If you're like me camera straps are one of those things you don't spend a lot of time thinking about. Previously I just used the strap that came with the camera. But shooting a day long event out in the sun will convince you that they don't do a good job at anything besides advertising what kind of camera you have. I got so disgusted by the lack of choices I decided to get a wrist strap and I have been using that for several years now. But when you need to use your hands you have to find a place to set your camera down. Sometimes even shooting vertical is a pain because the strap doesn't quite reach that far, at least the one I have doesn't. So I decided to give one of the sling straps a try. It worked ok but it takes up the tripod socket of the camera, if you mount it right to the camera. They send you this plate you're supposed to mount on the camera then mount your tripod plate to that. It doesn't work. Another thing I noticed is, if you don't have a pro body and you use a battery grip, the grip doesn't feel solid enough to have your camera hanging from, especially with a 70-200mm lens. Not to mention, every time I would swing the camera up on the sling strap the strap would move.
One day I saw an ad on Facebook for something from a company called Peak Design. I know the ads can be annoying but their data mining worked in this case. I clicked on the link expecting to find another over-priced sling strap with some fancy colors. I was a little confused about what made this strap different until I watched the video. It uses these quick connectors that can be attached to two different mounting points. It also has an Arca style adapter that is actually useful. It's too small for my taste however. What I did was to mount a quick connector to one of the strap eyelets and to a hole in my Arca plate. Now the strap has two attachment points instead of one. THe strap is easily adjusted by pulling up on a big metal clip. When adjusted right the camera will sit flat against your side or back allowing you to move around.
I've only used the strap twice now but the first time I used it I was impressed. It is not just another sling strap. THere are multiple ways to attach it to your camera depending on the weight and how you want to carry it. I also have a quick connect attached to the Arca plate on my 70-200mm lens so I can move it from the bottom of the camera to the lens. When I need to mount it on the tripod I just remove it using the quick release. It's rather brilliant actually, and I rarely say that about many things.
About the only down side I have noticed so far is the stiffness of the shoulder padding. It doesn't bend very well making it awkward to pack. I finally have a strap I feel confident using that's also comfortable and easy to adjust. It's also easy and quick to remove it if you don't want to use it, I can see the quick connects becoming the weak link and possibly wearing out. But alas they thought about that. They have different colors of thread to indicate wear. Yellow means it's starting to wear, and red means, you let it be yellow too long dummy. They give you an extra quick connect, or at least the did for me. But I might be special or something? Even so extra quick connects are cheap and easy to carry around. So there's no excuse to let one break due to wear. So far the Peak Design Slide seems like a hit for me and I'm glad I can finally put my wrist strap away and free up my hands!