As my photography is getting more and more serious, I was looking for a decent camera strap for a while now. The standard neck strap that comes with the camera is nice but if you want to carry your camera for a longer period of time this strap can be a pain on the neck and shoulders.
So for the past few months I checked out the different possibilities. I’ve read good reviews on the BlackRapid RS-4 and RS-7. When I tried this one out myself I didn’t like it at all. It was awkward around my torso and in the way when I wanted to use my camera. So I returned it. This got me really disappointed and I thought for a while that maybe I shouldn’t look for another solution and just keep my camera in my bag and use the neck strap for small periods of time.
But in a few months time I’ll be going on holiday where I’ll be walking around most of the day and want to have my camera ready at hand. I know if I would have it in my bag I would find it too much of a hassle to take out to make a picture.
On Facebook I follow a photographer Peter Nguyen who has really inspiring portrait photos. On one of his gear pics I saw the SpiderPro System. A girl had this belt around her waist and it actually looked sexy. Now, that’s what I want: something comfortable that looks good too.
For the past month I’ve been reading a lot of reviews about this system and they were all very positive. Resting your camera at your hips really takes a lot of the weight away, plus you can access your camera instantly.
I went to the local photo store FotoBooms and asked if I could try out this system. The guy behind the counter was more than happy to take it out of the box for me and assemble the belt. This way I could try it with my own camera and see how it feels on my own hips. Well I liked and bought it straight away. At home I did a few tests and tried it with my tripod too and it worked perfectly.
The real test will come in September on my holiday but for now. Two thumbs up for the SpiderPro System.