Since 22 years I am trying to find a strap that really suits me. I have been using the NPS straps, but after a full day out shooting, such as public events or weddings, my shoulders hurt and my neck is stiff. I came across the new RStrap from http://www.blackrapid.com. I received it today, and that is what I have always been looking for. I am posting this here, because I want to share this good experience with fellow Nikonians, who, like me, get stiff shoulders and also need to have both hands free. I could imagine that the sports photogs could put this strap to good use, too, to access their second camera quickly. PS: their customer service is excellent.
I am second to this. Shame on Nikon - best camera today for $4500, but they want to safe buck or two by completing the camera with cheap bad strap and not giving the LCD cover! Just don't tell me anything about tempering glass! Dimitri.
Thank you for sharing this tip. I replaced the Nikon-supplied strap for the D3 with an SLR-Quick Release -QR from UPstrap.com at the cost of US$55.00 I like it very much. It is functionally very secure and comfortable, and it is also quite non-descript and does not advertise my D3 to passers by.
If you or anyone has any experience with the UpStrap, I would be curious to know whether the RS strap is better than the UpStrap and if so, in what way.
>If you or anyone has any experience with the UpStrap, I would >be curious to know whether the RS strap is better than the >UpStrap and if so, in what way.
They're completely different straps. The UpStrap, as you know, is strictly a shoulder strap. The BlackRapid RS straps are sling straps equipped with a sliding camera attachment mounted in the camera's tripod hole, enabling you to slide the camera into shooting position then back down to the slung carry position in one motion.
UpStraps work well when you're also carrying a shoulder bag or sling bag. The BlackRapid design is more suited to photographers who prefer a vest over a camera bag. I've used the BlackRapid RS-1 & 2 with and without a Lowepro SlingShot and a Tamrac Messenger 4, but I find the sling carry interferes with access to those types of bags.
I'm an UpStrap fan, but I use a BlackRapid RS-2 when I wandering around locally with very little gear. The strap works well as long as you're careful to lock the mounting clip with the supplied, plastic gate keeper.
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I watched the video last night on the RStrap. I was shooting a baseball game today and I was using my comfortable neoprene strap. I picked up my camera to take a picture and thought about the shoot out video and how slow my draw was. :^(
Well I have the ultimate strap which I really like, but after seeing the video on the RStrap, why would anyone not buy one. A great idea, I like how it hangs at the hip, and quick grab to get a shot. I would have never seen this without these forums.
I'm wondering how/if the R-strap can be used while the camera is on a tripod. From my understanding the R-strap has a connecting piece that goes on to the tripod socket on the base of camera. That's my only hesitation. ___
Thanks for the tip Ryofu! Mine just arrived today and it works great! I also have an Optech strap which I use as a shoulder strap and is comfortable, but this is so much secure and very nice to draw the camera up.
I currently have the belt system... and am thinking of purchasing the R strap... however, it looks like I would have to keep about 1/4 of the area near my waist clear for the camera to sit/swing freely?
Anyone happen to use the Rapid R Strap along w/the Think Tank Pro Modulus belt system?
I've tried a lot of different straps for a lot of different cameras but the UpStrap has turned out to the my choice for the D3. When you hang the camera over your shoulder with an UpStrap, nothing -- nothing! is going to cause that strap to slip off.
You could get the Op-Tech has the BINO/CAM HARNESS™ that fits over both sholders and comes in web or elastic models and can support medium format cameras. The harness over both sholders should take the strain off of the neck and spread it over the shoulders.
I use the OpTech Pro with the 'pro loop' on my D1x's and find them to be quite comfortable. I made up a RapidStrap for my brother after he said he liked it so much after seeing a friend with one. A lot cheaper to make up than buy for me. I like to sew things like that and the fittings are just regular harness fittings. I don't find them to be that comfortable OR handy but guess I'm just too old to adapt. Im reluctant to hang a D1x with a long lense from the tripod screw.
I'm still a bit uneasy about the ConnectR loosening and tried snapping the catch to the D700 camera's triangular strap loop, top right. No good. Wish Nikon would place such a strap loop fastener at the bottom right corner. Then the BlackRapid snap would snap securely to the camera and a tripod QR plate could be left in place. Then again it might get in the way of the grip. Two 8-32 nutplates for a bottom-rside metal catch plate?
Can't see who but someone above mentioned leaving an L bracket on the camera and snapping the BlackRapid to it. Did I understand that right? If so, was that viable?
>What's the preferred set up to carry two cameras, at once, on >straps? > >Thanks.
I don't have the answer to that. However, I currently think about an upstrap SLR-Classic (with quick release function) for one, and an upstrap bandolier (also with quick release function) for the other body. One hanging over the shoulder and the other one across the chest on the hip. The good thing about that is the fast and easy interchangability of the two bodys via qiock release (in opposition to combining a classic upstrap with the r-strap).
Does anyone have any experience with the upstrap bandolier?! What's the hanging position of the camera with big lens on the hip? Is it easy to grab (certainly not as easy as with the r-strap) but is it a good compromise?!
