Black Rapid RS-Sport Strap - Slimmer Version with Built-in Underarm Defense
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- The perfect companion for sports shooters
- Extra wide pad for perfect weight distribution
- Features an under arm stabilizing strap for strenuous shoots
- Slide your camera up the strap to grab the perfect shot
- Combined with FASTENR-3 adapter and ConnectR-2
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|Item Dimensions||2.5 x 3.5 x 9.5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.35 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.55 pounds|
The RS-Sport-2 is suitable for sports and outdoor activities such as walking, running or cycling with unbeatable comfort and maximum safety for the equipment.
The BRAD tether strap secures the addition so that it remains even when running, jumping and climbing into position.
Top Customer Reviews
I was hesitant about purchasing the BR RS-Sport Strap because I was afraid it could potentially come loose too easily. In the first few months I have been using the strap, I have not noticed any slippage of the mount connected to the camera. The clip is on a swivel so there's no additional "twisting" tension on the mount. I did purchase the Tether kit, and use one tether and one of the clips as an auxillery/emergency strap, so I have complete piece of mind.
Also, I had to return the slimmer version for the standard one. I am a larger guy and the slim strap was too short and a bit snug, but the regular strap is perfect, so unless you have a smaller frame, consider the standard size over the slim version. If unsure, get the standard one.
For many years I've carried my Canon SLR cameras with the traditional, included-in-the-box, "around-the-neck" camera strap boldly emblazoned Canon EOS 7D in large white print with red trim boldly telling the world, "Look, look, I have an expensive camera hanging around my neck—try to steal it." (The Nikon strap is similarly branded, but in bright gold.) If you have carried your SLR around your neck on one of these ubiquitous straps—but like me, often find you actually carry your camera in your hand or stick one arm through the strap to put the camera under your arm—to make the camera less burdensome on your neck on longer walks, steep climbs, or long sets of stairs—then a sling-strap might be a great option for you. It was for me.
I bought a sling-strap weeks before starting a 2-month, 6-nation trip. Although the particular sling-strap I bought—the BlackRapid Sport—has a few significant nuisance issues, I am sold on sling-straps for heavy SLR cameras. I will probably replace this BlackRapid Sport sling-strap, but it will be with another sling-strap—I'll never wear another around-the-neck SLR camera strap.
Here's how a sling-strap works. The sling-strap is a loop; a padded shoulder-pad attached at each end to a loop of webbing strap. The webbing strap is threaded through a metal attachment mechanism with a bolt that screws into the camera's bottom tripod mount. If you're carrying a long lense (e.g., an EF 100-400 mm), the strap can also attach to the lens' tripod mount.
The sling-strap goes on by putting one arm [e.g., right arm] through the loop and lifting the loop by the padded-shoulder section over your head and placing the padding on your opposite shoulder [e.g., left shoulder]. This means the strap crosses your chest & back with the attached camera hanging at, below, or above your hip (depending on your adjustments). With my BlackRapid Sport sling-strap, there's also a "shoulder-harness strap" that attaches (supposedly) to the the portion of the shoulder-pad on the back of the shoulder, goes under the arm and attaches to the portion of the shoulder-pad on the front of the shoulder. This shoulder-harness strap is designed to keep the shoulder-pad more stable when you lift the camera to shooting position, which usually raises the strap from the hip a bit.
To raise the SLR to shooting position, you simply pull the camera up. The attaching mechanism allows it & the camera to slide up the strap and, at the same time, raise the strap itself a bit. For me, this action was natural, actually more fluent than lifting the camera on my old around-the-neck strap.
On my trip I walked for hours at a time with my Canon 7D (usually with a 24-105 mm lens) hanging from my left shoulder with the camera & attached lens comfortably resting on my right hip. I thought it's weight was negligible—certainly far less of a burden than when on the around-the-neck strap. I trekked up & down hiking trails at Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand; walked hours on city streets in Singapore & Phnom Penh, Cambodia; took cruises of sounds & rivers where I stood for hours on open decks; crossed numerous wats and temples in the Angkor Kingdom; & strolled for hours through Chaing Mai's Sunday Market in Thailand—all carrying my camera comfortably & without an aching neck. I stood, walked, & climbed up & down hills & steps much more naturally & comfortably than with the traditional around-the-neck camera strap.
So I'm sold on sling-straps. I'll never wear an around-the-neck strap again.
But there are issues with my BlackRapid Sport. It was my first sling-strap and I learned from it what to look for in my next one. I found 3 major shortcomings.
1. The method of attaching the shoulder-harness strap at the front of the shoulder works fine; it's the ubiquitous, 2-piece, black plastic, slide together & snap-in buckle. The same should have been used on the back. Instead, the clasp is a flat metal hook sewn securely by the hook's bottom into the shoulder-harness strap, but the hook's top just slides into the back of the shoulder-strap.. It comes out too easily. In fact, it came out so often that I just didn't attach it anymore. I prefer using the shoulder-harness strap, but it's not really fundamental—the sling strap by itself is perfectly functional!
2. The shoulder padding on the BlackRapid Sport sling-strap is solid and as it should be. But the webbing on the sling-strap is flimsy and too easily tangles. This was a $50 purchase, and the thinness of the strap is unacceptable. Don't get me wrong here, it will probably last for years, but it should be thicker to prevent twisting and to prohibit the webbing from rotating in the attaching mechanism.
3. The webbing should contain strands of steel wire so the strap cannot be cut.
All-in-all, I'm very pleased with how sling straps work. The BlackRapid Sport sling-strap has some limitations, but after using it for 3 months I found a sling strap is the most comfortable & convenient way for me to carry my SLR & lense.
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But I have three complaints:
It doesn't pull on my neck, I can "swing" it out of the way (onto my back), but it is easily...Read more