Cotton StrapShot EV1 Holster
By Zach Woolf
Photographers need to be ready to take a photo at a moment's notice, but must be diligent in protecting the expensive equipment they are using. Ditching a lens cap for a cheap UV filter reduces the time it take you to go from camera off to click the shutter. Camera bags are chosen for their ability to keep gear safe and how easy they allow you to access that gear. If you are of an adventurous mind and spend your time hiking through the woods, casting a line in a river, or any number of outdoor activities, you face the same two problems but to more of an extreme. The Cotton StrapShot EV1 Holster is here to lend a helping hand.
Out of the box, you might be struck with a sense of confusion as no instructions are included in the box. Honestly, not difficult to figure out by looking at the pieces, but we are talking about protecting thousands of dollars in equipment. A little guidance would be helpful.
After you've attached the rubber washer, mounting plate and strap to your camera, you'll attach the EV1 to your backpack through the velcro strap. For even more safety, I used the safety tether to give another dose of reassurance while I was out out and about.
When I went out to test the StrapShot EV1 with my Canon 5d Mark ii and 24-70L f/4 snuggly attached to my everyday bag, I was cautious at first - like testing every new piece of equipment, but on the casual walk around my neighborhood, and a nearby trail, I never felt that my camera was in danger. The placement of the camera on my body took getting use to since I'm such a lover of my BlackRapid strap keeping my camera low on my hip. With the camera higher up, removing the camera from the holder did feel strange even after going through the process multiple times.
|Cotton-Carrier StrapShot Holster DSLR grande|
I tried to test out the strap security (and my nerves) by switching out the Canon 24-70 f/4 for Canon's behemoth and wonderful 70-200 f/2.8 lens that Cotton shows attached to their product in promo images. The test was cut short. Not due to the product failing, but immediately the weight of my camera setup and the increased camera movement sent horrible images through my mind, and I knew I would never seriously consider using this setup. While the Canon 70-200 is a wonderful choice for nature photography, I wouldn't ever want that type of weight hanging from my chest while hiking.
|StrapShot Holster DSLR grande|
If you are using the StrapShot I have to believe it's not because you are heading out for a photo session but have a larger reason and want to have your camera easily accessible. I had to continually keep this thought in my head while out with the Cotton StrapShot EV1 Holster because I kept simply holding on to the camera (easily thanks to the included hand strap) instead of placing it back in the holder because trails in Western Kansas aren't the most technical you have ever traveled. For the person looking to be more active during their time outside, Cotton's StrapShot EV1 Holster is what you are looking for, as long as you stick to wider and lighter lenses.