Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review of the BlackRapid SnapR 20

So you got a Canon Powershot G15. Now you need some protection for it...

Now, if you look at the right column of my blog, you will find some of the most visited entries here. And the most popular of them all is my review of the BlackRapid SnapR.

I first had this particular bag last December, 2010. And two years later, it is still one of the best bag for your Canon G-something Powershot. You know why? Because the two just fit!

The main difference this time is BlackRapid rebranded the bag as the SnapR 20. This is because the company now has 3 kinds of bags: the 10, 20 and 35. (I reviewed the BlackRapid SnapR 10 here.)

The package is still composed of the bag, the main strap, the loop-buckle strap, the hand strap and the FastenR - the FastenR is the one you connect to the tripod screw mount. There are also a couple of Velcros which you use to secure the buckles in place. Oh, slight difference, the SnapR of two years ago came with three Velcro straps...

There are two pockets on either side of the bag where you could put an extra battery, a spare memory card and even your (pre-iPhone 5) iPhone.

With the FastenR in place, all you have to do is loop the loop-buckle strap to it. Then, you either buckle the loop-buckle strap to the main strap or to the provided hand strap.

After that, you're all set.

You can go about your walk, and when inspiration hits, then your camera is readily available. And don't worry if your camera suddenly slipped from your hands - the SnapR will prevent your precious gear from spilling to the ground. Trust me, this happened with me and my precious G15 (ooh... the wife will give it to me when she reads this...)

But there is another way of using the mini-strap - you can attach it directly to the camera, though you might need to use some brute strength to do so... You see, the Canon G15's strap mount is barely big enough to let the loop of the mini-strap in; and when I say barely, I mean you have to really force the loop in!

Now, why do I prefer this? As much as possible, I'd like to have the tripod screw mount free - when I use a tripod, I still would like to have a strap so that my camera won't be completely "naked". So, what I did before was use the BlackRapid strap when I'm on the go, then attach the Canon-branded strap, the one that came with the camera, when I'm tethered to a tripod. This is not a very ideal set up!

So, with the mini-strap attached directly to the camera, I can have my camera mounted to a tripod and still have the strap - win-win! When I'm done shooting, the camera goes directly back to the bag; and yes, I still have the option of buckling the mini strap to the main strap of the bag.

Oh, and if you're thinking of removing the loop from the G15, fuhgeddaboudit!!! Once it's there, leave it there!

The BlackRapid SnapR 20 is a gorgeous bag and fits the Canon Powershot G15 perfectly.

The Shy Photographer rates it Highly Recommended!

So get yours here!

Special thanks go to K. Francesca Lukjanowicz of BlackRapid for providing the bag. Much obliged!

Special thanks go to the wife, too, for taking my photos while I was reviewing the bag. These shots were made at the Really Big Halloween Party at the Navy Pier.

My reviews of the Canon Powershot G15 are found here and here.

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