>What's the preferred set up to carry two cameras, at once, on >straps?
There are several methods. A pair of BlackRapid RS straps, worn bandolier-style, work reasonably well. The set up results in a camera slung by each hip.
Two pair of Think Tank Camera Support Straps attached to the front of shoulder harness straps or backpack straps also works well, but camera deployment is less versatile. Have a look also at the Think Tank Pixel Racing Harness. Notice the pair of d-rings on the front of the shoulder straps near the top of the chest. That's where you attach a pair of Camera Support Straps. So one camera there and one around your neck, or off-shoulder, or on a hip carry using a BlackRapid, and you're all set.
PJs more and more are using belt pouch systems such as the Think Tank Modulus or Skin setup.
The Op/Tech USA Dual Harness is goofy looking in the product photo because the length of the camera straps is way too long for the person modeling the kit. The Op/Tech Dual Harness works quite well and is also quite comfortable on long walkabouts.
If you've got one body + lens which is significantly lighter than the other (40% or more), the Op/Tech will unbalance and feel awkward while you're walking and especially if you're moving briskly or jogging towards a shot. Because the Think Tank Camera Support Straps are meant to attach in pairs, one set above another, in front, unbalancing isn't an issue. The trade-off is in the versatility of the deployment, so the Op/Tech approach is always going to be more versatile than either the bandolier carry using two BlackRapid straps or the short-length front carry of the Think Tank Camera Support Straps.
Another alternative is a pair of belt pouches or belt holsters. Think Tank and Lowepro make, I think, the most popular holsters. Attach them to your own belt or to purpose-made Think Tank or Lowepro belts, and you're also in business.
In the not-so-old days when film cameras were all that existed, a couple (or three) cameras slung around the neck, banging together and getting marked up and battered rarely affected anything. Nowadays, with huge rear LCD monitors, 27 dials/buttons/switches on the exterior of a D700, a large top LCD, and separately snap-able/breakable battery and CF card doors, the risk of doing damage from banging around on dual neck straps is quite high I think. The D700 - all Nikon digital SLRs actually, from the D100/D70 forward including the entry level bodies - are quite durable. But all that stuff on the outside is meant to be pressed, dialed or switched using fingers, not banged and scraped accidentally because two cameras are hitting each other at dozens of different angles on a walkabout. I'm not suggesting that anybody here would treat their gear that way, only that it's a consideration.
>+1 for the BlackRapid > >I'm still a bit uneasy about the ConnectR loosening and tried >snapping the catch to the D700 camera's triangular strap loop, >top right. No good. Wish Nikon would place such a strap loop >fastener at the bottom right corner. Then the BlackRapid snap >would snap securely to the camera and a tripod QR plate could >be left in place. Then again it might get in the way of the >grip. Two 8-32 nutplates for a bottom-rside metal catch >plate? > >Can't see who but someone above mentioned leaving an L bracket >on the camera and snapping the BlackRapid to it. Did I >understand that right? If so, was that viable? > > +1 for Blackrapid as well - the new ones have an update ConnectR that is pretty stout, the little rubber grip (when moistened), seals well with the rubber base of our Nikon bodies; I haven't had an issues with mine, and I'll have to say, though the design is pedistrian, it BLOODY WORKS!!
Another thing people don't note about it is the fact that, when connected to your body, you can change lenses without having to put anything down; just unscrew with one hand, have the lens in the other, put the other one that was detached back into the bag, and then BOOM, back on and shooting in about 35 seconds. . .PRICELESS for me at live events!
As a safety backup too (since blackrapid has a forum that allows people to talk/voice concerns), a guy recently took a nylon strap (cut from his nikon D3 strap) and added a mini-carabiner on both sides (one connecting to a loop on the Blackrapid strap, not the ConnectR in case it fails, and the other to the little loop on the left or right of the body where the original strap would've gone). . .sounds more difficult but when u see it visually, makes sense. . .
>ConnectR that is pretty stout, the little rubber grip (when >moistened), seals well with the rubber base of our Nikon >bodies
wow, i never thought about this. will try today! thanks for the advise.
>Another thing people don't note about it is the fact that, >when connected to your body, you can change lenses without >having to put anything down; just unscrew with one hand, have >the lens in the other, put the other one that was detached >back into the bag, and then BOOM, back on and shooting in >about 35 seconds. . .PRICELESS for me at live events!
absolutely right! (unless you have the strap connected to your lens, say, 70-200mm)
Sun 31-Jan-10 04:45 PM | edited Sun 31-Jan-10 04:47 PM by akers
I use two RStraps. A D300 with a 24-70 over one shoulder and a second D300 with a 70-200 VRII over the other. I am as wide as a truck like this but I can carry both cameras with good balance and ready to shoot quickly. Fatigue has not been an issue because the load is balanced and the straps well padded.
Thaks Royofu for the strap. My neck really takes it hard too. I went to your link and wondered what model strap you bought. Also since I have your attention I posted a question about what D3 shooters use for bags? Kent