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Old Sep 19, 2010, 7:45 PM   #1
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It is called the Black Rapid but I know that there is at least one other company making a similar system (possibly Sunpac). It is fantastic, here is a picture to show how it works.
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Old Sep 19, 2010, 7:59 PM   #2
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that looks handy, i prefer a strap across my shoulder like that to around my neck anyways. this lets you keep it like that and still shoot
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Old Sep 19, 2010, 8:05 PM   #3
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Yes it is very handy. JaredPolin on Youtube has a review of this strap and a great demo of how it works. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWJKrqP40Nw
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Old Sep 20, 2010, 8:50 PM   #4
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Sorry about bouncing this back up but I really wanted people to see it, this strap makes carrying a heavy camera and lens much easier.
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Old Sep 20, 2010, 9:08 PM   #5
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black rapid ones are quite pricy - optech does one too much cheaper and leaves your tripod screw free for a quick release plate - works just aswell i believe - seen vids on youtube for all sorts of versions

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-...black/p1521108
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I could easily go for something like this - I like my hands free and something like this would help with that. But then, I usually carry some type of sling bag so maybe this wouldn't work for those times when I have it.
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Thanks John, that is a more cost effective option.

Harriet, this is best for when you have chosen one lens and just want to carry that. I have used it with a shoulder bag by crossing the shoulder bag under the camera strap.
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I have the BlackRapid RS-2. It's very handy. I ended up ditching their tripod ring for something more useful. I actually use my strap with my Manfrotto RC2 quick release plates. These plates have a D-ring that have withstood the rigors of travel with my heaviest lens, a Sigma 70-200 2.8. I keep this quick release plate permanently mounted to the camera, and can switch from my R-strap to the tripod by simply unclipping the R-strap and locking the plate into the shoe on the tripod.

I've even got a shoe on a handheld follow-focus system I pieced together, dubbed Stowaway Stu.

It's a much more convenient ring than the standard R-strap tripod ring, IMO. Plus, you can actually set the camera down flat.

- Jason

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I have the BlackRapid RS-2. It's very handy. I ended up ditching their tripod ring for something more useful. I actually use my strap with my Manfrotto RC2 quick release plates. These plates have a D-ring that have withstood the rigors of travel with my heaviest lens, a Sigma 70-200 2.8. I keep this quick release plate permanently mounted to the camera, and can switch from my R-strap to the tripod by simply unclipping the R-strap and locking the plate into the shoe on the tripod.


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I don't have a Manfrotto but I do have a similar mounting plate, I will have to try that if the ring seems strong enough.
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i'd be nervous using the quick release plate like that - the camera swinging around could easily turn the d ring on the plate and loosen it - then well that could be dangerous to the well being of your camera
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