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.
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.
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.
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.
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.