During my first few years of photography I tried every kind of camera strap: neck strap, hand strap… even no strap and after months of neck and hand cramping I began my mission to finding the perfect one. During the process, I stumbled onto BlackRapid Straps and was sold and have been using their straps for three years now.
Then, last year I found out that BlackRapid recently came out with a Woman’s model the RS-W1 and was thrilled to be chosen to review it. I put this baby to the test! Since May I have been working this strap and analyzing its performance.
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“The RS-W1 is BlackRapid’s introduction to designing a camera strap specifically for women. Part of the award winning R-Strap line, the RS-W1 is the world’s first camera strap that focuses on the perfect fit for the female. While maintaining the traditional “Built for Speed” design, our designers added a sleek curve highlighted with an elegant but slight pattern accent. This RS-W1 provides comfort, speed, and durability along with graceful styling.” -straight from their website and couldn’t be anymore true.
The Crazy Booth Photos you see below are BlackRapid’s RS-5 straps and the main difference I feel between the two is the curved accent. COMFY LADIES! After having one to two cameras strapped to you for a full day you can really start feeling the dig into the chest area. Not with the women’s model. Pure Comfort. I also noticed that and the amount of excess strap is minimal. With the RS-W1 I didn’t have a great deal of strap left over after fitting to fold up and hide. The other models seem to be a bit longer due to it adapting to both men and women.
It still holds it’s “Built for Speed” design. Built for speed you ask? It’s the swift motion from your hip up to eye. Speedy! Another awesome feature that carries over is the fastener and connector which attaches to the base of the camera. The locking carabiner connects to the fastener and then to the camera for a strong reliable hold as it hangs from your hip.
One MAJOR tip: In the beginning I became frustrated with the shoulder strap moving on me. It is very important to have your bumpers (stoppers on either side of the camera) in the correct position to solve this problem… if you don’t, you will find your shoulder rest behind yourself all day long like poor Kurt below.
I personally put one of mine an inch behind my hip and the other where the shoulder strap begins. (like the photo below) This way the shoulder strap will stay in place with the weight of your camera body and lens…
and you find you will have an easy swooping motion up to your eye.
The deadline for entries is Thursday, November 10th at midnight. Then on Monday the 14th, I will announce the winners on Facebook!
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