I finally got around to trying out the Black Widow Holster from Spider Holster.
It works very well by just using your belt run through the holster. To remove the Nikon 1 all you have to do is pull up the red lever and lift up the camera out of the slot. Impossible for the camera to ever fall out of the holster.
And this is a very comfortable way to carry your Nikon 1. For those using a neck strap now..... this is a much better way to do it. Perry Attachment#1 (jpg file)
Very clever, comfortable, discreet and secure way of carrying the V1. A bonus is that you can view the LCD and adjust settings by simply rotating the camera in the holster. The only niggle is that you need 2 hands to remove, one to hold the camera and one to release the lock. You can remove the lock for 'one hand' draw - but not a good idea!
Glad to hear you got one and like it so far. This is about the most comfortable way to carry a camera in my view.
I first bought a Spider Holster when they first came on the market. I thought.... What a great product at a very reasonable cost!
The Spider I have to carry the D700, D300s or the D200 has a stainless steel latch which is two position.
One position you lightly raise the latch and lift the camera out. The lever falls back in place. You can replace the camera with one hand and it will not fall out of the holster.
The other latch position you lift the latch all the way up and it stays there. This allows the camera to be withdrawn using only one hand but the great drawback is that the camera can also fall to the ground if carried this way. I don't recommend that, nor does Spider.
I was a bit surprised (and disappointed) to find that on this latest version (Black Widow) it uses a plastic latch and you must use force to hold it up while you extract the camera.
I guess plastic saves money but I am puzzled about the latch needing pressure to hold it up. I was expecting the same type of latch as the original. Perry
I've been walking around the whole day with the set-up and really enjoying it. With some familiarity, I can now remove the camera with one hand. I grab the camera with my middle, 4th and little finger and then squeeze the release lever with my first finger while my thumb is on the top of the holster:
This works quite well with a bit of practice. You certainly need firm pressure to lift the latch, but quite manageable and probably less risk of accidental 'deployment'. I guess they are saving costs over the original to get to a lower price point. It's only rated to 2 lbs vs. 5 lbs for the stainless holster you have.
Thanks for letting me know you can now release the camera one handed. I must try that myself. The Black Widow was just recently introduced and since I have had mine, I would recommend this to anyone who has a V1 or J1 camera.
Of course these small cameras weigh nothing but to have one swinging from a strap around my neck is not the way I want to carry one. The belt attachment is the way to go. Perry
Perry - do you also find the 'pin' screwed into the V1 helps in the handling? I'm hooking a finger around it which makes the grip more secure in both landscape and portrait orientation. This is not a benefit I was expecting.
Yessir, I certainly do! Glad to see you have the same impression of better handling. It cannot be true but it sure seems to improve it. The downside is setting the camera down on the ball tilts it sideways, but I like to lay the V1 down on it's back. Perry
I got one. I like it. Thanks for the tip. Now my D700 can spend more time in my backpack when I'm hiking. I don't mind carrying a big camera most of the time, but it gets in the way on slopes where I need my hands.
The spider belt dropped two cameras that popped out of the socket when the camera was bumped. It tried to drop a lens, but fortunately I noticed the recently-tightened bolt had become loose to the fingers in 10 minutes of walking. A dropped V1 had cosmetic damage, but Nikon refused to do warranty service unless I paid over $300 to replace the case. That made it damaged beyond economic repair, considering I could get a new V1 for that price. A dropped lens had to go in for repairs.
So, never again.
This year for hiking I'll have a Sony RX100 on my belt. It fits securely inside a pouch.
I have literally run down a sideline (at a soccer game) with a D3s and a 70-200/2.8 locked into my spider holster and nothing went anywhere. I've sat down, stood up and leveraged the lens against my leg inadvertently which tried to force the camera out of the socket. I've demoed the unit by having another rather large man literally try to yank the camera out of the holster while I was wearing it.
None of these actions would release the camera.
How did your's "pop out"? Was it locked?
>I should followup to this comment from last year. > >The spider belt dropped two cameras that popped out of the >socket when the camera was bumped.
I have owned a Spider Holster since they first came out (a number of years ago) and never had a problem, especially dropping a camera.
There have been only 2 problems and Spider has addressed them both. One was the premature wear on the metal clasp was noticed by some users. The fix was to redesign that part and then send the new part to everyone who had bought a Holster from them.
The other problem was sometimes the belt buckle opened up, and this would drop the camera. The fix was to offer every buyer a replacement belt. I declined because I have never had mine open. That is very good customer service for a very good product!
If one is careless about not dropping the latch, then yes, your camera can fall out on the ground. In that case you have only yourself to blame. Perry
>???? > >I have literally run down a sideline (at a soccer game) with a >D3s and a 70-200/2.8 locked into my spider holster and nothing >went anywhere. I've sat down, stood up and leveraged the lens >against my leg inadvertently which tried to force the camera >out of the socket. I've demoed the unit by having another >rather large man literally try to yank the camera out of the >holster while I was wearing it. > >None of these actions would release the camera. > >How did your's "pop out"? Was it locked? > >-P > >>I should followup to this comment from last year. >> >>The spider belt dropped two cameras that popped out of >the >>socket when the camera was bumped.
After the first time I paid extra attention to the latch so I doubt forgetting to lock it was the problem. Bumps from below and behind knocked the camera out. I got into the habit of tugging on the camera to see if it was really latched, and that never pulled it out of a locked holster.
From my point of view it doesn't matter whether I was careless or the design is flawed. I am not going to buy another belt and experiment to see if it smashes another camera or lens.