I think that in photography how you carry your precious gear is a complex, personal, and probably hotly debated topic. My solution to a good in all cases need was the straps from PacSafe. Their Photography section has two products in particular that I’ll talk about today:
The 300 is to lock the bag to a pole, chair, etc.
One of the nice things about these straps is that they are made of steel cables. Not the heavy kind, but light, flexible stranded cable that cannot be cut. They appear completely normal and unimportant on the outside. The other significant thing about their design is that they each have a way that prevents the strap from being disconnected from the camera or bag. In the 100 it is a nifty block for the D ring, and the 200 is literally bolted on.
Here we see the way the strap is connected. It has a really nice padded sleeve that slides down over the last 6″ of the strap (on both sides) closest to the camera. This protects the camera from all the hardware-even though it is all nylon.
The little D-hook/clamp/clasp has this little collar on it that slides to prevent the ring from opening. Even if you know how to work it, it is hard and I can’t see it ever coming open accidentally!
Camera Bag Strap
This bag strap is very similar to the camera strap, in that it has cable straps, albeit larger. The bag strap also has a generous strap that can get WAY longer than you will ever need. It also has an outrageous pad. Pads on both straps moves independent of the strap, so you can have padding regardless of how you sling it.
Here is an example of my wife wearing the bag the way I do. We are both 6’01”, it hangs on me the same way.
You’ll notice that although it sits really, really low, there is a TON of space left on the strap!