Camera Strap Review: Black Rapid Camera Strap

This is my first post reviewing a piece of my gear and I couldn’t be more excited! If you are being constantly annoyed at your standard camera strap, stay tuned for my camera strap review of the Black Rapid Camera Strap. When I got my first DSLR camera a couple years ago, I used my camera strap that came with my kit. I complained for months that it was hurting my neck and it made my camera in the way when I would be setting up a shot. So I’ll give you my pros and cons on this new camera strapĀ  It wasn’t until a few months ago when I was watching one of my favorite photographer Youtube channels Fro Knows Photo. He was talking about the Black Rapid camera strap.

Tripod Mount Connection
Tripod Mount Connection

Fast forward to me drooling over this cross body camera strap. My main concern was that my camera would fall and I wouldn’t be able to catch it. I watched reviews and read online commentary about this new fancy camera strap, and as you can see in the pictures above, the strap connects to your camera in the tripod mount. Now, I know what your thinking, “It could fall, it could not connect securely enough” ect. However, after using it for dozens of photo shoots, I have never had an issue with connection, or security. I am so pleased with how much freedom I have with my camera, I had to do a camera strap review.

Crossbody Camera Strap
Crossbody Camera Strap

Another thing I love about the black rapid camera strap is that it is worn cross body. Gone are the days of having my neck pulled down for hours during a photo shoot or family adventure. I was a little apprehensive of my camera sitting by my hip. I figured I’d be bumping it all over the place, I’m very coordinated, not… Ha. After a few uses I got used to having my camera right at my fingertips on my side. It’s so easy to just grip my camera with one hand and be ready to shoot in a second. My favorite reason to do this camera strap review!

Stopper Clips
Stopper Clips

Lastly for my pros list, is the ability to customize. After you adjust the strap to your body, you can adjust how far you would like your camera to be able to travel. Take a look at the photo above. Once your camera is attached through the tripod mount, it will be able to slide up and down the length of the strap. There are two clips on the strap that will prevent your camera from traveling too far. For instance on my strap, I don’t like my camera to go too far behind me, so I have a stopping clip just behind where the strap hits my hip. I also don’t want my camera to go too far in the front of me so I have a stopper clip just above my chest. So, I have the ability to move my camera from my hip to chest height. I love how I can customize this.

Camera Sliding Customization
Camera Sliding Customization

The only con I could think of to write about is, really isn’t about the product but more so that I didn’t opt for the under arm strap. There is a model that comes with an under arm strap that wraps from the front of you strap (opposite the side your camera will sit) under your arm to the back of your strap on your back. This helps stabilize the strap a lot more. I will most definitely be upgrading in the very near future. I hope you will consider making your neck happy and upgrade your strap too! If you have any questions or comments about this camera strap review, please let me know!

If your interested in the Black Rapid Camera Strap here is a link to the one I have and then the one with the under arm strap.

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