Traditionally most photographers use a “harness,” “sling,” or some sort of neck or shoulder strap to carry their camera. Although most camera straps are pretty well constructed and designed to redistribute the weight of your gear, know that suspending weight off of your shoulders and neck could lead to spinal issues down the road. Back and shoulder injuries are some of the most common problems and complaints among photographers.
“It’s not just avoiding carrying camera weight around the neck or a tripod on the shoulder–any substantial weight cantilevered out from the upper body can induce a back injury. Torque increases as the mass of the object is moved outward from the body.” (Source: www.canonrumors.com)
Putting a camera, lens, with a flash around your neck is like hanging a large boulder on coat hook. Over time the coat hook is going weaken. Photographers rarely think about the impact of carrying camera gear on their neck and shoulders until they start to feel the aches and pains over the years. Stylish, colorful, cool looking camera straps are popular and some are designed to solve real world workflow issues but no matter how you justify it, your camera is hanging off you shoulders and around your neck.
Camera-carrying gear maker Spider Holster recently featured the SpiderPro for working Pro’s at Imaging USA 2015 in Nashville earlier this month. At first glance, the SpiderPro seemed futuristic and “Robo Cop” like, like a product before its time. Attendees around the Spider Holster booth seemed excited and anxious to see what seemed to be an interesting gadget at most. After a brief demo it was clear that the SpiderPro was far from a gadget. The design and thinking of the product was well conceived and engineered. Founder Shai Eynav has created one of the most smartly designed multi functional camera-carrying systems on the market today. The SpiderPro solves real problems for a pro shooter especially the ergonomic challenges. The features built into the SpiderPro are just smart.
The system is worn around the waist where carrying gear is least likely to impact your back, shoulders, and neck areas that photographers tend to have problems with over time. The design reduces the weight on your spine and distributes weight evenly across your hips. That allows the SpiderPro to reduce the burden of your gear weight for more hands-free movement. Now you don’t have to worry about holding your camera to prevent it from swing backwards or hitting the ground with the flash attached in hot shoe. SpiderPro has a patented ball-joint system that allows the camera a calculated freedom of movement so the system doesn’t seem so rigidly bolted to your body. There’s a two-position lock on the SpiderPro “In lower position, the lock secures your camera each time it’s placed in the Holster. In upper position, the lock disengages for quick and easy access to your camera.”
Next month we will integrate the SpiderPro belt system into our workflow as well as other Spider Hostler accessories like their Memory Card Organizer which attaches to the SpiderPro belt and provides a shelve like or fold out platform feature for ease of use when you are changing your cards on the go. We’ll test the functionally of Spider Holster’s Lens Pouch. According Spider Holster their:
“Large Lens Pouch includes some ingenious modifications on traditional top-load lens cases. To improve accessibility and enable swapping lenses safely with one hand, the SpiderPro Large Lens Pouch features a water resistant vertical zipper that runs down the middle.”
Keith B Dixon is a Commercial Photographer specializing in corporate events, on location executive portraiture, and large event print on site event on the West Coast. His current and past clients include Genentech-Roche, IBM, Egg Farmers of America, OPI, and Vision Service Plan (VSP). Currently, Keith is supported and sponsored by DNP Imaging, the leading maker of dye-sub print technology in world, and he is an Official NETGEAR Ambassador.