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BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black)

B&H # BLRS4B Mfr # RS4-2BB
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Product Highlights
  • Carries a Camera or Lens
  • Ballistic Nylon Strap
  • Bomb-proof Webbing
  • Sizing Adjustment
  • Zippered Pocket for 2 Memory Cards

The RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 from Black Rapid is a lightweight and low profile strap with a sizing adjustment located on the front for quick adjustments. The R-Strap is worn diagonally across the torso from shoulder to hip and is adjustable to fit most photographers. The locking ridges of the FastenR-3 locking ridges provide a firm connection between your camera and FastenR.

The R3 is finished in black nickel and provides a fast, easy and simple attachment system. Once connected, the camera hangs upside down, resting securely at the side or in the small of the back, with the lens pointing behind. It has a quick access, secure pocket for storing two extra memory cards in their protective cases. The strap has a pad with a mesh underside for comfort and breathability.

Material
Ballistic nylon
Bomb-proof webbing
Strap is designed to carry a camera or lens vertically
RS-4 strap is worn diagonally across the torso from shoulder to hip and is adjustable to fit most photographers
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
Pad has a mesh underside for comfort and breathability
Zippered pocket for 2 memory cards in their cases
Material Ballistic nylon
Bomb-proof webbing
Attachment Method Attaches to tripod mount
Weight 4.5 oz (128 g)
BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black)
  • FastenR-3
  • 1-Year Replacement Warranty
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    BlackRapidRS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 136 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (104)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (84)
    • Adjustable (78)
    • Strong construction (78)
    • Well padded (71)
    • Does not chafe (47)

    Cons

    • Chafes (3)

    Best Uses

    • Comfort (63)
    • Supporting camera (51)
    • Stable (30)
    • Everyday (28)
    • Travel (25)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (42), Semi-pro photographer (25), Enthusiast (19), Pro photographer (18), Semi-professional (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (121), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Lightyears beyond Nikon stock straps.

    I cannot emphasize how much the Black Rapid RS-4 Camera Strap has made carrying my camera an effortless task. Since switching from the stock Nikon straps, I have not experienced any chafing on...Read complete review

    I cannot emphasize how much the Black Rapid RS-4 Camera Strap has made carrying my camera an effortless task. Since switching from the stock Nikon straps, I have not experienced any chafing on my neck or shoulder, nor have I experienced any back or neck pain.

    Additionally with the purchase of the FastenR-T1 for Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Plate screw, I was able to keep my tripod plate attached to my camera while still having my camera attached to the Black Rapid RS-4 strap. This allows me to quickly remove my camera from the locking carabiner and mount it onto the tripod in 10 seconds (provided my tripod is already set up).

    The Black Rapid RS-4 strap is highly adjustable to suit almost any size person. I have had several of my friends test out the strap with heights range from 5'3" to 6'4" with my own height being 5'9". The strap was completely adjustable to accommodate a comfortable transport position slightly above the hips (to avoid the camera from bounding up and down on your thigh as you walk). The Black Rapid RS-4 features a clasp that will hold the extra length of strap in place to prevent it from flopping around.

    The Black Rapid RS-4 also features adjustable position locks to limit the carabiners range of motion so that your camera will always be in the same place when you are carrying it. Once you learn where your camera will be located, the process of grabbing your camera and bringing it up to eye level is under 2 seconds. Only the locking carabiner will slide along the length of the strap as you perform this task allowing the strap to remain in the same position on your shoulder. This action almost eliminates the possibility that the strap will chafe your shoulder or neck over the course of a days shooting. The strap is also constructed of high quality nylon. The only downside is that it does not feature a steel cable and is therefore, prone to strap cutting. If you plan on going to areas where this may be a problem, then you may consider a different strap. Or - you can get your camera equipment insured.

    Finally, I must talk about the sliding carabiner. The carabiner is constructed from hardened steel and features a screw lock to prevent the carabiner from opening unintentionally. With as little as two quick flicks of your thumb you can unscrew the screw lock enough to allow the carabiner to be opened. The carabiner also features a steel pin which allows the carabiner to swivel effortlessly. The size of the pin in comparison to the opening eliminates the chance that the swivel action will be limited due to dust, sand or debris. Lastly, the sliding bracket which is also constructed of hardened steel is completely frictionless and immune to clogging from anything but gravel.

