Black Rapid, Inc.’s R-Straps were one of the more innovative and practical products that I saw at PMA 2009. Prior to PMA, I had never heard of Black Rapid’s R-Straps; however, once I tried out an R-Strap, I instantly fell in love.
The R-Strap is very different from the traditional camera strap, which I hate – really hate. I hate wearing a camera strap that rubs my neck raw and makes the camera bounce against my chest while I walk. I hate trying to carry a camera with a traditional strap over one shoulder and having to hunch my shoulder up a bit just to keep the strap from sliding off or just constantly adjusting it. I hate this kind of discomfort and inconvenience even more when I’m shooting all day long. Any wedding, event, or sports shooters out there with me?
R-Straps pretty much do away with everything I hate about camera straps. Black Rapid really delivers on comfort, security and convenience. When you’re wearing an R-Strap, it feels a lot like a messenger bag strap slung across your shoulder. You just sling the strap across your left shoulder and the camera hangs upside down on your right hip.
No more worrying about your strap slipping off your shoulder and you camera falling to the ground. Long lenses can finally be slung with comfort. Plus, access to your camera is quick and easy – with no straps fastened to the top of the camera dangling in your way. Everything about the R-Strap feels right.
The strap is secured to the camera by a mounting stud that attaches to the tripod mount of your lens collar or camera. It will handle a full-size DSLR and a 70-200 f/2.8 from the collar just fine. It’s been tested by the Black Rapid folks up to 200lbs.
The strap also contains a zippered pocket for storing small items like memory cards. The current version of the R-Strap, the RS-4, is available to order directly from Black Rapid for $48. A new version with more storage should be coming very soon.
Get a quick overview from R-Strap inventor Ron Henry in the video below.
New version with extra storage: