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Canon WS-20 Wrist Strap Review
06/10/2006

I've been using Canon's Digital Rebel XT / EOS 350D for some time now and if there is anything I dislike about using the camera, it would have to be the neck strap that came with it. Canon's neck strap is very high quality but, after a period of time wearing it, the back of my neck seems to turn raw. I could do away with the neck strap, but the thought of accidentally dropping the camera warrants the use of it.

Most of the time, when I plan to use the camera, I carry along a small camera shoulder bag (or backpack). When I'm ready to shoot, I pull the camera out of the bag, put the camera strap around my neck, and start taking pictures. When I'm done taking pictures, I place the camera back into the bag, carefully fold up the neck strap, and close the bag. I've been looking at more expensive (comfortable) neck straps but what I really wanted was a wrist strap.

I've been using a compact/pocket digital cameras for a while now and the thing I like about them is the wrist strap that comes with them. It gives me a secure feeling that if I ever lose grip on the camera, with the wrist strap, I won't drop it (camera) and, for me, it's an easier way to carry the camera. So I bought Canon's WS-20 Wrist Strap knowing that it was designed for Canon's camcorders (and the only wrist strap that Canon makes... for the moment).

What's in the box
1 - Canon WS-20 Wrist Strap

That's it. (No warrantee information)

Canon WS-20 Wrist Strap Specifications
Length 13.5" (34.3cm) - out of the box
Wrist Strap (length)   7.6" (19.3cm)
Wrist Strap (width)   1.2" (3cm)
Camera strap (length)   5.9" (15cm) adjustable
Camera strap (width)   less than 0.5" (12mm)
Weight   0.5 oz (14g)
     
Construction    
Wrist Strap   Cotton Canvas (I could be wrong)
Camera strap   Nylon
Yoke   Leather (may be simulated leather)
Camera strap adjuster   Plastic

A look at Canon's WS-20 Wrist Strap
The camera strap on Canon's WS-20 Wrist Strap is a little wider than Canon's neck strap by almost 1/8 inch. I was somewhat concerned that the strap will not fit the metal loop on my Digital Rebel XT.

The wrist strap itself is fairly soft and has a texture and feel of thick cotton canvas. The quality is pretty good. Hmmm... let's see if this wrist strap will fit my Digital Rebel XT.

Using Canon's WS-20 Wrist Strap
The wider camera (or should say camcorder) strap of the WS-20 just barely fits the metal loop on my Digital Rebel XT. Whereas with the neck strap, there was a lot of slop, the WS-20 wrist strap is a nice snug fit.

Using Canon's WS-20 Wrist Strap on my Digital Rebel XT, for the first time, gave me a sense of freedom. What I mean by that is I was able to hold the camera at arms length, or high above my head, without the restrictions associated with the neck strap.

Conclusion
Canon's WS-20 Wrist Strap, for me, is a joy to use because with the camera on my wrist, it makes it that much easier to grab and take a shot and to be able to position the camera in such a way that I couldn't normally do with the neck strap. There is also a sense of security (should I ever lose grip on the camera) when using the wrist strap and it makes carrying the camera around a lot easier.

I should also add that it takes up very little space in a camera bag (or backpack) and feels very comfortable on my wrist, especially on a hot humid day.

Canon's WS-20 Wrist Strap, or any wrist strap for that matter, isn't for everyone but, for me personally, it's a comfort knowing that it isn't a pain on the neck.

:-)

Gary Kawamura

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