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CAMS Sling Strap and Plates Make Shooting Portraits Easier and More Comfortable than Ever

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Most sling-style straps today have a problem: the mounting point. They all use a rather bulky connector or plate screwed into your camera’s tripod mount, so if you’re using a pro body or a battery grip on your camera, these straps make it uncomfortable, if not impossible, to take advantage of shooting portrait style.

To solve that problem, a designer and an engineer have teamed up to create CAMS, a pro sling strap, camera plate and lens plate that are built with the aforementioned problem in mind.

With a combined 20 years of engineering and industrial design experience, the CAMS team certainly knows how to get the job done. And now they’re looking to Kickstarter to get their project out of the prototype phase and into production.

Their endeavors are three-fold, consisting of the strap, a camera mounting plate and a lens mounting plate. Naturally, the strap works for both of the mounting plates — which plate you want to use comes down to personal preference and need.

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The camera plate features a unique low-profile design, forged out of an aluminum alloy twice as strong as standard aluminum, and uses a special-designed push-button fastener that is designed to securely hold (D)SLRs of any size with a convenient means to quickly disconnect them when needed.

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The lens plate is built from the same forged aluminum process and also features their proprietary quick disconnect system. The difference here is that this plate is meant to go on the tripod mount of larger, telephoto lenses, such as the 70–200mm.

Due to the large nature of these lenses, a lens-mounted plate offers a much more convenient center of gravity, butting less stress on your shoulder from the strap.

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Both plates are designed to work with Arca Swiss style screw and lever tripods. They also allow you to be use others through their integrated 1/4” thread, the standard for most tripods and monopods. In addition to the mounting capabilities, both plates include a rubber grip on both sides to ensure comfort and a secure fit to your camera body without any damage.

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The strap itself is designed in the same light as the plates, with ergonomics and convenience in mind. The sling features a curved neoprene design, with a grippy rubber underside that ensures it won’t be sliding around your shoulder. For adjustments, a special-designed velcro strap manager keeps the length of the strap in order, regardless of height or size.

Here’s an intro video to the whole system:

To find out more, head on over to CAMS Kickstarter campaign and check out the strap for yourself. You can secure yourself all three pieces — the camera plate, strap and fastener — for $85, with other pledges offering either more or fewer options, depending on your budget.


 
  • http://jtruephotography.com/ Jeremiah True

    A little pricey but I really like the design and the fact that it has the built in Arca compatible plate.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    The Push Button Quick Release seems scary to me.

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/trevor-dennis/ Trevor Dennis

    The article starts out by saying that other sling straps are uncomfortable, but that is not my experience. Having tried what seems like every sling option out there, I now happily use Black Rapid straps. I have single, and Dual Harness BR straps. The latter is my standard event rig with Canon 1D bodies — one with 24-70mm f2.8, and the other with 70-200mm f2.8. Both cameras with 580EX2. The weight not withstanding, the BR straps are not in the least uncomfortable. So I guess the whole idea of the above straps is based on a non sequitur.

  • Matt Rennells

    Think what they’re saying that is uncomfortable is the little mounting screw/nub/ring if you’re using a body with a vertical grip. With my hands, it hits right at the bottom of my palm, causing me to hold the camera more with just 2 fingers and my thumb than my whole hand. I have the same problem with most flash brackets as it interferes with vertical shooting. Has nothing to do with the weight of the cameras.

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/trevor-dennis/ Trevor Dennis

    Ahhh… I see what you are saying. I’ve never noticed that as being a problem, but I think the 1D bodies are a bit fatter than the other models.

  • http://ilgphoto.com/ Yann

    Too bad the strap doesn’t feature a zipped pocket. Very useful to slip some SD cards in to have them close at hands.

  • Alicia Ciotola

    I was worried about that at first also. But looks like they answered that in the bottom of their page in the FAQs. Seems like it’s not an issue.

  • RandomDesign

    These connectors have been used as quick releases on rifle slings for years and have been fine. It’s also the same connector that’s used on the original Luma Loop and mine has held up fine for years with both my current D4 and previous D700 w/grip.

  • MiddlemanOne

    The CAMS team looks like they have a winning product! Sleek and modern has never come to mind about plates. For the fact that the plates are real forged metal says a lot also about the product quality. Talking about straps there was an article recently about the poor quality of Black Rapid straps, in particular how they snapped off causing one poor photographer to drop their camera and damage their lens. Never occurred to me that the choice of straps is so important when it comes to the safety of your gear. It’s good to have someone like CAMS as an alternative choice.

  • http://www.remonen.fi/ Matti R

    I’ve been using Sun Sniper straps and they have more low profile screw. I have been quite comfortable with thos even with grip attached (D8x0 + MB-D12).
    On the other hand when having grip + a heavier lens (e.g. 70-200/2.8 or 80-400G) what makes me nervous is the stress the combo puts into the camera bottom, since the grip introduces more leverage on the combo and on the screw between grip & body. This seems new strap seems to address that issue with the lens plate.

  • Procentje20

    My sun sniper failed on the ball bearing. Sending a 7d/24-70/580ex2 to the concrete.

  • http://www.remonen.fi/ Matti R

    I quess they had a bad batch of ball bearings a while ago. I bought a second hand, unused Sun Sniper Pro and almost did the same with D800 + Micro-Nikkor 200/4 -combo. I sent the strap back to the manufacturer and they replaced it (completely new strap). Otherwise I have had no problems with their products (I have 3 different Sun Sniper straps in regular use).
    I do like their approach of ball bearings: this way (if it works) the torsional force is not transmitted to the screw itself.

  • kp

    Touch wood and making a quick prayer “just in case” (as an atheist) as I have both a single and dual BR strap and would rather not see a five figure euro sum of kit, when fully loaded, have an unplanned meeting with a hard floor due to a couple of cents of thread or work. That is one reason I only bought my BR stuff from an approved dealer “just in case” rather than risk a possible copy on eBay to save a couple of euros. The same with other “no name” straps. They might work perfectly (or be even better than “named” items but there is a bit of hope and voodoo just in case.

    I’ve had no problem with my BR fixing on an ARCA L Plate, even if it is a bit chunky with the clamp which is fastened to the BR. Saving a couple of MM and a 100 grammes or so on each side maybe isn’t that big a deal but everything helps.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Thanks!

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    That’s nice to hear.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    I looked at the FAQ. I was not questioning the strength while it was connected. I was concerned how easy it would be to accidentally hit the QR button for an unintended auto-disconnect.

  • ksporry

    nice design, but the quick release mechanism concerns me. just the push of a button has your camera tumbling down. That should get an additional security feature to prevent people from accidentally pressing that button

  • mike921

    Hmmm, anything attached to the TRIPOD socket should be used at your own risk. Most cameras don’t really have a great amount of reinforcing material at the TRIPOD socket.