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Inspired by an 1885 US Calvary Carbine Sling the Sun-Sniper-Steel is designed to be a quick, easy and comfortable way to carry your camera with the added bonus of an anti-theft steel cable running through the strap. Suspending the camera via the tripod mounting socket means that when not in use it hangs by your side in the perfect position to retrieve and take that all important shot. The strap incorporates a Rail-Way system whereby the stitching of the strap creates a track for quick and smooth movement of the karabiner. A built in shock absorber and curved shoulder pad makes wearing the strap very comfortable even for long periods of time. More
(based on 11 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Most Liked Positive Review
one shot, one (kill) photo
I shoot weddings for a living. I like to use one camera and carry lenses using ThinkTank kit - changing lenses on the run. Carrying the camera has always been the weak link in...Read complete review
I shoot weddings for a living. I like to use one camera and carry lenses using ThinkTank kit - changing lenses on the run. Carrying the camera has always been the weak link in this way of working. Whether I used the neck strap or simply held it in my hands, after a ten hour wedding my back would always be in bits. The sun-sniper seemed like a reasonable idea, allowing for a more comfortable method of carrying a heavy DSLR without making it slow to access. It certainly works. My back isn't suffering half as much. There are a few draw backs for me though. As I'm constantly changing lenses and the camera hangs upside down from the sun-sniper strap I have to sort of juggle the body a bit. but with practice it's not a big problem. Be careful putting a heavy long lens on an then letting go of the body - it will swing down and hit you in the nuts! The second drawback is the connection the fits to the tripod mount under the camera is quite bulky so it does get take a bit of getting used to when holding the camera in portrait when using a grip. The strap itself does tend to spin around a fair bit when used constantly so you'll have to get used to repositioning the padded shoulder section frequently. I think this strap would be excellent for travel photography. For wedding photography, it does work but there is a trade off. If you need a more comfortable way of carrying your camera hands free then this is worth a punt.
Most Liked Negative Review
OK but I prefer my black rapid
I bought one of these for my second camera after having an excellent Black rapid strap for a while. the Sun sniper is a bit cheaper and promises good security and cushioning in addition...Read complete review
I bought one of these for my second camera after having an excellent Black rapid strap for a while. the Sun sniper is a bit cheaper and promises good security and cushioning in addition to what the Black rapid offers. However I'm afraid I just don't like it anywhere near as much as the BR. The shoulder piece is very bulky and doesn't fold well in bags. I also find that the camera doesn't slide up the strap as well as on the black rapid strap - it catches a lot more and I often find that the shoulder pad ends up swinging down my back rather than staying in place. The strap is strong and yes the shock absorber does absorb some bounce from a heavy camera but I'd rather use my BR anyday.
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from Liverpool Merseyside
About Me Semi Pro
Comments about Sun-Sniper-Strap The Steel:
I have bought this and the earlier version for myself and a colleague (without steel) the shoulder padding is bulky not comfortable and when bringing the camera up to your eye the straps shoulder padding is constantly shifting from your shoulder you are having to readjust the strap all the time I switched to a black rapid sport 2 and haven't looked back I have also reviewed the black rapid I will be purchasing another B/R soon
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Makes life so much comfier!
from South Yorkshire
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Best strap I've ever used, comfy and so easy to fit, no messing around threading it through rings or anything, simply screw it into the tripod hole and away you go.I keep checking the screw for tightness, but it's not come loose yet.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
About Me Casual user, Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Essential camera strap
Comfort & security.
Shoulder pad slightly bulky but still comfortable. Carrying camera & flash this way took a little getting used to,but as it feels so secure i've since bought a second one. Never had any problems with screwed connector coming undone,due probably to the bearing action,but i do use a small lanyard from the camera body to the strap as backup.
My neck's stopped hurting!
I was fed up tiring with a Nikon dSLR's plus either a 70-200mm f8 or 300mm f4 + teleconverters + battery grips around my neck. This strap now replaces 2 sun sniper steel straps when out on wildlife shoots. Brilliant product even if it is expensive.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Very good strap
About Me Ex Professional, Hobbyist/Enthusiast
I bought this strap specifically for travelling, the main reason I chose the Sun Sniper Steel over alternatives is the steel wire reinforcement as the country I was travelling to is quite bad for opportunist street thieves.Overall I am very happy with the strap, I do think that the steel reinforcement offers only minimal protection as it turns out it is just a very thin wire, a pair of garden secateurs would probably cut it like butter but it does offer some reassurance. The strap seems to work best slung over the left shoulder with the camera hanging at your right hip, the shoulder pad seems to work better this way, also the camera grip hangs in a more natural position when it's on your right. The strap is very comfortable and I was fine wearing it for several hours, it really is great at its prime function for bringing the camera quickly to your eye and firing off a shot!The only real issue I found with it is when taking it off to put the camera down somewhere, the strap tends to twist (in common with many other straps) and you can spend a minute untwisting it but really this is a problem common to many straps and should not put you off.The carabineer could be of slightly better construction the gate is a little awkward to open but it works and appears reasonably strong and it's not something you will be fiddling with too much.I use this strap with a Canon 1 series camera and a variety of prime and zoom lenses.Overall I really like this strap, slightly pricey but well-made and while it's not exactly a great guarantee for a high end camera, it does offer [$]Euro of insurance if the strap is cut and your camera is stolen.The reason I marked it down to 4 stars is a combination of the slight over pricing and the lack of real protection offered by the steel wire.
Does what it says on the tin.
I picked up one of these straps about six months ago, and it's been fantastic. I've never liked a camera banging against my chest, and when I upgraded to a better model, I was no longer happy to assume it would sit over my shoulder on its own.The Sun Sniper Steel also makes for a more comfortable carry, I used to get shoulder pain if I carried a camera for a long time, but not (with a heavier body), I've had no problem.Combines well with Think Tank modular system (or similar) to carry lenses, flahses, etc., etc. the only problem I now have is that I'm thinking about how to carry two bodies at once (for weddings) without having to buy the double system.The downside, is it can't be used with a tripod without disconnecting from the camera - it's mildly frustrating, but at the same time I'm usually shooting on or off tripod, not switching between the two frequently.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Sun Sniper Steel
from Northwich Cheshire
I first used the Sun Sniper Steel at the Cheshire Show in June (all day). It was so comfortable that sometimes I forgot I had it on ,no problem at all and thats with a Nikon D90 with a 70x300 lens on.You just put it over your shoulder and go.I have no fear of anyone cutting the strap as the steel cable runs all the way through it.The things that aren't so great about this ? NO carn't think of any.IT'S Fantastic so easy to use.
Too much money for a strap?
from Staines, Surrey
I used this at a polo tournament recently, and it really made access to my camera much easier than any strap or bag that I've used before. It also seems to spread the weight of your gear very well, and the camera sits on your hip, right at your fingers.Overall, I'd say it's benefited my setup. But it's possibly a little too pricey to recommend to anyone every time.
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