It’s very possible that camera straps with a gargantuan lens can be very uncomfortable depending on what strap you’re using and its available padding. This is one of the reasons why some photographers use sling straps, and a new Kickstarter is trying to provide a better solution. It’s called the BOOMR, and it essentially puts your camera on a coiled bungee system around your chest. And yes, it’s an actual bungee. The idea is to provide both padding to your chest/shoulder/neck while using the bungee system to semi-suspend the camera and ensure comfort.
In theory, a bungee system means that there is far less weight on your shoulders and back–but, in theory, it also means that the probability of your lens and camera smacking into something is that much higher. Now, don’t blame that necessarily on the build of the carabiner and other iron hardware used here, but instead blame it on the entire concept, which admittedly I haven’t seen or tested yet in person but I wouldn’t really imagine running through the New York City Subways or down the street with this attached to me unless one hand was stabilizing the camera/lens and holding it against my body. Perhaps the adjustable strap length could help with that concern.
You can kind of see what I’m talking about with the Kickstarter video above–complete with overly serious music and a man photographing beautiful women with the sun right in their eyes.
The Kickstarter has a while until it achieves its full funding, but we’re honestly not sure how this will do with any market except for maybe Urbex and Sports photographers.