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Spider Camera HolsterSpiderPro Single Camera System
 
4.8

(based on 252 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (207)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (150)
  • Easy to use (141)
  • Lightweight (80)
  • Reliable (44)
  • Compact (33)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (101)
  • Weddings (69)
  • Sports/action (45)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Wildlife photos (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (46), Semi-pro photographer (44), Pro photographer (36), Professional (19), Enthusiast (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (183), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow1 I'm Not a Doubter Anymore

I use a 70-200 lens for a lot of my work. No secret it's long and heavy. The lens makes the camera an awkward load. Seems I'm always trying to keep it...Read complete review

I use a 70-200 lens for a lot of my work. No secret it's long and heavy. The lens makes the camera an awkward load. Seems I'm always trying to keep it under control and out of the way. The equipment becomes a literal pain in the neck (or shoulder) on long jobs or walking from location to location.

Seeing the Spider holster in ads, I thought it looked a little odd the way a camera hung from the holster, but trust me the designers got it right. The holster is so well designed that I can lock a camera in the holster, and comfortably hike a mile to our local park with the camera strapped to my waist. It stays put and doesn't cause undue discomfort.

I prefer to let it ride off my left hip and sling a little lower on the right, just about mid cheek on the right. This puts the camera about quick draw for my right hand, and is a little more comfortable overall. Some might like it a bit higher around the waist. I found the waist strap caused some discomfort if it was strapped directly over my pants belt. So I hike my pants up and strap the holster just below it. Let the camera hang upside down with the lens turned in across your butt. I know it looks strange, but this keeps the equipment out of the way, and is the most comfortable. The designers knew what they were doing.

On location the camera slips in and out of the holster smoothly and easily. I was surprised how quickly I got accustomed to the process. You get two hand use to set up shots or pose subjects (carry on a conversation if you're a hand talker). Then you just reach down and pull the camera up to sight the image.

The camera locking mechanism operates with a thumb flick. On location I feel comfortable leaving it off. The holster is that secure. If I will be not shooting for a while, or if I'm changing locations I engage the lock. It wouldn't surprise me if you could hang upside down with the holster and not lose the camera.

I still have a shoulder strap attached to my camera which is a bit of an annoyance. The strap hangs and bounces around, and can get caught on stuff it you aren't careful. I will be switching to a hand or wrist strap now that I trust the Spider.

The Spider holster is secure. The locking systems for the camera in the holster, and the belt to the waist are solid. Having experienced the latching systems, I'm over worrying about losing the belt or camera to a latch failure. Also, I believe, they make it very difficult for a snatch and run robbery.

I'm 6'4' and in reasonable shape. I don't know how this might work for a slighter frame.

This is a wonderful invention. It is crazy-well designed. The dread of lugging, losing, or controlling that big beautiful wonderful load of a lens is gone.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great but too large for female body

I have photographer friends who love the spider holster and encouraged me to get one. I like that it gives me the ability to shoot with multiple cameras and not lug around a camera...Read complete review

I have photographer friends who love the spider holster and encouraged me to get one. I like that it gives me the ability to shoot with multiple cameras and not lug around a camera bag but the belt is just too big for me! I'm an average sized female and I have the belt on the tightest setting and it still hangs off my waist by a couple of inches. I dont feel like it's very secure this way because it's loose and swings around.

I really like the product but just wish they made a female size for it.

Reviewed by 252 customers

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5.0

Fantastic

By Gerald

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

I took a chance on a rather expensive belt and after 2 weeks in New Zealand outdoors I proclaim it fantastic.
I shoot with a full frame Canon 5D and use the big speed light with it. I hiked trails and walked streets. Very comfortable. The camera was always secure. It does make your profile wider but the ability to carry the weight on your waist as opposed to your neck or shoulder is wonderful. It quickly goes into the belt and back out again. And after you fiddle with removing the belt a few times you will A) find it a very secure closure and B) you will learn to get it off quickly and easily.

 
5.0

Good product.

By Arnold

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Works as it's suppose too.

 
5.0

Excellent Product

By Frank

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

I use the SpiderPro for wildlife photography. Generally I use a large tripod mounted lens and then a smaller lens & body (Nikon 300mm f4pf) in the holster for when wildlife comes too close for the big lens. I also sometimes put a second body only in the holster so I can quickly change from full to crop body on the tripod mounted lens. I like the secure manner that it holds the camera. While not as quick on the draw as the Black Rapid strap I used to use, I like that the camera is not swinging around hitting things. Highly recommended.

 
5.0

Amazing product

By Amanda

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

I would buy this again in a heartbeat! Well worth the money. I am definitely taking my camera out a lot more often since purchasing this. It is well made and secure! You will not be disappointed.

 
5.0

Great product

By Albert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Read quite a few reviews and convinced myself to buy the SpiderPro system. Great quality - happy I bought it together with a Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp. Makes it easy to use the SpiderPro or get the camera ready for the tripod in no time.

 
4.0

Versatile Carrying System

By Amborg

from Oregon

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

The spiderpro system works wonderfully to take the weight from your neck and shoulders and place it on your hips/waist. Great for all types of shooting since it frees up your hands and arms. You can bend and move around with ease. I'd highly recommend for outdoor and in studio shooting.

 
5.0

For my second camera

By Jonathan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

I am using this for my second camera so that I don't have two hanging around my neck. Haven't used it all day on the job yet, but I will update my review when I do. Seems like it will do what I need it to.

 
5.0

Unbelievable!!

By Jack

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

I was very skeptical when I first saw this system at WPPI. I do not like slings or other camera straps that fasten to the mounting hole on the bottom of the camera as I use a tripod often. I thought it looked clunky and cumbersome too.
I fell in love with the Spider Holster the moment I tried it on. It is comfortable, takes the weight off the neck and moves it to the the hips and waist where it is easier to carry the load.  The cameras' stay put even with long lenses attached (I have the dual system and both cameras stay put and are easy to reach). I can actually move about rather quickly without worrying about the cameras falling or having them flop around getting damaged in the process. Additional safety comes in the form of a latch that locks, not allowing the camera mount to slide out of the holster.
The camera mounting bracket is made of cast steel and has a a spring-loaded, integral storage pocket for the included Alan wrench that tightens the mounting screw to the camera, a real welcome feature.
I mentioned that I do not like straps that fasten to the bottom mounting hole on the camera due to the fact that I use a tripod and usually have the tripod mount on my cameras. I have Manfroto tripods and found the mounting bracket can be fastened to the Spider mounting plate. In addition, the mounting plate stays firmly in place on the Spider mount unlike others I have tried.  Another big plus!
After purchasing the holster at the show, I fastened my 5D with the 24-70 lens and walked the exhibition all afternoon. After a few minutes, I did not even realize that it was there. that is how comfortable this belt is. when I did need the camera, it was right there and easy to retrieve. 
Overall, the Spider Holster is very well thought out and of excellent
quality and construction. It is easy to wear and convenient to use. I am completely impressed!

 
5.0

Comfort, Comfort, Easy!

By Olga

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

I love this belt! It is so comfortable to wear on your hips. The camera locks or unlocks easily. The camera is not in your way and its so easy to pull out the camera. The belt is made of strong fabric with a velcro strip which I can hang from. Its that strong. I recommend this highly. I'm so glad my son, the photographer, put me on to it. Love, love, love!

 
5.0

Better than the vest

By Adrian

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

I know my camera is safe and I look smarter than in a contraption vest.

 
5.0

Excellent product for hiking and everything else.

By Alfonso

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

If you use a camera back pack or sling bag, this system you want to use. It's nice to be able to attached the camera to this system while been supported by your waist instead of the strap of your backpack when you are already carrying 10lbs plus of equipment.

 
5.0

Good.spide

By Rex

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Good. Tool. Easy. To use very. Useful

 
3.0

No...but better than others of its kind.

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Returned it. Just feels uncomfortable to carry around waist.

 
5.0

Yes, it works great.

By JOHNL

from Phoenix, AZ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Finally something that really works!!! Fits great and feels great on your hip. Camera is right there ready to go.
Quality product built to last. Worth the investment.

 
5.0

Great belt

By pzsaul

from Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Like other Spider products this one is a must need when you need to shot on the fly. High quality build and durable. B&H is the best to buy from.

 
5.0

Excellent product !!!

By Bromic

from Montreal, QC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Very good quality, robust and easy to adjust. Should last many years.

 
5.0

Well designed accessory

By Ron

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Having the camera hanging off your waist (like a real gunslinger) is so much more convenient than slung across or in front of your chest, especially when wearing a photo vest full of lenses and other paraphernalia.

 
5.0

Love it

By Jim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Love this system for carrying my camera during shoots
Best light weight solution I've found

 
5.0

Comfortable with Sony a7ii

By Jorge

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Very comfortable & stable. Much better than shoulder straps.

 
5.0

Love it

By Janet

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System:

Love this! I have tried everything from traditional neck straps to across the body straps to hand straps for my camera. None were comfortable. This has been perfect, nothing around my neck, I can place it in the holster easy when I'm just walking with my clients or using my hands to give them direction. Finally and answer to a comfortable way to carry my camera - it's like having an assistant!

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