Advantages of Connecting a BosStrap to the Left or Right Camera Strap Lug

G315FrontBodyA photographer asked why I show BosStraps attached to the left camera lug in all the photos on my website.  Must a BosStrap be attached to the left side lug?  The short answer is no, but there are many reasons to consider when deciding which side to attach your BosStrap.

First let me say that the correct side to attach a BosStrap is the side that works better for you.  Hand/wrist movement/physical impairments/comfort can all play a roll in deciding which side to attach your BosStrap.


The Case for Attaching  a BosStrap to the Left Camera LugCapture0011-62

Because most people are right-handed and cameras are built for right hand operation having most of the controls on the right hand side of the camera, attaching to the left hand strap lug keeps the strap somewhat out of the way of the most used controls.  With a left hand attachment, rotating the camera counterclockwise when shooting in portrait orientation lets the strap hang down out of the way of the camera’s LCD.   Counterclockwise rotation is predominant with right-eye dominant photographers because the flat back of the camera is off the face.

When attached to the left camera strap lug, the camera rests at your right hip.   If you point the lens backward, your hip will contact the camera at the top of the backward pointing lens, and in front of the pentaprism.   See the top photo.  The result: your camera at rest is nestled as close to your body as possible, so that when walking very little motion is imparted.  Hikers appreciate this stabilized carrying method. Whereas if the lens is pointed forward, walking could induce some movement with each step.

Additionally, when pointed backward, the camera controls are somewhat protected being between your body and the camera.   Attaching a BosStrap to the left lug allows you to use the optional BosStrap Ultra Light Hand Band on the right lug.


The Case for Attaching  a BosStrap to the Right Camera Lug

However, other issues may come into play when deciding which lug you use to connect the BosStrap.  Left hand shooters may be more comfortable with the camera at their left hip and the BosStrap connected to the right camera strap lug.   In this setup, all the stabilizing benefits remain when the lens in point backward.   The right side lug connection still offers ready access to the camera, albeit the strap is now added to the control side of the camera.

Some other reasons a right hand camera lug connection may work well for some photographers:

  1. If you want the camera to rest on your right hip, and prefer to rotate clockwise when shooting portrait orientation (left-eye dominant), the strap will hang down out of the way.  You will lose some of the stability when walking, because the camera lens must  point forward to have the same lens/pentaprism/hip relationship.  But with a forward pointed lens, you may (depending on how long the lens is) impart some motion to the camera as you walk.
  2. Rotatable LCDs are always hinged on the left side.  A right lug connection point will keep the strap further away from the opened LCD.
  3. Some photographers prefer to pick up the camera by the lens. I have at least three right-handed customers that use the right lug, carrying the camera on the left side,who prefer this way of attachment.  With their right hand, they reach across their body to pick up the camera.
  4. Left or right eye dominance, how the camera is picked up, and how it is held in portrait orientation can also play into the preferred attachment location.

So right or left?  The best connection point for a BosStrap is the location that gives you the most comfort and works with your camera and shooting style.  Just be sure to connect to a camera body strap lug.   Try various combinations of at rest positions with either camera lug attachment, you may be surprised.

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Magnets in Straps can be a Problem for Some Photographers

Here’s an odd question from a caller.   Do BosStraps use any magnets in the strap?    It turns out the caller was trying to use a competitor’s strap that incorporated a magnetic latch to close a small pocket attached to the strap.  Every time he put the strap on, he experienced issues related to his surgical implant.

I did some research on this and found that magnets can affect pacemakers and defibrillators when in the proximity of the magnetic field.   Here’s a link to the article that talks about the problem of magnetic fields and implants:

BosStraps do not use any magnets.

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The Dangers of Embedded Wires in Camera Straps

I am often asked if BosStraps have an embedded wire in the body strap.  The short answer is NO and we never will.

Some sling strap manufacturers claim that the embedded wire in their strap will help protect your equipment from a cut-and-run thief.  Some have even offered cash compensation if you lose your equipment to a cut-and-run thief.  

The problem with embedded wires is that a thief does not know there is a wire in your strap until his knife blade hits the uncuttable wire.  At this point, you become aware that someone is attempting to steal your camera, and that someone is at your back with a knife.  This is not a situation with a pleasant outcome.

BosStraps provide passive thief deterrence.  Because BosStrap engineered a a wide strap, BosStraps do not require a shoulder pad for comfort.  The 1-1/2″ wide flat body strap can easily be concealed under a light jacket or open over-shirt keeping the strap out of sight.  What is not seen cannot be cut.

There are other advantages when the bulky shoulder pad is eliminated.  Obviously the constant falling of a shoulder pad does not exist.  Because there is no bulky shoulder pad, BosStrap can be worn under a jacket to unobtrusively carry your camera for street shooting or when you are in a dicey area.  For wet weather photography, protect your camera under a rain coat. 

