Carry Speed (CS-1 Mk II) - Red's Review

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Redbaron, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Redbaron

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    First Review so please let me know if I've missed anything....

    Bought the Carry Speed shoulder strap about a few weeks ago and got to take it out for a good. Originally I was looking at the Black Rapids, but at over $100 plus extra for the attachment to connect it to a tripod without having to stuff around with it, the Carry Speed at $38 including delivery was looking the goods. It took under a week to arrive, which is pretty good (US to AUS), and was bought off Ebay

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    One complaint - it didn't come with instructions, though was well packed. Anyone with a few brains could work out how to put it on within 10 minutes I guess... I took about 20 [​IMG] having said that, it was reasonably simple to install, and I simply was trying different ways to fit the thing.

    The strap fits comfortably on my shoulder, and although I am no giant, I guess it would fit on most people with no problems, as there was plenty of extra strap left to lengthen the thing, which tucked nicely into the shoulder cover. The under the arm strap is a good thing, keeping the Carry Speed quite steady, even when maneuvering through crowds, the camera was firmly on my hip. This was without the "Uni Strap" connected to my belt which is another accessory included designed to stop your camera swinging in front of you when you bend over, and it is also a safety catch in case you forget to tighten the "carbine" clip properly.

    On the night we were at the Queen Victoria night market in Melbourne, which was jam packed with thousands of people as it was a hot evening and a great atmosphere. Even so, after 3 hours I was still comfortable with it on, even though a lot of the night seemed to be spend dodging people - the camera was never in the way. Afterwards we went for a stroll down the beach for an hour or two, still carrying the camera and still no fatigue.

    In summary - I highly recommend the Carry Speed. At around a hundred dollars cheaper than the Black Rapids (at least for us Aussies when you take into account the extra postage, plus the tripod adapter on the BR). FWIW I did find some BR's in a camera shop a while back, and quality seems comparable.

    Happy snapping.

    [sidenote - I wrote this review a while back, and thought I'd post it here as well... I haven't had the opportunity to try it out since, with Xmas and working a lot of long shifts hasn't given my the chance to get out as much as I'd like to - BUT I do have leave coming up and will give it a good run then. Having said that - on the not afternoon/night where I wore it for a few hours, it felt light as a feather all the way through]


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