Dual Camera Harness/Strap at an Affordable Price

Me wearing the Double Camera Strap during last friday’s football game. Photo taken by my friend and fellow photographer, Jared Bludsworth

For the past 3 years I have been using the original Black Rapid Strap (RS 1). It’s a great product that never really failed me, not even once. The Black Rapid is perfect if I’m using only one camera, when I need to use two bodies, I usually bring along my  Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW where I put the second body.  It was ok, but there are times that it gets uncomfortable and hard to move especially with a bulky bag on my hip. So I decided to get a dual camera strap. I first thought of getting the BlackRapid DR-1 Double Strap but the price made me think twice, I looked around and found the CowboyStudio Double Camera Harness/Strap for Digital SLR and Video (Double Harness) from Amazon.

 

I decided to try it so bought one from Amazon. I’m really surprised with the strap when I got it, the materials that were used are great. Maybe not that great compare to the more expensive ones, but for $21.00, this is a steal. It worked right out of the box.

Features:

  • Two adjustable camera mounts
  • Even weight distribution, makes it comfortable to wear
  • Two chest level accessory clips/hooks (perfect for ID/Tags, pont and shoot camera, mobile phone, memory pouch, small video camera)

It camse with two of these adjustable camera mounts on each side.

It came with the two adjustable camera mounts pictured above, which I think is ok, but I’m more comfortable using my old black rapid fastener, so I removed the one that came with it and replace it with something close to this Lehigh 7000-12 3-1/2-Inch by 5/8-Inch 110-Pound Round Steel Swivel Eye Bolt Snap Hook, Nickel Plated and use my 2 black rapid fastener. See photo below. I bought the swivel hooks from lowes for less than $2 if I remember it right, it comes with two hooks in the package and it is rated at 60lbs load, and it is easier and quicker to hook and unhook my gear from the strap.

 

The Steel Swivel Snap Hook from Lowes(Rated at 60lbs load) and my Black Rapid Fasteners.

I liked this mod better than the original mounts, this way I can easily connect and disconnect the camera when I need to. With the original camera mount, I have to unscrew the mount which takes time and I’m not confident it can handle the load. Overall, together with the simple mod that I did, I’m pretty satisfied with this strap. It works great. I used it with two Canon EOS 7Ds, one with Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L and the other one with EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5. With the simple modifications that I made, I’m confident that the gear won’t fall down accidentally. I have been using it in the field and and it really works great for me. I just love this strap for my DSLRs and heavy lenses.

Update: July 15, 2015. I have had this strap since November 2012, it is now 2015 and it’s still my strap when I’m shooting sports with my two aging DSLRs and Heavy L Lenses.

I just checked Amazon and it looks like they don’t sell this strap anymore.

Where to buy?

 

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