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BlackRapidRS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Moss)
 
4.7

(based on 908 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (687)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (176)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (835)
  • Adjustable (777)
  • Strong construction (732)
  • Well padded (647)
  • Does not chafe (466)

Cons

  • Difficult to attach (15)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Poorly padded (9)
  • Chafes (7)
  • Price (7)

Best Uses

  • Comfort (642)
  • Supporting camera (483)
  • Stable (298)
  • Travel (9)
  • Easy to use (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (397), Semi-pro photographer (266), Pro photographer (123), Casual photographer (80), Photography student (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (759), 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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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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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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5.0

This product is exactly what I was looking for

By PK

from MA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Allows For Quick Shots
    • Comfort
    • Security

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

    When taking my camera on walks with our kids and our dog, I never felt secure with the factory supplied strap on my shoulder. In addition to that, many times I needed to quickly take a shot, the grip on the factory strap would catch and I'd need to shake the strap off before I could take the picture.

    The RS-7 Curve strap has solved both of those issues and I couldn't be happier. I now feel that the camera is securely strapped to my body and I can now smoothly bring the camera up from my hip and not miss a shot.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Does just what I wanted it to do

    By Zamboniguy

    from Naples, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

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

    Simple and practical concept. A normal neck strap never worked for me, especially with larger gear attached. The high price is what loses it a star.

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    • No

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    5.0

    "Great strap for Canon big lens combo"

    By DP

    from Dayton, TN

    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 (Orange):

      I researched a strap for my DSLR big lens combo for a while before purchasing the RS-7. I am very impressed at the useful features of this strap. I am a larger guy and the strap has lots of adjustment to hang the camera just right, while staying put solidly on my shoulder.

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      • No

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      5.0

      An Awesome Strap

      By Dan 98109

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Comfort
        • Supporting Camera

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

        This is by far the most comfortable camera strap I've ever used. The curved design is perfect for over the left shoulder. The lightweight design means the strap doesn't get in my way, and it's easy to take on and off over my head. The lightweight design also saves on packing space, esp. when compared to the bulkier BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo Camera Strap I've used in the past.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great strap for shooting on the go

        By Rob T

        from Avon Lake, Ohio

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Does not Chafe
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Tourist

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

          I received this strap as a Christmas gift from my wife. It wasn't on my list, but I could not be happier with it. The strap attaches quickly and securely to the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera. The length is easily adjustable, which makes it easy to rotate among family members when traveling. Best of all, it is extremely quick and easy to grab the camera, raise it to your eye, and take a good shot quickly, so that you don't miss those fleeting opportunities for great shots. The strap appears to be of constructed of high quality materials and should last for years.

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          • Yes

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          3.0

          Good but not great

          By Mrskyelar

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Strong Construction
          • Well Padded

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Comfort
            • Supporting Camera

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

            I got this strap because I was having neck problems with the one that came with the camera. It does a good job of spreading out the weight of the camera however I've found that the shoulder pad shifts quite easily.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Neck-saver

            By BrownstoneBabe

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Strong Construction
            • Well Padded

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Comfort
              • Supporting Camera

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

              It really helped my neck to switch to a side strap. I'm still experimenting with it and it takes some getting used to, but it's pretty smooth. One thing is that you can't quickly put your camera down flat, because the attachment is on the bottom; just need to place it down at an angle.

              I don't know if it chafes on bare skin (i.e., sleeveless shirt), because it's winter.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Terrific Product!

              By Kevin Cooke

              from Camas Washington

              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):

                Love it. Easy to use, does exactly what it promises. Great design. This is #2 for my #2 camera. It hardly seems a strap would make such a difference but it does!

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                5.0

                Great strap

                By CP

                from Raleigh, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Comfort
                  • Stabilizing
                  • Supporting Camera

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

                  Love the feel and design

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Well designed and very comfortable

                  By Big Six

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Comfort

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

                  Like many others, I chose this strap as a replacement for the a conventional neck strap. The BlackRapid Curve is far more comfortable, particularly since I have also upgraded my camera body to a full-size DSLR (Canon 7D to a 5D Mark III). Having the camera body at my side rather than in front did take a little time to get used to, but now it feels much more natural and it is easier for me to keep the body from swinging around when it is at my side. My right hand rests naturally on the camera body, so I am always aware of where it is and I can keep it under control. I am 6' 5" tall, so conventional neck straps always placed the camera body too high on my chest and made it difficult to reach for things. Having the body right at my hip is much better. I did have to fiddle with the length adjustments for a while to get it just right.
                  Once I had the strap length just right and the buckles that restrain the camera's motion along the strap placed correctly, I have had very few troubles with the strap sliding out of position on my shoulder. I just feels and works so much better.
                  One previous reviewer commented about the main buckle being placed on the wearer's back and how that might put his camera at risk of theft from someone simply coming up behind him and unbuckling the strap. However, that buckle actually requires both hands to release, pretty much eliminating that possibility.
                  Great strap,much better than "old school", very comfortable and a safer way to hang on to expensive equipment.

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                  5.0

                  Best camera Strap...EVER!

                  By Photographer from Colorado

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Comfort
                    • Supporting Camera

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

                    Stays securely at your side until you pull it easily to your eye to take a photo.
                    Eliminates strain on your neck.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Very confortable way to carry 5.5 # camera & lens

                    By Orion

                    from Bodega Bay, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilizing

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

                      It is a little trouble to make it small for my wife, Brook.

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                      • No

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                      1.0

                      Great Concept...no follow through...

                      By DeanMPhoto

                      from Longmont, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Great Concept

                      Cons

                      • Annoying

                      Best Uses

                      • Large Heavy Zooms

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

                      One star for the concept. Padded strap slides all over the place during an active shoot. You have to constantly reach over you shoulder to grab the padding and position it on your shoulder. With that said, the concept (carrying position) works. I especially like the way it works when attached to a larger heavier zoom such as the 70-200 with a pro body. Not a cheap experiment if you are looking to try this product.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect professional strap

                      By Mike

                      from Hollywood, FL

                      About Me 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 (Black):

                        Great strap, very comfortable to use while walking or shooting around.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very useful to have

                        By Matt

                        from San Luis Obispo, CA

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable
                        • Comfortable
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Well Padded

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Comfort

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

                          Very useful to have a strap that doesn't get in the way. Seems very durable as well, so hopefully it lasts me a long time.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very good strap

                          By Stuart B.

                          from Greenwich, CT

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

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

                          This is so much better than the factory straps. It's just a better idea, well executed.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Love Love Love this Strap

                          By Chl0e2

                          from Evansville, In

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable
                          • Comfortable
                          • Doesn't Hurt Your Neck
                          • Does not Chafe
                          • Easy to attach
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Comfort
                            • Gives You Use Of Hands
                            • Stabilizing
                            • Supporting Camera

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

                            This Strap is Awesome!!!! Its so durable and reliable. No fear of it coming off the camera. it fastens tight to the bottom and I can free up my hands while it safely hangs from my side. Very comfortable and doesn't hurt my neck. If you have long hair it doesn't get caught in it.

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                            5.0

                            A device you have gotta have! Much, much beer than a rope.

                            By shutterbug

                            from san antonio

                            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):

                                Sure makes an easy carry for a heavy DSLR. Thanks for the product.

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                                • No

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