How to keep the weight off
Have you ever thought, “Photography is such a Pain in the Neck”?
Is your answer a resounding, “Yes!”
What I am about to suggest isn’t Snake Oil. I’ve used this idea, suggested to me by a local nature photographer, Michael Oberman. It’s worked for me for a couple of years.
Binocular straps are the answer. I bought mine through Amazon.com,
and are known as /OP/TECH USA 5301412 Bino/Cam Harness-Webbing OP/TECH USA 5301412 Bino/Cam Harness-Webbing by Op/Tech. The cost is about $15 including postage.
The photographer wears this harness much like a back pack, but in front. When adjusted correctly it takes the weight of the camera and lens off the neck strap, and the photographer carries the camera’s weight on his/her shoulders. One downside is that if the harness is adjusted too tight, the camera can’t be lifted very high, limiting overhead shots, or if it is too loose, then the camera hangs from the wearer’s neck.
There are others available, some are elastic, but with a Camera, Dual-battery pack, and 400mm lens I think the elastic would sag.
Disclaimer: I don’t work for Amazon, or Op/Tech, I just like this harness