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Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com It is almost never that an inventor improves on a Leica product so that it is better than the original Leica product. Tom holds that distinction with his RapidWinder for Leica M rangefinders -- a bottom mounting baseplate trigger advance. In addition Tom manufacturers other Leica accessories such as his very popular Soft Release and MiniSoftRelease shutter releases. Tom is well known as one of the true Leica rangefinder experts, even by Leica. IMPORTANT READ THIS: CWE Forum hosts have moderation powers within their forum. Please observe copyright laws by not copying and posting their material elsewhere without permission.

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Old 12-27-2011   #26
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For myself I like a bandolier style strap. Too easy to get bumped off of shoulder and my gait causes camera to bounce too much around neck. I also prefer a vertical orientation of the camera and so have hooked up a home made strap slot to my M4-2's tripod socket.
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Old 12-27-2011   #27
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Personally around the neck is not for me, and find the camera swings uncontrollably whenever I do anything other than stand upright. Now bandolier-style across the chest with the M resting beneath my elbow I love, for all the reasons mentioned already above.
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Old 12-27-2011   #28
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Not just a bump, but another thought prompted by Tom A.'s comment about the shoulder carried camera being prone to banging into stuff. Agreed.

On the shoulder, I always carried my cameras with lens in - pointing to my body - sounds dumb, but it works and it's very comfortable. Makes a long lens lay against your back... or butt, depending on strap and/or lens length.
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Old 12-27-2011   #29
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20+ posts re: carrying your camera around your neck... only at RFF
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Old 12-27-2011   #30
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20+ posts re: carrying your camera around your neck... only at RFF
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i've never NOT carried my camera around my neck with the exception of truly pocketable P&S cameras which are either around my wrist or tucked away somewhere when not in use. i have, however, changed how i carry my camera around my neck when it's not in use: instead of it dangling in front of me all the time i now wear it around my neck but to the side like i would a purse/messenger bag. i'm always paranoid that the lens/hood might bang/brush up against something while walking, though, so my hand is always hovering around it in crowded/tight places.
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Old 12-27-2011   #31
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real men use wrist straps!!

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Old 12-27-2011   #32
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real men use wrist straps!!


Now, real men using wrist strap only with a MP and a 50f1.4 Summilux or Nokton 35f1.2 can very soon tie their shoelaces without bending down - if they keep switching hands on a regular basis as the arms gets longer and longer!
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Old 12-27-2011   #33
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Now, real men using wrist strap only with a MP and a 50f1.4 Summilux or Nokton 35f1.2 can very soon tie their shoelaces without bending down - if they keep switching hands on a regular basis as the arms gets longer and longer!
its a bitch buying a suit too!!

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Old 12-27-2011   #34
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My 2nd assistant director is carrying my cameras for me
My 3rd Ad is wearing the suit... Now... that's a bitch
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try to walk the streets with Koni-Omega + 58/5.6 + VF hanging on the neck, gonna get priceless looks from people.
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Old 12-28-2011   #36
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Few of my cameras have a strap. If I mean it, I carry the camera in my hand. Otherwise, it's in a shoulder bag (think Domke F6).
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Old 12-28-2011   #37
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Ken carry CAMERAS around his neck

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20+ posts re: carrying your camera around your neck... only at RFF
Ha! Love this thread - can't miss reviving and adding my 2 pennies...

Since coming back to rangefinders a couple of years ago I've abandoned all the various carry options that were required for the heavy DSLR gear. Back to around the neck. I use the short fixed length A&A cloth straps which are light and comfortable, don't let the camera swing too far when bending, are perfect for using slip-loop fashion as a secure wrist strap when I'm shooting a lot, and don't take much space in the bag.

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30 years ago - boy were those glasses ugly and I had hair, lots of it. yes, I have always carried cameras around my neck - maybe not this many. Tuulikki took the shot with her nikon F and a 105f2.5 on Technical Pan film.
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30 years ago - boy were those glasses ugly and I had hair, lots of it. yes, I have always carried cameras around my neck - maybe not this many. Tuulikki took the shot with her nikon F and a 105f2.5 on Technical Pan film.
Tom, now that is a picture I would like to have on my coffee mug, seriously. Even a T-shirt!
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Those glasses are kind of cool IMO.
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Those glasses are kind of cool IMO.

+1... that photo and a title like, "Carry it like you mean it" or something even better would be rather cool, too.
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@Tom- That's a classic!

As for the "around the neck" question... I do it quite often, especially when I'm using a strap that's less than grippy for shoulder carrying (like a Kameraleder strap). I like the position when worn around the neck, quick to draw.
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I cross-carry all my full size RFs on a Leicagoodies.com strap/ sling. My heavy Nikon SLRs are on a conventional/ wide foam neck strap.

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Those neck straps on the Bessa's are the most comfortable I've ever used. I wear mine usually on my shoulder, but like you Dave I have been thinking around the neck would be even better to get to my camera quicker...like Garry Winogrand
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Dave, what about this strap?

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I carry my camera with a neck strap when it is not in the camera bag.
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Dave, what about this strap?

Looks like a Lumiere/Takahashi strap. I use these on "light" cameras, mostly Nikon Rf's. Very comfortable and flexible. If you want to carry the camera in your hand - it "folds" up nicely - with less bulk than conventional straps.
With a heavy body, a M2 with Rapidwinder and a 90f2 vII - it does cut into the neck a bit. Stays well on the shoulder too.
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Ahhh... the A&A Silk Strap, a goodie. I went for the black one, very nicely made.

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Old 02-27-2012   #50
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Well, I too prefer to carry mine around my neck whatever it look like to the others.

.......whereas the Old Masters of Photography still like to do as I and although It seems not very practical and dangerous do with several cameras at the same time.

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