Nikon has announced two new camera straps, The Quick-Draw Strap and the Quick-Draw Strap S. If the two new straps look rather familiar, that is because they are based on the design of the very popular BlackRapid brand straps, who teamed up with Nikon to make these straps a reality.
“The Quick-Draw Strap and Quick-Draw Strap S were developed based on quick-draw straps invented by photographer and BlackRapid founder, Ron Henry.” The Nikon press release goes on to say, “The straps have been further refined to offer even greater convenience.”
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Basically, we are getting some Nikon branded BlackRapid straps with some “improvements.” Sounds good to me. I think it would be cool if Canon did this too. There is no pricing or availability mentioned in the release, and the only images of the straps are quite small.
According to Nikon, the Quick-Draw Strap is larger and designed more for use with DSLR sized bodies, while the Quick-Draw Strap S is designed more for use with smaller bodies such as the Nikon 1 mirrorless system. You can get the full details on these new straps via the Nikon Press Release.
As I mentioned above, I think this is pretty neat. But at the same time, I sort of feel like “what is the point of this?” If I want a BlackRapid strap I can go out and get one, why should I get this Nikon branded one, which will no doubt cost even more than an already expensive BlackRapid strap like the RS-7. I love my BlackRapid strap, I know Pye has used them during the Natural Light Portraiture Workshop. They are great straps, but is a Nikon branded one worth the added cost?
What are your thoughts on this development? Do you like the idea of camera manufacturer branded BlackRapid straps? Share your opinion in a comment below to join the discussion.