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Less weight - do you use camera straps around your shoulder? HoldFast?

 
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Oct 29, 2017 11:28 |  #16

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If that's the peak design style, it holds the camera in the same position as the Spiderpro camera holster ... which I own (double). It's hard not to bang camera and lens indoors going through a hall and limits pushing the bodies forward or back. For that exact reason, i'm considering Holdfast Money Maker because that style allows temporary moving of the cameras forward and back.

I will keep my camera holster for primarily outdoor use, but want straps indoors. Deciding on whether to get the double, or added triple camera option.

Just looked them up. Really nice looking!


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Oct 29, 2017 20:13 |  #17

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Just looked them up. Really nice looking!

The RL Handcrafters is probably nicer looking, but holdfast looks nice too. A main difference is the back cross piece, but most of the time, people will be facing the photographer. and as far as looks go, both brands seem good. I went with Holdfast because the owner provides a lot more useful information online and the product still looks sharp.

Another tough choice for me was color. I liked the Chestnut, but went for Tan in the end. Arrives in a couple days, and I can try it out during a wedding at the coast redwoods soon.

Holdfast posts good explanatory videos which are short and to the point like this one below ...


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Oct 29, 2017 20:24 as a reply to  @ mdvaden's post |  #18

One more on how the Holdfast Money Maker works with up to three cameras ...


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Nov 02, 2017 01:33 |  #19

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Holdfast sure makes nice stuff. I almost got one.


Harness arrived today. More comfortable that I expected, and the cameras raise up nicely to take photos landscape or portrait from either camera.
The hardware is a bit tougher to get used to than anticipated, but it snaps tight so rock solid, the extra safety straps are hardly necessary.

The Money Maker is greatly superior to my Spiderpro holdster when walking indoors, but I can tell they will both be useful.


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Nov 02, 2017 01:35 |  #20

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Harness arrived today. More comfortable that I expected, and the cameras raise up nicely to take photos landscape or portrait from either camera.
The hardware is a bit tougher to get used to than anticipated, but it snaps tight so rock solid, the extra safety straps are hardly necessary.

The Money Maker is greatly superior to my Spiderpro holdster when walking indoors, but I can tell they will both be useful.

Thanks for the update.


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Nov 17, 2017 20:18 |  #21

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Holdfast sure makes nice stuff. I almost got one.


So I got the Holdfast early this month and used it for a redwood wedding near the coast. It's more comfortable than expected.

My conclusion after one use is that it's one more tool in the drawer and no one strap will probably suffice. I will use the Spiderpro too, which will be best if fast movement is needed like a very fast walk. But I don't run or fast walk often.

I realized right away that the snap can't just be done physically. It's got to be visual. I didn't get the pin all the way through and my camera dropped to the soft needles. Now I'm 100% certain that if the snaps are fully done to where it's visually evident too, a safety strap is almost of no need. So I will use the safety straps over pavement, concrete and hard floors, or bridges over water. But I don't think the safety straps are needed over carpet and soft earth.

Our son is working on code for a new website for me and asked for some photos. Since I didn't really have anythng recent other than forest, I took a few shots tonight with the harness.


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Nov 18, 2017 00:57 |  #22

Not to say anything bad about BlackRapid and others the Holdfast has a touch of classic. Looks professional.


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Nov 18, 2017 07:27 |  #23

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Not to say anything bad about BlackRapid and and others the Holdfast has a touch of classic. Looks professional.

That's the key thing with the hold fast. When shooting weddings I try to dress nicely since I'm really visible throughout the day and it's a formal event. The hold fast is stylish and helps me look more presentable.


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Nov 18, 2017 09:51 |  #24

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Not to say anything bad about BlackRapid and others the Holdfast has a touch of classic. Looks professional.

I would use the Spiderpro indoors if there's tight halls or doorways for certain, but it's look leans "tactical" whereas the holdfast looks stylish.

It's worth noting, I bought my Holdfast through a 3rd party supplier because I was shopping for a way to get one shipped in two days for the redwood wedding I had scheduled ealier this November. There was one little ring missing that goes on the camera body for the safety to attach too. It wouldn't be a hard replacement since it's the size of a key ring.

Just before I left, Holdfast followed up on a previous email I sent inquiring about delivery dates when I was shopping-around. I told them I found a two-day solution through the other seller, but noted the missing ring. Even though Holdfast didn't sell or ship my model, they sent me the missing part. And not just one, but 4 of them. That trends with why I chose Holdfast when chosing between similar product makers.


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Nov 18, 2017 10:00 |  #25

Tactical is exactly how I would describe it. I stopped shooting events so I decided not to invest in it. The only thing I wondered was about comfort as leather takes time break in but that was answered.


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Nov 18, 2017 10:28 |  #26

The Holdfast stuff looks like something you'd use in a bondage session. :rolleyes:

I like the Black Rapid Sport. And to those that mentioned how the Black Rapid allows too much swing......they come with limiters on the strap that you can place anywhere you like to reduce or in fact eliminate swinging.


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Nov 18, 2017 10:31 |  #27

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The Holdfast stuff looks like something you'd use in a bondage session. :rolleyes:

Well now I'm going to get one.


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Feb 01, 2018 14:33 |  #28

I've been going back and forth on which strap to order. The HoldFast or the Black Rapid. I finally settled on the HoldFast, but it was still hard to spend $230 on something I need a few times a year. I saved a link to B&H and kept looking at it every day. Today, I clicked on it and instead of $230, it was $199. Pulled the trigger!

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Feb 01, 2018 15:01 |  #29

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The Holdfast stuff looks like something you'd use in a bondage session. :rolleyes:
... place anywhere you like to reduce or in fact eliminate swinging.

Definitely a hint of kinkiness about them ... although I am sure they work very well. As for reducing swinging ...


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