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BlackRapidRS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 926 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (700)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (180)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (845)
  • Adjustable (785)
  • Strong construction (737)
  • Well padded (654)
  • Does not chafe (470)

Cons

  • Difficult to attach (16)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Poorly padded (9)
  • Chafes (7)
  • Price (7)

Best Uses

  • Comfort (647)
  • Supporting camera (487)
  • Stable (300)
  • Travel (9)
  • Easy to use (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (402), Semi-pro photographer (269), Pro photographer (125), Casual photographer (80), Photography student (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (769), Yes (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You'll never use your old strap again

At a glance this might seem like a very silly product. Let me assure you that only the opposite is true, especially if you have a heavier camera-lens kit. I own a Nikon...Read complete review

At a glance this might seem like a very silly product. Let me assure you that only the opposite is true, especially if you have a heavier camera-lens kit. I own a Nikon D7000 and Sigma 70-200 HSM II (which is no longer available), which is my sports/portrait photography kit. Holding onto such a heavy combination throughout a football game, track meet, or photo shoot can and WILL cause even the strongest of people to have sore wrists/arms if hand-held too long. That being said, this strap is great for professional and entry level cameras alike. The ability to quick-draw your camera from your waist for that elusive 'perfect shot' is something not possible with camera bags.

However, like all things in life, there are a few down-sides to the RS-7. Cost is definitely one of them. I'm not going to lie, this was a pretty steep purchase for me considering its a camera strap (despite it being worth every penny). Also, if in close proximity to other people/walls, certain (minor) precautions must be made so that your camera won't hit a wall or another person. The BlackRapid system in general is also not very friendly to those with arthritis. Small parts, involving a fair amount of dexterity, are included and required in order to set things up (I'm pretty young, so this does not affect me yet; just be aware of it in case this applies to you).

Final Thoughts: The convenience that this strap offers cannot be adequately described with words. The only things I can say are pick one up through B&H (because their shipping was VERY fast for me), set it up with your camera, take it out for a spin, and enjoy the added convenience.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Well made but not to my liking

I have an RS-5, which is awesome but I wanted something thinner and less bulky. I thought the modular concept would be great, so I bought this sleek RS-7.
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I have an RS-5, which is awesome but I wanted something thinner and less bulky. I thought the modular concept would be great, so I bought this sleek RS-7.

Should have noticed before buying -- I don't like that it unbuckles at the BACK, instead of front. I feel like anyone can unclip my strap from behind me and run off with my camera. Not sure if that's likely to happen at any time, but it's just not smart to design it that way.

They also moved the strap adjuster to the back, not the front like the RS-5. I know all this is to accommodate the modular JOEY attachments, but now it's just less ergonomic. I also reviewed the JOEY, decided I don't like it because they close with loud, wide velcro as opposed to the silent magnetic closure on the RS-5.

I think I will return this and just get the RS-4, because if I don't like the JOEY accessory pockets then thetre's no point to having the RS-7. Putting the buckle and adjuster in the back, not front, was a bad decision in my view.

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4.0

Great

By faculuz

from Montevideo, Uruguay

Verified Buyer

Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

it could be way cheaper, but it does the job!

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5.0

Awesome Value

By Air James

from Queens, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

easy to use and easy to operate. This strap is worth every penny

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5.0

Great Product

By Sony mike

from Tampa

Verified Buyer

Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

Using this product has lessened the pain from carrying my camera around the neck. It is amazing
How the distribution of weight across your body makes a huge difference. Everyone who has a heavy camer a should have one.

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4.0

Comfortable, useful

By Nas

from Massachusetts

Verified Buyer

Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

The Curve is a comfortable strap that positions the camera nicely at the hip, allowing a smooth motion to shooting position. It is a bit conspicuous for street shooting and could be too bulky for some situations. However, it is comfortable and enables smooth motion, as the camera slides along the strap, which remains stationary. During a couple of weeks of travel and walking on trails and beaches on the west coast, I found it fit easily in a medium ThinkTank sling bag attached to a Canon 70D, in the same space where I kept it before with a standard neck strap. The Curve functioned perfectly well while also carrying the ThinkTank bag. It is much more comfortable to walk over rough terrain with the camera on the Curve, as opposed to a neck strap, but further measures would have to be taken if one had to do frequent scrambling in steep rocky country, as the camera still will swing away from the body. The possibility that the anchor to the camera's tripod socket will come unscrewed seems really remote, but I added the BlackRapid tether to one of the camera's side lugs for protection. The two ends of the strap connect via a plastic, spring-locking connector that lies at the back of one's left shoulder (for right handers). This would be a security weakness in urban locations with crowds and pickpockets.

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5.0

Perfect!

