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BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Stronger Ballistic Nylon Material
  • Extra Strong Webbing
  • Front Pocket for Phone or Large Battery
  • Top Pocket for Memory Card and More
  • Improved Closure Mechanism
  • Expands to 60" (1.5 m)
  • Includes FastenR3
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The black RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap from Black Rapid has been updated to a stronger and more functional design. The RS-5 is now made from ballistic nylon rather than the previous version of ripstop nylon. In addition to its new composition, it features expanded storage and increased organizational design and an improved closure mechanism. This version now contains pockets in which you can store media cards and other accessories such as a smartphone.

The R-Strap is worn diagonally across the torso from shoulder to hip and is adjustable to fit most photographers. The locking FastenR-3 connects the strap to the tripod socket located on either the camera body or the lens. Once connected, the camera hangs upside down, resting securely at the side or in the small of the back, with the lens pointing behind.

The RS-5 Ballistic Strap has a front pocket for carrying a smartphone, large battery, walkie-talkie, or similar sized items. There is a pocket on the top of the pad that opens up to store memory cards, ID, credit cards, etc. The pockets close and open silently thanks to padded magnets

Material

Ballistic nylon
Extra strong webbing
Strap is designed to carry a camera or lens vertically
RS-5 strap is worn diagonally across the torso from shoulder to hip and is adjustable to fit most photographers
Locking FastenR3 connects the strap to the tripod socket located on either the camera body or the lens. Once connected, the camera hangs upside down, resting securely at the side or in the small of the back, with the lens pointing behind Pad has a mesh underside for comfort
Pad has a mesh underside for comfort and breathability

Pockets

Front pocket for carrying a smartphone, large battery, walkie-talkie, or similar sized items
Pocket on the top of the pad opens up to store memory cards, ID, credit cards, etc
Silent pocket closures are provide by padded magnets
UPC: 898821002286
Material Ballistic nylon
Attachment Method FastenR3 (attaches to tripod mount)
Length Expands to 60.0" (1.5 m)
The pad is 15.0" x 3.1" (38.1 x 7.8 cm)
Weight 5.0 oz (142 g) (approx)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.88 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 3.5 x 2.7"
BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black)
  • FastenR-3
  • One-Year Warranty
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    BlackRapidRS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black)
     
    4.4

    (based on 121 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (74)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (104)
    • Adjustable (100)
    • Strong construction (97)
    • Well padded (90)
    • Does not chafe (53)

    Cons

    • Difficult to attach (5)
    • Chafes (4)

    Best Uses

    • Comfort (71)
    • Supporting camera (65)
    • Stable (33)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (44), Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (106), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Don't know how I worked without it!

    I LOVE this strap! Being almost 60 years old having the RS-5 Ballistic Camera strap truly helps me as I shoot 3 to 4 times a week using my 1D Mark IV with...Read complete review

    I LOVE this strap! Being almost 60 years old having the RS-5 Ballistic Camera strap truly helps me as I shoot 3 to 4 times a week using my 1D Mark IV with my 70-200 or 100-400 on a monopod (shooting soccer and marching band etc.) and have my 2nd camera/lens using my old Canon strap around my shoulder. Now that I've LEARNED HOW to use the RS-5 Ballistic Camera Strap I won't shoot without it. It took me some time to learn how to adjust the strap (by watching their video-great help)and the first time I used the RS-5 for my 2nd camera/lens was for an all day event; 8 - 10 hours. There was no way with my old strap that I could carry my 2nd camera all day long. Again, I love this strap!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Lots of storage in a strap

    The strap is useful, way more comfortable than a neck strap, has tons of little pockets for memory cards, a camera battery and you can even fit an iphone(or anything phone of...Read complete review

    The strap is useful, way more comfortable than a neck strap, has tons of little pockets for memory cards, a camera battery and you can even fit an iphone(or anything phone of similar size)... The one annoying thing about it(other than it being overpriced), I find that I have to adjust the size of the strap every so often because the plastic adjusters/bumpers do not hold very well.

