California Sun Sniper Steel-Steel Reinforced Padded Camera Sniper Strap - Black
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 3 x 14 inches|
|Item Weight||0.19 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.53 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
California Sun Sniper or Sun Sniper or Peter Sun Sniper. I am not sure what name you want to call it or if the US distributor has decided to slightly rebrand the product I am not... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cordain A. Lucas
No matter what you pay you can Not get a better camera strap. I will not take a camera in the field on anything but a Sun Sniper strap!Published 6 months ago by Frank A. Sanderson
A little difficult to grab & run. Does not lay flat. But then with the steel cable running through it, and when worn cross-body, nobody is going to steal it either.Published 18 months ago by Freemind
Its OK but somehow not as nimble as I expected. The shoulder cushion does no stay in place and requires constant realignment.Published 22 months ago by Opinions are like...
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At the 1st few times using it, I'd worry if the strap or bearing would fail. Read more
I was on vacation and left my strap, I noticed someone this strap with the quickness, readiness and convenience of using it. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by depgrumpy
This strap is a huge improvement over every other strap I've ever owned. And I bought this model for the steel cable that runs through it, as I do a lot of international travel,... Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Jonathan J. Hall
The Sun Sniper Steel is a great product. I've been a professional photographer for over 32 years, and unfortunately, like many photographers with as many years of experience, I've... Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Rolando Gomez