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California Sun Sniper Steel-Steel Reinforced Padded Camera Sniper Strap - Black

4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Technical Details

Product Description

Sun Sniper Steel with Shock Absorber and Cutter-Crasher Wire anti-theft device.The Sun Sniper Steel is a revolutionary new camera strap. The fully adjustable strap allows you camera to glide easily along the strap. When not in use, your camera will hang comfortable at your side or behind you depending on how you position the strap. When you need to shoot, just grab the camera and pull it up into shooting position. The strap will stay in comfortably in place on your shoulder as the camera slides along the strap on its unique sliding carabiner. The strap is also equipt with an amazingly tough steel wire which is designed to prevent theft by cutting the strap while attached to you body. We are so convinced of its security that we offer a manufacturer’s insurance policy for $500 if your camera is stolen (see website of packaging for details).This is the perfect strap for photojournalists, sports photographers, nature photographers hiking or climbing, urban warriors who need to keep the cameras out of the way while working through the crowds, and wedding photographers. Sniper is the ultimate strap for the serious shooter.The strap is also designed to maximize ease on your back. This strap is so good that it not only reduced back strain, but it actually helps keep the curvature of your spine going the right way. With the Sniper strap you can carry those big lenses all day long. Doctor recommended: The Sun Sniper.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 3 inches ; 3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Item model number: C-SSN-2st
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I love the product. It's exactly what the description says it is: comfortable, convenient, and the embedded steel wire certainly brings peace of mind. If the product looks like something you'd want, it will most likely suit your needs beautifully. The elastic-y bounce controller makes for an especially comfortable camera-lugging experience.


The $500 dollar insurance (on the model with the steel wire insert) should not factor into your purchase decision. First of all, I purchased this product in July and the insurance expires on October 1st. That's 3 months.

Second, for legal reasons, this insurance is offered for free to the consumer, i.e. not embedded into the price. I've noticed that some of these straps are selling at a higher price "with insurance" and for less without. Do not be fooled, they all come with the insurance. Get the cheapest one you can.

Third, to cash in on the insurance, one must submit 1) a police report thoroughly detailing that the camera was cut off of your person through the cord, and 2) the strap itself. The problem here is that if the strap is cut, it's probably going to be stolen with the camera and you won't be getting that $500.

Fourth, your camera and accessories attached to it (which aren't covered, by the way) are worth far greater than $500.

To conclude, this is an awesome product with a stupid marketing ploy attached to it. I fully support the strap, just don't let the insurance factor into your purchase.
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My initial impression is that it will easily hold a professional or prosumer camera body with a 70-200mm.

I typically carry two bodies which I used to do one in a strap, and another also with a strap but carried in a bag. But bec. I typically bring a Nikon D700+MB-D10 with a 24-70mm and a Nikon D300+MB-D10 with a 70-200mm, I needed to use a back-strapped bag to carry the 2nd body. This makes it very slowly and cumbersome for me to switch from one body to another.

The SSS allows me to carry two bodies without need to resort to a bag. I typically put on the SSS first, and my standard camera strap (Tamrac Boomerang) 2nd. This arrangement allows me to easily access both bodies very easily and quickly.

The one major downside or adjustment I needed to make is to remove the Nikon MB-D10 Battery Pack from my body as it is unlikely that the one-screw mounting of the battery pack to the body will be able to safely hold up the weight, specially if I am using a heavy lens like the 70-200mm. I am currently looking at replacing my D700 with a D4 once this is released to get around this problem in the future.

For regular use, the strap is also not as comfortable as my neoprene strap (Tamrac Boomerang) but the total weight of my setup is easily supported by the SSS. I adjusted the length of the SSS by shortening it to bring the camera height higher to reduce the sway when walking. It may still be necessary to hold the camera in one hand to keep it securely on one's side in a crowded location like walking down a narrow church aisle for example.
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The Sun Sniper "The Pro - Steel & Bear" had features and benefits that just made sense. They even had a demo video showing it in operation as well as a Orthopedic Doctor stating the benefits of a sling strap system. So I bought it! Hook, Line, Sinker...

There we several versions, and the one that I picked was had a steel cable embedded into the webbing strap for extra security. It also had the suspension spring thingy and the sliding pad as well as the ball bearing laden attachment screw. It cost a lot more than a Black Rapid, but I liked the fact that it had the steel cable reinforcement inside. Plus, if you register, you get equipment insurance if ever the strap is slashed by a thief (die 'Cuter-Crasher' Eigenshcaft)

Using it was simple: screw the attachment lug into the camera tripod hole, sling across your chest, adjust the pad and go. The camera would also glide easily along the track, as it should -- and much faster than a similar strap made by OpTech (which was to be fair, a third of the price). The pad was comfortable enough, though I wouldn't call it 'soft'.

A few months of use, and I noted that the strap had started to twist like a pretzel. And instead of laying flat, it had the wavy appearance of nearly-crisp bacon, with it's edges slightly askew. As another reviewer here noted, it seemed to work better with longer lenses vs. short primes (as it would with other sling-type strap systems). But at that time, it seemed normal since I thought you would need a slimmer strap in order to make a quick draw.

I also noted that the bottom screw had a way of loosening by itself (on a D700 body) - so I made it a point to constantly check it every now and then.
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Quick assess to my camera is as advertised. Carrying the camera upside down and low has proven to put the camera at no more risk than any other carrying position I have tried. In fact , I would contend it is at less risk since unlike the traditional strap I never need to remove the Sun Sniper from my neck or shoulder to take a picture so the chance of dropping the camera when doing so is eliminated. I have used the strap to comfortably carry lenses as big and heavy as the Sigma 120-400 on a D-SLR that also mounted a battery drive. When walking, you will want to keep a hand lightly on the camera to keep it from moving around, but it is easy to adjust the strap to a length that makes resting a hand on it comfortable and ready to bring the camera up for a shot.
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