When you are done shooting, simply wrap the BosStrap around your lens and put the camera in your bag.  You don’t have to remove and separately store a bulky shoulder pad.

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Background on Me and BosStrap

I have been an avid amateur photographer for about 40 years. My training as a mechanical engineer includes extensive product development experience on industrial and consumer products. I know that if a new product is to be viable, it must offer unique benefits and functionality to the user at a reasonable price.

As an amateur photographer, I saw a need for a truly usable camera sling strap system that is simple, effective, and comfortable.  Existing products did not meet these needs.  After reading and compiling comments from over 600 reviews of sling style camera straps, and purchasing several different products for evaluation, it became clear that many features important to me, which did not exist on other straps,  would also be important to other serious photographers.  I engineered a sliding sling strap that incorporates all these features. The result is the BosStrap Sliding Sling System.

I made several conceptual designs and thoroughly tested and refined them until I was satisfied. However, a crucial part of creating a product includes extensive field testing by the targeted market audience. I enlisted four professional photographers, two avid photographers as well as amateur photographers to test the BosStrap Sliding Sling System.

For three months, the BosStrap saw use in both the studio and field environments. The testing led to several refinements extending BosStrap’s usefulness and achieving all its original goals.

From the outset, I wanted BosStraps to be entirely made here in the US if possible. I identified parts suppliers and fabricators who could satisfy my goal. Even the thread that is used in the BosStrap in made here in the US!

BosStrap’s engineering overcomes two major issues that users of other sling straps complained about.  The inconvenience when changing from the strap to a tripod, and constant movement of the shoulder pad.

Attachment point: The BosStrap Generation 3 Sliding Sling System attaches to a camera strap lug on the body.  A tripod plate does not interfere with a BosStrap.  Once attached, your tripod plate or L-bracket is always immediately available.  It never needs to be removed.  You can attach to a tripod in under 5 seconds.

Shoulder pads: The BosStrap Camera Sling System does not use a shoulder pad. No matter what the manufacturer claims, shoulder pads WILL move. These excessively thick and cumbersome pads are often a nuisance more than an aid. Actual field testing has shown that a wider strap effectively replaces a shoulder pad. On a BosStrap system, a 1-1/2” wide strap distributes the weight of the camera. There is no pad to deal with. The seat belt webbing offers strength, softness, and smoothness making it very comfortable to wear for long periods.

Several advantages for the photographer result by eliminating the shoulder pad.  These are described in another Blog “Embedded Wires in Camera Straps”

In an upcoming Blog, I’ll talk about the engineering behind the design using one attachment point and why the shoulder pad can be eliminated.

I hope you enjoy these and other benefits of the BosStrap Generation 3 Sliding Sling System. And please tell me about your experience using it.

Tom Fama

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Selecting the Right BosStrap for You

BosStrap offers four different Sliding Sling products.  They come in two diagonal strap widths and have two camera connecting options. This information should help you decide which BosStrap is right for you.

Two Generation 3 Products

Generation 3 Sliding Sling products (G3) consist of a diagonally-worn sling strap and a quick-release Tail (G3 Tail).  One end of the G3 Tail attaches to a camera strap lug, the other end connects to a slider on the diagonal sling strap.   The BosStrap Generation 3 Sliding Sling System is available in a standard version and an LT version.  The only difference between these two products is the width of the diagonal sling strap.  The G3 Tail supplied with each Generation 3 Sliding Sling product is identical.

With either G3 Sliding Sling you can quickly remove the camera from the sling strap, leaving the small G3 Tail attached to the camera.  With the G3 products one sling strap can be used with any camera as long as each camera has its own G3 Tail.  Additional G3 Tails are sold separately.

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BosStrap Generation 3 Sliding Sling Strap

      • Generation 3 Sliding Sling Strap, BosG315

The standard Generation 3 product (BosG315) was designed for full size DSLR cameras which could weigh upward of 6 pounds (such as a professional Nikon or Canon body with a 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens attached).  The standard product uses a 1½” wide sling strap to comfortably distribute the weight of a heavy camera.  The wide strap eliminates the need for a shoulder pad.

      • Generation 3 LT Sliding Sling Strap, BosG3LT

The Generation 3 LT product is designed for digital or small video cameras weighing up to 2-3 pounds.  The BosG3LT differs from the standard product only in that it uses a 1” wide strap.  The width is more than adequate to comfortably support the lighter ICL, mirrorless or bridge cameras that are becoming popular.

Two BosStrap One Piece Products

BosStrap One Piece products are designed to remain attached to your camera. Except for the ability to quickly release the sling strap from the camera.  All other features of the  Generation 3 products are available with the BosStrap One Piece products.


BosStrap One Piece LT Sliding Sling Strap

Both One-Piece products attached to a camera strap lug and completely replace the camera strap supplied by the manufacturer.  If you have no need to remove the strap from the camera, a BosStrap One piece is a good choice.

