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BlackRapidRS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Gray)
 
4.7

(based on 818 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (618)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (161)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (768)
  • Adjustable (717)
  • Strong construction (672)
  • Well padded (596)
  • Does not chafe (431)

Cons

  • Difficult to attach (13)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Poorly padded (8)
  • Chafes (7)
  • Price (7)

Best Uses

  • Comfort (593)
  • Supporting camera (444)
  • Stable (274)
  • Travel (9)
  • Easy to use (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (357), Semi-pro photographer (250), Pro photographer (110), Casual photographer (74), Photography student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (687), Yes (23)

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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5.0

I would buy this product again

By nodnarb007

from Mammoth Lakes , Ca

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Does not Chafe
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Comfort
    • Stabilizing
    • Supporting Camera

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

    Ive been wanting to upgrade from the factory Nikon strap , and this is the strap I've been looking for!!!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great, comfortable strap

    By Tommy

    from Orlando, Fl

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I love this strap! I had one of the original BR straps and it was getting 'a bit used' so I decided to purchase a newer model. The new locking device and fastener are wonderful. Although this strap is a bit bulky, I also have the Cross Shot strap by BR, but it is not nearly as comfortable to use for a long period of time.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Blackrapid RS-7

        By Glo

        from Floria

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

        Easy to use and takes strain off your neck

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        5.0

        Sturdy reliable camera strap

        By PrancerK

        from New York City

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

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

          The RS-7 is study and reliable. It does's slip even on very smooth fabrics. It secures the camera well. I bought it rather than a less expensive brand and I'm happy that I did.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nice, but Pricey

          By Hal

          from Champaign, IL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Strong Construction
          • Well Padded

          Cons

          • Price

          Best Uses

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

            Nice Strap - just not a great value.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Spend the money, this strap is worth it.

            By Big Ben

            from Traverse City, Michigan

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Comfort

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

              After some hesitation due to the price tag of this particular item, I decided to pull the trigger on this BlackRapid strap. I must say it is lightyears better than a traditional behind the neck camera strap. I just feel so much more mobile when wearing this strap compared to others. Great product. You definitely get what you pay for here.

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              • No

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              5.0

              The perfect strap

              By Herb

              from Paradise, PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Comfort
                • Stabilizing
                • Supporting Camera

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

                Worth every penny.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Happy so far

                By AJA

                from Oklahoma

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

                I have used the strap after a friend highly recommended it. The strap is far more user friendly than the typical camera strap.

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                5.0

                Flippin Awesome

                By Deharography,LLC

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Heavy Body N Lens Combine

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

                First use was at a wedding with 5.5 hours use. felt great and confidence grew through the day. Great product.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Just what I needed.

                By Cris Jan Lim

                from Burbank

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Strong Construction
                • Well Padded

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Comfort
                  • Supporting Camera

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

                  I needed a Sling Strap to do a wedding. This was perfect . I was using 2 Canon bodies and did not want 2 canon straps choking my neck. So I bought the Black Rapid Curve. I had this connected to my second Body and used the regular canon strap on my main body. Its a great combination if you do weddings or events that require 2 bodies.

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                  5.0

                  Great Strap!

                  By wafwot

                  from Washington State

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Well Padded

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Comfort
                    • Stabilizing

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

                    I was skeptical of a strap that dangles several thousands of dollars worth of gear from a 1/4"-20 bolt, but SO MANY others use BlackRapid straps, including pros, that I decided to give it a try. What was I waiting for? The first time using the RS-7, it felt natural. I'm a big guy, and thought the RS-7 might be too small. I also purchased the BERT extension, but didn't need it. Maybe in the winter with bulkier clothes and a coat the BERT will become useful. I attached the FastenR to my RRS L-plate, and installed a BlackRapid Tether Kit just to ease my mind about failure, but everything seems so well built and sturdy! Highly recommended!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Product!

                    By 62Vespa

                    from Sequim, WA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Comfort
                      • Travel

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

                      Fell in love with this product right out of the box. I'm taking on an extensive overseas trip with some big heavy lenses. This will work great in big crowds when a bulky backpack would be too cumbersome.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Wow!

