Huey Lewis: Of Straps and Monopods

Huey Lewis performs at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in July 2011

I recently picked up a Black Rapid R Strap for my camera. It’s very handy. In case you don’t know what it is, it’s a strap that screws into the tripod mount at the bottom of your camera. When not in use, the camera hangs off the bottom of your strap at waist level. When you’re ready to take a pic, you can pull up the camera and the strap basically doesn’t move. When you’re done, put it (or drop it) back to your side.

The strap works like a messenger bag does, so it carries the weight across your shoulder and chest, instead of just over one shoulder (like I used to hold it) or around your neck (which is just painful and awkward and touristy.)

I’ve only used it out a couple of times now, but I like it lots. It’s comfortable, and I’m starting to get used to the feeling of something on my left shoulder. I’m such a righty that the left side of my body is nearly useless. The left hand can only keep up with the right when I’m typing. Other than that, it’s a nearly-useless appendage.

Huey Lewis and the News perform at the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ July 2011

The problem with it is that you can’t attach it to a monopod with the strap on. And I had my monopod with me at the concert as a back-up plan. With it, I can steady my 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens enough to make it useful. They do make a separate connector to fix this problem, but I didn’t buy it. Instead, I took the strap off the camera all together and just shot with it in my hand.

Felt weird, but it worked. Since I always had the strapless nature of the camera in mind, I wasn’t worried about dropping it accidentally or it slipping out. I can’t remember the last time that having a camera strap on my shoulder saved me from accidental droppage.

And, now that I think about it, that’s all I have to add about the concert this week. I did get to stick around for the whole show, which was a lot of fun. Wish I could have shot more songs, particularly near the end when the lights and band configuration were better, but I’m happy with what I got. I can’t wait to get back to the Bergen PAC for another concert (Rick Springfield, perhaps?), and maybe even see Huey Lewis again when he returns. . . Let’s finish off with some pictures, after the break:

Huey Lewis and the News performing at the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ July 2011

Huey Lewis and the News, Bergen PAC, July 2011

Huey Lewis and the News, Bergen PAC, July 2011

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