I have been using a D800 since the November of 2012 and had generally very positive things to say about the camera but one gripe I had about it was that the camera was much heavier than my D7000 and using it with the standard straps were absolute murder on your shoulder and neck. It got so bad with shoulder pain that I did some serious research into getting a better strap system. To give some perspective all of these aftermarket straps are sling systems which attach to the tripod mount of the camera and allow you to lock the camera to your strap preventing it from slapping the crap out of you while walking or running. They also allow moving the camera much more easier than regular straps once unlocked and have much more comfortable padding.
I had done the research before when I moved to D7000 and the product which almost fit all my needs was the blackrapid straps. I didn’t take the plunge with them because of a major quirk, they won’t allow tripod plate to be mounted as they directly connect to the tripod mount and it was really annoying for me as I usually leave my tripod plate mounted to the camera and leave my tripod in my car. Blackrapid did release a system later with integrated tripod mount for a Manfrotto system but I use Arcs Swiss P0 tripod head so it will not mount the slidefix plates. Finally while browsing the shutterbug magazine one day I found my strap. It’s called the CarrySpeed CS-PRO MK II Camera Sling System and I am completely blown away by their performance. I have been using their system since Jan 2013 and have walked around zoos and national parks enough to write a good review about the product.
Carry Speed produces two types of straps the CS series and the FS series and both their straps are completely modular. The FS series has a built-in Arca Swiss plate (traditional not the slidefix) and the CS doesn't but both plates provide screw mounts for you to mount whatever tripod plates you are using. I picked the CS system as I can mount my slidefix plate to it and its cheaper. CarrySpeed is slightly different from your traditional sling straps as they have a plate which will mount to to your cameras tripod mount and this plate contains extra mounts for you to mount your tripod quick release plates. But what makes them awesome is the ball head locknut which is attached to the side of the plate. The strap is connected to this ballhead making the strap more articulated and easier to use than a traditional strap. I have also found that this ballhead feature tucks the camera neatly below your bum thus making it safer against bumping in to objects. Another neat feature is the Neoprene shoulder pad which stretches and this keeps my shoulder sore free, some people did mention about the pad has to go through the washing machine once in a while but that’s easy since its modular and I haven’t had that problem yet so I believe that’s not a big deal.
The only problem I had with the strap is that they are kind of bulky and cumbersome to put in to a camera bag but that’s a small price to pay for a happy shoulder and neck. So far I am really happy with the purchase and I think it’s the best &0 dollars I have ever spent.
(Disclaimer: Even though I would absolutely love it none of these manufacturers pay me or give me stuff for free to review. I only write about stuff which I buy with my own dime and found good value and I hope reading this can inspire somebody to try a product and see if it’s helpful for them.)