I've seen lots of photographers carry heavy sling Lowepro bags on one shoulder which is sometimes very uncomfortable after a long day's shoot -- the things we all do for a good picture. Thought I'd share a way I thought of to carry it as a "backpack" with 2 straps to even the weight out with just one additional Optech strap, just as I used to carry big plastic bags in a makeshift way over both my shoulders. It makes a huge difference when you carry long lenses, bodies with grips and lots of accessories -- one-sided slings are likely to really tire out one side. Switching sides frequently is uncomfortable and inconvenient at best.
I'm not sure if this has been discussed before or if this is new, but here goes:
1. Attach the Optech strap
2. Sling both straps over one shoulder (any shoulder)
3. Assign one of the straps as the Primary strap (I prefer optech)
4. If you slung both straps on your left shoulder, put your right hand through and between the straps (the primary strap should be the lower one)
5. Slide the secondary strap over your left shoulder
6. Slide the secondary strap on the right side up and over your right shoulder
7. The first time you do this, more weight is going to be on one strap -- adjust the secondary strap so that it distributes the weight more evenly (you only need to do this once)
This way, you get the option of carrying it sling with both straps, or convert it to a 2-shouldered backpack when you start feeling tired. Quick access to equipment easy (you get used to going into this position and out of it very quickly) especially if you have a bag like the stealth reporter with a zip on top. For example, you can backpack it while traveling to your location, then sling while on the job for faster access.
I hope this helps anyone with huge bags and lots of equipment.
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