Spider Holster Black Widow Box Set
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- Recommended to be used with Black Widow Box Set (SKU 800), Black Widow Belt Kit (SKU 850) and Black Widow Backpacker Kit (SKU 855)
- Leaves hands and upper body unrestrained and can be used with your own belt and includes 1 Black Widow Holster, 1 Black Widow Pin, 1 Wrench and 2 Spacer Washers
- Fits in the palm of your hand, can easily be packed in a travel bag or purse, and is rather discrete when worn
- Holds your camera in a way that complements the body's natural movements, making it easy to get through crowds
- Locks-in your camera each time it's placed into the holster, providing maximum security in active shooting situations and doubling as a theft deterrent
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The Black Widow fits in the palm of your hand, can easily be packed in a travel bag or purse, and is rather discrete when worn, allowing you to get your shots while keeping a low profile. This holster holds your camera in a way that complements the body's natural movements, so getting through crowds couldn't be easier. It feels natural when you walk because our patented Black Widow Pin allows your camera to pivot as your body moves. The Black Widow locks-in your camera each time it's placed into the holster. This provides maximum security in active shooting situations and doubles as a theft deterrent. Your hands are unrestrained when they need to be, so go ahead, climb that incline, ride that rollercoaster, eat that pretzel; expand your photo fun and versatility with the Black Widow.
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Took me a little while to get in the grove with this, but now I love it for general use, events, studio, everything.
Like others who have posted, I really do not like using neck straps. I like a slim leather wrist strap on the right side that pretty much stays out of my way. However, you may need to use your hands to hold a slice of pizza AND a tasty beverage...what does one do? This works great, the camera is quickly and securely seated in the holster and ready to be quickly drawn as needed.
In the studio I can just drop it in and move lights, etc. At events it sits at my side until needed.
Notes of Caution:
1) Use the wrench to make sure the pin is tight. I have never had an issue, I use the wrench each time, and I check it periodically if the rig is getting a lot of use.
2) Be mindful of your surroundings when using the holster. The camera is sticking out away from your hip, it can easily be run into something it won't like if you are not careful.
3) This one is the kicker...be extra mindful when taking care of your business after a few of the aforementioned tasty beverages! As soon as you undo your belt, your camera will want to take a dive! Make sure you have a good hold on your gear!
While its primary focus might be to carry DSLRs, it's by far my favorite way to carry along the RX100 handsfree without having to worry about lint in my pocket or the inconvenience of removing it from a large zippered/velcrod belt attached case. In conjunction with Sony's RX100 custom leather case, I'm able to travel everywhere with this awesome little camera.
Pros: Incredibly convenient means of transporting any camera, even the smaller point and shoots, handsfree. Very easy to attach and remove from the holster without having to unzip or fiddle around with an enclosed bag.
Cons: While the main part of the system consists of solidly machined metal parts, the locking tab is plastic, though the plastic parts seem very thick and sturdy so far and leads to lighter overall weight.
Bottom line: I can't think of a more convenient and accessible way to carry around my camera. I love it.
Well, there are bags. Indeed, there are some very nice bags, such as the Domke F-5XB - but sometimes, all I want is the camera, and I want easy access to it. The SpiderHolster is made for this.
The design is straightforward: there's the "holster" and the "pin." You loop your belt through the two slots in the holster, which secures it to your hip. You secure the pin to your camera's tripod mount. You can then slip the pin into the slot in the holster, and the pin will secure itself at the bottom of the slot, locked in place by a little retracting tab. To remove the camera, you have to apply pressure to the tab, and then you can simply lift the camera out.
When clipped in, my E-P2 (a small mirror-less interchangeable lens camera) rests upside down with the display panel flush against my hip. It's very secure and comfortable in this configuration, and its size makes it unobtrusive. Larger cameras, such as DSLRs, appear to be a bit more awkward; they rest with the lens pointing backward and the rear panel/viewfinder facing forward. I have yet to try this on my DSLR, so I can't comment on how that works in practice.
There are a couple of negatives with this system, though.
Firstly is the spider pin; it has to be secured tightly to your camera, making switching between the pin and a tripod difficult in the field. Spider sells a plate with a pin attached that can sit between a tripod plate and your camera; if you're doing tripod shooting, this would be a good thing to have. The pin also means that the camera can no longer stand on its own.
Secondly, you have to really think about where the camera rests on your hip when moving about. It's very easy to forget that it's there, or forget just how much space it requires; if you're not thinking, you might just bang the camera into something by accident. It also has a bit of "sway" to it when you move quickly, and intense physical activity really might be a bad idea.
Still, this is exactly the solution I wanted for my µ4/3 camera. The price is high for what you get, but there are few alternatives here so it's somewhat understandable that you'd have to pay a premium.
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