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BlackRapidRS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 87 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (80)
  • Adjustable (72)
  • Strong construction (72)
  • Well padded (56)
  • Does not chafe (41)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Comfort (58)
  • Supporting camera (44)
  • Stable (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (28), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (78), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love BR, but Prefer Orgl Larger RS-Sport

If you don't have a Black Rapid, don't even think about it. Get one! I have tried many fancy and more expensive straps; the BR approach is the best, bar none.Read complete review

If you don't have a Black Rapid, don't even think about it. Get one! I have tried many fancy and more expensive straps; the BR approach is the best, bar none.

That having been said, the Sport models (the original and this RS Sport 2) are a bit different. The basic straps like the RS-4 & 5 are a bit softer in their cloth construction and they adapt to either a left shoulder or right shoulder sling configuration easily - which may be important to some folks. (No one writes about this but the Sport models -- 2 or orig'l -- are only designed to go on the left shoulder with the camera on your right hip. The RS 4 & 5 roll either way!)

The Sport models have an extra stap (under-the-arm)that keeps the whole sling from sliding forward and back (requiring continued readjustment of the shoulder pad's position) and this is a nice feature, especially with a larger camera and/or a larger lens.

They are also made with a much heavier nylon-esque webbing material so they are clearly likely to be more durable.

I think the idea of the latest Sport 2 model was to make a bit narrower strap that would afford the constrained pad positioning, but not be so cumbersome. Without having seen one, I ordered the Sport 2. But I found it a bit "small"; strong material, no shoulder pad movement (the sling stays well-positioned), but it felt too insubstantial. I ordered the original Sport and am much happier.

I shoot a D90 with mid to a sometimes large (70-200) lens. IF you have a small entry level DSLR and only a kit lens, I'd definitely consider the Sport 2, but otherwise I'd go with the original Sport. And, if you can, borrow someone's RS-4 for a lighter more easier to throw on strap. I am not selling mine; sometimes I will use it (especially with a lighter lens), but in-the-field bigger lens adventures will call for the original Sport.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Okay

This strap is okay. I'm still having a hard time trusting that it won't drop my camera; but that's just me, perhaps, not liking my camera dangling. So far, so good. ...Read complete review

This strap is okay. I'm still having a hard time trusting that it won't drop my camera; but that's just me, perhaps, not liking my camera dangling. So far, so good. I also thought the padding for the shoulder is on the thin side, but maybe that's just me. But I give it only 3 stars because it is grossly overpriced, and I almost returned it for that reason alone.

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5.0

Amazing!

By Horse Crazy

from Boise, ID

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Landscape Photography
    • Traveling

    Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

    Amazing! I looked at this strap a long time ago and thought, naw, I'm fine with my fancy gel neck strap. Boy was I wrong. I have a Nikon D5200 with a 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens, over 4.6lbs of gear hanging around your neck. I found I cradled the camera in my left hand 99% of the time and only used the neck strap for security on not dropping the expensive piece of machinery. Long days were taxing. When I brought the camera to my eye, I had to flick the neck strap out of my way. A friend recommended the BlackRapid strap so I decided to bite the bullet and try it. I'm in love! Why, why, why do neck straps even exist anymore? Easy to adjust, slip on and the camera hangs at my hip comfortably 100% of the time when not up to my eye. Easy to bring the camera into position, smooth transition and no straps get in the way, just amazing. The only thing that made me nervous was hanging that much weight and money off a "screw" so I bought the slightly overpriced (but worth the peace of mind) tether kit. The screw has never loosened up on me but the tether kit has taken the "what if" worry part of it out of my mind.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Perfect

    By RL

    from Washington ,DC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Comfort
      • Stabilizing
      • Supporting Camera

      Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

      Picked up this slim version and it's perfect. The other straps I found to be to be too wide and long for my 5'9 stature. Yes it is adjustable, but the extra slack from the other models became cumbersome. The sport strap is great too and no, you don't need to clip it every time for it to work properly.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I highly recommend this product

      By Deacon

      from Victoria, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Comfort

        Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

        I use this strap for outdoor photography and it is so much easier on the neck compared to the standard camera strap. Very easy to grab the camera and get the shot!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Bought by mistake

        By Tim

        from HK

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Comfort

          Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

          I meant to get the regular fit but somehow managed to order the slim fit by mistake. I'll be using it with a Canon 6D which is quite light and a Canon EF 100-400, which is absolutely not light. I expect the bigger surface area of the regular strap would be an advantage with the weight of the gear, however my initial tests are quite satisfactory. I'm a regualr size guy (5'10") and average build and I don't find the strap too small. If I had a heavy camera body I suspect I'd want the regualr strap and not the slim one.

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          5.0

          Amazing, would never use another

          By Moth Dust Photography

          from NYC

          Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

          I love the BlackRapid Sport because of it's anti-theft purposes-- I feel much more comfortable in a busy city with my slr because no one can yank it over my shoulder. Camera rests comfortably at my hip, gives an air of professionalism, and is easy to use and run with. Any photojournalist should use this strap.
          I use the Slim as I have a slight frame, but as I've never used the regular, I have no comparison.

          Only criticism I would have is that the attachment on the bottom of my battery grip is a little annoying when I want to shoot portrait, but I'm sure I can find a mod to make it better.

