It can be hard to decipher if a camera shoulder harness will be a proper fit before trying it on. In fact, not only is it hard – it’s darn near impossible. Those packages that give inch measurements from neck to underarm are all a bunch of bologna (pronounced: bu-lo-ny). I’m not a fan of guessing games which is what can make it so darn annoying to buy a shoulder harness made especially for cameras when it is stuffed into some packaging in a store or purchased online.
The proper fit of a camera shoulder harness is when it is not so tight that you can’t move around comfortably. After all, what is the purpose of wearing one in the first place? The purpose is to move around! Why else would you want your hands free of such a device? Let’s review: a camera shoulder harness should be worn for the purpose of making your hands free to do other things while you roam about care-free, am I right? Of course I am. So, the best fit would be one that is not too tight.
Hold on there, though. It also can’t be too loose. You know what I mean. If it’s sliding down the shoulder onto the arm, it suddenly just lost its whole purpose in life. Its purpose was to keep the darn thing off the arms in the first place. So it must be tight enough to not slide down the arms or shift around. If it’s shifting, the equipment is in danger of hitting something and that, my friends, is no bueno.
So there you have it. It can’t be too loose and it can’t be too tight. Genius. You’re probably wondering if you really needed to read this blog in order to find that out. Well, the best is yet to come… it’s coming… ok, here it is: what is a real useful tip for finding a camera shoulder harness that is sure to fit? Finding one that is adjustable. An adjustable camera harness is the only way to go because then it can be adjusted to fit you with any layer, any time.