binoculars, small bags, battery packs and much more. 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.
The unique neoprene pad of the Utility Strap™ 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. Watch Video The patented weight reduction system in the strap makes gear feel 50% lighter and 100% more comfortable!
When carrying a bag, external battery pack or large lens with D-rings, the Utility Strap™ - Swivel is sure to offer relief and comfort to your neck and shoulders. The Utility Strap™ - Swivel incorporates 3/4" (1,9cm) webbing, quick disconnects and rugged locking swivel clips.
The Utility Strap™ - 3/8" attaches to your gear using 3/8" (9,5mm) webbing with quick disconnects and is designed for carrying heavy binoculars or film or digital cameras.
The Utility Strap™ - Sling offers ideal comfort and versatility in a cross-chest design while keeping your tripod mount accessible. Using OP/TECH USA's exclusive Uni-Loop Connectors, gear hangs securely at the side and will glide up and down the sling without interfering with a camera's tripod mount connection. Most cameras will only need one Uni-Loop Connector, but for cameras with a third strap-connection point located on the battery grip, the second Uni-Loop Connector (included) will be used.
The Utility Strap™ - Sling XL Quick Adjust offers quick access to your camera or binoculars while maintaining the security of a strap worn across the shoulder. It 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!
The Utility Sling™ - Duo offers rapid access to two pieces of gear while maintaining the security of a strap worn across a single shoulder. The Utility Sling™ - Duo comes with four 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 (included) will be used. If only one camera is needed for an outing, the quick disconnects allow you to remove one of the slings quickly and easily.
When using the Utility Strap™ - Sling, Utility Strap™ - Sling XL Quick Adjust or Utility Strap™ - Duo, you can also use a System Connector - Extension to attach the second Uni-Loop on any camera if desired. Using a really large lens? Try combining the Utility Strap™ - Sling to our System Connector - Lens Loops. They attach securely to the lens so that pressure is relieved from the lens mount area. Want to convert the sling back to a traditional camera strap? No problem! The System Connectors - Extensions easily make the conversion. The versatility never ends!
|Utility Strap™ - 3/8"||Utility Strap™ - Swivel||Utility Strap™ - Sling||Utility Sling™ - Duo|
|* 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 Sling and Duo versions are measured from the top of the shoulder to the end of the Uni-Loop Connector™.
‡ The Swivel and 3/8" versions are measured from end to end.
|Recommended Load *||Up to 15 lbs (6.8kg)||Up to 15 lbs (6.8kg)||Up to 15 lbs (6.8kg)||Up to 15 lbs (6.8kg)|
|Carry Style||Shoulder||Shoulder||Shoulder, crossbody||Shoulder, crossbody|
|# of Connection Points||2||2||1 or 2||2 or 4|
|Connection Type||3⁄8" (1cm) webbing||3⁄4" (1,9cm) plastic/metal swivel hooks||Uni-Loop™ **||Uni-Loop™ **|
|Strap Length||Fully adjustable 26"–53" (66cm–134,6cm) ‡||Fully adjustable 40"–53" (101,6cm–134,6cm) ‡||Fully adjustable
Regular: 26.5"–31" (67,3cm–78,8cm) †
XL Quick Adjust: 25"–36" (63,5cm–91,4cm) †
|Fully adjustable 26.5"–31" (67,3cm–78,8cm) †|
|Pad Dimensions||2.5" x 16" (6,3cm x 40,6cm)||2.5" x 16" (6,3cm x 40,6cm)||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, nylon webbing and leather tabs||Neoprene pad with non-skid surface, nylon webbing and swivel hooks||Neoprene pad with non-skid surface and nylon webbing||Neoprene pad with non-skid surface and nylon webbing|
|Made in the USA||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Stock #||Utility Strap™ Style||Color||MSRP||Approximate Size|
|3501252||3/8" (9.5mm)||Black||$24.95||26"–53" (66cm–134,6cm)|
|3510252||3/8" (9.5mm)||Nature||$24.95||26"–53" (66cm–134,6cm)|
|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)|
|3501232||Utility Sling™-Duo||Black||$42.95||26.5"–31" (67,3cm–78,7cm)|
|3510232||Utility Sling™-Duo||Nature||$42.95||26.5"–31" (67,3cm–78,7cm)|
The Utility Strap™–Sling and Utility Sling™–Duo are measured from the top of the shoulder to the end of the Uni-Loop Connector™. The Swivel and 3/8" versions are measured from end to end.
How to Attach a 3/8" Webbing Connector to your Camera
1. Pass the end of the webbing through the connector on the camera.
2. Pass it back through the first opening on the plastic buckle.
3. Pass it through the second opening on the plastic buckle.
4. Pull tight for a secure hold.
How to Attach a Uni Loop™ Connector to your Camera
1. Thread Uni Loop™ through connection point on camera.
2. Thread quick disconnect through opening of Uni Loop™.
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.
