Most wedding photographers like to shoot with two cameras to minimize lens changes. But this presents a problem – how to best manage carrying them? In the past, I’ve had one camera on a Black Rapid R-strap, worn across my body, and the other on a regular strap. (Well, actually a fun patterned strap, but it’s the kind that just goes across your shoulder.)
Problems with this: wearing a camera across your body is not going to win me any “most stylish photographer” awards. Let’s be honest, it’s not going to put me in the running for “average style,” either.
My fellow photographer Mary Schwarz favors the Dual Black Rapid strap. I thought about giving that a try, as I know it works very well for Mary, but I felt that it wouldn’t solve the biggest issue I have when using two cameras. Which is, when I have a camera on either the Black Rapid strap or the regular camera strap, my cameras bounce around when I walk. At a reception, when I’m walking through the close quarters of guests tables, I risk taking out with my 70-200mm Grandma Rose as I squeeze through.
I like shooting from a low angle, and it’s annoying to me to crouch down and worry that the camera on my shoulder is going to crash into the ground if I get too low.
So, I found a new solution to carrying two cameras: the Spider Holster.The camera you’re not shooting with rests in a holster on your belt. Having put it through its paces at three weddings and a few portrait sessions, I can say that I LOVE IT.
How does it work? There are three pieces to the system.
The belt comes with the system, but I’ve elected not to use it. It’s one size fits most, but I think that there may be more room on the plus size end than the smaller end. I am most definitely not skinny, but even adjusted as tight as it can go, the belt is a little big on me. It’s also not too attractive, and since I am almost always wearing a belt anyway, I prefer to thread the holster onto my own leather belt. It also feels more secure to me to have the holster on my own belt as it threads through and I know there is no way it can come off. (Note: there is a recall on the clip portion of the belt right now – so I wouldn’t recommend using it, even if it fits.)
The plate is a sturdy piece of metal that screws on to the bottom of your camera. There is a pin on the plate, and this is what slides into the holster. Then the camera is anchored right to the holster. It doesn’t move when you move.
Sometimes I like to lie down on the job.
I was able to lie down in the photo above without taking my second camera out of the holster. I was careful, but I didn’t have to touch the second camera to be sure it didn’t crash or bang or bump the ground as I lay down.
I do still like to have straps on my cameras. If I’m up high on a balcony or looking over a wall, I want that security of knowing the camera is attached to me. So when I holster my camera, I do take the extra step of tucking my strap in between the barrel of the lens and my hip. The pressure of the camera’s position then holds the strap in place.
The holster has a locking mechanism, so when you slide the camera in, you can lock it so it doesn’t come out.
I have just one stupid complaint about this product. The name. I have some pretty serious arachnophobia. And I cringe a little bit every time I have to say or type the name. I know, silly.
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