Not bad, not that amazing either
Bought this to replace my extra long UPstrap. I'm 6'3" and 270lbs and I have trouble finding straps that fit well. The UPstrap was a great length, however it grips too well for my liking, making it really awkward to move the camera from a hanging position to a shooting position. The UPstrap basically would drag my shirt with it, catch on my shirt, etc, however it was long enough so that the camera would hang near my waist, unlike most other straps that when over my shoulder would put the camera basically in my armpit, which is...well...less than ideal.I bought the RS-7 because I like the concept, as it appears to generally hold the camera low yet secure, as well as gives you the options to add an extension strap to make it longer if need be, which I thought I might need.After receiving it, it is a bit shorter than my upstrap, however because it holds the camera upside down, the camera sits in about the same position as the upstrap, however I can slide the camera up and take pictures without dragging my shirt with it (and terrifying anyone I'm taking a picture of.) The downside is that the blackrapid strap is not grippy enough, and in fact would be fine if it was as grippy as the upstrap, since the camera slides on the strap. As a result I purchased the BRAD addon for it that is an underarm strap that helps keep the blackrapid strap secure. The downside to the BRAD is that it makes the blackrapid a bit awkward to put on, particularly because the BRAD doesn't have quick releases, and it's annoying to install or take off. The BRAD also has the additional effect of making it look like you're wearing some sort of poorly thought out photographer bondage rather than a camera strap, and more than one person has made comments about that to me. The other downside is that with the locking carabiner and the screw mount to the tripod socket, the camera is not too quick to disconnect, and is held close to your body. If you need to quickly move the camera to get a shot in an awkward position or even simply hold it up high for a shot with live view or something, you can't do it quickly with the blackrapid RS-7.All that being said however, it's probably the most comfortable and useful strap I've used for general walking around, giving quick access as well as quick unobtrusive stowage. The improvements that could be made would be to make a better mounting system to the camera that allows quicker disconnecting yet remaining secure (possibly a safety line or something as well, as I am paranoid about the camera falling off the strap), and improvement to the grip of the shoulder pad, something along the lines of the upstrap would be great, so I don't have to go out looking like some sort of half kinky photographer using the BRAD when walking around.
I purchased this strap after an old one I had been using for a while suddenly snapped (one of the clasps gave)
I like the way this one works using a locking caribiner: it is sure not to come off the camera unless you want it to. I use the caribiner to connect to one of the clasps on the side of my Sony A850, and leave the included threaded eye-bolt on the tripod-collar of my 70-200. This way I can switch between them quickly. One must note that if you are going to use the eye-bolt on the camera itself, it will interfere with those who prefer to shoot vertically using the battery grip(which I do). This is why I chose to simply clip it to the camera clasp instead, which is working just fine.
The strap seems well built, very (and quickly adjustable), and allows you not only to adjust the looseness of the strap itself, but also where exactly you want the camera to hang (closer to your back while walking, or right in front of you while working). It is a great strap. I wish it was cheaper, but this is what I wanted and it can't be found for cheaper so get it! As a professional a good strap is indispensable.
An All-Day Carry Strap
I shoot with a Nikon D90 with a 70-300mm lens. I also use a battery grip, more to balance out the camera with front-heavy lens attached than to provide extra battery life. The end result is quite a bit of weight.
It seemed like no matter which camera strap I tried, I would end up carrying the camera in my hand to reduce the strain on my neck, and to keep the camera from bouncing around.
The Black Rapid strap cured all of that. I can carry my camera around all day at the zoo or a theme park without any neck strain. As an added bonus, the way the camera hangs on the strap puts the camera body on your hip with the lens pointing backwards, behind you. This seems to prevent the camera from bouncing around too much, and keeps more of your expensive equipment tight to your body rather than sticking out where it can bang into things.
The strap is pricey compared with others, but it works like they say it does, and I for one think the comfort and extra protection make it well worth it!
So far, so good
After about 5 minutes of minor adjusting to get the camera to sit where I wanted, this strap worked just as advertised. Much more comfortable than the standard straps Canon gives you with any of their SLRs. I find myself worrying a lot less about bumping into things with the camera while at rest, as the natural position of my arm keeps it from moving too much. Bringing the camera up into shooting position is incredibly easy and fast. So far, one of the best investments in equipment I've made. I will be looking into buying the joeys to go with the strap to hold a couple of small items that I like to have close at hand.
So simple and yet so useful
While one would think that it would be hard to expand up on something as simple as a camera strap, the Black Rapid strap does just that. It's so fast, I'm having to get used to the feeling that I can just whip up my camera to a shooting position whenever I see a shot. I'm still working out the kinks on how to effectively carry a camera bag, however, as it uses the same shoulder, and I'm having trouble finding the new fastener that can be attached to a quick release plate. Despite these two things, I'd say the strap is worth every penny, so don't hesitate.
Essential for any photographer
I've been using this sling for a while now, and I love it. I can't imagine not using it, as it's just perfect for carrying a DSLR and having it handy. The regular straps that come with the cameras don't provide enough room to wield the camera. This allows you to walk and work with the camera. Their product line accommodates various photographer styles and needs, so check out all that they offer, and order it through Adorama. This is one of the few times I can write an absolutely solid product referral.
Excellent in all ways.
I've had this strap for about a year now, and I love it. Absolutely love it. It easily hangs on the tripod plate loop, so I don't have to pop off the plate and pop in the mount that came with it. The padding is great for holding a 7D with the 2-battery pack and any lens you can think of. This product is one of those rare, truly worth it, gotta have it items.
So far I'm really liking this strap. I say so far only because I haven't put it through a marathon session. It's very comfortable and stays in place. It allows me to position the camera exactly where I want it--next to me, behind me, etc. It stays out of my way when I bring up the camera. Can't believe I ever lugged a camera around without it.
it just "works"!
used the strap on a recent trip to germany...i attached my Fuji x-pro 1....and was ALWAYS ready to grab the shot,one handed if necessary. It is perfect for candids/street photography as it will hide under a jacket as well. I liked the strap so much i bought a second one for my wife!
good, unless you use a tripod often
Great idea; if you want to use a tripod, though, you need a special attachment, or remove the strap button every time you need to use a tripod. This isn't a super big deal to me, and the strap is worth it.
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