    I personally use this strap for every style of photography – from long 8 mile hikes to urban exploring, to strolls through a botanical garden. Where the Black Rapid RS-4 really shines is street photography where things are often rapidly changing and moments are fleeting.

    If you have a stock camera strap that came with your camera – get this upgrade. I promise you will be glad that you did, and like me, wonder why you didn't do it earlier.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not bad but...

    The strap part is good and the zipper pocket will hold a cf card in the case but it is not easy to get in there. After wearing this for about 8 hrs a...Read complete review

    The strap part is good and the zipper pocket will hold a cf card in the case but it is not easy to get in there. After wearing this for about 8 hrs a day for two days I found that the padded part of the strap would rub against my neck and I would have to keep adjusting it. this could be because it was new and not broken in yet.

    Now the bad part. The eye screw that you attach to your camera is a horrible design. It WILL come loose. I had it attached to the camera and tightened it down pretty good but not overy tight and it came loose withing an hour. So about every hour or two I had to keep tightening the screw. this gets very annoying when you are shooting for 8 hrs a day for two days straight.

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    5.0

    Perfect

    By NikonNerd

    from United Kingdom

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

      Just begs the question...why dont the camera manufacturers include a strap like this with their DSLR` s / SLR`s. Neck straps just dont work with heavy lenses.This strap is just perfect for wandering along rivers looking for that perfect nature shot or for that really opportunistic shot...wish I had got one years ago

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      • No

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      5.0

      Comfortable

      By Mark

      from Richmond, VA

      Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

      Got this for my D7100, much better than standard strap.

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      5.0

      Beyond the function...

      By Tim

      from Goa, India

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

        Instead of reviewing the function of this, which is covered well be others, my comment is that this way of carrying your camera helps people that you are photographing feel more comfortable. The camera is there, it is ready to use, they can see it. Lifting the camera to the eye is quick, but it is not a surprise or something that causes the subject to go on "oh my god I'm getting my picture taken alert (spoiled expression) that can happen if the camera is in a less convenient location (a case) or hanging around the neck facing forward (where people tend to stay in "camera alert" mode).Summary: not only is this a comfortable way to carry the camera, it seems to help me get better candid photos because of how the subject relates to how the camera is being used.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Muy buen producto

        By Marceloo

        from La Plata, Argentina

        Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

        Estoy muy conforme con la compra. Resulta muy cómoda para llevar una cámara reflex cuando se viaja y se carga la cámara por casi todo el día. Es muy segura y confiable para el equipo. Recomendable.

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        5.0

        Best accessory ever!

        By Paul612

        from Cherry valley mass

        Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

        Easy to use and very convenient. I bought a second one

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        5.0

        Much better than the OEM

        By Expresiones Digitales

        from San José, Costa Rica

        Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

        Definitely much better than the original CANON strap! More comfortable to wear and to move around with. I'm actually thinking of getting another one, maybe for two cameras this time! Great product, great materials and craftsmanship.

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        5.0

        Best strap I have ever owned!

        By B Doree

        from Chicago

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Traveling

          Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

          Best strap I have ever owned! I'm a lefty and finding straps can be a bit of a challenge for me. But this one is terrific, comfortable, sturdy and secure.

          Get one, you won't be disappointed.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great gift-but one for yourself first

          By Sarah

          from Colorado

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

            this is the third Classic BlackRapid i've purchased. several years ago i bought one for myself and one for a friend. This most recent one was for my brother. Would never go back to a traditional strap that hangs around your neck. The BlackRapid keeps your camera safely at your hip with a "bumper" to keep it from traveling too far back. it's out of the way yet accessible instantly. Traditional straps are uncomfortable, the camera is always is in the way, and tends to bounce. This strap screws into the bottom of the camera where you would mount a mono or tripod. hardware is quite secure. You will love it!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Camera Strap!

            By Gene the Machine

            from Conway, SC

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

              All the time use with this strap! A well made, very useful strap that is on my camera, 24-7!

