Review BlackRapid R-Strap RS-4 Camera Strap

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With the advent of middle-age spread (ok it's been a while!) a normal camera strap is uncomfortable and unwieldy to use.
So I took the plunge and bought the BlackRapid RS-4, which is a single camera strap designed to be worn diagonally across the shoulder with the camera hanging at the opposite hip.
There's something about the thought of my D3 dangling upside-down at my hip, rather than in hand and eye reach in front, which was a bit unsettling but I thought that I would give it a go.
First impressions were that the actual strap was narrower than I had imagined, however in use it was comfortable and practical.
The fixing of strap to camera is via a metal screw-in plug that fits to the tripod socket - there is a very thick rubber washer on the plug and that enables a very secure connection to the camera, which gives no indication that it it going to work loose anytime soon.
The strap has a shoulder pad with a pocket, useful for memory cards or anything similar.
From delivery and removal from the mesh carrying bag, the strap is not 'fitted' to any size, so if you just fit the camera and let it go the strap will slide to the maximum open position, which is likely to be uncomfortably low for most togs. At the top of the shoulder pad there is an adjuster which enables the strap length to be adjusted to suit where you want the camera to rest.
Having used the strap for just a short time I found it to be comfortable and easy to use, albeit that it did still sometimes feel strange to have it dangling in the way that it was - once I brushed the lens hood against an object as the camera was not in my immediate field of view and this is an area where perhaps a little care is needed when maneuvering around hard objects.
A metal slider allows the camera to easily be moved from hip to eye without having the strap trying to choke you or getting into a muddle, occasionally the shoulder pad would move forward or back but this was easy and quick to re-position.
The strap would not survive a cutting attack (there is a different manufacturer producing a metal-lined strap) but I guess not everyone is going to find that a problem in day-to-day use.
Overall a useful product, slightly over-priced maybe but IMO worth the outlay for a more comfortable/easy-to-use option.
Options for single, double - details available at BlackRapid Wesite and available at various outlets including eBay.
 
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Thank you Gramps, helpful feedback. Just looked at the website and quite fancy the RS7 as it looks a bit less bulky. On the Xmas pressie list :D
 
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Thank you Gramps, helpful feedback. Just looked at the website and quite fancy the RS7 as it looks a bit less bulky. On the Xmas pressie list :D
I've got the RS-7 and it really is rather good, Ian Barber (find him in the TP Trade Sales section) is the man to speak to for a good deal (y)
 
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Cheers Graham, a man of useful resource as always (y)

Out of interest, is the pocket on the shoulder strap and the accessory attachment the only differences between the 4 and 7?
 
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i have the rs4 and love it. way better than standard neck strap. only fualt i have find is not really one with it but its that good son keeps trying to borrow it permanently.
i looked at rs4 and rs7 the rs7 has quick release buckle on strap. and ability to atach extra pouches.
regards martin
 
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RS-7 is very good, been using it about 6 hours so far and would not got back to standard Nikon Strap.

I have got the "BUCK" mod which covers the quick release buckle and prevents it being opened.

My only other "mod" is putting some black tape over that big yellow "R" logo on the front :eek:
 
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I have two, the Sunsniper One strap (as I was a cheapo) but also now have BlackRapid RS-Sport http://www.blackrapid.com/product/camera-strap/rs-sport/ have to say the BlackRapid strap although more expensive shows it's better in the small differences, the strap that goes under the armpit to stop the shoulder strap pulling in to your neck, the better padding on the shoulder strap itself and just a better feeling of a more quality product.
 
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