While most people don’t pay much attention to them, a camera lanyard can be one of the most important parts of your camera equipment. I makes sure that the camera doesn’t accidentally fall when you’re using it, makes the camera easier to carry, and even can prevent it from being stolen while you’re traveling in different cities and countries snapping photos. Here are a few things that you should look for when you’re buying your camera lanyards.
First, always make sure that the lanyard can support the camera. Don’t opt for thin or flimsy straps. Instead find a strap that can take a lot of abuse and hours wrapped around your neck and shoulder. Pay particular attention to the snaps and how it connects to your camera. While the strap itself most likely won’t break, the stress put on cheap buckles may cause them to bend and break with time and wear.Next, make sure that the strap is comfortable enough for you to wear for hours on end. Even the best straps aren’t worth much if you won’t be wearing them because they’re uncomfortable. If it’s possible, try the strap on in the store or find user reviews of straps that you find online. If you find ones that come with a shoulder pad, it will make carrying the camera much easier and make sure that the strap doesn’t dig into your shoulder.
Finally, you should try to find a strap that you like and that matches your style. You’ll most likely be wearing the strap a lot, especially if you’re traveling or taking lots of pictures, so you might as well look good doing it. Lanyards come in a wide variety of materials, styles, colors, and patterns so find one that matches your personality and style, since lots of people are going to be seeing you with it.