Jan Christian

DIY Camera Wrist Strap Paracord


I haven’t used a regular neck strap in years. In fact, I rarely use a strap at all. When I do use a strap (mainly when shooting a wedding and I’m using two bodies) it’s a sling strap. Most other times I shoot out of a bag so long straps just get in the way. I’ve been using a wrist strap for a while now and love it. It’s quicker to re-bag the camera yet still offers security while the camera is in your hand.
I used Paracord/550 cord, which you can find online or locally at places like Army surplus stores or REI. Start with a piece around 27″ long. Then tie a lanyard knot so that it makes a loop about 7″ to 7.5″ long. Once you get the knot tight, install the strap on your camera and see how it feels. There’s a sweet spot where there’s a little tension on the strap but enough slack so that you can still manipulate the buttons on the camera. Once you’re done, trim the ends of the paracord after the knot and melt the fresh cuts so they don’t fray. Or if you like the frayed look, leave them alone.
If you have trouble getting the end of the wrist strap loop through the eyelet of the camera, use a small string (like one of the inner strands of paracord) to pull it through.


8 Responses to “DIY Camera Wrist Strap Paracord”

  1. Chuck Grimmett Says:

    Great idea, Jan!

  2. Martin Says:

    I don’t like the regular neck straps either, and after reading this post, I bought some paracord online, and made myself a wrist strap, as you describe above (but I went for a more subtle black, rather than red ;-).

    While I haven’t done much shooting with it yet, I’m liking it so far! Thanks for the idea.

  3. erika Says:

    smart idea! 😀

  4. Russ Abbott Says:

    Great idea, thanks for posting it.


  5. Michael Says:

    awesome idea! just made one for mine! thanks!

  6. imn Says:

    impressively simple idea!!! i had some kind of of paracord like this on my DSLR but never thought of using it that way. i’m giving it a new look today.

  7. imn Says:

    btw, how does it feel on your wrist when the cam is hanged on it?

  8. Jan Says:

    imn, I don’t usually let the camera hang from just the cord on my wrist. I hold the camera normally, the strap just takes a little weight off of the fingers.

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