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Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap (Black)
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- Topside Material: Ballistic Nylon
- Underside Material: 1.4 cm thick Foam Pad with Knitted Mesh
- Width of webbing: 2.5 cm
- Hand/machine washable, air dry
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The RS-7 is specially designed to work with BlackRapid?s MODS system. It features attachment points so you can customize your strap with your choice of storage and other features. It?s constructed of ballistic nylon for extreme durability. With the RS-7, ergonomics are key. It?s designed and shaped to fit perfectly around your shoulder. The weight of your camera is evenly distributed for the ultimate in comfort. Built for speed, for when timing is everything.
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The BlackRapid Curve (RS-7) Camera Strap is a lightweight strap and is the simplest and most versatile of the BlackRapid straps.
It features attachment points so you can customize your strap with your choice of storage and other features.
It's constructed of ballistic nylon for extreme durability.
With the Curve, ergonomics are key. It's designed and shaped to fit perfectly around your shoulder.
The weight of your camera is evenly distributed for the ultimate in comfort. It's built for speed, for when timing is everything.
This R-Strap is worn diagonally across the torso from shoulder to hip, and adjusts to fit most photographers.
The length adjuster is located inconspicuously at the rear of the shoulder pad.
Included is a stainless steel FastenR which fastens to the standard 1/4"-20 tripod socket on the camera body or lens.
Once fastened the camera hangs upside down, resting securely at the photographer's hip, stomach, or at the small of the back.
The R-Strap system distributes weight sensibly, and contains dense foam padding for unparalleled comfort.
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Update: I've continued to use the RS-7 strap. I've grown comfortable with its ability to support my camera. I strongly recommend that buyers twist the screw very tightly to avoid a mishap like I experienced. I now screw the fastener so tight that it flattens the rubber washer.
THE BAD: ***UPDATE*** I whined about the price when I first bought this. Having used the this strap a LOT over the last 6 months, I can say with confidence, THIS STRAP IS WORTH IT'S WEIGHT IN GOLD!
OTHER SOLUTIONS I HAVE USED: Neck straps with extra padding and holsters.
PRO EXPERIENCE WITH THE STRAP: As someone who depends on photographic gear for a living, this was a welcome addition to my collection. I shot four weddings last month using my D800 with Nikon battery grip, predominantly the heavy Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Glass and the SB-700 Speedlight. This combo is heavy - especially when wearing it for 10+ hours. The Rapid Strap was superb in distributing the weight across my shoulder and it was actually comfortable. It was extremely easy to bring the camera up quickly and it rested at my side comfortably in between shots. This will remain permanently attached to my gear.
***UPDATE*** THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS: I was apprehensive about this purchase because of the number of complaints about the strap "coming loose" from the camera. After receiving the strap and attaching it, I am happy to report that the screw has a very pliable silicone rubber washer attached that actually grips both surfaces as it is being tightened. IT HAS BEEN SIX MONTHS SINCE I ATTACHED THE STRAP TO MY D800 AND IT HAS NOT COME LOOSE. IT HASN'T EVEN BUDGED - AND I CHECK IT EVERY TIME IT COMES OUT OF MY PACK.
***UPDATED CONCLUSION***: The bottom line for this strap comes down to 3 things for me.
1. Can I trust it to hold my gear without fear of it coming loose and causing me to call my insurance company? YES - absolutely. It has proven itself.
2. Does it make my job easier? YES - Oh my GOSH, yes!
3. Is it comfortable? Absofreakinlutely!
I HIGHLY recommend this strap!
The bottom line with this strap is that it does exactly what I wanted it to do. It keeps my expensive camera/lens from getting knocked out of my hands and going straight to the bottom of the lake. And that is exactly what was going to eventually happen. As most canoeists do, I sit in the back seat, at the narrowest part of the canoe and I keep my big lens on my lap or sometimes (when I am shooting) right over the edge of the gunwale where it can be knocked out of my grip. If that happens, there is no stopping it from shooting to the bottom like a rock.
No more worrying about that. If this rig gets knocked from my grip now, the most I will lose is the lens hood.
THE 1/4 20 SCREW ATTACHMENT: Some suggested that this short screw is not good enough to stay attached. Bunk! There is a rubber washer on the screw stem, right where it meets that screw head. When the screw seats, the washer gets compressed, and it is easy to get more leverage to further tighten it. There is no way this screw is backing out. So this is not a concern.
Why did I not give it 5 stars? Maybe I should have. The materials, workmanship and concept are outstanding. But here is why I did not: I do not like the fact that the strap is designed to be used only on the right shoulder. But then again, because it has that offset, it sits flatter on the shoulder. So I accept that and probably would not like it if there was no curve or offset to make it sit flat on the right shoulder.
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I purchased my Black Rapid RS-7 back in July 2013. I am happy to report that five years later, it’s in incredible shape.Read more