8 Best 3 Point Slingers for Cameras in 2022

Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a new hobbyist, investing in a good camera strap, especially a 3-point slinger or sling strap, is just as important as investing in your other camera equipment. A reliable strap allows you to comfortably carry your equipment and perform other tasks without worrying about the safety of your camera. It allows you to do shoots in any environment without having to worry about your camera falling, banging into something, or resting on grimy or dusty surfaces.

Sure, the stock strap that came with your camera can technically still do the job, but it most likely won’t do as good a job at keeping your camera secure and keeping you comfortable as a decent 3-point slinger or sling strap will. Moreover, a good sling strap can distribute that heavy weight of your camera more evenly across your body–allowing you be able to work with your camera for longer hours. A 3-point slinger adds an extra underarm strap to keep the cushioned shoulder padding and cross-body strap in place for extra comfort and support.

All that said, it’s hard to settle on just one, as different straps cater to different needs; so let’s dive in to our favorite 3-point slingers and sling straps of 2022.

This Waka Camera sling is a great budget option for photographers looking for a heavy-duty sling strap that simply does the job. While it’s nothing fancy, it’s affordable, durable, and has all the basic features one would look for in a sling strap

The Waka Professional DSLR Camera Shoulder Strap features a robust adjustable strap (capable of supporting full-size DSLRs) and a durable shoulder pad with a pocket for storing small essentials such as extra batteries or memory cards. This sling strap will suit taller photographers better as the strap tends to hang low even at its shortest adjustment. At its shortest, the adjustment buckle comes right to where the camera rests at the bottom of the strap so you may end up having it hit your leg as it hangs when you walk.

Specs & Features

  • Adjustable, quick-release strap
  • Anti-slip shoulder pad with zippered storage compartment
  • Metal plate with anti-slip rubber padding
  • Extra safety tether

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Things we like:

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    Simple and easy to use

Things we don't like:

  • check-markAdjustment strap is in the back, so it’s difficult to adjust while you’re wearing it
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  • check-markSafety tether doesn’t come with a clip to attach to the camera
  • check-markThe zipper for the storage compartment is a bit flimsy
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Waka Professional DSLR Camera Strap

BlackRapid was a pioneer of the camera sling and 3-point slinger. They are well-known and loved by the wider camera community. Durable, comfortable, and packed with features, the BlackRapid Sport is ideal for professional photographers and serious enthusiasts.

The BlackRapid Sport features an adjustable strap with an ergonomically-designed, breathable shoulder pad that provides optimal comfort and stability. This 3-point slinger comes with an underarm stabilizer that keeps the shoulder pad in place as you slide the camera up and down the strap for comfortable shooting. The strap has bumpers that can hold the camera in one spot to help keep it stable when not in use.

Specs & Features

  • Adjustable strap with bumpers and integrated underarm stabilizer
  • Curved pad made with a combination of nylon mono mesh, TPE foam, polyester, and air mesh
  • FastenR camera base plate attachment
  • ConnectR swivel locking carabiner with LockStar
  • Comes with a black mesh bag

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

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    Highly durable
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    Underarm strap keeps the shoulder pad in place
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    Shoulder pad is breathable and is not stiff like the Waka and Altura straps
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    The swivel locking carabiner combined with the LockStar ensures your camera is secure
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    Good range of strap length adjustment

Things we don't like:

  • check-markHas no built-in storage compartments
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  • check-markSafety strap clasp does not click into place smoothly, feels like it could get worn if moved often
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BlackRapid Sport Breathe Camera Sling

The Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Strap (designed for more lightweight and mirrorless cameras)  along with its sister the Peak Design Slide (for heavier DSLR cameras) are, some would say, anomalies. While they have a straightforward design and are very easy to use, they are also among the most versatile and feature-packed sling straps on the market. These are straps for photographers looking for something that’s low-profile, robust, and highly versatile.

The Slide Lite features a specially engineered nylon webbing strap that’s padded internally, as opposed to most straps that feature a shoulder pad. The nylon strap is coated on one side (the side that comes in contact with your shoulder or neck) with a gripping finish to help keep the strap in place and smooth on the other side, to help the camera slide into shooting position. Additionally, the strap has quick adjusters to easily adjust its length as well as dictate your camera’s range of motion even while you are wearing it. In practice, however, because there is no underarm stabilizing strap, often when the camera is slid up for photographing the shoulder strap will slip behind and will need to be readjusted when you resume walking. This is common with sling straps.

All that said, the main highlight of the Slide Lite is its Anchor Link system that allows you to carry your camera securely in a number of different ways. It can connect to your camera at three different points giving some extra security and making it easy to move the strap from being carried sling style to around the neck. Ideal for photographers who employ a variety of shooting styles.

The Slide Lite is compact and lightweight, but it punches way above its weight when it comes to versatility.

