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| p.1 #20 · Effective tripod carrying strategies |
Manfrotto tripods have a mounting hole in the spider for their tripod straps.
Now I use a OpTech Super Classic strap with binocular ends (shown at top center),
which allow you to make a loop that goes around below the ballhead as well as a loop that goes around one (or more) leg of the tripod.
You sling the tripod over a shoulder and carry it vertically at your back like a rifle, and on the opposite shoulder from a over-shoulder bag, it helps to improve the balance and reduces the stress on your spine of having all the weight on one shoulder as you hike. With camera mounted on the tripod, you sling it all on your shoulder, but with the tripod and camera dangling downward (rather than at your back), to move to a new location to take other shots.
Personally, I consider tripod straps on camera bags one of the stupidest things you can do...let's hang 5-8 lbs of weight out a number of inches from your body where it has more leverage in adding stress to your body.