When it comes to great, functional camera accessories one of the most important pieces for prosumers or professionals is the choice of gear that attaches the camera to YOU. Whatever format you use, the bottom line is it has to be comfortable and functional. Secondly it has to look cool. I had the chance to take the SpiderPro Camera Holster on a test drive and the results are a double thumbs up. It’s definitely the most comfortable way to carry a heavy DSLR. And, after you get over the nerd “pocket protector” factor, it’s actually kind of a cool look. You may just want to purchase a cool cowboy hat to go along with it.
When I first started out as a photographer I used the camera strap that came with the camera. That meant I immediately felt the pain in my neck because the in-the-box strap just doesn’t cut it (actually it does cut into your neck). That strap soon gave way to a few others including a cushioned neck strap. Eventually that gave way to a body sling strap that wraps around the shoulder. I’ve been using that system for years now with great success. But the SpiderPro Camera Holster is the product that’s going to change all of that.
Once you get over the completely different look and feel of the SpiderPro you’ll wonder why you slung your camera around your neck and wrecked your back all these years.
As you can see in the slide show the SpiderPro Camera Holster is comprised of several parts. First there is the heavy duty, expandable and cushioned belt. The holster is ready to hook to your camera via a metal plate that attaches to the base of your camera. Other belt accessories are available for flashes, water bottles, light meters and more. Think of this as your professional camera tool belt.
The construction of the SpiderPro is exceptional. The plate that connects to your camera and the track that hooks to your belt are all made of metal that provides a solid build. And best of all the Allen wrench that secures the plate to the camera is cleverly built into the design. That’s just smart.
Amazingly the SpiderPro is strong enough for a DSLR with a 70-200mm lens, one of my favorite lenses. I also have the battery grip which adds to the base of the camera. It wasn’t a problem with the SpiderPro. Additionally you are able to mount a tripod plate with the SpiderPro plate attached. So in a few swift moves you can whip out the camera from the holster, attach it to a tripod and click.
- Relieves the neck and back strain from carrying a camera with a neck strap
- Fast-release and locking system
- Able to attach multiple camera accessories for your photo session including a speedlite, light meter, water bottle and cell phone.
- Everything you need at your finger tips
- Can use a regular leather belt and attach the holster.
- DSLRs, even with a long lens such as the 70-200mm, stay put and are positioned horizontal to the body allowing you to crouch or kneel without hitting the lens.
Cons (or are they)?
- A little more expensive than a regular camera strap – but in the long run the SpiderPro Camera Holster saves your back!
- Takes a little getting used to when walking. But so does a neck or body sling strap.
While it is a tad pricier than a camera strap, the fact that your back will be stress-free is worth a few trips to the chiropractor or spa to get a back massage. When working a full day photographing a wedding or event, this is something you should invest in. You’ll be ready to quick draw your camera out of its holster and shoot as fast as Quick Draw McGraw.
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