spider-holster-review-4For all you Spider Holster lovers that have not yet purchased the company’s newest accessories, or you are looking for a great holster system, you must check them out now. For the last month or so, I have been using Spider Holster’s new lens pouches and their accessories holster with my Spider Pro belt and I must say, I like the accessories a lot. As a full time wedding photographer that shoots 10-16 hour weddings on average, some of you may understand how I feel about carrying a lens bag or leaving our flashes on our camera all the time. It’s heavy, cumbersome and my back and shoulders are screaming at the end of the day.

spider-holster-review-3Spider Camera Holster Spider Monkey Accessory Holster Kit

The new Spider Monkey Accessory Holster Kit is pretty much like their Spider Holster Camera Lock system but instead, it’s plastic, way smaller and clicks onto your existing belt. You can also use the Spider Monkey if you don’t have a Spider Holster system. It’s designed to fit most belts we wear and clicks on and off with a push of a button making access easy and smooth. The quick release system is simply a stretchable velcro strap that goes around your flash and on the inside of the strap, has double sided tape that sticks to the flash.

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Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Large Lens Pouch

The SpiderPro Large Lens Pouch is also an addition to my camera gear accessory that I love. It has a zipper on the side so you can unzip and pull out the lens or leave it down a little if you want to be able to pull the lens in and out quicker. It also has a rain cover and like the Accessory Holster, it is compatible with a variety of belts.

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Conclusion

Instead of carrying my lens bag throughout the whole day and trying to dig through it to find what I need, everything is now accessible at my hip and within easy reach. Ever since I have switched to the Spider Holster system, I no longer have shoulder pain and it’s less of a hassle moving around in crowded areas. There are a few issues I had with the system, though not big enough issues for me to switch back to lugging around a heavy bag. I’ve found that to use the restroom, the entire belt needed to come off which is inconvenient, especially if you’re in a hurry – and on a wedding day, who isn’t? Also, the belt can get heavy, so make sure your pants are secure or you might find yourself in an embarrassing situation, if you know what I mean!

The system is not perfect, but I can honestly say that I do not see myself using any other system for quite a while. This system has helped me be more efficient and the build quality of their products are great.

If you’re looking for a way to conveniently carry items around and not have to add weight to your camera bag, you definitely should check out the Spider Holster system and their new accessories.

About the Guest Contributor

Alec Nguyen shoots for Lin and Jirsa Photography, is a Designer for SLR Lounge and likes coffee and T-Swift.