Quikdraw: A Lens Holster Belt that Uses Mounts Instead of Bags

If you were challenged to a duel by a renegade photographer, how quickly would you be able to draw your lens? Would you be able to Quikdraw?

Wanting a better way to swap lenses on-the-go, Phoenix-based photographer and engineer Riley Kimball came up with the brilliant why-didn’t-I-think-of-that idea of a lens holster belt based around lens mounts. His product is called the Quikdraw.

Current lens holsters on the market are generally the equivalent of small lens bags attached to belts. While they definitely allow for speedy swaps, having to fumble with a bag is one of the main annoyances.

The Quikdraw changes the game by basically offering the same lens mount as your camera, except on your belt. Instead of reaching into a bag to grab your lens, you simply reach to your belt, unmount it, and twist it onto your camera.

Each Quikdraw — the belt isn’t included — fits onto any standard-sized belt, allowing you to string a line of Quikdraws together if you have multiple lenses you want to choose from.

Available in both the Canon EOS and Nikon F mounts, the product is made from aircraft aluminum and high strength plastic.

Worried about your lens accidentally popping off? Kimball states that the product is “foolproof”: once the lens is rotated more than 5 degrees on the mount, it becomes secure. It’s “impossible for the lens to become disengaged in the down position.”

Check out this pitch video for a better idea of what the Quikdraw is like and how it works:

Kimball is currently trying to raise funds to bring the product to market. He has a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $100,000. A contribution of $80 preorders a single Quikdraw unit that holds one lens.

It’s a bit on the pricey side, considering that Lowepro’s bag option costs about half that much, but the idea is definitely one of the best we’ve seen!

Quikdraw: An innovative lens holster (via Foto Actualidad)

  • Igor Ken

    would you trust it with a couple of L lenses and leave your fragile 1-2 thousand dollars hanging like that? :)

  • E

    It fails in the image department :P Geeky.. But on a serious note: it seems to miss a lock to make sure lenses don’t come loose on the go. It seems to be twist only and not push a button and twist.

  • Igor Ken

    Would you trust it with your L lenses and leave a 1 or 2 thousand dollar investment hanging there ? :)

  • Chris Popely

    Just what I needed for my 70-200 f/2.8 IS.

    On second thoughts, maybe not…

  • Alan Dove

    It’s always a little scary when engineers use terms like “foolproof” and “impossible” in describing a just-introduced product. Everything can fail. The question is what happens when it does, and in this case the answer is that your lens falls unprotected to the floor (or down the stairs or off the platform or …).

  • disqus_z0mxNCU6mj

    not much different that letting it hang from your camera…

  • Igor Ken

    at least if my camera falls from my hands I know who to blame … while here it even looks way less securely fixated than on a camera

  • 11

    I think adding a “press to release” latch should not be too hard, and would make it safer. Perhaps as the lid is brought down, it can auto-latch, and when it is lifted up to 90deg, the latch can open. A side problem is this would ruin the metal mount by such rude handling.. it is not a cowboys gun.

    I personally prefer two/three lowepro waist lens bags where the lens rests rather than hanging.

  • Mike

    I don’t know, how is it any different than it dangling off the end of your extra camera body that is slung over your shoulder? My personal opinion is that people baby their equipment a bit too much (I can understand it, it is expensive). But it’s tough and can take a bit of a beating. If you protect the glass from getting scratched with a filter, then I could see this working for some people.

    Although most of the professional guys I see (I’m a bit of an amateur, but in my work I spend lots of time at music and sporting events around professionals) have extra bodies with their lens already mounted. They don’t have the time to swap out lens.

    I have a 70-200 f/2.8 IS and I wouldn’t have any problem using one of these to keep it at the ready.

    By the way, if you check a recent update video on the kickstarter site, it shows the guy attaching a lens to this device and him shaking it around trying to get it to fail. From this I gather there is something that prevents the lens from just twisting off.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Looks promising. Pair this with something like the b-grip and security guards will be stopping me all day for bomb and firearms inspections.

