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Thread started 16 Mar 2015 (Monday) 09:30
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POLL: "If you have owned a BlackRapid strap, please choose below and report on what has been your experience?"
RS-4 Classic
24
15.2%
RSS-Sport Extreme
19
12%
RSS-L Sport Extreme (for left-handed shooters)
2
1.3%
RSS-2 Sport 2 (slim)
7
4.4%
RSS-2 L Sport 2 (slim, for left handed shooters)
0
0%
RS-5 Cargo Ballistic
10
6.3%
RS-7 Curve
50
31.6%
RS-W1 Elle for women
2
1.3%
RS-2SW Kick Sling (for women)
0
0%
DR-2 Double Strap
22
13.9%
DR-2 Slim Double Strap
2
1.3%
Metro Sling
6
3.8%
Yeti Dual Harness (convertible to single sling)
3
1.9%
Yeti Slim Dual Harness (convertible to single sling)
2
1.3%
35-inch Shot
0
0%
63-inch Cross Shot
2
1.3%
Wrist Strap
5
3.2%
Binoc Strap
0
0%
Backpack Strap
1
0.6%
Tether Strap or Kit
1
0.6%

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May 08, 2015 08:50 |  #31

OK, This thread just cost me!!!

I have the RS-7 and have been very happy with it, but I find many times I want two cameras with me - my 7D and 6D. I have also found my Carabiners do come lose at times. So I just ordered the Yeti Slim Dual Harness with Locking Carabiners.

I could really use it this weekend as I plan to be in an area with great landscapes and great wildlife so the 7D/100-400 and 6D/24-105 combination would work really well. Problem is the harness won't arrive until middle of next week.


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Aug 25, 2015 09:06 |  #32

I just bought a wrist strap. It is good for what it is. I like it because I don't have to remove the Fastenr. It's kind of overpriced for what it is, though. $20?! I was thinking of getting one for each body... but I don't really need a second wrist strap.


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Aug 26, 2015 11:43 |  #33

I had the RS4 for a long time, but the things I didn't like about it included the carabiner as far as squeakiness (used dry lube on it) and how the carabiner would sometimes get locked up too tight and needed pliers to unscrew. The strap would twist underneath the shoulder pad from time to time. I'm sure this would be better with the newer straps that are wider as the RS4 is probably 1" wide (don't have it near me).

I had switched to using the RS4 permanently attached to a RRS quick release clamp, which then attached to the Arca Swiss style plates on my camera(s).

I then currently took that model and just switched up to using an ECHONiNER strap connected to a BlackRapid FastenR, which is threadlocked to a RRS QR clamp.

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Aug 26, 2015 16:03 |  #34

I recently got the RS-7. Use it with my gripped 5dmklll, often with the 70-300 L. It balances well and keeps the camera right where I can grab it. I's attached to a Sirui TY-LP70 Arca Swiss plate.
When reading reviews, i became a little pranoid by lots of folks saying they didn't trust the mounting screw to not unthread itself, so I just added a couple drops of Locktite. between that and the rubber washer, it's staying put.


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Aug 26, 2015 16:18 |  #35

I've has the Black Rapid RS DR-1 Double Strap (not listed in poll) for about 6 months.

Used mostly as a single but on a couple of occasions a double.

As a single it is a really comfortable way to cary & use the camera, with either wide or large zoom lenses. As a double, I find I'm having to support both cameras when moving/walking around.

I like the system, I like the brand proveance, the system appears secure and gives conficence (not to mention the lack of neck ache after a day out)
Dislike the price, especially as I bought 2x Black Rapid FastenR-T1 for Use with Manfrotto RC2 Plates as well

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Aug 27, 2015 08:04 |  #36

Trugga wrote in post #17684015 (external link)
I've has the Black Rapid RS DR-1 Double Strap (not listed in poll) for about 6 months.

Thanks for your feedback, Trugga. Give me a couple of days to check and see if I'm missing other straps and I'll contact a moderator to see if we can add additional selections on the poll.


