I have a wide neck strap that came with my DSLR. In the two years, it racked a lot of hours soaking in sweat and some light rain/snow.

To the professionals who lug their neck strap through thick and thin, how do you care for it? And what NOT to do.

I have searched unsuccessfully for previous question on neck strap care. Thanks for answering.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't do anything. You get a new one when you buy a new camera body, and if you like third party ones that are more comfortable, they only cost $30 and buying one every few years when they wear isn't a concern to me. I don't care for mine at all and I don't think it is necessary to. \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Feb 2, 2013 at 18:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ dpollitt, thank for sharing. Now I feel better instead of feeling bad from focusing only on caring for the L lens and body, neglecting the neck strap. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 2, 2013 at 18:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ I retired mine and got a handstrap instead... so liberating! :) \$\endgroup\$ Feb 2, 2013 at 20:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ Michael, which handstrap would you recommend for a 7D with 70-200 f2.8 IS USM. They're quick heavy straining both the neck strap and the neck. Thanks. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 2, 2013 at 20:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ @dpollitt: I think you should post that as an answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Feb 2, 2013 at 22:08

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Since neck straps are more or less disposable most people don't mind if they break. Knock-offs can be had on ebay for a few dollars. The stock cannon ones last ages (I've had one for more than 5 years now and no issue aside from cosmetics).

If you want to go the way of a 3rd party neck strap i reccomend the unfortunately named 'R-strap' from black-rapid. See here. It makes a 5D with 70-200mm feel like its half the weight!

However, if your super keen on your strap, the following is how i clean my climbing rope :P So you it should work wonders for your neck-strap as well. (Rope needs to be maintained so the rope doesn't fail when you fall)

To clean your neck strap wash occasionally by hand in warm water with a mild soap, rinse free of the soap, and then hung up to dry in the air. Avoid direct sunlight, do not use a dryer, and do not place the neck strap above a heat source. If you can, the strap should be stored, preferably after drying, at room temperature, ideally in a storage bag.

The only thing i don't do with my straps is take them caving/crawling through mud. I've got a couple of pieces of climbing tape/rope for that if i need them.

Hope that helps!

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for sharing, especially on the cleaning tips which are really helpful. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 3, 2013 at 8:07

I retired mine and got a hand strap instead... it is so liberating.

I use a noname version of this (below) for a 40D with battery grip and often a speedlite 430EX II, which can get pretty heavy. The pad on it allows you to relax your arm and hand without dropping it.


But with your very long and heavy lens you might want to go for this 3-point support from Nikon:



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