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BlackRapidRS-7 Curve Camera Strap (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 840 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (633)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (167)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (780)
  • Adjustable (728)
  • Strong construction (685)
  • Well padded (605)
  • Does not chafe (439)

Cons

  • Difficult to attach (14)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Poorly padded (9)
  • Chafes (7)
  • Price (7)

Best Uses

  • Comfort (600)
  • Supporting camera (452)
  • Stable (279)
  • Travel (9)
  • Easy to use (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (366), Semi-pro photographer (252), Pro photographer (112), Casual photographer (76), Photography student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (699), 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

reat with gripped 7DII & 100-400II

By 1Balance

from North Carolina

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):

    Lightweight and easy to use. feels very solid, but the single point of failure worried me so I got the safety tether kit. Great combo and much better than a basic neck strap.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Best Strap

    By Firepres28

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This strap was purchased to replace my same Black Rapids strap that was misplaced in Florida. Holds the camera very secure and is fast to deploy for a shot.

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        5.0

        Best Investment I've made

        By Thomas

        from Cumming, Georgia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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):

          The BlackRapid Camera Strap is the best investment I have made for the money. It is an easy way to carry your Camera without worry of droping it. The normal neck strap that comes with a camera is alright but it doesn't compare to the BlackRapid Strap. It is easy to get to when you want to take a picture and you don't feel like there is any danger of dropping it when it is hanging by your side. Great investment.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Don't Stress over the Tripod Socket

          By Jeff

          from Orange County, California

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                My biggest concern about the BlackRapid strap design was that it used the tripod socket. I loved the idea that I could reach down and instantly grab the camera, but I was stressing out over using the tripod socket to hold the camera.

                My concerns boiled down to three things: (1) would the threaded attachment come loose with jiggling over time, dropping the camera to the ground? (2) I use a quick release tripod plate that also attaches to the tripod socket. Was I going to have to unscrew the quick release every time I wanted to use the strap? (3) The general bogeyman that I've seen raised in some reviews that "the tripod socket wasn't designed for that use, so you shouldn't use it".

                So, I found a great solution to the tripod quick release issue at Acratech. They have an adapter that attaches to the quick release plate and has a solid circular attachment for the strap. Works great (although kind of pricey).

                As far as the other two concerns, I've taken the camera (fairly heavy, Nikon D750 with 28-300 zoom) on numerous hikes, totaling probably 10 hours of so of jiggling and bouncing. Not a single sign of the quick release plate (to which the strap is attached via the Acratech device) loosening. Nevertheless, I recently put a drop of blue Loctite on the thread just to be sure.

                In use, I couldn't be happier. No more awkward pulling on my shirt collar when I bring the camera to my eye. It stays right on my right hip, and is easy to grasp with my right hand for quick shooting. The quality of the materials is excellent. I highly recommend this if you're looking for a strap.

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                • No

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                5.0

                I should have bought this years ago...

                By Jim_in_PA

                from SE PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                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):

                  It's hard to imagine how much more comfortable this strap is until one actually buys one. As stated in the review title, I wish I would have bought this strap years ago. It's comfortable and functional...keeps my camera handy without bruising my chest or risking it falling off a "one shoulder" hang when I bend over. I've already recommended it to several other friends.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Just a great strap!

                  By Crbrelativity

                  from Washington, DC

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

                  Comfortable, secure, well made, high quality.

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                  4.0

                  works as advertised

                  By dennisw

                  from bellingham, wa

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I purchased the new Canon 100-400 IS L II lens and needed a better way to sling the heavy beast over my shoulder. The RS-7 fits the bill. Unfortunately I had to buy an additional piece of equipment - an Arca Swiss adaptor mount from RRS so I could quickly separate the camera from the strap mechanism and mount it on my tripod. With the adaptor it works fine.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Rapid strap

                      By Jason

                      from Allegany ny

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

                      I've only used it a few time but, it is so much bettet thank the OEM neck strap. The rapid strap helps keep the camera out of the way so both of your hands are free. I would give it 5 stars but i think it's a little overt priced. A great product nun the less

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                      5.0

                      The perfect strap

                      By Corvette 98

                      from Mountain, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      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):

                        The BlackRapid RS-7 is a high quality light-weight strap that is well designed for its' ergonomics and effecienct performance. Perfect for travel photography and everyday operation. High quality construction is conducive for maintaining safety of the camera.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Product

                        By Joe

                        from SoCal

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

                        I've never had such a useful strap. It's really convenient and I can easily swap it from camera to camera. Love it!

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                        5.0

                        Black rapid curve shoulder strap

                        By Bentley

                        from Richmond Va.

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

                        I have wanted a shoulder camera strap for some time...this is awesome, very well built and easy to access.

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By DAVE

                        from REDMOND, OR

                        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 (Cobalt):

                          Keeps hands free to operate second camera. Adjusts to perfect position that allows quick access when needed. Quick release allows efficient transfer to mounting plate when using tripod.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works Great

                          By Al

                          from Monterey Ca

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

                          I had tried a different brand and was disappointed in the way my camera was swinging around. Thie strap is well thought out out. From the curved section that stays on your shoulder to
                          the bumpers (small plastic locks) that let you lock down the camera so it does'nt swing around I must say I'm impressed. I showered it to a friend who is a professional photographer and
                          he is getting one. Great product fair price and as usual B&H shines.

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                          3.0

                          Great Idea... But...

                          By bsandoe

                          from Lancaster, PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Poorly Padded

                          Best Uses

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

                            The strap works fine as far as it goes. However, when you bend over to get something from your bag or move around in any way other than bolt upright the camera is just flying about. There should be an additional strap or something to keep the camera in place other than holding it all the time.

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                            5.0

                            Great Strap

                            By raven3tc

                            from Omaha NE

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

                            Nice quality strap- much more function than using the standard strap provided with a camera body/kit. Camra is on a single point swivel and easy to let hang beside/behind you and move it back up into position quickly to get a shot.

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                            5.0

                            RS-7 Curve Camera Strap Is Great!

                            By Debby J13

                            from Columbia, South Carolina

                            About Me Casual 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 my new RS-7 Curve camera strap. The shoulder strap makes walking around and shooting photos, even with a long, heavy lens, so much more comfortable. And the ease of moving the camera from a resting to using position is great.

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                              • No

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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!

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                                • 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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