BlackRapid RS-7 Camera Strap [Review]

BlackRapid RS-7 Camera Strap [Review]

Recently, The lovely folk at BlackRapid.com invited us to check out their wares – deciding that the best course of action would be to have friends that are professionals in their respective photographic fields, and styles, try them and let us know what they thought!

I’d like to start of the series of reviews with the BlackRapid RS-7 – This review comes to you from JadedSnapper, a press photographer, who has a unique and amusing style as you can see below!

JadedSnapper is outside court. He is testing the BlackRapid RS-7 strap, which is a sling style strap. The camera rests behind his hip.

CameraGeek: [standing in front of JS, blocking view to the court] Hey you must be JadedSnapper, the photographer!

JS: Erm, how did you know that? You can’t see my camera from this angle

CameraGeek: I’ve been following you for months.

JS: That’s comforting. You know I’m kind of busy waiting for a villain to flick me the V-sign..

CameraGeek: I really like that strap, it’s made out of a ballistic nylon weave

JS: Sounds like marketing speak to me.  What the hell does that mean?

CameraGeek: Ballistic nylon is designed to repel shrapnel

JS: Not bullets?

CameraGeek: No! Not bullets

JS: So if you were wearing this strap and I shot you point blank it wouldn’t protect you?

CameraGeek: Nope

JS: That’s good to know

CameraGeek: Why have you put a cable tie around the clip at the back. Don’t you know that’s so you can put the Joey Pouches through??!?!!

JS: Yes well it would only take one joker to ping it and that’s my camera clattering on the floor

CameraGeek: Yeah and that’s a good one too it’s got twelve megapixels –

JS: -Does it? I’ve no idea, look I am doing something here

CameraGeek: No you’re not you’ve standing about for 2 hours and 47 minutes

JS: This is a court snatch

CameraGeek: And you know you’re not supposed to use the strap like that, it’s supposed to be on the hip, not behind it

JS: Yes well I’ve adjusted it in the hope that no one can see the camera

CameraGeek: Why would you do that? Surely the whole point is so that you can see it?

JS: That is one school of thought

CameraGeek: I think the ConnectR is really good on that

JS: And what the heck is that?

CameraGeek: The ConnectR?

JS: And why are you talking like that?

CameraGeek: [point at strap] That’s what thing’s called

JS: I thought it was a carabiner

PettyCrim starts to leave court

JS: – Look out the way

CameraGeek: Out the way of what?-

JS: -My purpose in life

CameraGeek: [pointing at PettyCrim and shouting] Hey that’s the guy you want!

JS: [picks up camera]

CameraGeek: Look how incredibly swift and intuitive that movement was!

JS: [and swings it at CameraGeek, smacks it off his head] click click

CameraGeek: Hey that feels like magnesium alloy you’ve just smacked me with!

PettyCrim: [shouting to JS] Did you get me flicking the Vs boss?

JS: Nah I missed it ‘cos of this joker [pointing at CameraGeek]

PettyCrim: Look mate can we do it again? It’ll ruin my rep if I’m not swearing in your paper

JS: Alright, but mouth ‘Pluck off’ as well to make it look authentic!

The starry bit (out of 5 stars)

Build quality: ****4 stars

The BlackRapid is not going to run ragged unlike the one you get free with the camera. The clip on the back is a bit of an oversight. Although you can use the ‘Joey’ pouches, don’t try to put anything heavier on it, like say a spare zoom lens. You’ll look like a prat. I know, I tried.

Utility: *****5 stars

This is great for accessing your 70-200mm or 300mm on a second body, much better than using the free strap which you have to unhitch before being able to fire, making this fantastic for the goal mouth lens at football. The camera feel somehow lighter over long periods of time. Very intuitive. Saves your neck!

Value: ***3 stars

It costs between £55-£65 in this here country. There’s no two ways about it, that’s a lot of cash for a strap. But then buying say the Nikon D3s branded strap is £25, and that will fall apart eventually. Sneak it through on expenses. Or claim the VAT back.

Conclusion: ****4 stars

If you regularly use two camera bodies, at photo calls or sport or whatever, you will find the BlackRapid RS-7 useful. If you don’t, then it’s a marginal improvement. This is basically a professionals’ play thing, but I wouldn’t be without it when speed is critical.

You can find out more about www.blackrapid.com on their website and you can read more of Jadedsnapper’s tales on his or her blog (I was sworn to secrecy, JadedSnapper could be ANYONE!)

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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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