By Akp

from Chicago

Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

I had never used this kind of strap before. I had only used the ones that go only around the neck. This strap is comfortable and very versatile. I used it all weekend in Chicago and am very happy with my purchase. And no neck pain!

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5.0

Awesome for quick camera access

By Designer/Photog

from Upstate NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Well Padded

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Cobalt):

      I bought this for work. I love to use this for my second body which typically has my wider lens on it. I can quickly cradle the main body (tele) in my left arm while bringing the second body to my eye. Great for fast paced event photography. I'll be buying a second one for personal use, I miss it when I don't have it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very nice camera strap

      By Mase

      from Hamden, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

          Very happy with RS-7. Using it with Nikon D750 and Nikkor 24-120. Carries weight well. Also purchased Brad Strap. Nice addition, but not absolutely necessary.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          The perfect fit

          By Saul Cervantes

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Does not Chafe

          Cons

          • More Padding

          Best Uses

          • Comfort

          Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

          I am a wedding photographer and the purpose of this purchase was to find something that would allow me to carry my camera during a long 8-12 hour wedding in a comfortable and efficient manner. I had previously purchased the sports model and unfortunately it got left behind. This time I decided to go with the standard version and I am very happy with the practicality of the product.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Nice strap but not compatible

          By Rose

          from NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Well Padded

          Cons

          • Cannot Use Wcamera Case

          Best Uses

          • Supporting Camera

          Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

          Nice strap, but not compatible to use with camera cases.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          great

          By Daniel

          from Phoenix

          Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

          Perfect

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Product

          By Cate

          from New Hampshire

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Well Padded

          Cons

          • Difficult to Attach

          Best Uses

          • Comfort

          Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

          I have been waiting to buy one of these for a long time and I am looking forward to using it for the upcoming busy wedding season! It will take a huge strain off my neck.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Best strap ever I owned!

          By macks

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Tripod Plate As Standard

          Best Uses

          • Comfort
          • Stabilizing
          • Supporting Camera

          Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

          Would highly recommend one who hold the DSLR, so quick in no time your camera is in position, you won't notice how it glides through your body.. Enjoying it..

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works great.

          By Just another Photographer

          from Tucson, AZ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Supporting Camera

            Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

            Holds my rig without straining my neck.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            AAAAHHHHH

            By TravelingMark218

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Strong Construction
            • Well Padded

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Comfort
              • Stabilizing
              • Supporting Camera

              Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

              Great for taking a walk with your camera and your hands are free. Easy to use lightweight, durable. Adjustable for any size person.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great so far.

              By Whitt107

              from Houston, TX

              Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

              Pros: Strap works well and nicely counter balances my Lowepro sling bag in use.
              -Also works fine with my Hufa lens cap clip.
              -Takes a bit to get used to the different camera position but the benefits are worthwhile.

              Cons:
              -If I'm doing photos on my tripod I have to take it off to put on the release plate, leaving nothing to hold onto my camera with if I get a strong wind passing by...

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Large lens strap

              By Thabesh

              from Colorado

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Moss):

                  Purchased to use for tripod foot attachment for 200-500mm lens. Simple to set-up and to date, seems to be a secure way to carry a pretty heavy camera/lens combo. Once set-up properly, it just does it's job and stays out of the way well. Have only used in cold and cool weather so can't give any idea as to how it will work in the hot, sweaty summer months.

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                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  So much better than the original strap

                  By Jessica M

                  from Northern CT

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Comfort

                    Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Gray):

                    I have a Nikon D610 which I use almost daily with my Sigma 150-500mm lens. The weight was causing me some serious neck pain. I decided to try the sling to see if it helped. It has made all of the difference. I LOVE it!
                    **Note** I almost dropped my camera because I didn't tighten the screw enough where the strap attaches to the camera. It worked itself loose and I just happen to grab my camera to take a shot and noticed. You really need to tighten it very well and check it often. I haven't had that issue since.
                    The strap shifts a little off my shoulder but not enough to impede my shooting or irritate me enough to stop using it. Huge fan.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Comfortable camera strap

                    By Hype

                    from Washington

                    Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

                    Great camera strap, very comfortable. Fits well on torso. Great purchase

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great strap buy one!!

                    By mgblunt

                    from Bourbon Mo.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Comfort
                    • Stabilizing
                    • Supporting Camera

                    Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Moss):

                    Took this strap out for a spin and once I got the stops adjusted correctly it was off to the races. I can't say enough about how this improves the Photography experiance no more camera bouncing off my chest my hands are now free until I want to take a shot it just works great.

                    One word of caution when walking around be aware not to bang your camera against anything you might walk by.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Strap

                    By Jobs I

                    from Rochester nh

                    Comments about RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

                    Great strap. Camera sets nicely on torso

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