Cameras at Ten Paces…

If you think about it, cameras often share terminology with them…we go out to “shoot”.  We aim, we fire, and our shutter release is often analogous to a trigger not only in what it does, but in the proper technique (slow and steady as you exhale).  So, when I read recently about a camera holster, it kind of made sense.  The entire system seems kind of cool, and they claim it’s designed for “even the heaviest of professional grade camera gear”.  In a line of work where gear is often just off-the-charts expensive, I was surprised to find the Spider Holster system in its entirety happily priced at just a tad bit over $100 ($109.99 plus shipping).

They’ve got some interesting videos and product shots on YouTube and their website, so it might be something worth considering if you are interested in eschewing the traditional camera bags, shoulder straps, neck straps, and other more typical carrying scenarios.  What I liked is that it takes the pin that attaches it to your belt and moves it off center so you can easily and comfortably rotate between shooting in portrait or landscape mode.  It also looks cool that the setup allows for use of just a regular belt that you would normally already have (although they do recommend that you use their belt for the heavier gear…)  Here’s a few of their product demos embedded here…

It does have almost a cowboy look and feel to it, and for the street photographer or serious photo walker it could be very useful, regardless of whether you feel like John Wayne or Dirty Harry.  Consider it a lightweight approach also if you are out scouting new locations to shoot.  Another feature that I like is that it also seems pretty able to keep your gear from falling from looking at the other videos of people running with the belt, going up and down stairs, and even snowboarding with it.

All in all, it seems kinda cool, and I’d say it’d be something to look into  as the summer months approach if you want to be “light and mobile”.  (This would have been very handy when in White Pocket, AZ).  Their company website is at if you are interested in learning more about them.  The only question that really remains to be asked on this gear is:

Do ya feel lucky?

(Okay, lame, but it just had to be said!  Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!)

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4 comments for “Cameras at Ten Paces…

  1. robert
    April 14, 2010 at 5:09 am

    looks nice, how do you feel about having your lens hanging on it’s side? i always worry that the long lens hanging will put to much pressure on the mount. i thought about buying the cotton but have not yet. i like the looks of this one but do worry about the lens hanging that way.
    sometimes i’m on a bicycle or motorbike for getting around the race track faster and would love to have something that is easy and quick to access the camera. straps in those times are just a pain.

    • April 14, 2010 at 6:26 am

      Tension on the mount is always something of a concern when using systems like this whether it’s the Spider Holster, the Black Rapid System or even a traditional neck or shoulder strap – there’s really nothing on the market that deals with that side of the coin that I know of.

  2. April 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Luckily none of my lenses are big enough for the tension to be a concern 😀
    I really like the looks of this, but I think I’ll see what the ‘review’ videos say before I seriously consider purchasing it.

    I have a small Canon (side) bag but by the time I have my body & 24-105/4 stashed in the bag, I don’t leave much room for addtl lenses; nor do I want to tote along my Promaster pack which is a beast but holds everything under the sun.
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    • April 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm

      I’d like to have lenses big enough for the tension to be a concern though!

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