This Keyhole Hands-Free Camera Harness in black from Back Country Solutions offers you a way to hike, bike, ski, or snowshoe while holding your camera safe and steady against your body. The harness is unique in design since it provides a way to prevent the swing that usually happens when a camera is attached to a typical backpack or chest harness straps. With traditional harnesses you find yourself trying to hold your camera steady while using trekking poles. Or if you're scrambling up a hill, your camera bounces any which way while you're trying to grab a rock to make it to the next ledge.
The Keyhole is designed to hold your camera and lens firmly against your backpack or chest harness, with the lens facing down and held steady with no swing. The design includes a special cap keeper that prevents your lens from swaying side to side. When you're ready to shoot, there's no complicated hardware to unhook or adjust to put your camera into shooting position. Perhaps one of the best features of this system is its ability to limit the strain of your camera on your neck. In addition, with your lens held tightly against your body, there's less chance of it banging into a rock, bush, or the ground.
The Keyhole attaches quickly and efficiently, and is made from durable polypropylene straps and a hard-plastic plate into which your camera slides. Screw the included Keyhole knob into the camera's 1/4 - 20 tripod socket. This knob then slides neatly into the slot of the hard-plastic Keyhole plate. The buckles come with four male connectors that mesh with the female connectors on your backpack straps. Adjust the straps so the fit is tight and comfortable. Finally, hook the touch-fastened cap keeper to your existing lens cap. The cap keeper can also be used to make sure your lens cap never disappears, as lens caps tend to do too often. When you're ready to shoot, simply remove the cap keeper and raise the camera slightly to remove it from the Keyhole's slot. After shooting, replace the knob in the slot, reattach the cap keeper and you're ready to move on.