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BlackRapidRS-2 Sport 2 Camera Strap (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 106 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (79)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (81)
  • Adjustable (72)
  • Strong construction (72)
  • Well padded (56)
  • Does not chafe (41)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Comfort (58)
  • Supporting camera (44)
  • Stable (33)
  • Travel (16)
  • Everyday (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (28), Casual photographer (11), Enthusiast (8), Semi-professional (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (95), 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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4.0

Good but pricey

By Goldais

from Virginia

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Walking

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

I used to go on nature walks with my heavy DSLR in hand. I would walk with the camera swinging from my own hand, fingers hooked loosely on the camera's grip; a wrist strap for safety. With this BlackRapid adjusted to waist-height, the camera and long lens now ride comfortably at my side. While I still steady it with my hand while I walk, I can now let go and use both hands without setting the camera down. If I don't use the underarm strap, the shoulder pad tends to migrate (backward, in my case). This is where I found the included strap clamps to be useful. Clamp the camera in its position at the bottom and the shoulder pad will stay at the top. It's very easy to quickly move the front strap clamp when I want to take a photo. This thing functions well, and I suppose that's what you are paying for, not materials or labor. I justified the expense once, but will look for less expensive alternatives in the future.

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5.0

LOVE IT!

By BlkAkonda

from New York

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Studio
    • Traveling

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

    I use this product all the time. It stays on whenever I have my camera with me and I always have my camera with me.

    It has a great fit, very comfortable and I like the slim fit better then the original. It is durable and I love the new clip lock protector added to secure the camera.

    Great Product!

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    5.0

    BlackRapid is great!

    By GreekPhotog

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

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

      does exactly as described and better.

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      • No

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      4.0

      `Great tool

      By Woody

      from Woodbury, CT

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Convenience

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Used mostly for bird photography. Easy, quick, convenient access to camera even while hiking difficult terrain and while carrying binoculars and scope. Somewhat expensive, but so far durable and problem free.

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          5.0

          Fantastic

          By Judy

          from Chama, NM

          About Me Professional

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          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

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

            I am planning a trip to Alaska, and this will be a great. It is comfortable doesn't pull on my neck, as it goes over shoulder. It adjusts to your side, so you can keep your camera dry under your jacket, and has accessories that help keep your lens cap from falling, cell phone case...just a great design.

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            5.0

            Great

            By Joe

            from Chicago

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

            Functions as advertised

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            5.0

            Great product

            By Max C.

            from Austin, TX

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Materials
            • Well Made

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Traveling

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

              Great carry system for walking around with you camera all day. Much better than the neck strap that comes with most cameras. Takes the weight off your neck. Easy to adjust to my size and install on my camera.

              B&H was great as always, fast processing, got my item four days after ordering.

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              5.0

              beats around the neck antday

              By Jerry

              from East Texas

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Traveling

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

                Nice to be able to rest your arms when you are walking around with heavy lens all day. I like to be able to lock the strap at the top if I have to do any climbing .

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                5.0

                Better than I thought it would be!!

                By Donn

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Traveling

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

                So often I'm let down with things I purchase. Either they are just a tool and work or just don't live up to what I think they'll do for me. The BlackRapid RS-2 Camera strap is worth every penny spent, feels so comfortable over extended shooting hours. Doesn't get in the way when it's time to shoot, and feels so secure with attached gear, I don't ever feel it's gonna fall. Trust me, I'm like Frankenstein at times.

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                5.0

                Comfortable and durable strap!

                By Nick

                from Alameda, CA

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

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

                I needed a sling strap because my kit Canon strap was uncomfortable to wear for a long period of time. I do a lot of outdoor photography and needed something where I can access my camera fast without straining my neck. I took a look at a few Blackrapid options and I narrowed it down to the RS-Sport 2. Once I got it in the mail, I tried it on right away and it was very easy to adjust and very comfortable. I went out and took pictures of my nearby beach and had no problem with the strap. The strap is somewhat expensive but it will make up for the price once I start using it more.

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                5.0

                Great product!

                By Cory

                from Ohio

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

                Very comfortable strap for walking around! Camera stays out of the way on my hip when not in use and is super fast to bring up to shoot. No complaints!!

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                5.0

                LOVE this Camera Strap!

                By Dempsey

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

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

                  I carry my camera all day every day and this is the best strap I've ever had!

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                  5.0

                  WOW!

                  By bigblueshutterbug

                  from Melber,KY

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Traveling

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

                    My original reason for this purchase was to prevent another episode of killing a filter. My old strap let the camera swing around to my back and I backed into something. My nephew showed this to me and I was sold. After a few days on a trip I am very happy. comfortable and secure and ready camera!!

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                    5.0

                    Works great, does everything it claimed.

                    By Greg

                    from New Caledonia

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Traveling

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

                      Works well, makes carrying a large camera & lens a lot easier.

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                      5.0

                      Better Than I Expected

                      By 227708az

                      from Arizona

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      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):

                        I purchased a Black Rapid RS2 mostly for the occasional wedding. I'm using a Nikon D800E with 70-200mm f/2.8 (heavy, as I'm sure everyone knows) and a 28-75mm f/2.8 for close work. Camera has been attached to a Crumpler Industry Disgrace using the strap sling style. I didn't see how the RS2 would be a significant improvement but finally had to try it.
                        Works great...much better than I expected. I was wearing the strap over a Domke vest with whichever lens wasn't on the camera tucked in the left lower pocket of the vest. The RS2 was secure and the change from lens mount attachment to camera body attachment was quick and secure.
                        Now I'm going to start using the RS2 for my every day strap...

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                        4.0

                        Throw away your old fashioned Neck Strap

                        By CamGirl

                        from USA

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Traveling

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

                          Very comfortable and Durable. I use mine with a D700 body (no grip) and a RRS L-Plate. In order to have the connector seat flat on the L-Pate I had to get another part B2-FABN:8mm Screw-knob from RRS. I took a star off for the fact that it is pricey but what isn't these days when it comes to great camera gear and accessories.

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                          5.0

                          Does the job

                          By G-Ma

                          from Toledo, Ohio

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                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Convenient

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              This strap makes carrying a camera with a decent size lens more comfortable that I ever expected. It's a pleasure not to feel the pressure of my camera on my neck and yet to have it accessible all the time. I always take my Canon DSLR with me traveling near and far. This will make my trips much easier!

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                              5.0

                              This is the slim version

                              By Tim

                              from HK

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Traveling

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

                                I bought this thinking it was the latest version of the sport strap. It turns out to be the slim version (maybe for slimmer build people or smaller cameras). When it arrived I was really annoyed, but I had no time to return it for the std wider strap. So I used it. And love it. It comfortably carries my 6D with a std 24-105 or even a 100-400 zoom. I thought the smaller size world make it uncomfortable - but it didn't.

                                Highly recommend you get a LensBand or equivalent so lenses don't extend themselves while you walk.

                                Without this I'd be far less inclined to take my SLR on long trips/hikes/walks/days out.

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                                4.0

                                Makes me feel like a gunslinger

                                By Xopher

                                from New York, NY

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Traveling

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

                                  I love how quickly I can draw my camera out with this strap. Having the camera hang differently It took a bit of getting used to, but it's ultimately a much more comfortable way distribute the weight. Sometimes I forget that the camera is evern there. I really appreciate the extra security strap as well. It's a bit pricey for what it is, but it feels well made and durable.

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing!

                                  By Horse Crazy

                                  from Boise, ID

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                  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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