When I first purchased the Canon E1 hand strap from B&H, I was quite shocked to find that it didn’t come with any directions, but figuring how hard can it be to install this handstrap onto my camera. Turns out it’s more difficult than it looks. Fortunately I remembered awhile back I had the good fortune to come back a JPG that shows step-by-step how to properly install the Canon E1 hand strap and I saved it too! So within 5-minutes, I was a happy camper.
The Canon E1 hand strap is great for extra hand holding stability, especially when using longer telephoto lenses and slow shutter speeds. It’s also designed so that you can use your regular camera strap in addition to the E1 hand strap. I’m not a huge fan of camera straps so I used this extensively on my Canon EOS 1D Mark II and often times with my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and it helps balance it out and I wouldn’t have to be afraid of dropping my camera and lens either. For $23, it’s a good investment. Note that the E1 hand strap is intended for 1D-series and cameras with the battery pack attached. If you’re looking for a hand strap that works with SLRs without the battery grip, consider the Nikon AH-4 hand strap. It’s considerably more expensive, but it mounts to the tripod mount on your camera and is more secure than the Canon E1.