It seems that many of you never read my July 18th post entitled “I Hate Neck Straps“. I’m shocked and appalled. (Yeah right). OK, never mind the guilt trip. I’m going to give you the straight scoop. The BlackRapid R-Strap is to other camera straps what the Nikon D700 is to the Argus C-4 rangefinder!
To quote a famous science fiction author, “Think of it as Evolution in Action”.
If David duChemin of PixelatedImage fame is using this as his only camera strap, it’s got to be the best! I’m not famous (unless having four daughters qualifies), nor do I travel the world like David duChemin or Matt Brandon. But I do carry my Canon 40D with 70-200mm f/4L hour after hour, searching for that “one great shot” just like most serious amateur photographers.
Using the BlackRapid R-Strap has made a huge difference in how long I can carry my gear without lower-back pain and fatigue setting in. Let me tell you from someone who suffers from chronic back pain, carrying around a full size body and long lens using a neck strap is a one-way ticket to the orthopedist and physical therapy at a minimum. Don’t take my word for it. Ask your doctor!
All that goes away with the R-Strap which is worn diagonally across your torso from shoulder to hip and is adjustable to fit any height or girth. It puts your camera right at your hip where your hand would normally rest. The weight of your gear is distributed evenly across your shoulder and torso instead of being concentrated at your neck.
Let’s be clear on this. I bought and paid for my R-Strap and have no affiliation with BlackRapid or it’s creator Ron Henry. I’ve been using my R-Strap for several months now on a daily basis and the difference in how I feel physically and how secure my camera feels to me, has been nothing less than astonishing. And my photography reflects that change.
Isn’t that what we’re all looking for when we invest in new equipment?
All images courtesy and copyright © BlackRapid.