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BlackRapidRS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Cobalt)
 
4.7

(based on 825 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (621)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (165)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (773)
  • Adjustable (721)
  • Strong construction (677)
  • Well padded (600)
  • Does not chafe (435)

Cons

  • Difficult to attach (14)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Poorly padded (8)
  • Chafes (7)
  • Price (7)

Best Uses

  • Comfort (595)
  • Supporting camera (447)
  • Stable (275)
  • Travel (9)
  • Easy to use (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (359), Semi-pro photographer (251), Pro photographer (112), Casual photographer (75), Photography student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (692), 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

great product

By dottiesuz

from charlotte, n.c.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Supporting Camera

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

    much better than a neck strap. i'm glad that my brother told me about the BlackRapid strap!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Solid strap glad I bought it

    By DRPhotography

    from New Hampshire

    About Me 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):

      Strap is comfortable, easy to adjust, attachment is very secure and it just plain works. Really not much more to say.

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      4.0

      Excellent quality product

      By Stephen

      from Stamford, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Difficult to Attach

      Best Uses

      • Comfort

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

      Many products promise convenience, few deliver. This one does deliver. It makes carrying a DSLR a lot more enjoyable. Strap is comfortable and never gets in the way when lifting up the camera to shoot. One thing that would be great is an easier way to remove the strap from the camera. Unlike a regular camera strap that you can leave on all the time, it is very awkward to use the camera if you are not wearing the strap as well. When I get home, I like to leave the camera laying around on a shelf and it is not convenient to do that without removing the strap. This takes more time than I would like.

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      • No

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      4.0

      RS-7 Curve Camera Strap

      By Steve

      from Clemson, SC

      Verified Buyer

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

      Nice strap and well made. It is, however, a bit over priced in my opinion.

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      4.0

      Great Strap but not for Panasonic FZ200

      By Ed

      from Texas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          The "socket" mount that screws into the camera's tripod mount prevents the battery/SD card door from opening far enough to gain access on my new Panasonic FZ200. For access, the socket needs to be approximately 5/8" diameter instead 7/8". BlackRapid was called and they sent me another socket so I can machine it down to 5/8". I was impressed with the company as they said they would modify the socket in the future. I really like the strap. Also, B&H was informed and they were extremely interested in the details so they could follow up with their supplier as well.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Strap for my 5dmkiii

          By Evan H

          from Bakersfield, Ca

          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 (Orange):

            very reliable strap for my camera. I actually have it attached to my 70-200 lens instead of the body of the camera. It very adjustable and doesn't choke my neck.

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            • No

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            4.0

            My camera just fell on the cement

            By Mo

            from Detroit, Mi

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I love(ed) this strap. I bought the pouch for shooting weddings, I guess I should have bought the carabiner protector because my camera fell on the ground today. I read a few reviews about the screw coming lose so I would check it often, I never thought the carabiner lock would come lose and disconnect. My camera went flying and landed on the cement because it disconnected while I was putting it on. I'm going to buy the protector but I don't understand why it dosen't just come with the strap. Great strap just use caution and double check how secure everything is. My 5d mark iii that is not even a year old is now pretty dinged up. I will still use the strap but I will be super paranoid!

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                  • No

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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.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • 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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                                  • No

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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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