So you have your camera hanging around your neck along with your heavy, fast f/2.8 glass. Your pictures are great but your only nit is feeling of all that weight hanging around your neck. You say to yourself, ‘this is a burden but that is part of the price since good gear is often heavy gear’. If you feel all this weight is literally a pain in the neck then chances are you are wearing the manufacturer's camera strap that has no padding, just your cameras model number for all to see. The good news is the fix is easy and once you try it you will likely never go back.
For heavy camera/lens combos, and even for not so heavy combos, I strongly recommend you put away the strap that came with your DSLR and replace it with something like a Op/Tech Pro Strap or Op/Tech Pro Loop Strap. I own two of the Pro Loop Strap models, one on each of my two bodies. I have not used a OEM camera strap since 2005 and when I get a new camera I keep the original strap in the plastic bag to make it easier when the time comes to sell my older camera, “strap like new – never used.”
These straps have three parts, two shorter ends that attach to your camera which easily snap onto the longer, padded part that goes around your neck. What is great about this design is not only are they very comfortable and cushion your neck, you can easily remove (by unsnapping) the neck part if it becomes a nuisance by getting in your way dangling from a tripod. One landscape trips I use two bodies, one dedicated to my longer Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 and one with my wider lenses, I generally remove the neck part and snap the two shorter ends (that are attached to the camera) together which transforms it into a handle. This keeps the strap from dangling from my tripod and makes it easier to place in my camera bag. I do the same when shooting wildlife with my heavier 300mm f/2.8 lens to keep the longer strap from getting in the way. Works out great and it is a snap, pun intended, to convert back and forth.
If you ever thought that your camera/lens feels heavy, and is literally a pain in the neck, then I strongly recommend investing in one of these Op/Tech (or similar design) padded neck straps. Chances are you will never go back to using those uncomfortable manufacturer straps. Your comments are welcome in my Blog post of this article.