The Spider Camera Holster is a new way to carry your camera. With this system your camera will clip onto a belt, taking the weight off from your neck and shoulders. Personally, I dislike standard camera straps. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test out the Spider Holster.
I tested out the SpiderPro Single Camera System, which includes the SpiderPro Belt, the SpiderPro Holster, the SpiderPro Plate, and a SpiderPin, with a Canon 7D with battery grip, a 70-200 f4 IS, and 430EX II Speedlite.
The SpiderPro Belt with Holster was very easy to adjust and get situated on my waist. The belt is adjustable via a velcro strap and is easy to switch the position from the right side of your body to the left side. The buckle is a triple lock type so you know that it will not randomly come unclipped.
Attaching the SpiderPro Plate and SpiderPin to my camera was simple. You line up the plate screw with your tripod socket, use the included hex wrench to tighten and you are done. With this plate you can still attach a tripod quick release for tripod use.
With the setup above, I found it very comfortable to move around, bend over, and squat down. I never felt that my camera was out of control (no worries about the camera swinging out to bonk someone on their head). It was always secure in the holster with very little movement on the pad.
Depending on your needs, the holster has a two-position lock. The lower position secures your camera in the holster each time you put it in. This lock is useful when you are moving between locations and want to guarantee that your camera stays where you put it.
The second position is the upper position, this disengages the lock for fast access to your camera. This is extremely useful when you need to make a quick adjustment to a subject or want to demonstrate a pose to a client/model.
- No neck strain
- Easy access to your camera
- Can still use tripod with the SpiderPro Plate attached to your camera.
- Hands are free to demonstrate posing or fix hair/clothing
- You get to feel like Han Solo
- No quick access to your pocket – though you can shift the belt around (I keep my extra formatted card pouch in my right pocket and my used card pouch in my left pocket)
- Switching lenses (I would let my strap hold the weight of my camera while I switch out the lenses)
The SpiderPro system is great for photographers who like/need to move around like wedding, location, and sports photographers. If you are a primarily a studio shooter, I don’t see this system as a great benefit.
Overall, I found the Spider Camera Holster very comfortable and easy to use. I can see myself using this system for many of my upcoming sessions.
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You can learn more about the SpiderPro Single Camera System and other Spider Holster products on Spider Holster’s website.