This review has been a long time coming. I have been using a Spider Camera Holster for a couple of years. I switched from my Black Rapid shoulder holster system after I had an automobile accident a couple of years ago. I have not been able to handle the weight on my neck and shoulders since my accident.
Things I love about my Spider Camera Holster Pro:
1. Weight distribution – My favorite thing about the Spider Holster is it distributes the weight of my cameras evenly across my hips. It has made a huge difference on how long I can wear my camera comfortably, it makes long days shooting or hiking so much easier. No aching neck and shoulders at the end of the day!
2. Hands free – It’s great to drop my camera in the Holster and have both of my hands free. Allowing me to do everything from adjusting the wardrobe of a model or moving things on set, to clinging to the rocks as I climb a mountain, having my camera right there where I need it.
3. Durability – I purchased a double Holster about 3 years ago. I have hiked extensively and worked using it continuously and it still looks and works like its new. The hardware is great! They made it out of metal and it works as good as it did the day I got it. The waist buckle part is plastic but doesn’t show any wear so far. I even bought a second one, the single version to use for times when I’m not carrying two cameras.
4. Security – The belt itself is very secure, no slipping off! The part that holds the camera to the Holster has a little switch which when it’s set, it locks the camera in place. No accidentally bumping it off. I could practically hang upside down and my camera would not slip out of the Holster. I also like how it holds the camera close to my body. With the Black Rapid system, the cameras dangled at my sides hanging from the shoulder harness straps. When I bent over or moved quickly they would swing and crash into things sometimes even hitting into each other. I had to be very conscious of my movements when wearing it. The Spider Holster Pro holds the cameras securely at my sides…allowing me to drop the camera into place and forget about it until I need it.
Things I don’t like – well there’s only one thing I would change. I would like a softer fabric where my camera rubs on the Holster when I walk. I can see why they don’t have it..because then it wouldn’t be as durable …but it would be nice.
I definitely love my Spider Camera Holsters and I use them anytime my camera isn’t on a tripod. I have both the single and double Holster versions. I use my single Holster most. I use it in studio and on location, basically any time I have my camera off the tripod. The double version is great for events and hiking. I use it to carry two cameras with different focal length lenses so I don’t have to stop and change lenses. My Spider Holsters have become an important part of my photography equipment. I highly recommend it for people with neck or shoulder troubles or anyone who wants a secure way to keep your camera close to your body.