Please watch the product video for complete instructions on how to use the Utility Strap™ - Sling. Please download and print out the Instruction Sheet for attaching and using the Utility Strap™ - Sling.
One Uni-Loop Connector™ is sufficient for supporting a camera. It has a static weight support of up to 146 pounds.
I THINK this was the model of strap that I had. After 20 years you tend to forget the model. Hehe The only reason I am looking to get a new one is because stupid me forgot the strap at a wedding venue. Very heart broken it's been with me for two film cameras and two digital camera and it still looked almost new, if you didn't look at the lettering on the strap.
I work in weddings, events, on location and other disciplines that involve long days, heavy camera bodies, often with 70-200mm lenses and flashes. I'm very fit and capable of doing this work, but for years at the end of the day and the next day my neck would be killing me.
I've used other sling straps which have been good, but the OpTech slings work brilliantly; the grippy neoprene keeps the straps in the right place on my shoulder, and the weight is distributed fantastically as the stretchiness of the material absorbs bounce and shocks. I can quickly detach cameras and lens combinations, and also the tripod mount is left free so I can switch between handheld and tripod mounted quickly.
It's pretty damn perfect!
I work in event photography which requires me to carry 2 big heavy cameras for several hours at a time. I just love my Op/Tech utility straps. They are straight forward, sturdy, and uber comfortable. I use them cross style and I find them very easy to get in or out of them. Light years better then the factory "Brag Strap" shipped with most cameras.
This is absolutely best strap which you can get. I was looking for it during my stay in USA as I read a lot about it here in EU. After all, I had to order it without seeing it. After I opened the package, I just started to smile as it is GREAT GREAT GREAT piece of equipment. I use it together with “Super Classic Strap - Pro Loop” for a camera and I have to say it is pleasure to carry it. Of course you still feel your heavy camera on your neck but it is nothing comparing to standard strap. I have just spend 7 hours of taking pictures with the camera bag on my shoulder and camera on my neck and I have to say I could continue without problems ;-)
Thank you once again and hope you will keep this standard.
Am I missing something? Your instructions say to attach the male QD uniloop to the right side of the camera (as seen from the rear). OK, that makes sense: it works with my old neck strap and it works with my old wrist strap. However, it works with the sling ONLY if you use only one QD attachment. I prefer to use both attachments, as a backup and also for camera orientation as it's hanging at my side. So. . . if the QD sliders on the sling were reversed, that would be be possible. Do you, perchance, have a set of gender changers for the disconnects or must I resort to taking the strap apart, swapping the two sliders, and re-sewing it? Or did I miss the boat entirely?
The Utility Strap™ - Sling was designed to attach to a camera using only one connection point. The second connection point is for use with a pro battery pack - toconnect the first connection to the camera and the second to the battery pack.
The loop part of the strap connect to the camera strap loop. Can the plastic attachment harness holds a lot of weight, like a Canon 20D with a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and a Canon 580 EXII or a Canon 20D with a Canon 70-200 f/2.8? Or do I need a better strap. I like the sling type of strap since the camera hang on the side and not on front.
The Utility Strap™ - Sling can comfortably carry 15 pounds of gear. The first example you gave (Canon 20D with Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens and Canon 580EX II flash) weighs about 2.8 pounds. The plastic quick disconnects are very strong and can support the full 15 pounds of gear. The Utility Strap™ - Sling should work out great for you.
I already own Pro Strap™ which I think is great but I am considering occasionally using a strap that goes across the shoulder as more secure and easier to walk around in. I came across the OP/TECH Utility Strap™ - Sling. But I have to say I found the web site quite confusing as to how this works and what is required to make it work. I had also wondered if I could use my existing Pro Strap™ with some some additional connector to make it work.
The Utility Strap™ - Sling is a strap that goes across the shoulder and has a full non-skid surface on the strap pad. No additional parts are needed for this strap to work. You could also convert your existing Pro Strap™ into an across-the-shoulder strap as well. All you would need to purchase is the Sling Strap Adaptor System Connector.
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 Sling when worn on the right shoulder, so that your camera can still glide freely up and down the sling.
What is the difference between the pads on the Pro Strap and Utility Strap? From the photos, I can see that the Pro Strap has additional webbing over the pad, but I can't tell how this affects, fit, comfort, etc. Are the pads themselves the same material and thickness? Also, do these pads work best when worn around the neck, over the shoulder, or are they designed for both?
The chart on the Find A Strap page can help explain the differences between our straps. Both the Pro Strap and Utility Strap can be worn on the shoulder or the around the neck, and they are both rated at 15 pounds. The Pro Strap has the elastic webbing on top of the neoprene pad, while the Utility Strap has elastic inside the neoprene pad. The edges of the Utility Strap are bound, the Pro Strap are not. The Utility Strap has a non-skid surface on the entire underside of the strap pad, the Pro Strap has non-slip grip dots on the center of the strap pad.