  • brob

    no thanks. I could see missing the connection and dropping the lens face down. BAM!
    I’ll take the couple extra seconds to put it in a bag thanks

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    not something I would buy but it’s a great looking product

  • Alexander Petricca

    I would be wary about being caught in adverse rain (particularly because I live and work in the UK), displaying all my equipment for others to see and mounting that much weight around my waist.

    Also not keen on the constant comparison of cameras to firearms.

  • David Portass

    I can see this being a good idea for some indoor event shooters but its not really for me. My Black Rapid strap and Think Tank Pro belt and waterproof pouches (which was needed last festival when it kept raining) do the same job for me, can change lens with just one hand fine if required however carrying multiple bodies is preferential as my configuration is different for my 70-200 2.8 than it is for my 17-55 2.8 and saves me from having to keep going into my menu settings each lens change.

  • David Portass

    its not so much about having time to swap lens, it can also be about the environment where the lens change takes place. Doing music and outdoor photography where there is rain, mist, dust, smoke and dry ice around the place, no photographer will risk changing a lens unless they absolutely have to for fear of letting any of that inside the mount when changing because on the next shutter release it could end up on the sensor itself.

  • David Portass

    it’s very much different considering I use a Black Rapid strap so the camera will never fall off unless I take it off, I prefer think tank lens pouches on my belt as they are definitely not falling out and have waterproof covers incase of a very heavy downpour

  • Damean Ravichandra

    Unless I had a shockproof sleeve for each lens barrel, AND a front lens cap (maybe on a steel lanyard attached to each lens), this would be a dangerous tool for clumsy me to handle.

  • Mark Fogarty

    I admit, I think this would be a system that I would like… but the reality is the Lowepro option is less than a quarter the cost since, to make the system workable you need TWO of the holders.

  • Terrance Lam

    I think it’s a clever design. I like the fact that he uses a clever rotation system to lock the lens in the ‘Down’ position (some people were wondering where was the lock but if you look at the close-up images you can see a cam system in work here).

    I wouldn’t be using this through the bush, but for event shooting like weddings or sporting events, this will be handy. I’ve been trying to come up with a system myself for years, but always was hung up on how to lock it, and Kimball solved that with the rotational cam system he devised.

    I use slings and frankly they all have flaws, and the lenses get equally banged up on a sling and same amount of stress on the lens mount as hanging from the camera. Slings fail most if you move around a lot. Having this against your body is a little better. The only thing I’d be worried about is knocking off the lens hood if I bend down at my knees and hit the lens against an obstruction or ground.

  • Casey

    This looks worse than wearing your cell phone on your belt. that girl in the shorts was nice though

  • Guest

    It has a clever locking mechanism to secure it and they failed to mention it in the video.. wow, way to sell your idea!

  • Thierry Thelliez

    This seems to be a complicated solution with a perceived lens safety issue. I think that you could achieve a cheaper and possibly safer solution if someone could design a modified version of a ‘contractor belt’. Instead of having hammer, nails, … around your belt, just have large leather pockets for your lenses. Yes you would need a cover, but it could still be simple: leather + Velcro. And you could have room for other stuff like filters.

  • 69

    Excellent! The perfect way for pick pockets to steal a lens!

  • xpirex

    Looks pathetic…

  • Ben Willmore

    All commenters… watch his update video where he demonstrates why the lens will not fall off under any condition… other than going out of your way my flipping the lens 90° so it’s horizontal, then you could possibly jiggle it loose… When it’s hanging down it’s locked on just like it would be if it were attached to your camera. But, unlike your camera, there is no need for a release button… you simply flip the lens so that it is horizontal and then you can spin it off. It’s locked when hanging down. Watch the update video for details.

  • Meow

    snatch and grab just got easier xD

  • DafOwen

    Seems a simple yet clever idea.
    Used to be a slinger for weddings, but quality of D800 is so much better than my D200 – I’m just going to swap lenses from now on.
    For primes it might be good (IF I could afford them) but not sure on the length of 70-200.

  • seventwenty

    It’s unsinkable!

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    Awful product, awful commercial.
    Man acting like cowboys with cameras: check
    Man being the boss while a woman is the assistant: check
    Woman finally playing the role as a photographer, but wearing a tight, one-size-too-small pair of shorts: check

  • Phil

    This is a good idea for walking around with a few prime lenses and one body