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          5.0

          Exactly what I ordered

          By take your picture

          from washington state

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Keeps Camera Out Of The W

            Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

            i love this company!! i have ordered several items from B&H over the years and have always received what i ordered in great condition.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Way to go

            By B4Real

            from Colorado Springs, CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Well Padded

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                What an improvement over the stock strap. I find this to be great on the go.

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                5.0

                A must for an active shooter

                By Blessed by Jesus

                from Santa Ana, CA

                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 BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                  There's absolutely no comparison from a neck strap and a blackrapid sport 2 strap. It takes all the weight off your back specially when I'm carrying a 5d3 gripped with a 70-200 2.8L mk ii. I purchased the original sport but returned it because it felt a little too big/loose on me. I am 5'8 around 170lbs & the sport 2 felt much better on my body frame over the original. You won't be disappointed with this the sport 2.

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                  5.0

                  I love this strap!

                  By Erin

                  from US

                  Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                  I have hated camera straps in the past. The traditional styled ones always got in the way and never really served a purpose for me. So, after a bit of struggling with it I eventually just took them off all if my cameras. I have been looking for a better solution as I do sometimes have a need to be hands free but have easy access to the camera. So after much research, I chose this one...and I love it! The strap itself is not bulky and can handle the weight of my camera with the 70-200 2.8 lens on it with no issue and it's way more comfortable than holding it. I wasn't sure if I was going to need or like the under arm strap piece but I'm glad I got the one with it. It really does help with stabilization. All in all I'm thrilled with my purchase!

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                  4.0

                  Love it

                  By Mj

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                      I love this strap--it's hard to believe that camera manufacturers still produce those awful neck straps. I only wish there was a quick way to remove the Brad strap. It's great when I am really moving around and need it, but 90% of the time I can do without it and it doesn't work that well with sport coats, etc. Black Rapid wants to sell you another strap for casual use--but I don't need multiple straps so that is why I am only giving this four stars instead of five.

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                      5.0

                      BLackRapid Sport 2 Strap

                      By Maglow

                      from NY, NY

                      Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                      Love it! Hands down - best strap ever!

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                      5.0

                      Strapped!

                      By Rick

                      from Los Angeles

                      Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                      What a great strap, borrowed it from a buddy and had to get my own!

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                      4.0

                      Does a nice job

                      By Lucho

                      from Stroudsburg, PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Comfort
                        • Stabilizing
                        • Supporting Camera

                        Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                        Product seems to be well constructed. It does the job nicely; however, for the price, it should include the extra safety strap, the one BlackRapid sells separately. Also, although I knew I would lose the tripod connection (unless the BlackRapid screw is off), I'm still bothered by that fact; especially during the transition between getting the BR off and getting the camera on the tripod ...camera is vulnerable during this time. Best thing would be if BR manufactured a contraption so photographers could keep their tripod plates on while still having the BR strap on.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By Camera Girl

                        from Southern Indiana

                        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 BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                          This is perfect for sliding the camera up and into shooting position very quickly and easily. --am looking forward to using it over and over and over, especially on long hikes through national parks.

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                          5.0

                          Worth the price

                          By Sports Dad

                          from North Caolina

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable
                          • Comfortable
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well Padded

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Comfort
                            • Stabilizing
                            • Supporting Camera

                            Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                            Very functional strap. With the covience of adjustable guides,making positioning of the camera for use and protection a "snap". Sturdy enough to hold a 200 mm lens with the confidence of security.

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                            4.0

                            Works well

                            By TobyM

                            from Halifax, N.S. Canada

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Comfort
                              • Supporting Camera

                              Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                              This strap seems to work very well. The construction is rugged and it stays in place due to the little strap under the arm. It holds my camera in place behind my hip, but allows it to swing easily upwards to take a picture. MUCH better than a regular strap as there are no neck aches, bumping on my chest and having to constantly hold the camera.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome Strap for a photographer!

                              By Tyronne Photography

                              from Brooklyn, NY

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Stabilizing
                                • Supporting Camera

                                Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                                This allowed me to shoot my photos from my two cameras like superman. No need to swap lenses, just swapped my cameras, to ensure I had the best shots.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                The RS-2 is perfect

                                By Lou

                                from New York

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Price

                                Best Uses

                                • Comfort
                                • Stabilizing

                                Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                                I use this strap for hobby photography and it is so much better than the standard issue straps cameras come with. This strap was highly reccomended by my friends who are professional photographers.
                                The RS-2 is much more comfortable when walking around and having the camera at your side instaed of bouncing around in front of you is so much better. The additional under arm strap works well when hiking and rock climbing and used in conjunction with the locking tabs, this is the best way to keep your gear safe while being active.
                                The price is higher than I expected it to be but now that I have used the strap, I see this is the last strap I'll have to buy.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Why Didnt I Buy this sooner?

                                By mtnbiker

                                from Trenton, NJ

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Comfort
                                  • Stabilizing

                                  Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                                  Great strap. Holds an SLR, motor-drive and a large lens without causing neck pain. Very easy to take pictures without the strap getting in the way.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Very smart made product

                                  By Ivaylomm

                                  from Chicago, illinois

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Adjustable
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Strong Construction
                                  • Well Padded

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Comfort

                                    Comments about BlackRapid RS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black):

                                    I saw a lot of reviews about this product, and because its price is scary (for a camera strap) I waited a lot before I purchase it. When I got it and took a closer look at it, and I used it, I have to say that the price is actually reasonable for the quality of this product. It's a quite sophisticated camera strap. Even after watching all the videos I was still impressed.

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