Tuesday, October 9, 2012

BlackRapid RS-Sport-2 Review

When you buy a new camera, you always find a strap inside the box. The problem with this strap, especially for DSLRs, is that they are emblazoned with the camera brand and, more often than not, the camera model. The camera makers would like that: you already paid for the gadget and yet you still serve as an unpaid advertiser - you will be advertising the brand and model of the camera that you are using to the public.

This presents an unsafe situation: if a thief reads the latest photography blog post or magazine, then s/he will know exactly how much your camera is worth.

Another thing, the neck strap that came with your DSLR can also cause neck strain: imagine carrying a 5-pound gear, or more, on your neck for extended time...

Enter the BlackRapid RS-Sport-2.

This strap is one of the slim versions of the BlackRapid family of straps. It is made up of some really nice materials from the strap, to the buckles, to the metal connector. Your camera is attached via the FastnR which you screw into the tripod mount hole. Yes, BlackRapid has an ingenious way of naming things.

What makes this strap extra special is the extra strap, called the Brad, that goes underneath your arm. Yes, the connector can glide smoothly along the strap but the Brad will prevent the RS-Sport-2 from slipping down your shoulder. This extra strap enables you to move swiftly from one point to another; you can even run towards a photographic opportunity without your camera strap moving out of place. That is very important for those who shoot high speed scenes, like sporting events, weddings, or street fairs, to name a few.

And since the strap runs along your shoulder, not your neck, you won't experience any neck sprain even if you are in a day-long event.

However, you don't need to be a sports photographer to take advantage of the benefits of this strap. As an example, watch the video the wife and I made during one of the special (late) summer events here in Chicago: The World Music Festival.

As I've said in this really old post back when I was just starting, the BlackRapid Strap is the best camera strap in the world. My opinion of BlackRapid has not changed with the RS-Sport-2.

The Shy Photographer rates it Highly Recommended.

Get yours here!

Special thanks to K. Francesca Lukjanowicz of BlackRapid.


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