Specs & Features

  • Unique Anchor Link system (composed of anchors, anchor connectors, and a low-profile anchor mount)
  • Adjustable 1.3" wide specially engineered nylon strap with internal padding and a gripped side
  • Aluminum adjuster handles

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Things we like:

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    Highly durable strap with equally durable buckles and adjuster handles
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    Lightweight and comfortable
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    Easy to use
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    Has a classy, minimalist style

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markSome have complained that the strap's anchor connectors scratch up their camera
  • check-markShoulder strap moves when sliding camera into shooting position
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Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Strap

Like most of Altura Photo’s products, the Altura Rapid Fire Neck Strap offers incredible value. This Altura Sling is a simple and useful camera sling that’s easy to adjust.

The Altura Photo Camera Strap is an easily adjustable strap that comes with a shoulder pad and base plate camera connector. The shoulder pad comes with a zipper pocket for storing essentials such as memory cards and batteries.

This sling strap attaches to your camera with a claw clasp that connects to a metal plate with an anti-slip rubber bottom that screws into your camera’s tripod mount (compatible with any cameras with a standard 1/4″ tripod mount).

The Altura Rapid Fire sling strap is not very robust with cheaper plastic fittings and does not seem very durable. But it could be a great budget option for beginner photographers who don’t have heavy equipment and are trying out new camera accessories.

Specs & Features

  • Adjustable strap
  • Shoulder pad with storage compartment
  • Metal mounting plate with anti-slip rubber bottom
  • Safety tether

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Things we like:

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    Comfortable
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    Easily adjustable when wearing
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    Affordable

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markThe safety tether and some of its hardware could be sturdier
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Altura Rapid Fire Neck Strap

The USA GEAR TrueSHOT Camera Sling Strap is an ideal 3-point slinger for photographers looking for something affordable and comfortable with some added features.

Like most 3-point slingers, the USA GEAR Sling Strap features a sturdy nylon strap with adjustable locks, an underarm stabilizing strap, and a shoulder pad. The shoulder pad is made from very comfortable neoprene and comes with an easily accessible integrated memory card pocket, as well as an elastic pocket with a velcro closure (which some photographers prefer over zipper pockets).

The TrueSHOT’s underarm strap has reversible buckles, allowing photographers to switch this 3-point slinger to either shoulder. The reversible buckles would also allow users to connect to another strap on the opposite shoulder and carry 2 cameras, one on each side. One of our photographers found the underarm strap too high and uncomfortable under the arm, especially while wearing a sweater.

Specs & Features

  • Adjustable strap with quick-release reversible buckles
  • Removable underarm strap
  • Neoprene shoulder pad with built-in SD card pocket and elastic pocket
  • Screw on metal plate
  • Safety tether strap

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Things we like:

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    Durable and good quality materials and construction
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    Can be adjusted to be worn on either shoulder
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    Can be connected to another 3-point slinger
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    Comfortable
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    Affordable

Things we don't like:

  • check-markDepending on your needs, the elastic pocket can be a bit small and won’t fit batteries or a lens cap
  • check-markThe screw plate has a tendency to come loose after hours of use
  • check-markThe strap hangs a bit long and tends to hit your leg as you walk–might be better for taller people
  • check-markUnderarm strap is a bit high and can be uncomfortable if wearing layers
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USA GEAR TrueSHOT Camera Sling Strap

OP/TECH USA is a leading brand in camera accessories, and their Super Classic Combo™ is a great example of why the company thrives in such a competitive market. Configurable into a wrist strap, neck strap, or sling strap, this strap kit is a straightforward, “all business” option ideal for photographers who put a premium on functionality and versatility.

The Super Classic Combo™ consists of a wrist strap, a robust, easily adjustable sling strap with a neoprene shoulder pad, a pair of OP/TECH USA’s Extensions™, and a pair of OP/TECH USA’s Uni-Loops™. The whole kit allows users to switch through different carrying styles in a cinch. If you’re someone who does a lot of outdoor/nature photography on the weekends, or someone who’s constantly exposed to a variety of different shooting conditions, the Super Classic Combo™ is definitely worth considering.

Specs & Features

  • SLR Wrist Strap™
  • Super Classic™ Pad with internal control-stretch system
  • Sling Strap Adaptor Quick-Adjust™
  • A pair of Extensions™
  • A pair of Uni-loops™

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Things we like:

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    Highly durable
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    Easily adaptable to any shooting style and shooting environment
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    Great value for money

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markHas no built in storage compartment
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OP/TECH USA 1001001 Super Classic Combo

Without a doubt, the Ocim Camera Sling Strap is among the best 3-point slingers when it comes to value for money. Considered by many to be a BlackRapid clone (that’s right, not a cheap knockoff, but an actual clone), the Ocim Sling Strap can go toe to toe with 3-point slingers that cost more than three times its retail price. With all its built-in features, it’s ideal for anyone looking for a high-quality strap that doesn’t break the bank.

The Ocim Sling Strap features a robust adjustable strap with a thick shoulder pad that’s locked in place by an adjustable underarm strap. Much like the BlackRapid Breathe line, the strap connects to the bottom of the camera through a stainless steel mount screw, which connects to a metal carabiner with a locking mechanism (it does not have something similar to BlackRapid’s LockStar, though).

