Black Rapid Camera Straps

December 21st, 2009 by Chris Klapheke

I feel like a gunslinger.  Draw, pardner!  Only instead of a six-shooter, I have my spanking new Canon 7D by my hip.  Up comes the camera, fast and ready to shoot.

For events, parties or photo walks, the Black Rapid camera straps give you instant access to your camera, and keep weight strain off of your neck.  Black Rapid straps are worn across your body like a sling, and attach to your camera via the tripod socket.

Sound unique? It is. The Black Rapids are comfortable and adjustable, and will have you saying “why didn’t I think of that!” With the camera at your hip or behind your back, you can maneuver easily through a crowd, carry a tripod or other gear, or simply have both hands free. When you’re ready to take the shot, the camera quickly glides up the strap into shooting position.

Black Rapid Straps

The Black Rapids are made of ripstop nylon and have nice mesh cushioned shoulder pads with various pockets.  The straps come in two models with different sized pads and pockets.  A double model is available for a camera at each hip. You can also get extra camera attachments to change gear quickly.  Black Rapid has also come out with new "MODS" such as extra pouches.

The Black Rapids just may become the strap of choice for mobile photographers.

You can get more information and purchase the Black Rapids in the OPG store.

Here is a quick video I shot with Rick recently on the Black Rapid camera straps.

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3 Responses to “Black Rapid Camera Straps”

  1. Cory O'Brien says:

    I’ve been using one of the new Black Rapid straps for a few months now, and while I like shooting with it in general, the hip to ready transition isn’t as smooth as I’d like it to be, since the shoulder pad likes to shift while you’re lifting the camera. That said, it’s a lot better than the straps that come with most cameras, and I like the ability to have the camera in a comfortable but non-intrusive position while still being ready to shoot at any moment, so I’d recommend the strap for anyone looking for a new alternative.

  2. Jose Gutierrez says:

    I love these straps but users will want to purchase protection for their LCD screens. The way the straps hang the camera makes the LCD screen of your DSLR rub against your hip or lower back. If you have jeans or pants with buttons or other items sticking out, it could cause them to rub against the screen and possibly scratching its surface.

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