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OP/TECH USA Double Sling: Review | Best Camera Sling?

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A sling is a great way to carry your camera without the need for a dedicated camera bag. The OP/TECH USA Double Sling is a great way to carry TWO cameras.

These systems have been used for many years, in such fields as event, documentary and portrait photography. Even photojournalism benefits from having two cameras close to hand.

Read on to find out why the OP/TECH USA Double Sling could be perfect for you.

The OP/TECH USA Double Sling

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What Is a Sling?

A sling is a camera carrier system that slots over your head and sits on your shoulder. The strap covers your chest and lets your camera sit on the opposite side, usually around the waist/hip area.

The benefit of these is that the camera is ready to go. No time wasted searching around in your bag. As the camera ‘loops’ around the sling strap, you can grab it and bring it to any height you need. It isn’t limited and the good ones don’t get stuck.

It is a great system for speed and using your camera for any perspective shot you need. Even shooting from the hip is possible. The strap covers the length of your body, so your cameras aren’t vulnerable to ‘grab and run’ tactics by thieves.

However, there are downsides. It is easier to bump and scratch them if the carrier isn’t careful. We recommend using a front-lens filter, such as a UV filter for protection to your expensive glass.

Who Are OP/TECH?

OP/TECH is a family-owned and operated business, where over 95% of their products are made in their Belgrade, Montana factory. Bill Heckerman, innovator and engineer, started in 1982 with the Fast Cap™. This was a better way to protect a lens.

After that came the Fashion Strap. It was the first and original Neoprene camera strap. with tenacity and determination, he continued to create photographic items that went outside the box. Innovation is the name of their game.

Their product offering has expanded greatly over the years. They continue with their commitment to superior quality and function, even almost 40 years on.

OP/TECH is so confident, that their items carry a lifetime guarantee.

A photographer wearing the OP/TECH USA Double Sling

What Is the Double Sling?

If a sling sits on your shoulder and crosses your body, then what is a double sling and how does it work? If you’ve ever seen any cop shows from the ’70s or ’80s, you’ll notice they always wear gun holster braces that hold pistols around their chest or underarm.

A double sling is similar. You fit your arms through two loops and the ‘spider’ form sits snuggly to your back. Instead of crossing your body, the straps fall straight down, awaiting the addition of the cameras and lenses.

The weight keeps the system stuck to your body like a loved one during a scary movie. While most double slings govern the same weight distribution and design, they differ in comfort and connection type.

These are two areas of many that make all the difference.

The biggest benefit to a double sling such as the OP/TECH USA Double Sling is that you can carry two cameras. Perfect for saving time swapping lenses or using a different camera model.

What Is Included?

  • 1 x OP/TECH USA double sling
  • 2 x OP/TECH USA camera straps
  • 4 x OP/TECH USA camera connectors

A close up of the straps on the OP/TECH USA Double Sling

OP/TECH USA Double Sling: Review

First Thoughts

The package from OP/TECH USA was quickly delivered and came in a transparent plastic packet.

The information card at the top gave me the information I needed, whether on the materials used or the way the sling should be used.

All of the company’s information was well presented and there was even a QR code/link to a demonstration video. A range of three images shows you how the Uni-Loop Connector works. There is almost no reason to look elsewhere.

These few images are important, as I installed the system the wrong way initially, and didn’t think much of it. Once I installed it correctly, I found the system to be pretty good.

The Neoprene material feels strong, comfortable and almost too easy to wear. After sliding the system over both arms, it did feel like there should have been a secondary safety connector at the front but realized it wasn’t needed.

As it is black, it goes with any style or clothing items. Its sleek design will even work under a jacket or blazer, perfect for smart events like weddings.

A photographer wearing a OP/TECH USA Double Sling

Build and Construction

I am very impressed with the build of the item. It’s simple and well put together. The stitching looks very strong, so I doubt there will be any problems with its quality from many years of constant use.

As the camera straps are removable, they are also replaceable. I like this idea. The areas that will wear out the most doesn’t mean a completely new system. Fixing a problem is much better than replacing the system.

The weight distribution works well, even if you’re only using one side. It isn’t uncomfortable or annoying to wear.

Connecting your camera is easy. Each camera strap holds two camera connectors. There two connectors attach to the camera loops, or so I thought.

For landscape orientation, only one connector is to be used. For cameras in a portrait orientation, use both connectors.

This is where I was wrong from the get-go. By using both connectors on a landscape orientation, the connectors group together and block your view from the viewfinder. One connector is enough to hold the weight of a DSLR and lens system.

The Uni-Loop Connector unlatches from the strap and fits around the camera loops. These reconnect to the strap with its buckle.

I like this idea, as it makes it easy to remove the camera from the strap. The Uni-Loop Connector is quick and easy to connect to another camera.

When I first put the system together, I got the sides swapped around, so the camera body faced me rather than pointing out. This was due to the fact that the two Uni-Loop Connectors were different; one was male where the other was female.

I suggest double-checking which one goes on the left or right to save time and energy. I’m not sure why it is like this, but an advantage is that you can connect them together to stop them from flapping about when not in use.

A close up of the straps of a OP/TECH USA Double Sling

Usability

To be honest, I never tried a double sling before I tried the OP/TECH USA double sling. This was because I never needed one.

I’m not a huge fan of wedding photography. Most high-end events I photographed, I did so using one lens.

Having two cameras on this system felt natural. The weight distribution felt good, spreading the weight across both sides. The neoprene material felt good on the shoulders and didn’t rub.

I would have imagined that only using one camera connector wouldn’t be strong enough for a DSLR and lens. But there was no problem with the weight or strength. It was fast to connect and unlatch.

There was no problem bringing the camera up to my eye level. The plastic Uni-Loop System was quick and didn’t cause any problems with sticking.

If I’m not planning to shoot for a while, I can connect the camera with both connectors for extra stability.

The straps are fully adjustable 23″–31″ (58,4cm–78,7cm) on each side for the tallest people around.

Final Thoughts

What We Like

  • Comfortable, neoprene material
  • Quick and easy to set-up
  • Sleek design
  • Can be used under a jacket or blazer

What We Don’t Like

  • Can be a little big for smaller shoulders
  • Uni-Loop connector might not fit every camera model
  • Using one camera causes the other side to lower

The OP/TECH USA Double Sling

Where To Buy It From

The OP/TECH USA Double Sling can be found here. If you prefer to look through the company’s website and find a dealer, you can do so here.

If you are looking for extra stability, the OP/TECH USA Dual Harness might be a better system for you.

Conclusion

This is a great product to use if you plan on using two cameras at the same time. They are way more accessible than having two cameras in a bag that you don’t want to carry.

Plus, setting up a system like this looks more professional than using a backpack.

As far as slings so, this has a minimalist design and it feels really comfortable. Other slings tend to connect with a teardrop mount that screws into the camera’ tripod mount on the undercarriage.

These pull the camera up from the bottom, keeping your camera upside down.

I was worried about the stability of the connectors, after all, they are plastic built buckles. I didn’t have any problem with them, but I’m not sure how they do after months of continuous use.

The best thing about this system is that it can be worn with a jacket. It’s inconspicuous as there isn’t a clip connecting the two sides, making it obvious under a top layer.

I would have liked a connecting clip, but it actually isn’t needed.

For a fair price and strong usability, you can’t go wrong with this double sling from OP/TECH USA. Is it the best camera sling? I would have liked to see more metal in the connectors, even if it added a little extra weight.

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