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

B&H # BLRS4B Mfr # RS4-2BB
You Pay: $54.95
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 117 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (87)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (82)
    • 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 (17)
    • Travel (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (42), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (18), Enthusiast (11), Semi-professional (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (106), 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

    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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      4.0

      As Described

      By TNPhoto

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Supports Both Rt Lt Han

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Photography

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

        Nice strap. Also own the Sport Strap with the secondary shoulder strap. This is nice because of the small included pouch. I prefer the Sport strap because It is better padded and a bit more comfortable. This strap is nice because you can use it regardless if you are left or right handed.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Very Good

        By TNPhoto

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography

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

          Very nice strap. I also have the Sport strap. Both are great. Love the pocket on the Classic.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great strap

          By jsl81

          from Philadelphia, PA

          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):

            Great strap. I love how the connection point is the tripod screw on the bottom. Strap isn't in the way of your hands when you're taking a picture. Great service, as always from B&H! Highly recommend this!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent product

            By Von K.

            from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Bang For The Buck
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Solid

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Traveling

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

            Adjusted the strap as recommended to hip length, and found it to be extremely comfortable. The strap does not move from the shoulder when raising the camera and the adjustable stops keep it where you want it. The fastener that screws into the bottom of the camera is heavy duty and I feel very safe in its integrity. I would recommend this strap to anyone.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Rubic's cube

            By Jerrold

            from Sarasota, Fl

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

            Great product. I wanted the neutral stap which works well. Figuring out the straps is a little bit like Rubic's cube. I'm sure the experts can do it in under 60 sec but for the rest of us, it seems a little counter intuitive.

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            5.0

            Very comfortable, works as expected

            By Joseph

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Looks cool
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Traveling

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

              I am using this strap with my D800E and it is great. Compared to the stock strap that comes with any Nikon DSLR, the BlackRapid RS-4 is very comfortable. Even compared with the very well padded Optech straps, the RS-4 is much more comfortable because the weight is placed on the shoulder instead of the neck. At work, I have even used this strap to support a 1D X fitted with a 24-70 2.8 II for a few hours at a time without the whole setup becoming too uncomfortable.

              One of my favorite features of this strap is that it attaches to the bottom of the camera body, and this prevents the strap from getting in the way of the camera controls while shooting. The RS-4 does have a small zipper pouch on the shoulder pad, but it is only large enough to accommodate a few memory cards or a lens cloth. It's not completely useless, but I don't think it adds much value to the strap--unless none of your clothing has pockets or something like that. The most valuable thing about this strap is that it is functional enough and comfortable enough that you will actually use it, which was not the case for me with other camera straps. Get one!

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              5.0

              excellent

              By C&C

              from florida usa

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

              Very good

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              5.0

              Works As Promised!!

              By Chadleim

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

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

                I was able to carry my Canon 50D and 24-105mm around all day without knowing it was there….except when I needed it. Comfortable and totally adjustable. I like the adjustable stops so the camera stays where its supposed to!! Great product!!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great strap

                By Photojan

                from State College, PA

                About Me Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use

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

                  Finally, a strap I like. Over the years, I've tried a lot of camera straps. Some of them were OK, some were awful (the Heavy Leather NYC, for example), but there wasn't one that made me say "YES!"

                  The Black Rapid is that "YES!" strap. It's comfortable, it keeps my D4 handy on my hip, and it doesn't get in the way when I turn the camera for a vertical shot.

                  Give it a try.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Perfect addition

                  By MEK

                  from Ellicott City, MD

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Traveling

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

                    Useful product for individual on the move and need to set rapidly. This product takes the load off your neck and allows your body to carry.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Best one I have tried

                    By RedCar

                    from Midlothian, VA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

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

                    Have had this for a year or more. Recently used on a three week trip. It is the best strap I have used and I have tried a bunch of them.

                    I like the attachment method (I use an old mechanical camera and it has a robust tripod attachment) and I like how the camera hangs from my shoulder.

                    The pad is very robust, maybe too much so. It isn't flexible, but it works well.

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                    5.0

                    My Favorite

                    By Lou

                    from New York

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Interferes With Tripod

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

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

                    Using this strap for casual shooting and really like it better than the standard strap.
                    Easy to use , holds the camera safely, adjusts quickly.
                    There really isn't anything I don't like about it. If you want to place the camera down for a tiemr shot it is a pain to have to take the screw thing out of the bottom but its really not a big deal.

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                    4.0

                    Great buy if you on the move

                    By MG

                    from buffalo,ny

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

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

                      I'm a one man crew, I shoot location shoots and have to move stands. it can be a pain when you have a camera around your neck i would normaly just put it down which was a pain if i was surrounded by water like I have been. I have used the rapid and it makes it easy to get that shot put the camera way make adjustments and pick it up again. I have had it for a 2 weeks and put my 120mm camera there and it was comfortable while walking miles through the city doing street photography.

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                      5.0

                      Finally the right strap

                      By Paulou

                      from Montreal, Canada

                      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):

                        After looking for a new strap, I finally stop my choice on Rapid Strap, and i'm very happy about my choice

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        RS-4 Classic Strap - Risky?

                        By CameraMan

                        from NM

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Not Durable

                          Best Uses

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

                            I was pleased with everything about the strap except the plastic carabiner. I will return the strap for a refund because I don't trust it to reliably hold my camera.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Love the strap

                            By ABWilson

                            from Hamilton, Bermuda

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use

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

                              I have had the strap on my camera since I bought it. It is easy to use and takes the weight of the camera off my neck which makes carrying the camera for hours at a time easy and comfortable.

                              A clever design. Thanks.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              SOLID, SMOOTH AND CLASSY

                              By JP

                              from Portland, OR

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Portraits
                                • Traveling

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

                                Quality construction, shoulder pad does a great job staying in place, little to no noise from metal fastener during operation, expensive but worth it.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Strap

                                By jlandress

                                from Northern VA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Traveling
                                  • Vacation

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

                                  The strap came very quickly and was simple to attach and size. It provided great comfort with exceptional security. I got it foran extended vacation and it worked great. I highly recommend

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing tool for photographers

                                  By Normann

                                  from Copenhagen, Denmark

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Adjustable
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Handy
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Comfort
                                    • Supporting Camera

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

                                    This product is a great tool for photographers, that being amateurs as well as professionals. It makes it so much handier to grib the camera and snap a photo in no time and it relieves the weight of the camera by distributing it very well.

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