Straps: Sun-Sniper vs. Black Rapid

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  1. Arkanjel Imaging

    Arkanjel Imaging No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Anybody have experience with both of their bottom-mounted, cross shoulder camera straps? Looks like a lot more pro's shoot the Sniper-Strap. But Im not so sure I like the rubber pad concept. The Black Rapid model also has the nice slide thing going on too.

    I definitely want to pick up one or the other. Just wondering if anyone has first hand input.

    Thanks for looking.
     
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    Never used the SunSniper, but I have a Black Rapid RS4 that I simply cannot live without. Once you get used to it slung on your hip, a standard strap will always seem clunky and cumbersome. The build quality on the RapidR is top notch and I have every bit of confidence hanging $4,000 worth of equipment from it. Very strong, very sturdy, and the upper models have a LOT of storage in them (memory cards, business cards, etc). Highly satisfied with my RapidR and would easily reccomend it.
     
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    I've got the RS5. Never heard of the sniper product until today. I did a search and found several links to comparison sites. Looks like black rapid may be the original and sniper the knockoff brand. I like that the sniper incorporates a steel cable to prevent theft, but I can't help but think that will also tend to wear into your skin as well. Looks to be about the same price.
    I really like the RS5. I can't think of a bad thing to say about it. It's a little pricey, but I found it to be worth it.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I have seen the Cotton Carrier. Waaaaay to hot for Florida. But a pretty sweet rig.

    I hadnt seen the other strap. The price is definitely right. I think I do like the BR's the best. I dont really need to store anything more than a battery or memory card in it though. I like the light, stripped down version (like my womens.) :greenpbl:

    Thanks everyone. :thumbup:
     
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    What makes you say more pros use the Sun-Sniper, out of curiosity? I think I've heard of it before, but I would definitely think more people use the Blackrapid. I use the BR as well and have been completely satisfied with them.
     
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    I just happened to see quite a few of them last time I was watching golf with my wife.
     
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    Ah, I see. Cool.
     
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    I recently bought the Black Rapid RS4, and it's by far the best strap I've ever used, and now I'm planing on buying the RS DR1 to use in weddings.
     
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    Yep have one of the original Black Rapid RS-1 sent to me 3 yrs ago for reviewing on my blog.
    And hasn't left me yet. I No there are many more Black Rapids used by pro's out there that I have seen.
    Haven't even heard of the Sniper here or in flickr thread groups.
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    I have one of these OP/TECH straps- same idea, but hangs from the strap loop instead of the tripod socket, is modular, and nicely priced. I hang it from the left side of the camera instead of the right as they suggest. works well for me, plus with the socket free, I can carry a monopod.
     
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    The Sun Sniper straps with the metal innards is a seriously STUPID idea. A motorbike snatch and grab or a snag = a decapitation. NEVER get a neckstrap that will not break. If they want the damn camera that badly they can HAVE IT!
     

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