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              • No

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              5.0

              A weight off my shoulders - literally

              By Brittney

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Confusing Directions
              • Hard To Set Up

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

              I shoot primarily weddings and engagements, and the Canon-issued neck strap just wasn't cutting it. A few years ago I had a BlackRapid strap, and lost it while moving. This season I decided to buy another BlackRapid strap, and was very impressed by the small changes they've made. The Fastener on my old model was metal with no buffer in between it and the camera body, so you had to really twist it tight to be sure it was on properly. This new model has a thin rubber guard in between the tripod mount/camera body and the Fastener, so it feels more secure, and probably is. I like to be overly cautious so throughout a wedding day I'll find myself checking it several times, but it never seems to come loose.

              I use a Shootsac bag to carry my lenses and small items throughout a wedding day, and I wasn't sure how using a BlackRapid strap along with it would work out. Pretty well, I found. It feels silly to have two straps overlaid on my shoulder, but the camera and the top of the bag rest several inches apart on my hip, so I can comfortably carry all my necessities and be hands free.

              Initial set-up is a little bit confusing and the directions are just three vague images, but after that it's easy to use. I haven't yet found a need for the zipper pocket on the top of the strap, but maybe with more time I'll find use for it.

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              2.0

              Its a piece of nylon thats about all

              By Dave from the West

              from Bay Area

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Traveling

                Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                It works for what it needs to and has solid construction. Only gripe is the shoulder pad that just won't stay in place, ends up on my back more often than not. Hopefully once its broken in and not so stiff it will stay in place better. Mounting hardware is solid and can easily carry the weight of full size DLSR (6D in my case) and an L series lens 24-105 with ease. Overall worth it compared to the uncomfortable neck strap that comes with the Canon cameras.

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                5.0

                Is very comfort

                By mariano

                from TX

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography

                  Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                  I have Canon 5d and 3 lenses y very confort and resistent

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera Strap

                  By CT NP

                  from CT

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Initially A Little Stiff

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                  Fully adjustable and stays put on your shoulder.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent camera strap

                  By WesJ

                  from San Leandro, CA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                    After using the stock Canon camera strap for years, I thought it was time to buy something a little more comfortable. The RS-4 is fantastic. No more aching neck from a dangling heavy camera. The strap is very well built and feels very secure.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Comfort At Last

                    By Michael Image Artist

                    from Milwaukee, WI

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                    I have had the shock absorber strap, the Canon strap (came with the camera), three guitar straps without guitars), and the BlackRapid classic RS-4. The BlackRapid strap has surpassed my expectations. The comfort of swinging the camera up and into action is so smooth, that I don't know why I waited years before getting my Strap.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Easy to use, provided comfort all day

                    By Heidi

                    from Lisle, IL

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Took A While To Set Up

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                    I used this strap for the first time on Saturday. I photograph horse races with a 70-200 f2.8 lens, which can be heavy to carry around for 6 hours, particularly for those with a small frame like mine. I attached the screw to the tripod mount of the lens and wore the strap cross-body with the gear at my hip when I wasn't using it. I was very comfortable all day and was also able to move around freely without worrying about my gear (of which included ducking beneath the railings around the racetrack).

                    The only con is that it took a little time to attach this as well as the separate tether kit I purchased.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Bought a second one

                    By Vikingboy

                    from Savage, MN

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Uses Same Mount As Tripod

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                    I received this strap as a gift and liked it so much that I bought one for my wife. Keeps my camera handy and is a HUGE improvement over the strap that came with my camera. I highly recommend this strap.

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                    5.0

                    CAN'T BE BEAT FOR SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

                    By walt@waltsphotography

                    from Coburg,Ore

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Traveling

                      Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                      As you know when photographing (SPORT) more then one camera & lens combination is necessary. You must be ready for the close up shot at all times. You never know when the play ends up in your face. Be ready at with the second camera around your nick. Blackrapid takes the stress "off " the nick, and carried to the right side for (RAPID) access.While having your left hand on your monopod with camera & long lens attached.
                      I think that this is the best camera strap on the market.
                      I think this product is a must for very serious sports photographers.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Strap

                      By Ranbud

                      from Richland, WA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography

                        Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                        Very wide and thick pad, good strap length. Could not be better.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I love it!

                        By stubacca

                        from Oxford, MS

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about BlackRapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap with FastenerR-3 (Black):

                          Very light and versatile. Keeps the camera out of the way but very much in reach.

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                          • No

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