Nikon Partners with BlackRapid on Fancy New ‘Quick-Draw’ Shoulder Straps

Nikon Strap

Quietly announced alongside the Nikon D4s is a new pair of accessories from Nikon. Partnering with BlackRapid’s Ron Henry, Nikon has created a series of “Quick-Draw Straps” that the company hopes will blow away the standard straps that come with most DSLRs.

With “even greater convenience [than standard BlackRapid straps]” the two models — “The Quick-Draw” and the “Quick-Draw Strap S” — will allow your camera to more easily glide diagonally up and down the shoulder strap. Utilizing the standard tripod socket, your camera will hang upside down on your side, with an extra safety strap ensuring all is not lost in the (extremely) rare case the fastener comes loose.

The Quick-Draw Strap is directed more towards full-size DSLR owners, featuring a large shoulder pad and under-the-arm harness, whereas the Quick-Draw Strap S is aimed at users of the Nikon 1-series cameras and features a slimmer shoulder pad.

Being a proud owner of BlackRapid gear myself, it’s a nice move by Nikon to give its customers a proprietary-branded piece of gear while partnering with such a highly respected name in the photography world. Showing off that vibrant Nikon yellow, they’re sure to make Nikon users stand out a bit more in the crowd, for better or worse (in terms of theft-targeting, not the brand).

No word yet on when these straps will actually make it into users’ hands, but given Nikon has announced them itself we probably won’t have to wait too long. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on what is essentially a few tweaks and rebrand of a BlackRapid strap? Good call on Nikon’s part?

(via Nikon)

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I was thinking of buying my first DSLR soon, but I guess I’ll just wait until these become the default camera strap that comes with the package. This would look sooo professional on my dream D3300. I’m excited!

    On a more serious note, it’d be hilarious if the soon-to-be-obsolete camera straps of today would eventually become popular again as they turn “retro”.

  • Jigsaw

    I don’t think the regular straps will get unpopular anytime soon. The fact that these BlackRapid straps utilize the tripod mounts kinda defeats the purpose of having a quick release plate for the tripod. I don’t want to screw/unscrew these things all the time. I rather have a strap that utilizes the regular strap mounts while leaving the tripod mount dedicated for its intended purpose.

    EDIT: I just learned that there is an adapter that lets you use the straps with a quick release plate attached. So, scratch what I said above. That’s actually a pretty good setup. Not to self: first do your research, then comment! ;)

  • The_Nexus

    I hope Nikon has “fixed” the issues they had with the SB-900 and D700 when attached to a “sling style” strap. It was well documented online and I believe it was largely due to carrying the camera upside down whilst the heavy flash was connected to the hotshoe.

  • Stephen

    I’m not entirely clear on the difference between these and the existing BlackRapid straps. Mine glides plenty easily, and it’s secure enough that I have never seen any need for an extra safety strap.

    I originally wanted to buy a Carry Speed strap instead of a BlackRapid. But there were none in stock anywhere, and no information about forthcoming stock on the company’s website…and when I reached out directly to Carry Speed via email and Twitter, nobody responded. So I bought a BlackRapid strap instead, and it works absolutely great. It’s a great product that I use all the time, I’m glad I bought it, and I am happy to recommend BlackRapid to other photographers.

  • Sid Ceaser

    That. Is. Fancy.

    Good job, Nikon. I’m a fan of the Holdfast MoneyMaker, but making R-straps the default for Nikon gear is good juju!

  • TSY87

    so does this mean that nikon cameras will not come with the standard strap anchors? or will they create a new anchor point for the black rapid slings? I have a black rapid strap currently and I really like it… but im not a huge fan of how it mounts to the tripod thread…. if nikon makes it a standard kit option, then I wonder if they will design cameras with that in mind.

  • OtterMatt

    So, it’s a BlackRapid SB-7 with a Nikon badge on it. Don’t get me wrong, I just bought an SB-7 and I freaking love it, but this isn’t really interesting. You can go to FroKnowsPhoto’s site and get one in vibrant red, which is much more cool than a Nikon badge. Also, I’d bet anything it’ll cost more than the $60 that an SB-7 costs.

  • Tom Brooks

    yes, good idea. i have 3 black rapids, one each for the D800, D700, and D7100. wouldn’t leave home without it.

  • Photo guy

    I agree 100%

  • Sanoc

    theses straps give you man-boobs

  • Patrick Downs

    Folks: I keep Arca-Swiss (A/S) tripod plates on my cameras all the time, so that means my 1/4-20 socket is occupied and I can’t use these types of straps. Alternative solution? I recall a Kickstarter for a camera plate that was A/S compatible but had a fold-down ring to attach the BlackRapid type single point straps. Anyone see that and recall it?

  • lexplex

    I use SunSnipers personally and I agree that this is a much better way to carry a camera. But half the point of having the SunSniper instead of a camera-brand strap is that it’s much more discreet and doesn’t broadcast what camera you’re carrying around to potential thieves.

  • Fred

    Pretty much the word Nikon on the strap and a small triangular shaped adapter on the mounting plate – thought to make the rig more secure.