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    5.0

    Great, Useful Strap

    By Nancy C

    from Coilumbia, SC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

        I like the pockets and zippered slots on the strap. There is room for several cards and other small items, like a remote or other useful tool. The large pocket is too small for my phone, so I put an extra battery in it. I have only used it a couple of times so far, mainly around the yard. I have found the strap can slip off my shoulder when I am using the camera, so maybe I won't keep the extra battery in the pocket when I'm out and about - maybe the battery is making it slip! Anyway, I still like it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        great strap

        By jackie

        from lehighton pa

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Does not Chafe
        • Strong Construction
        • Well Padded

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Comfort
          • Stabilizing
          • Supporting Camera

          Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

          easy

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          1.0

          too bulky, phone doesn't fit

          By Deb

          from Valley Forge, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Storage For Battery
          • Strong Construction
          • Well Padded

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

              Received as a gift, I found it too bulky and the pocket for the phone is too small. It slides all over the place even though fitted properly. Doesn't stay on my shoulder. The magnetic flap is annoying as well, seems I never manage to put it on the correct way the first time, always upside down.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great Strap

              By ThomY

              from Bethlehem, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Strong Construction
              • Well Padded

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Comfort

                Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                Saves your neck pain. I use a Nikon D7100 with battery pack and a 18-200 zoom and it gets very heavy when worn for about a hour. This strap moves the weight from the back of the neck to the side and I felt no pain wearing it for a much longer time

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                • No

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                2.0

                Design Flaw

                By JD1701

                from Orlando, Florida

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Chafes
                • Poor Design
                • Poorly Padded
                • Uncomfortable

                Best Uses

                • Same Shoulder Not Across

                Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                This strap is designed and built "flat", but is meant to be worn across the body. Actually, it HAS to be worn across the body. As designed, it should not be worn across the body (perched on the left shoulder with camera hanging at right hand), it should be worn perched on right (or left) shoulder with camera hanging at right (or left) hand. When worn across body, the weight is not evenly distributed on the shoulder, and discomfort occurs when the section of the strap digs into the shoulder. The shoulder padding area should be angled as the strap across the body is angled. The "Sport" model is designed this way, and is much more comfortable than the Cargo. ALL STRAPS meant to be worn across the body need to be designed and constructed at this angle for maximum comfort. To overlook this is a HUGE mistake.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Blackrapid RS-5 Cargo Camera Strap

                By John

                from Denver, Co.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Comfortable
                • Does not Chafe
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                    This strap is quite comfortable with a full size DLSR and large lens. After adjusting the length the camera and lens rides comfortably on my hip without bouncing around too much. The tripod mount hasn't come loose (yet) and the camera is readily accessible.

                    I'd give it 5 stars except the magnetic closure is a little flaky and like everybody else has said you can't fit a newer android phone (LG-G2 in this case) in the compartment.

                    It's well made and way better than the strap that came with the camera.

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                    4.0

                    Great Comfortable Strap

                    By TC Photo

                    from FL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Does not Chafe
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Well Padded

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Comfort

                      Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                      I use this strap Just about every where I go and it works.
                      It is much more comfortable then the one a manufacture provides.
                      Love the self contained storage pockets for carrying spare memory cards or an extra battery or two. However do not expect to fit a smartphone in the strap compartments are to small. All in all good strap.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Best way to carry a camera

                      By Chuck

                      from Van Wa

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Does not Chafe
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                      • Swings

                      Best Uses

                      • Comfort
                      • Supporting Camera

                      Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                      I have a 7D with an EF 100-400 there had to be a better way to hang a camera around my neck than using the factory strap. this works like a charm but don't forget to protect your lens it swings like a wrecking ball if your not careful. Don't forget the carabiner lock!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Strap

                      By Tucker

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Comfort

                      Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                      Great Seller, Great Price and Fast Shipping, If you need this sort of thing then stop thinking about it and just buy it, you won't regret it.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      I would purchase this item again.

