Shoulder Strap Worries at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old February 29th, 2008, 10:38 AM   #1
New Boot
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Cumbria UK. English Lake District
Posts: 13
Shoulder Strap Worries

Really beggining to find my way around the camera now after a couple of weeks from new, fingers are finding most things without having to look for them anymore and I'm starting to enjoy it all.
There is one thing that bothers me though. There's been a couple of occasions when I've found the shoulder strap snagged up round the side screen - spotted it time but I can't help thinking that sooner or later I may cause damage to the screen if not indeed rip it off! Anyone else found this and, if so, have you solved it in any way?
Brian Robertson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 29th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Fairfield, Dunedin, New Zealand
Posts: 3,634
Images: 18
Hi Brian............

I guess the first thing to do is train yourself to close the screen into the locked position whenever the camera isn't actually shooting. If you aren't shooting there's no point having it out.

If you're using the camera hand held, get into the habit of flipping the strap over to the RHS of the camera away from all the controls and the screen.

If you're shooting on a tripod, get into the habit of feeding the strap through & around the hand grip strap a couple of times, this keeps it out of the way and stops it banging against things in a breeze.

Never, ever, ever carry the camera around with the screen left out/ open, its asking for disaster to strike.

Follow these simple rules and the screen is in no danger.


CS
Chris Soucy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 29th, 2008, 04:26 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Posts: 670
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian Robertson View Post
Really beggining to find my way around the camera now after a couple of weeks from new, fingers are finding most things without having to look for them anymore and I'm starting to enjoy it all.
There is one thing that bothers me though. There's been a couple of occasions when I've found the shoulder strap snagged up round the side screen - spotted it time but I can't help thinking that sooner or later I may cause damage to the screen if not indeed rip it off! Anyone else found this and, if so, have you solved it in any way?
You could take the strap out of the equation by removing it. I've never found it useful, just gets in the way.
__________________
youtube.com/benhillmedia
linkedin.com/in/benhillmedia
Benjamin Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 29th, 2008, 04:53 PM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Noosa Queensland Australia
Posts: 236
Forgot that a shoulder strap came with the A1 until I read this post.

Had to check in the box to make sure I got one at the time.

I think it was the first thing I got rid of.

Next was the microphone holder.
Bill Watson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 29th, 2008, 06:29 PM   #5
New Boot
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Cumbria UK. English Lake District
Posts: 13
I've always put the strap round my neck unless I'm in danger of hanging myself, whether its stills camera or video, and I'm not about to change, two and a half grand (£GB) is not going to hit the floor for the sake of good practice!!
Chris, I think you may have it by simply changing to over the right shoulder - I'll give it a try. At the end of the day it's something simple that has realy not been thought out properly in the design stage, but nothings perfect.
Brian Robertson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 1st, 2008, 04:57 PM   #6
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Posts: 670
The strap always struck me as a very consumer-camcorder type feature. Makes sense when you've got a Handicam and you're on vacation somewhere and want your hands free to look at your map or push the stroller...but the A1 is a tad big for dangling and the added safety is offset by the increased cumbersomeness, to me at least. Point is, don't be afraid to lose it if it really gets in the way.
__________________
youtube.com/benhillmedia
linkedin.com/in/benhillmedia
Benjamin Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 1st, 2008, 05:05 PM   #7
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Posts: 670
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Watson View Post
Forgot that a shoulder strap came with the A1 until I read this post.

Had to check in the box to make sure I got one at the time.

I think it was the first thing I got rid of.

Next was the microphone holder.
Agreed on the mic holder too
__________________
youtube.com/benhillmedia
linkedin.com/in/benhillmedia
Benjamin Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 3rd, 2008, 08:59 AM   #8
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Little Rock, Ar
Posts: 49
I use the strap constantly. I do a lot of run and gun stuff and I like using it to shoot waist high moving stuff. Really helps to keep the camera stable.

Clay
Clay K. Carson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 3rd, 2008, 07:33 PM   #9
Trustee
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Lipa City Batangas, Philippines
Posts: 1,110
I removed the strap after the first couple of shoots. The mic holder after another couple. If I need to dangle the camera over a ledge or something, and there is a risk of dropping it, I still have the strap in my bag and will put it back on when required. But for normal carrying, I find the top handle is comfortable to grip.

Richard
Richard Hunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 3rd, 2008, 10:03 PM   #10
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Sydney
Posts: 552
My strap has never left the box, I find it just gets in the way. Also I think that a camera this size is prone to damage if you hang it from your shoulder.
I reckon its one of those things that if your used to using it do it, if not forget it.

Jon
Jonathan Shaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 4th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #11
Major Player
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 959
Umm... strap? What's that? :)
Bill Busby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 4th, 2008, 11:09 AM   #12
Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 4,449
I spent a couple of days shooting at an antique car show last summer. The strap is handy if you're by yourself and have to go to the restroom. Better to wear the camera than leave it unattended somewhere. Of course, people look at you a bit weird when you go into a restroom with a video camera.
Bill Pryor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 4th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #13
Major Player
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Noosa Queensland Australia
Posts: 236
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Pryor View Post
Of course, people look at you a bit weird when you go into a restroom with a video camera.
I'm not surprised.
Bill Watson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 5th, 2008, 05:16 AM   #14
New Boot
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CH-Switzerland
Posts: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Watson View Post
I'm not surprised.
me neither!
Christopher Kuhn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 5th, 2008, 11:44 AM   #15
Major Player
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales
Posts: 734
I haven't attached the shoulder strap yet - and would only do so if it seemed an appropriate way to carry the camera in a particular situation - and that certainly won't be until I have some suitable body armour for it.

The microphone holder will go as soon as I find a small enough screw driver. And the hand strap on the right-hand side? Haven't used it at all as I do 99.9% of my shooting from a tripod. So that will go soon too - if it wasn't already on the camera, it would never have got there.

So go for what suits you and your way of shooting.
Annie Haycock is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:58 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network