camera tethers

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Patrick Corry · · PA · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 75

Does anyone have any recommendations for a camera tether which can be attached to my pack strap? I'm imagining something like an old telephone cord- expandable- which will allow me to extend the camera at a full arms length, but avoid the chance of dropping the camera.

I have a Canon S100 point & shoot digital which lives in a small, soft case attached to my backpack strap at chest level. I realize the attachment is only as good as the tiny strap 'eye' on the camera, but it should handle a short drop from cold, clumsy fingers!

Thanks in advance for your ideas.

rocknice2 · · Montreal, Quebec · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 3,018
CornCob · · Sandy, UT · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 20
Fancy Leash.

How to use it.

Less fancy.

Or 550 cord and key chain rings.
alpinejason · · Minneapolis · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 175

I used the key ring retractor for similar. Do not get the chain version, they don't hold up to abuse well. The cable versions would last a year or so with moderate use, then eventually just wouldn't retract anymore.

Most (all?) cameras have a threaded hole in the bottom of the camera, attach a small eye bolt of equiv. diameter. and connect it to the key ring retractor with a key chain carabiner. Snug the eye bolt before you head out every morning.

Attach camera case to your harness backpack and keep the camera stowed until use.

I used this system for three years for work and never dropped a camera.

alpinejason · · Minneapolis · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 175

My system, while not fancy, is built on hardware parts vs. the fancy leashes. You can buy replacement supplies at any local store and repair it while out and about.

Trevor. · · Boise, ID · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 834

I use one of my B&D ski leashes to tether my camera and it works well for my purposes.

bearbreeder · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 3,065

Make a blakes hitch purcell out of 2-3 mm shock cord

Cost u like 2 dollahs

The downside is that its harder to extend one handed (put the camera in yr mouth)

For two handed operations its just dandy

I can post up instructions on how to make it

I make em as general teethers for folks


Nathan Self · · Louisiana · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 90

Tethers are aid.

Patrick Corry · · PA · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 75

Thank you all for the great ideas!

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