I couldn’t help but feel like a gunfighter. As I loaded the BlackRapid RS DR-1 Double Strap with two Nikon D3 bodies, I felt equipped to take on any number bad guys – er I mean shooting situations.
I was anxious to review this product. Those of you who have been long-time readers might remember my previous R-Strap experience wasn’t that great. The original BlackRapid R Strap nearly cost me a Nikon D700 w/24-70mm F/2.8 lens on board. http://photofocus.com/2008/10/16/blackrapid-r-strap-review-twip/
Thankfully – it looks like many (if not all) of the issues I had with the original BlackRapid strap have been solved.
Let’s start by examining the new strap on the merits. It’s designed to carry two camera bodies. If the two bodies are similar in weight, the strap works like a charm. If however you have one pro body (such as a D3) and one consumer body (such as a D5000) you might find it a bit hard to balance. Still – this product works as well as could be expected in either situation.
The strap will fit anyone (if it fits me it will fit you) and was very comfortable. It distributed the weight of the two D3 bodies evenly. The strap is well made and the connection point is now based on a very solid connector.
It is still unnerving to hook the two $4500 camera bodies into a system that allows for them to hang upside down by a single clasp – but it works and this time I trust it.
The new fastener (BlackRapid calls it the FastenR-2) is lower profile, better made and makes a very comfortable connection to the camera.
The new ConnectR-2 is BlackRapid’s answer to the obvious problem they faced with their original product. It too offers a strong, smoother and more reliable way to attach the camera to the strap.
I’ll be using this system to carry my cameras during the World Wide Photo Walk Saturday. If you need to carry two bodies at once, the BlackRapid RS DR-1 Double Strap is the best solution I’ve seen (so far.) I’d highly recommend it but for one problem. At $130 it is crazy expensive. If it were even under $100 I could get more used to saying that price was okay. But in today’s economy, I don’t know how many people will spring for a $130 camera strap. If you can get past the price, I think you’ll be happy with it.