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Black Rapid Curve Breathe Classic Strap
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- Digital Camera Accessory
- Package Dimensions: 221.0 L x 51.0 W x 74.0 H (millimetres)
- Country of Origin: United States
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The Black Rapid Curve strap is very functional and suitable for all types of cases, shapes and activities. The shape of the lightly curved shoulder strap evenly distributes the weight for maximum comfort. Using high-performance materials, we have created a breathable and lighter strap for improved functionality and comfort whilst retaining a stylish and professional look. It is 167cm long and weighs 182g. Comes with a CR-3 sliding carabiner, FR-5 case screw, LOCKSTAR protection, BRAD strap and storage case.
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It was a pleasure to meet the man who's innovation solved so many of the problems I had with the straps before.
I had a challenge, at first, figuring out how to don it properly. I’m sure other people probably knew right away how to properly don it. If you are like me, please allow me to spare you some frustration and embarrassment.
Here are few important key concepts if you are new to this strap and donning it.
There is an underarm strap. The front-end of the strap is plastic snap in part. The back is the “S” hook. Unfasten the front-end snap-in from the main strap and keep the rear “S” hook attached to the main strap. Unless you’re elastic-man there’s no way you are going to hook that “S” to the main strap while its on your back or you have another person do it for you.
The main strap orientation on your body: The letter on the strap is always the front and must face front. The underarm strap plastic snap-in socket always points outboard or away from your body to the side. The overall strap should sling diagonal across your chest. Look in the mirror. If these three things are not true, you donned it incorrectly.
Assuming you have it donned correctly at this point, attached the underarm strap’s snap in to the main strap’s socket which is the one facing outward, or away to your side.
I tried to don this with the underarm strap attached on both sides and it kept getting tangled and twisted and often found that I had main strap oriented wrong trying to get the underarm strap fitted properly. I finally broke the donning down into two stages: Put the main strap on first ensuring its properly oriented and then attaching the underarm strap last.
The overall strap feels a little stiff brand new but like a pair new shoes, I think frequent use will break it in.
It holds my Nikkor 5.6 200mm – 500mm lens with ease. Although Black Rapid recommends attaching the strap to the lens bayonet and I have done this, I found myself switching lens sometimes and I may attach it the camera body in these circumstances. Either way it works and the adapter doesn’t untwist compromising my equipment.
Despite an uneasy start, I rate this strap highly and recommend it to others.
But the more I used the Think Ergo, the more annoying it became. The attachments to the strap brackets were via two quick-release clips that kept getting in my way of using the camera, to the extent I had to disconnect one of them to be able to access the camera's controls. And the shoulder pad kept slipping backwards.
Buying the BlackRapid became a no-brainer when I learned that its quarter-inch screw mount would ALSO attach to the side of my L-bracket, meaning it didn't tie up the tripod mount and I still had full tripod access. It's sturdier and better made. Previously I used the Peak Design clip that attaches to a backpack, but it kept falling off. A lot of people like the Spider Holster that fixes the camera to a belt around your waist, but to me that's just an invitation to accidentally bash your camera against a door frame. With the BlackRapid, you can pretty much keep the camera riding on your hip just behind you, so it's out of the way. And you don't have to detach anything to bring it up to take a shot.
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I currently have a beautiful Capturing Couture strap, but constantly find myself putting the camera over my shoulder when carrying it and then taking it off in order to take a shot. And whenever I’d bend down, my camera would swing forward. Not good with little ones around.
I wish I bit the bullet sooner as the Blackrapid strap is amazing!
- I can barely feel the camera on my shoulder (D750 + 24-70 Nikon lens).
- I can easily lock the camera into position and it stays put. No more swinging forward.
- The camera slides over the strap smoothly when I do want to take a shot.
- The camera hangs lens down when not in use. No more bumping into people!
- It is easy to take off if I want to shoot from above (through Live View).
The only negatives are - having to unscrew the strap every time tripod is used (obviously).
It is not as pretty as my current one (I know... :-) )
Previously when a length was set by adjusting the 'buckles', that's where it stayed. This newer version seems to move - I'll start the day with the camera nicely balanced just above hip height, by the end of the day I'm uncomfortable and the strap is dangling the camera much lower.
I'd go back to my original Black Rapid strap but the amount of fraying on the strap gives me cause for concern when hanging a full frame camera and 200-500 lens from it!
Ive attatched a back up tether but it shpuld be fine. Im already in the habbit of checking the screw connection everytime im about to place the camera by my side.
When locked in position, its remarkable how well the camera stays at your side.
One negative is that its difficult to get high or very low shots, unless you have made the strap long. So low or high perspectives may require you to disconnect the strap, which is no quick task.. Especially in the cold.
But for 90% of walkabout shooting, it wont be a problem.
Very pleased with it. Despite the extra hassle if you want high/low perspectives, its so much more comfortable and makes walking around with your camera a pleasure!
A tad expensive, but it seems well made at first glance, and the design is brilliant.
I had to purchase a new manfrotto tripod mount screw, this way i can now keep my tripod plate on the camera and the strap attatches to the plate. So swapping from strap to tripod is a bit easier.
Best bit is that once you've adjusted it to the right length there's still enough give when you need to say bend on one knee to the a photo.
Highly recommend the product.