Spider Holster: Field Testing

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my initial review of the spider holster was very promising for the recent wedding season. The current setup is a 5D3 with a 24-70mm f/2.8 L and a 5D2 with a 70-200mm IS f/2.8 L, this is coupled with a 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye and a 100mm f/2.8 Macro and a pair of speedlights to match. I put a spider pin on the ring adapter of the 70-200mm lens to keep it balanced on the holster. It is a pretty heavy setup, but the big advantage of the spider holster is it keeps the weight on my hips and not on my shoulders and neck.

bottom line: I could not have been happier having the spider holster.

Spider Holster System - in the box

unlocked holster: by default I wear the spider holster in the unlocked position. I used to keep the holster in the locked position, but found I couldn’t “draw” fast enough or change cameras fast enough. when I’m moving longer distances, I do click the switch to the locked position just to be safe. I have never had the feeling the locking mechanism would fail on me. it took me a little while to get used to putting the camera in the holster smoothly, but now I drop it into place like it’s second nature.

comfort: I attached a lens case and a pouch for cleaning supplies to the belt, making it super useful. I wore the belt for a solid 10 hours and it felt good at the end of the night. granted, my body felt like I had been standing for 10 hours, but the belt wasn’t contributing that much extra pain.

Spider Holster System - hanging

fixed position: the spider holsters are in set positions on my belt. it took a few tries to get them placed exactly where I wanted them at my side, but I like this because no matter where I’m moving, I know where the lenses stick out. I prefer this as opposed to a black rapid strap or sunsniper where the camera has some room to swing around. the big disadvantage is that when I move through crowds, I have to be careful not to hit small children in the head or get “stuck” as I move through. now I have a method of putting my hands on the attached camera bodies and twisting them to create the smallest profile possible.

Spider Holster System - belt

three-button buckle: I haven’t seen anything like this on the market yet, but the spider belt has what looks like a standard buckle, except there is a third tab in the center which acts as a “safety” to prevent your belt from ending up on the floor. this upgrade seems so simple and small, but there have been times where one tab of the buckle would come unclipped – I’d highly recommend this type of buckle, especially when you have thousands of dollars riding on two pieces of plastic.

customer service: the customer service I’ve received from the spider holster people has been great, too. they were very helpful when I upgraded my single holster to a dual-holster system and when I needed some replacement allen wrenches. they also had an upgraded pin slot that they sent for free to any customers – it’s nice to see they are taking user reviews into account and constantly improving on their product.

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to get your own Spider Holster system for your heavy duty SLR kit, or even for your smaller SLR or compact camera, visit their website.

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