                      By MXPhoto

                      from Sydney Australia

                      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 RS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black):

                        I used the Black Rapid for the first time ever yesterday. I have no idea ho I've lived without this strap. I use a 1d WITH 70-200 f2.8 so it's quite heavy. After 8 hours on the MX track yesterday I had no back, neck or arm pain. Just get one folks, they're the best.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Strap

                        By Fishguts

                        from Asheville, NC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable
                        • Comfortable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Stabilizing

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

                          Love the ease of use and adaptability. Easy to adjust as well.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Strap

                          By Photo Man

                          from Greenville, SC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable
                          • Comfortable
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Comfort
                            • Stabilizing
                            • Supporting Camera

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

                            Perfect for sprots photography with long heavy lens. It reduces stress on neck and shoulder during long hours of shooting events.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            to give my neck a break

                            By j. isham photographyt

                            from Penfield, NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Comfort

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

                              I bought this to distribute the weight of a D4 and 70-200 lens (about 6 lbs.) on my shoulder, instead of on my neck. Just came back from 10 days in Alaska. Strap was comfortable and camera was handy on hikes, and on a boat. Camera hanging upside downb also helped keep it and glass relatively dry. Wore it over all kinds of clothes in drizzly cold weather. Great! just what I wanted (the strap). Drawbacks: fastens in same hole as my tripod mount, and can't figure out how to undo clip from bolt so I can put strap on standard camera mounts, and leave tripod hole free.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              This is the strap I've been looking for.

                              By Big Mike.

                              from Trinity N.C.

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable
                              • Comfortable
                              • Easy Access
                              • Strong Construction
                              • Well Padded

                              Cons

                              • None so far

                              Best Uses

                              • Comfort
                              • Stabilizing
                              • Supporting Camera

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

                              I'd like to think how many years I've had a camera or two slide off my shoulder.This strap solved that problem, plus the added bonus the Lynard will slide making easy handling,let go canera will slide right back by your side.

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                              5.0

                              Something missing

                              By GeriDoc

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I waited to write this review until I had an adequate chance to truly evaluate this camera strap. Today I just returned from a full day at the Hampton Classic horse show, and as I arrived home I realized something was missing - the usual pain in my neck and back from carrying my gear around my neck. This strap is a well designed and constructed product that is not only easy on the neck and shoulders, but holds the camera exactly at finger-tip length so it is easy to grab. It also has the virtue of staying out of the way during shooting. Having tried many other kinds of carrying devices over the years, I am finally done searching for the perfect strap.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Become a Quick Draw Shooter

                                  By H4

                                  from Lynchburg, Virginia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      The strap is easy to attach to & remove from the camera. It took some practice to remember which arm to put through, but I've now gotten the hang of it (pay attention to the R label). I really like it for sports, action and whenever I want my hands to be free, which is most of the time. It's always at the hip, ready to go. I was concerned that the attachment point would cause trouble with not being able to lay the camera flat, but that's not been an issue because I either remove the strap (quick) or just let it rest on the attachment. This solves my biggest complaint with the stock strap, which was for comfort I would put my head through the sling, and then I wasn't ready for a shot. Now I'm ready to quick draw, and the weight of the camera is less bothersome so I am more likely to use my nicer camera & lenses rather than a point and shoot. My use: Sony A77 body & sony 18-50 and sigma 70-200 lens. I shoot for fun and family, like baseball, water sports, family trips.

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                                      5.0

                                      RS-7 Review

                                      By Jchau

                                      from San Jose, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Adjustable
                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Strong Construction
                                      • Well Padded

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Comfort
                                        • Supporting Camera

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

                                        I came to the conclusion that I needed invest in a good camera strap after trekking around Europe for 11 days using the horrible camera strap that came with my Nikon D7000. My neck, shoulder, and side were in pain from carrying my camera around. After my trip I did some research on camera straps and found that the BlackRapid RS-7 Curve Camera Strap was highly recommended.
                                        I have been using the camera strap for a few weeks and I love it. The pressure and pain from carrying my camera is gone. The strap makes it incredibly easy to slide your camera up and start shooting. I would highly recommend the RS-7 Curve. Don't be put off by the price, because you get what you pay for.

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