                      By hzcas

                      from Augusta, GA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Comfortable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Supporting Camera

                        Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                        Good value and ez to adjust. I have quick access to my camera and it feels safe and secure on my side. I will purchase this item again.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By hzcas

                        from Augusta, GA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable
                        • Comfortable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Supporting Camera

                          Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                          Good value and ez to adjust. I have quick access to my camera and it feels safe and secure on my side. I will purchase this item again.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great, But Older Product

                          By Dan 98109

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable
                          • Comfortable
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                          • Small Cellphone Pocket

                          Best Uses

                          • Supporting Camera

                          Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                          This BlackRapid strap works very well, but it's an older product. BlackRapid doesn't make these any more (tried finding it on their website). That probably explains why the "cellphone storage pocket" is too small for today's smartphones. The strap comes with lots of storage, so it seems bulky at first. Now that I've been using it for a while it doesn't seem as bulky. I'm a big guy, so I wasn't sure the 60" extension would be enough, but it works perfectly for me. My camera rides at my hip just right!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great strap as expected

                          By rr70

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable
                          • Comfortable
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Comfort
                            • Stabilizing
                            • Supporting Camera

                            Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                            The ballistic nylon is an improvement fro older versions of the strap. Compartments can store a lot of memory cards and other accessories. Well constructed.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Second Strap

                            By JD

                            from Orlando, Florida

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Adjustable
                            • Comfortable
                            • Small Storage Space
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Vertical Shooting Tricky

                            Best Uses

                            • Comfort

                            Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                            First strap was given to me back in 2008. Liked it, but the strap frequently got in my way when shooting in portrait configuration. The storage pocket is perfect for my small Nokia phone, but don't see how it can accommodate today's larger smartphones. Perhaps it can be used for other storage. This newer version seems more robust, and with it being offered at a discount price and not finding any other more desirable alternatives, I went with it again. Oh…also, in the past I emailed BR customer service with questions about my original strap - yeah, they never bothered to reply back to me.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Almost perfect

                            By Sylvain

                            from Québec, Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable

                            Cons

                            • Cell Phone Dosn't Fit

                            Best Uses

                            • Supporting Camera

                            Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                            Love the product for the reason I bouht it Camera ready and neck saved. The only issue is with the newer cell phone (ex. Samsung Galaxy S3) you can't use the Pocket that is to small.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Seriously good strap

                            By SteveG

                            from Brisbane, Australia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Adjustable
                            • Comfortable
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Well Padded

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                                I bought this because I needed to be able to leave my hands free to write when I was doing interviews and the standard supplied straps are, well let's face it, garbage anyway.
                                The Cargo is great, plenty of padding, pockets and plenty of length adjustment.
                                My first outing was about 3 hours and the only thing that I missed was the neck ache from the camera.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Very helpful

                                By Sktna

                                from Ny

                                Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                                I really like these straps, they are a great walk around addition, they help supporting the camera weight and i never get tired using using it.
                                The pockets fit a spare battery and memory cards.
                                Construction is solid.
                                I highly recomend it

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                                4.0

                                Good addition for walk around

                                By Sktna

                                from NY

                                Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                                Although a little bulky, it is comfortable and allows you to carry 2 extra batteries and memory cards. It also helps you carry the camera ll day with verAlthough a little bulky, it is comfortable and allows you to carry 2 extra batteries and memory cards. It also helps you carry the camera all day with very little effort. It helps you carry the essential without having to carry an extra bag.I am not giving it a 5 star rating because the design is not great, for example, the mobile phone holder would not hold an iphone without effort (if you have a case), and i would prefer aomething to carry my filters for example, not my phone additionally seting the strap to the right lenght is very difficult believe it or not.... So once you get it right, don't chamge it! But overall I do recomend the product. Construction is solid and it really makes the camera seem lighter, I use it very freequently.

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                                5.0

                                Great go light strap

                                By jimmyd

                                from South Carolina

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Adjustable
                                • Comfortable
                                • Does not Chafe
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Well Padded

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Comfort
                                  • International Travel
                                  • Supporting Camera
                                  • Vacation

                                  Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                                  It carries everything I need on an international trip. Lens cleaner batteries and 6 cards.

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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great Strap

                                  By NGATECH

                                  from Washington D.C.

                                  Comments about BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black):

                                  I've been using my new strap for a couple of weeks now. My camera no longer bounces on my stomach. It's nice having my camera on my side, right next to my hand ready for use.

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