I was out snorkeling a week ago and found this camera in amongst the coral. It’s a nice camera. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’m a big fan of these waterproof shockproof point and shoots that can take a licking and keep on clicking. The problem is that this camera had been underwater for days if not weeks or even months. Water head leaked inside the body so that the camera no longer worked and the 8GB micro SD card inside was unreadable.
As is probably clear from the photo (or the title of the blog) the culprit here is the ever so convenient quick release strap connector. The owner lost their camera and quite possibly all their photos from their holiday / honeymoon / deployment in Okinawa. (If this is your camera please get in touch. I’ll hold onto the micro SD card so that if the owner does get in touch and wants to send the card to a data recovery specialist they can give it ago.)
Which leads me to the fact that many aftermarket camera straps have quick release systems at both ends of the strap. These clips are said to be very secure, but it would only take one of them to come loose for the camera to drop unceremoniously from your neck to the ground.
I understand the desire to be able to remove your camera strap quickly and easily from the camera body, but I needed a better balance of risk versus convenience. For my 645D, I now use the original strap plus two small locking carabineers to attach it to the camera.
So today’s question is… What camera strap are you using?