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BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black)

B&H # BLRS5B Mfr # RS5-2BB
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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

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
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)
BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black)
  • FastenR-3
  • One-Year Warranty
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    BlackRapidRS-5 Cargo Ballistic Camera Strap (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 107 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (70)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (94)
    • Adjustable (89)
    • Strong construction (86)
    • Well padded (81)
    • Does not chafe (50)

    Cons

    • Difficult to attach (5)
    • Chafes (3)

    Best Uses

    • Comfort (65)
    • Supporting camera (58)
    • Stable (32)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (96), Yes (3)

    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

    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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          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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          5.0

          Great for me (a small woman)

          By lindapinda

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Comfort
            • Stabilizing

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

            I am 5'4" and have a short torso, so being able to adjust the strap length is very important otherwise the camera would be knocking the wrong places while I moved. The components feel very durable and well made (you get what you pay for!) and my husband commented on how useful the compartment at the top of the shoulder is. The shoulder pad is very comfortable and the ability to swing my camera up to my face from my side is wonderful! This package comes with the FR-3 fastener, so I may get the stealth version for a quieter movement.

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            • No

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            4.0

            I would go for RS-4

            By Nima

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Comfort
              • Supporting Camera

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

              Theres really nothing to complain about, however the main reason I got RS-5 instead of RS-4 was the "Front Pocket for Phone or Large Battery". There is no way you can fit an iPhone or Samsung galaxy S4-5 in that pocket, so its basically useless. Everything else is perfect.

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              • No

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              5.0

              BlackRapid cargo

              By Isradayers

              from Hillsboro Oregon

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

              Excellent, comfortable to wear construction! First strap I've owned that feels secure enough to trust enough to let go of my camera:)

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              4.0

              So close to being the best strap

              By Brian

              from Altoona, Pa

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Ive only used the RS-5 a few times so far. It is very comfortable, keeps the camera in place for quick hip to shooting position. Construction feels as though it should last and hold up very well.The pocket advertised as possible phone storage will hold only an I-phone without any type of case or sleeve. The construction could be of a material that is a bit softer. The strap will slide down and need adjusted back up on the shoulder quite often. The other assortment of storage is well placed and should handle a nice variety of items. The magnetic closure seems stable and holds well. If the cell pocket would hold even a smallish smart phone, the should strap would have some material that could grab a bit or if even the overall material was a bit more supple to conform to the shoulder the RS-5 would be everything I would want.

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                  4.0

                  It works!

                  By Al

                  from Bluffton, SC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Comfort
                    • Stabilizing

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

                    There are times, particularly in crowded venues, where I find it difficult to carry my camera bag. The RS-5 cargo strap allows me to keep my camera handy and safe while at the same time giving me enough storage space to carry an extra battery, CF cards and some accessories without hauling my entire bag. The sling strap design allows me to get my camera into position quickly so I don't miss a shot. It is comfortable, well constructed, adjustable and easy to use. Although I have never had a problem, for security reasons, I wish the magnetic closure on the storage area was a bit stronger. An easy way to remove the camera from the strap to mount on a tripod would be welcomed.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I have bought this product again - Great

                    By none

                    from ga

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Great way to walk with a camera.

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                        5.0

                        Don't know how I lived without it.

                        By Matthew

                        from Las Vegas, NV

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable
                        • Comfortable
                        • Well Padded

                        Cons

                        • None really

                        Best Uses

                        • Accessibility
                        • Comfort

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

                        Do yourself a great favor and replace your factory strap with this. It's comfortable, versatile and a pleasure to wear. Quick access to the camera.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Not the fanciest but super practical

                        By Cgrayl

                        from Boca raton Florida

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

                        I bought this strap because I was tire of my standard attach-at-the-top canon strap. I wanted something I could keep over my shoulder but access easily if I saw something I wanted to shoot and this totally serves that purpose. It slides along the strap wonderfully smooth and feels securely locked when attached. It's also got handy utility pockets for small accessories like memory cards etc. it's not necessarily the coolest aesthetically but you have to weigh that against how much you like practicality. Overall, I love it!

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                        4.0

                        Fits my needs

                        By Photo guy.

                        from Los Angeles

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        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 strap works well and hangs at correct position to be comfortable. I own the double strap and it works well but it is not as comfortable as this model when it is used as a single mode. The phone holder is good but a bit tight for my phone. I haven't used the pockets but it will come in handy when I do.

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                          • No

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                          1.0

                          Don't buy this

                          By richardkoekphotography

                          from brooklyn NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Doesnt Stay On Shoulder
                            • Too expensive

                            Best Uses

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

                              Your camera hangs yes but thats it. When you grab the camera and pull it towards your eye the complete strap will shift. So the padded part will be moving from your shoulder to your back. This thing is NOT worth this kindof money. The double strapped gear for 2 camera's doesnt have this problem.

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                              5.0

                              Outstanding

                              By hawgwildterry

                              from Marysville, WA

                              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):

                                Already had two of the standard Black Rapid straps. I ordered this heavy duty one to attach to my Nikon 600mm VR lens. It is perfect with a stronger mounting clip and seems to be heavier material. Bonus is having a phone pocket/small camera pocket on the strap.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Product

                                By Dr. Danny

                                from Orlando, FL

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Adjustable
                                • Camera Slides Along Strap
                                • Comfortable
                                • Does not Chafe
                                • Hold Smart Phone
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Well Padded

                                Cons

                                • Timely Phone Removal

                                Best Uses

                                • Sitting Or Standing
                                • Supporting Camera

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

                                I really enjoy using this strap and showing it off. The magnet works very well and keeps the flap closed properly. I bought it because I saw a friend using a similar older RS model and I chose this one specifically because it has the extra storage space to include the space for a smart phone. The smart phone space fits my iPhone 4s perfectly but it is a little challenging to get out quickly to answer a call. The reason I didn't downgrade my overall rating is because it's still faster to get the phone out of the RS-5 than my pants pocket.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Great Product!

                                By EzLee

                                from San Leandro, CA

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Adjustable
                                • Comfortable
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Well Padded

                                Cons

                                • Chafes

                                Best Uses

                                • Comfort
                                • Stabilizing
                                • Supporting Camera

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

                                The RS-5 is comfortable and super adjustable. I love using it to take pictures and it's great for transport. It's light and definitely secures your camera, which makes it easy to walk around and run if need be. I only wish some of the compartments were a little bit bigger but that's just my preference of wanting to pack some more things. But this is definitely a great buy!

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                                3.0

                                Nice strap, light, comfortable

                                By Guillermo Rico

                                from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Adjustable
                                • Comfortable
                                • Well Padded

                                Cons

                                • Poor Expansion Available
                                • Too Tight Pockets

                                Best Uses

                                • Supporting Camera

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

                                event, wedding, general use
                                very comfortable with my Canon 5D Mark II plus grip and large zoom lens.
                                Does not fit my mobile, compact flash card spaces are too tight (difficult to get/put).
                                Cannot be simple extended wit more BlackRapid products (other side, for example)

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                                5.0

                                Great Strap !

                                By JQS

                                from N/W Chicago

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Comfort
                                  • Supporting Camera

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

                                  Highly recommend to any sports or avid amateur who's got that strap around your neck for an hour or more at a time.
                                  I shoot HS sports several days a week.
                                  Absolutely no pain with this unit. Wish I bought it years ago. No regrets.

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