While the concept behind this Ocim Camera Sling Strap is obviously not in any way original, and it does have its flaws, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything that offers more bang for your buck.

Specs & Features

  • Breathable shoulder pad
  • Adjustable strap
  • Locking metal carabiner
  • Easily adjustable underarm strap
  • Stainless steel mount screw with anti-slip rubber

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Things we like:

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    Has a highly durable strap that's adaptable in any shooting condition
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    Offers incredible value for money
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    Can be worn on either shoulder comfortably

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markShoulder pad may not be ideal for larger body types
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Ocim Camera Sling Strap

While this TARION Camera Strap is not a sling or 3-point slinger we loved its look and build so we threw it in. It is as old school as a camera strap can be and is ideal for anyone looking for something sturdy and simple with a classic vintage look.

The TARION Camera Strap features a high-quality cotton yarn and PU leather strap with an anti-slip surface to keep the strap from moving. While the strap itself isn’t adjustable, the ends of the straps can be adjusted to your desired length. Additionally, the strap comes with a pair of metal eyelets that can be attached not just to cameras but to other equipment as well, such as binoculars. The strap attaches to the camera by looping the ends of the strap through the metal eyelets.

All in all, the TARION Camera Strap is an ideal strap if you’re a casual photographer looking for something with a timeless, good-looking design.

Specs & Features

  • Durable vintage-style strap made of cotton yarn and PU leather, with nylon ends
  • Comes with two metal eyelets

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Things we like:

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    Has a classic vintage look that's suited not just for DSLRs but for film cameras as well
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    Affordable
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    Can be used for other equipment (not exceeding 22 lbs)

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markThe strap doesn't have any padding whatsoever
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TARION Camera Shoulder Neck Strap

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Buyer’s Guide:

There are a number of factors to consider when buying a 3-point slinger or a sling strap for your camera.

Size and Weight

One of the most important aspects to consider when buying a 3-point slinger or sling strap is its size and weight. While most straps may not weigh much by themselves, considering you’ll be wearing one that’s attached to your camera and lens for hours on end, a few ounces can definitely impact overall comfort.

Moreover, the ideal strap should have the right dimensions for your body type. If its shoulder pad is a tad bigger (or smaller) than necessary, you’ll definitely feel it after an hour of use. Additionally, the length of the straps (as well as how much shorter or longer you can adjust them) will dictate the range of motion of your camera, so you’ll want something that’ll fit your shooting style.

Pockets

One of the benefits of using a 3-point slinger or sling strap over a conventional camera neck strap can be added compartments. Whether a 3-point slinger is equipped with a small pocket integrated into its shoulder pad or with an extra bag, the extra storage is nice especially if you have to carry extra batteries, lens caps, memory cards, and other small essentials.

Durability and Weatherproofing

When you’re choosing something that’ll carry the full weight of thousands of dollars of equipment, you’ll want something that can do the job without any hiccups.

As such, durability is of utmost importance especially if you’re a professional photographer. Before investing in it, you’ll want to check the robustness not only of your strap but also of its connectors, shoulder pad, pockets/storage compartments, buckles, and other hardware.

Furthermore, if you dabble in any kind of outdoor photography, you’ll want something that will hold up under any weather condition–just like the rest of your outdoor gear.

Overall Comfort

If you’re a professional photographer, or if you simply use your camera a lot, you’ll want to get something comfortable. While most straps seem comfortable right out the box, the ideal 3-point slinger or sling strap should stay comfortable after hours and hours of use.

As such, before buying one, you’ll want to check if the strap distributes the weight of your camera evenly across your body. You’ll also want to check if the material your 3-point slinger or sling strap is made out of is breathable, moisture-wicking, non-chafing, and of course, lightweight.

Price

Obviously, before considering any of the aforementioned factors, you’ll want to consider your budget. While your budget may limit your options, it is worth considering that many of the more expensive sling straps and 3-point slingers are built to last. While you may not need something that costs more than $20 when you’re just starting out if you have developed your photography and are carrying expensive equipment at the end of your strap it is worth looking at what professionals recommend as being safe and durable.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How do you use 3-point slingers?

A 3-point slinger is worn cross-body. You attach the 3-point slinger to your camera first (make sure everything is secure). Then adjust the strap to your desired hanging length. A lot of 3-point slingers can’t be adjusted while you are wearing them so it is worth taking the time before you start photographing to get the length right. Put the strap over your head with the shoulder pad resting on your preferred shoulder. Then attach the underarm stabilizing strap and any stabilizing bumpers for camera positioning, and you are ready.

What are the benefits of using a 3-point slinger?

As mentioned above, 3-point slingers help secure your camera to your body and prevent it from moving (or falling) with every little movement you make. Most 3-point slingers also distribute the weight of your camera evenly across your body, preventing a sore neck or shoulder even after a full day’s shoot. Finally, a 3-point slinger also allows you to carry your camera hands-free while remaining easily accessible for when you need to shoot something at a moment’s notice and without it bouncing around when you are walking

Check out our full guide to find the right 3-point slinger or camera sling for you.

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