      • BosStrap One Piece Sliding Sling Strap, Bos1.5OP

The standard BosStrap One Piece Sliding Sling Strap (Bos1.5OP) uses a 1½” wide strap to comfortably carry heavier, full size DSLR cameras.

      • One Piece LT Products, BosOPLT

The One Piece LT (BosOPLT) product uses a 1” wide strap. It is intended  for the lighter ICL, mirrorless or bridge cameras weighing up to 2-3 pounds.

You can read about all the benefits and features engineered into BosStrap in the Blog “What’s a BosStrap?


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What’s a BosStrap?

A BosStrap Camera Strap

A BosStrap Sliding Sling Strap

A BosStrap is a camera strap engineered with features that are unavailable in any other strap.

BosStraps are Sliding Sling Straps that are worn diagonally and allow your camera to hang at your hip. Unlike most sliding sling straps, BosStraps connect to the camera using a small Tail that remains attached to one camera strap lug. Another important difference: BosStraps do not use a shoulder pad like all other straps.  BosStraps are available as a None-Piece version designed to give you all the benefits of a sliding sling strap, while remaining attached to the camera, or as a Generation 3 style which allows you to separate the body strap from the camera.  There are also two strap widths available in either style.  A 1-1/2″ wide strap for heavier cameras (DSLR) and a 1″ wide strap for CSC, Bridge, Mirrorless and Video cameras.

Here is a list of the features and benefits that only BosStrap offers:

BosStrap Sliding Sling Straps Features and Benefits

All BosStraps

BosStraps attach to the one camera strap lug.  The tripod socket is not used.

Nothing needs to be attached to the tripod socket.  The camera can sit flat on a horizontal surface.

The tripod socket is available.   A tripod plate or L-bracket can be attached to the camera at all times.

The tripod plate can remain attached to the camera.   Connecting to a tripod is very fast.

BosStraps take the camera weight off your neck.  Camera carrying is more comfortable and hand-free.

Body Strap made from nylon seat belt webbing.  Comfortable, smooth, and very strong.

BosStraps rest at hip (pivot point on leg).  There is minimal movement of camera when walking vigorously.

Strong.  Engineered to support over 60 pounds -10x the weight of a typical professional rig.

BosStraps are adjustable to 64″ long.  Will fit most people.

No straps in the way when shooting horizontal or vertical.  BosStrap does not interfere with camera controls.

BosStraps do not require a shoulder Pad.  Nothing to fall constantly move back in place.

Wide BosStraps are very thin.  Can be worn under a jacket or raincoat.

BosStraps have passive theft deterrence.  When worn under a outer garment, the body strap is not seen by thieves.

BosStraps can be worn over a Backpack or Sling bag.  No interference with bag.  Especially useful with Sling style bags.

BosStraps stow easily by wrapping around lens or camera body.  Nothing to remove when stowing camera, nothing to connect when using camera.

BosStrap body strap does not need to be removed after the camera is disconnected.  Allows rapid reconnection and comfortable to wear.

BosStraps can be used with attached flash.  No need to remove attached flash, simply turn head up when carrying camera at side.

BosStraps offer steadier hold on monopods.   Tensioning BosStrap while on monopod assists in steadier shooting.

Only one metal part in BosStraps.  No scratching the LCD and the camera body.

BosStraps are engineered, manufactured and made with USA parts.  Better quality control.

Engineered for simplicity.  Easy to fit and use.

BosStraps are ambidextrous.  Works with left or right hand/eye shooters.

Light weight.  Minimum weight and bulk to carry and store.

Low Price. B est value for a professional quality strap.

One year replacement warranty on defective parts.

30 day no questions asked full refund including postage.

BosStrap Generation 3 Additional Features and Benefits 

BosStrap Generation 3 Sliding Sling allows camera to be separated from body strap.  Body Strap removed for tripod shooting.

Exclusive Patent-Pending Double Safety Lock Generation 3  Tail (G3 Tail).  Insures that your camera cannot accidentally separate from your body strap.

The Double Safety Lock G3 Tail uses a cam buckle and safety sleeve lock.  Very fast to separate the camera from the body strap.

Camera never unsupported when changing from hand-held to tripod shooting.  Camera is attached to you, the tripod or both during change over.

G 3 Tail remains with camera.  Allows very fast reconnection to body strap.

No metal parts in G3 Tail.   Nothing to scratch the camera body or the LCD.

Generation 3 Tail has very low profile.  Virtually no wind-induced vibration when on tripod.

Parts cannot fall off G3 Tail.  No concern about losing parts from Generation 3 Tail when not connected to body strap.

Long G3 Tail.  Allows more angular adjustment of the body strap to fine tune comfort especially for women.

Low cost expansion.  An extra G3 Tail can be put on other camera bodies for use on the body strap.