Carry Speed or Black Rapid Sling Strap
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moosehead222
Registered: Oct 20, 2012
Total Posts: 203
Country: United States

I am looking at either the Carry Speed or Black Rapid Sling Strap system and a bit undecided.
I will be using it to more easily cary around D3 with a 24-70 primarily.

I am looking for opinions about these two (or if you have any other recommendations) especially if you selected one over the other... thanks in advance..

The Black Rapid seems simple attach directly to the camera or arca swiss platt and would lean towards the RS-4 Classic vs. RS-7 Curve as I want to be able to switch shoulders for longer walk/hikes.

http://www.blackrapid.com/products/classic

The alternative is the Carry Speed and I am leaning towards the FS-Pro with the foldable mounting plate. I prefer the slimmer strap and all the options get a bit complicated but with more time I would probably go with the slim strap and the foldable mounting plate.

http://www.carryspeed.com/products/fs-pro-camera-sling-strap-with-f-1-foldable-mounting-plate

I know the price advantage goes to Black Rapid but taking this out of the equation I am looking for some opinions.
Especially comments if the ball bearing approach in the Carry Speed makes it easier to carry.

I have read other posts about straps and it seems Black Rapid is more popular but it may have just been around a bit longer.

I do have a local store that has the black rapid that I will check out but as usual I can not see both products in person unless I take a trip to B&H

Any thoughts are appreciated.



andyz
Registered: Jul 17, 2008
Total Posts: 581
Country: United States

Couple threads on this. Here is one.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1133988/0

I'm surprised the cost is leaning you to the BR. When I replaced my BR with a CS the price favored the CS plus I got more. I like the security on my camera more with the CS but they're both good systems.



Paul Mo
Registered: Dec 12, 2012
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Country: Thailand

Make sure you have a lanyard as a redundancy with either; a simple cord will do.



vsg28
Registered: May 07, 2012
Total Posts: 1227
Country: United States

You get so much more with the CS strap that I will definitely recommend it over BR. Also, like Paul said, get a redundancy irrespective of which way you go. I opted for OpTech straps into the camera's regular strap mounts which then hook into my CS strap.



moosehead222
Registered: Oct 20, 2012
Total Posts: 203
Country: United States

Thanks everyone... good idea about the redundancy...



SoundHound
Registered: Jan 14, 2006
Total Posts: 5325
Country: United States

I like the Cary with the new camera plate. You can go from a tripod to sling strap using the same QD camera plate.



moosehead222
Registered: Oct 20, 2012
Total Posts: 203
Country: United States

Thanks, that is the way I am leaning.



tanglefoot47
Registered: Oct 12, 2004
Total Posts: 14837
Country: United States

I like carry speed but I did some modifying I didn't like the plate with the ball. So I took that off and using the sunsniper ball bearing swivel connector to the lens or the body. What I like about this strap is it has a wide shoulder pad and a cinch. Although I never use it I like it



anthonysemone
Registered: Mar 08, 2008
Total Posts: 4570
Country: United States

BR RS-7 will ding the hell out of the rear, lower edge of your Nikon D700. I got a SunSniper Pro. Beautiful, but, as the old song goes "the damage done." (Neil Young??)



1KIND
Registered: Feb 01, 2011
Total Posts: 336
Country: United States

I reviewed a bunch of BlackRapid straps as well as Carry Speed on my site (with pictures). Lets just say, I sold my BlackRapid straps



RichCoyle
Registered: Dec 03, 2004
Total Posts: 221
Country: United States

I like the second strap for the long telephoto lenses -- that's a big plus for the Carry Speed.



sally1
Registered: Nov 13, 2012
Total Posts: 3
Country: United States

I kinda like the CS FS-Pro.

Can I carry a 200-400 mounted to the CS with the D4 attached to the lens?



jturn00
Registered: Sep 27, 2007
Total Posts: 75
Country: United States

I've been following this thread and am leaning towards getting a carry speed. I already use a RRS L bracket though and the options for Carry Strap seem to only include a plate. Does the ball head detach so I can mount it directly to my RRS plate?



vsg28
Registered: May 07, 2012
Total Posts: 1227
Country: United States

No, the ball head on the CS Pro only attaches to the mount on the CS plates- be it the F-pro or the one before it.



1KIND
Registered: Feb 01, 2011
Total Posts: 336
Country: United States

I got rid of my BlackRapid straps. Not because I didn't like it but because I also use a Spider Holster and I don't have to constantly remove the connection point. Carry Speed ball pin works with Spider Holster so all I have to do is remove the strap.



M635_Guy
Registered: Dec 22, 2010
Total Posts: 2373
Country: United States

I solved the connection issues with the Black Rapid by using the Arca-Swiss bracket I already had on my camera and an inexpensive clamp on the strap itself. Full writeup on my blog:

http://enthusiastphotographer.com/2011/12/20/black-rapid-arca-solution/

Pix:

br_fix640x480 by e24mpwr, on Flickr


20111220-143937 by e24mpwr, on Flickr


Untitled by e24mpwr, on Flickr

Quick, not fiddly and very secure (you'll notice that I added a safety strap in case I get the fumbles...)



diverhank
Registered: Aug 07, 2012
Total Posts: 216
Country: United States

There is a better and cheaper alternative to both of these is the Optech sling strap. It has 2 attach points and is perfect for your D3. I use it on my 5DMk3 and I am extremely happy with it. A friend uses it on his D4 and told me about it. The best $22 I ever spent.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=699658&Q=&is=REG&A=details



ryankarr
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
Total Posts: 1009
Country: Canada

Luma Labs Cinch is what all the cool kids are buying.



tajji
Registered: Sep 03, 2012
Total Posts: 1
Country: United States

diverhank wrote:
There is a better and cheaper alternative to both of these is the Optech sling strap. It has 2 attach points and is perfect for your D3. I use it on my 5DMk3 and I am extremely happy with it. A friend uses it on his D4 and told me about it. The best $22 I ever spent.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=699658&Q=&is=REG&A=details


Agreed. Op/Tech utility sling is one of the best. I can use it with the L-bracket attached on my D4 and my friend uses it on his 5D M3. It could be removed in a second for tripod mount.



shutterbug guy
Registered: Jul 19, 2005
Total Posts: 262
Country: Thailand

I actually prefer the Boss Strap, because it's seatbelt wide and comfortable. Unfortunately there is not an easy way to attach it like the Black Rapid.

Now I'm using the Black Rapid system with the Really Right Stuff Arca Swiss attachment system (RRS camera L plate & mini clamps) and a Bos Tail for redundant or secondary attachment, attached to the L bracket on the bottom.

Right now it's the most comfortable, safe and handy way I've figured out to hang one or two cameras without using a neck strap.

http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=B2-FAB-F&eq=
http://www.bosstrap.com/bostail.aspx



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