As extra digital camera harnesses and holsters hit the market, evidently conventional digital camera straps are turning into a factor of the previous. The newest takes the type of the Cotton Service G3 Strapshot Holster.
Designed by skilled landscape photographer Andy Cotton, this holster is made for the energetic photographer. The compact carrying system attaches your digital camera to any bag for simple entry whereas protecting your arms free and your gear protected. The G3 Strapshot launched in October 2017 and I examined it out to see if it was a viable digital camera holster choice. Right here’s what I discovered.
What’s within the field
The G3 Strapshot Holster is on the market in two colour selections: Charcoal Gray and Realtree Xtra Camouflage. The latter colour is meant for wildlife photographers wishing to mix in with quite a lot of habitats.
I opted for the impartial Charcoal Gray choice and appreciated its robust but trendy artificial canvas materials. The product arrives in an accessory-laden field. Right here’s what you get:
- Velcro-Wrap holster
- Mounting strap
- Hand strap
- Fast launch security tether
- Excessive-Influence break up ring
- Two units of digital camera attachment items (an aluminum digital camera hub and rubber washer with screw)
- One set of tripod mount attachment items
- Allen key (to tighten screws)
- 3-year guarantee in opposition to manufacturing defects
Given the entire equipment within the field, the most effective inclusions was a visible setup information. It is best to completely learn the directions not less than twice because the preliminary setup can take a while.
One factor to notice is that you just don’t essentially want to make use of the entire equipment within the field. For instance, the hand strap appears elective as you might use the holster simply high-quality with out it.
Connect the holster to your bag
Provoke arrange the system by attaching the Velcro-wrap holster to your bag or belt of alternative. Huge Velcro flaps make it fast and simple to connect to straps or belts of nearly any thickness. You’ll discover an extended strap up high often known as the High Tether, which is adjustable and may be looped by means of the highest deal with of your bag for further safety.
Mount attachments to your digital camera
Subsequent, connect the aluminum digital camera hub and rubber washer to your digital camera’s tripod mount. That is when you may as well add the hand strap as a part of it attaches to the digital camera in the identical space. Safe every thing utilizing the included screw and Allen key.
In case you added the hand strap, end attaching it by looping the velcro by means of your digital camera’s built-in steel loop (the place you’ll usually connect a neck strap).
Lastly, the digital camera is secured one final time by way of the underside fast launch digital camera tether. This strap attaches to your digital camera utilizing the included Excessive Influence break up ring. It’s also possible to safe the tether by means of your digital camera’s built-in steel loops if they’re sufficiently big.
Now you’re able to safe the digital camera to the G3 Strapshot Holster. Merely slide the digital camera in at 90 levels and twist to lock it into place. Your digital camera is now secured to the holster.
What works effectively
A lot of further safety
First off, I enormously admire the additional safety build-ins factored into the G3 Strapshot Holster. Having used many different “different” digital camera holding techniques, I’ve had my justifiable share of them fail, leading to damaged cameras and lenses. The G3 Strapshot offers you not one however a number of further tethers to make you’re feeling like your digital camera is extremely safe.
You get a hand strap
The inclusion of the hand strap was a pleasant shock. Though it doesn’t appear completely vital so as to use the G3 Strapshot it’s a compact, well-built accent that you need to use by itself.
Lastly, the general building of the G3 Strapshot Holster may be very stable and seems like it could maintain up effectively over time. The Velcro-Wrap holster is manufactured from sturdy canvas, and the massive flaps make it very simple so as to add and take away from a bag.
Evaluate that to different holsters that is perhaps smaller, however require tedious twiddling with small screws and knobs simply to safe it to your bag.
What may be improved
Too many accessories
As you’ll be able to in all probability inform from the summarized setup directions above, there are many items to the G3 Strapshot Holster. This may be initially very overwhelming and a possible downside in case you ever want to use your digital camera with out the holster. The identical downside of getting an excessive amount of stuff additionally applies to the additional straps and tethers included with the holster. Sure, they provide you added safety, however at the price of a extra cumbersome rig.
The awkward match on small cameras
Initially, I attempted the G3 Strapshot on a Sony a6300 with the equipment lens hooked up. Even after following the directions, the digital camera didn’t securely lock into place. That’s, it felt locked into the G3 Strapshot’s correct mount and wouldn’t fall out, however the digital camera itself freely spun round in circles. After calling Cotton Service on to see if this was a problem, they insist it’s a part of their design.
As soon as I attempted the G3 Strapshot on my greater, heavier Canon 5D Mark III with a 24-70mm f/2.eight lens hooked up, it felt like a safer connection. Whereas it was nonetheless doable to spin the digital camera round even when within the mount, the burden of the digital camera held in place.
Conclusion: the G3 Strapshot appears to work higher with DSLRs or heavier cameras. It’s not essentially choice for small level and shoots or actually compact mirrorless cameras with small lenses hooked up. Additionally on that notice, the hand strap additionally feels too large when hooked up to smaller cameras, nevertheless it matches my DSLR completely.
Finest used on a backpack (or upright floor)
Cotton Service’s web site claims that the G3 Strapshot Holster will “fasten to the strap of a backpack, sling model bag, and even your belt.” Whereas it’s fully true that the holster can fasten to all of these straps, it isn’t essentially snug in every situation.
I attempted attaching the holster to my Think Tank TurnStyle Sling Bag. Every little thing secured correctly, nevertheless it was very uncomfortable to put on the bag with the holster hooked up to a strap working diagonally throughout my physique. I additionally discovered it difficult to take away my digital camera from the holster because it has to line up in a sure means that’s onerous to do from a diagonal angle.
Total, it’s robust to provide the Cotton Carrier G3 Strapshot Holster a conclusive ranking. On one hand, it appears good in case you’re capturing with a heavy DSLR and carrying a backpack. However in case you’re trying a extra compact setup akin to a small mirrorless digital camera and a bag apart from a backpack, it leaves a lot to be desired.
Total ranking: 7/10 – It will be a 9/10 if I used to be nonetheless capturing primarily with a DSLR and a backpack, however a 7/10 when utilizing a mirrorless with a sling bag (my present go-to setup).