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Aug 30, 2015 03:51 |  #37

My wife and I have had various rs straps since 2009. They work well until you need to carry a backpack when you can get into a tangle with too many straps, or use a walking pole when the camera either gets in the way or swings. I'm not a fan of the solution for securing the caribenier finding it difficult to remove the caribenier from the t1 with a manfrotto rc2 tripod plate fitted to a camera. I'm currently trying a Peak Design CapturePro mounted on my belt or backpack strap.




  
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Sep 08, 2015 03:50 |  #38

I have an RS-7 and have used it for years. These straps work great even if I put a backpack strap over it.




  
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Sep 22, 2015 10:26 |  #39

Have the RS-Sport 2 (slim) : don't use it anymore. I dont like the way the camera moves when attached to this strap.
And I wanted a strap that I could remove/put easily. That's why I get a Slide from Peak Design.



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Sep 22, 2015 10:34 |  #40

I have the BR Double. I used it for weddings but I can't stand it anymore. It is comfortable with 2 cameras and sits well on your shoulders. I adjust the cameras to be at my waist but you cannot adjust them too short or you don't have enough slack to pull your camera up and use it easily, especially if you try to turn it for portrait orientation. The double is great if you are just standing in one spot and don't crouch. The cameras swing horrible so you have to hold them at your side with your hands. I like to get low; so if I crouch one camera will hit the ground. I do like taking the harness apart and using it has a single camera sling.

I ordered the Spider Holster Pro Double. That seems much more promising to use with 2 cameras.


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Oct 18, 2015 19:56 |  #41

RS-5 Cargo and original DR-1 Double Strap here.

I love the straps, but honestly I've rarely used the cargo portion of the RS-5. I used to keep my phone in the pocket occasionally until iPhones grew too big to fit. I may have used the zipper once or twice.

The RS-5 is my everyday strap, and the double strap gets used for weddings with two gripped bodies and I wouldn't be without it. I've never had an issue with swinging or with cameras touching the ground when crouching. I use the little elastic band in the back, and the cameras tuck into the small of my back when not being used... if I'm going to be walking any distance I use the front bumper to lock the camera in place. It takes just a second to snap and unsnap.


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Nov 28, 2015 12:34 |  #42

Using Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap with a 7DII and Tamron 150-600.

It is much more comfortable than a conventional strap and putting the TMA plate into the backpack load belt which was my previous method.

I have these observations, which are not necessarily the straps fault, but are specific use case related:

1. Take care if on uneven ground or climbing around; I slipped in a wet chalk path (first time out with the strap). Because the strap hangs low the kit it swings like a big pendulum, I could not hold onto it and use my arm to break my fall. The kit came in hard on the pentaprism and TMA and dug out quite a bit of chalk but thankfully seems OK. I was luck not to break my wrist of something.

2. With that particular lens and the strap mounted on the TMA foot the AF switch rubs against my hip and gets switched off. The work around is to rotate the lens on the TMA, although this means the TMA is over the camera grip and gets in the way a bit. Another workaround might be a fat rubber band over the switch tbc.

3. The lens carried this way sticks out for and aft so to speak, taking a lot more space up and likely to get knocked in crowded and confined situations.

4. If wearing a backpack the strap needs go underneath. With correct adjustment this does not inhibit use too significantly but can get in the way of getting the pack on and off a bit.

So to summarise it is a good system but not suitable for all situations.


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Nov 28, 2015 18:46 |  #43

i had the RS-4 classic version of there strap for about two weeks! couldn't get the HANG of my camera/lens hanging upside down and really never trusted that hook at the bottom!i think thats why they keep trying to improve this system!so i just ended up going back to my tamrac with quick clips.


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Dec 09, 2015 14:49 |  #44

I have received my DR-2 might have an event on the 26th of this month. Hoping to get better feel after using all day. I will update once I finish the event. As of now its been serving me good. Just haven't used all day for an event yet.


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Dec 09, 2015 14:51 |  #45

To follow up on my previous post...
Spider Pro is amazing! So comfortable! The camera stays at my waste, doesn't swing around, it's locked in place and will not fall out, has a quick release if i need to grab it quick, i can leave it unlocked, it has a pad for the camera to rest against. AWESOME!


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