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Tips & Tricks

Make an Easy, Inexpensive, and Durable Wrist Strap For Your Camera

By Hanssie on August 16th 2015

It’s been about six months since I’ve switched from a Canon DSLR to a Fuji X-T1, and the only thing I miss is my camera hand strap. Because of the small size of the Fuji and thus, the small grip, there isn’t a great option (that I have found) for a solid, attractive, hand strap. So, I began testing out some wrist straps, because honestly, I’m clumsy, and I’m deathly afraid of tripping over an unassuming cement block during a wedding and face-planting in front of 200 guests including the bride and groom. Again.

Currently, I have a camera strap I use from Peak Design, which I love, but the camera still bumps into things around the height of a table. So my search for a hand strap or wrist strap continues. The following video caught my eye because not only is it DIY (which I love), but the wrist strap is a paracord bracelet which is very trendy at the moment. Paracord bracelets are made of a lightweight cord originally used in the suspension lines of a parachute and became a fashion accessory a few years back (Plus, it’s handy if you ever need a rope).

Youtuber Bo Ismono demonstrates in this ~3:00minute video, how to make the following wrist strap:

DIY-camera-wrist-strapUsing only a handful of items, the most difficult part is braiding (tying) the cord (which I’m sure my 10-year-old could figure out as an art project). You only need a carabiner, a key ring, some para cord, a lighter, measuring tape and some sharp scissors.

What do you think? Is this something you would make for your camera?

[Via Reddit]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Hagos Rush

    As someone who frequents in the paracord zone, i have to agree and admit that this is the best cheap, strong, durable way to make anything including a camera strap. The best part is that there are a multitude of YouTube videos that can teach you along with books (my preference until I don’t understand the complicated ones) that are either free or one or two dollars at most.

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  2. Dustin Baugh

    I must be the only person in the world that prefers a normal stock strap. I can use it as a neck strap, sling, and wrist strap, all without swapping or paying the $50-100 some strap companies want to charge.

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  3. Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    I use a custom NitzStrap (both wrist and neck) and LOVE it. http://nitzstrap.com/

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    • Hagos Rush

      Those are great, but for half the price or less ($10 per roll) you can do this yourself. If you are not the handy type then…nevermind haha

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  4. Barry Cunningham

    OP/TECH USA Cam Strap – QD works fine for me on my RX100. Seems like a lot less fuss to me.

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  5. John Cavan

    I used to make whistle lanyards out of olive drab paracord in the same basic manner, back in my army days. Nicely done, though the carabiner feels a little awkwardly large to me.

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    • John Cavan

      Thinking about that a bit, I think I would get a d-ring large enough to feed the braided strap through and attach that on the end instead of the smaller ring he has now. One less part and probably a bit more comfortable on the wrist.

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  6. Paul Empson

    very nice.. think I’ll be making a couple of these..

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