I’ve been using the BlackRapid sling straps for years. Connecting to the bottom of the camera, the BlackRapid sling straps take all the weight of the camera off your neck by resting on your shoulder with a large, ergonomic pad and going cross-body to hang at the opposite side at your waist. With it’s patented slider system, the camera glides up the strap as you lift it to your eye gunslinger style. However, sometimes, it is a bit too much strap for my purposes. Enter The Shot….
The Shot is BlackRapids first foray into a non-sling type strap. They introduced The Shot a few months ago, but it was only available in a very bright orange color that screamed out “Hey, I’ve got a camera!”. I loved the functionality of this strap, but wasn’t too keen on the color. BlackRapid has now released the black version and I’m hooked.
The Shot is a shorter 35″ strap with a comfortable non-slip rubber pad. I find this to be the perfect length, as I can throw the strap over my shoulder so that my camera rests comfortable behind the crook of my arm. With the same hardware as all the traditional BackRapid straps, my camera is easily accessible and slides up the strap to my eye. There is much more room in my camera bag because this strap is much more compact than other sling straps. What I like most about The Shot is the ability to grab my camera and go. I can grab it from the table or the seat of my car and slide it on my shoulder in one quick movement. The black Shot is nicely made with the rubber pad molded onto the strap itself providing a nice pattern without being obvious.
The camera still hangs upside down as it is attached to the tripod mount like other BlackRapid straps which keeps the strap out of the way when looking through the viewfinder. The main thing I don’t like about traditional straps is that they are always getting in the way of the viewfinder, especially when shooting vertically. Yes, there is the attachment on the bottom which can be a bit uncomfortable when shooting with a vertical grip, but you quickly get used to it. The only drawback, like any BlackRapid strap, is attaching the strap to your camera if you use a L-bracket. That is easily remedied by using the fabulous Acratech Quick Release Clamp. The clamp has a tight quick release lever that attaches to your bracket and provides a solid ring to hook on your BlackRapid stap. Because of the bottom attachment, you do have to be careful when putting your camera down so that it is stable and doesn’t rest on the sensitive top of the camera.
The Shot is a great addition to my camera bag and, while there are times when I want the all-day comfort of the traditional cross-body sling straps, I love the grab-and-go of The Shot and it rarely leaves my camera.