On Christmas Eve I received a special package in the mail from Seattle, it was a new BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap. I have been a faithful user of my Classic RS-4 Rapid Strap since 2009 after an exhaustive search for a camera strap that would fit my needs. I had three main requirements when I was looking to replace the stock Nikon strap that came with my Nikon D80 back in 2008.
- It needed to be comfortable while carrying a camera for a long period of time.
- It needed stay out of the way, both while carrying a camera and when mounted on a tripod
- It needed to protect my camera and lens during hikes off the beaten path
Since I purchased my original Rapid Strap I can say that it has filled those requirements well beyond my expectations. I have no problems carrying my D80 with 70-200 f2.8 for hours on end through the trails of Algonquin Park (my first requirement). The camera and lens stays safe and secure at my side protected by my arm while hiking, all the while the Rapid Strap can be quickly removed to mount the camera on my tripod (my second and third requirements). I have worn this strap for hundreds of kilometers and it looks virtually brand new to this day. If I had one complaint about my original Rapid Strap it would be that all the weight was focused in one spot on my shoulder.
Overview of the BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap
With a price tag around $70 it’s not the cheapest camera strap on the market, but I firmly believe in the “you get what you pay for” philosophy. The version of the BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap that I have comes with a “Brad”, which is a strap that goes under your arm to secure the camera strap even further, even in the most demanding conditions. The Brad strap can be easily removed if you prefer not to use it. There are actually 4 versions of the BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap, left and right hand versions, as well as a slim version in both left and right hand models. The slim versions are meant for people with “slimmer shoulders” but otherwise it is the same strap. Another feature that is new to me is the two locking bumpers that are fully adjustable. The locking bumpers limit the cameras range of movement on the strap ensuring that the camera is always where you want it to be.
Beside everything about this camera strap being great here are some of the highlights. The BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap is amazingly comfortable. The straps ergonomically designed padding distributes the weight of even the heaviest camera rigs evenly and comfortably. The RS-Sport still provides the gunslinger style strap that BlackRapid is famous for. The gunslinger styling allows you to protect the camera and lens at your side, while still allowing for quick access to your camera.
If you are not familiar with wearing BlackRapid camera straps you may want to watch the video on how to properly adjust the strap to get maximum comfort and usability out of the BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap.
BlackRapid’s RS-Sport camera strap is a step above and beyond my original Rapid Strap. From the moment I opened the box I noticed the much improved shoulder pad. Once I added a camera, and put the strap on I noticed the change immediately. The strap was not just pulling straight down on my shoulder, but distributing the weight evenly from my back over my shoulder and down on the front of my chest. I felt as if I could wear this strap twice as far as I have with the previous version. If you are looking for a camera strap that is unbelievably comfortable, protects your gear, and is still easy to use with a tripod the BlackRapid RS-Sport camera strap is the one that you have been looking for. I would highly recommend the BlackRapid RS-Sport to anyone that is looking for a camera strap. It is worth every penny, and once you try it you will wonder why you have been struggling with neck straps all this time.
I give the BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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