When we think about what we want to add to our camera bags, a camera strap is not exactly the first thing that jumps to mind! We each have a long and expensive list of wants queuing up and vying to be next in line for when our budgets allow, but it seems that BlackRapid straps have just won the jostle, ending up in our hands before we had the time to blink – and what a difference they have made.
Now, I am not talking about the generic camera strap you are probably thinking about – the one that breaks your neck, giving you a headache and comes complete with shining arrows pointing at the camera hanging on your chest as you waltz down the street, but a set of straps designed with the user in mind BlackRapid.
To be honest, I (Nicola) probably would not have been convinced to buy them by Brent (who is forever online trying to tell me that we need this and that, and wouldn’t this make things so much easier), but by chance we ended up with a couple of them to try out for an extended period last year during our three months of travels.
At one of the weddings we photographed earlier in 2014, we met Willem – the South African BlackRapid representative – as part of the videography team, The Wedding Revelation. Not only were he and Nic a pleasure to work alongside, but he ended up hooking us up with the straps to try out (after seeing us give ourselves a backache at the wedding no doubt!)
Brent went for the Yeti model and me for the only left-handed demo model they had – the Sport. Not because I am left-handed, but because I have chronic shoulder tension on my right, and it would simply do me in to have anything on that shoulder – well supported or not. We also grabbed a shoulder-slung, small leisure strap called the Shot which I didn’t think we would use much at the time, but it turned out to be immensely useful during our travels.