The CCS G3 Grey Harness-2 is a harness system that allows you to keep your camera close at hand at all times.
It’s great for security and you’ll be ready for candid shots.
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What Is a Camera Harness?
Simply put, a camera harness is a way to wear your camera on your body. The harness fits over your arms and head, fitting to the curves of your body.
It connects above and below the arms. You have a very stable camera holding system.
Rather than having a camera strap dangle your gear around your neck, a harness is a great option. It stops your most expensive gear swinging and hitting everything around you.
Putting your camera down somewhere is not a good option. Even when you need two hands. This opens the possibilities of theft and damage.
Protection for your cameras is the most important idea behind any device purchase. These devices keep your gear close and secure to your body.
This gives you both a free range of motion and peace of mind.
With a harness, you can use both hands while your camera stays safe.
Who Are Cotton Carrier?
Cotton Carrier is a family business who specialize in inventing and creating camera-carrying options for photographers. Andy Cotton started the company when he found no product to meet his landscape photography needs.
He was looking for a camera-carrying solution that was comfortable, secure and accessible. Slings, bags, straps and belt clips were all the rage, but they didn’t fit the photographer especially well.
As Andy Cotton had spent 26 years working in the special effects area of the film industry, he had a design in mind.
A simple construction of high-quality materials, without moving parts that couldn’t jam.
Comfortability, reliability, and accessibility were the main words to build their device around. After his first creation, enthusiastic feedback from customers showed him the fruit of his labor was not wasted.
Cotton Camera Carrier Systems was born.
What Is Included?
In the box you’ll find:
- One-size-fits-all CC G3 Grey Harness
- removable Side Holster for the second camera
- Rain Shell w/connector
- Two carabiner Camera Tethers/straps (connecting cameras to harness)
- Two sets (metal block, rubber grip, connector rings, Allen key) of Camera Hubs for linking camera to harness system
The harness houses some features and pockets:
- Two side-positioned speed straps for tightening
- Two shoulder tightening straps
- Adjustable shoulders
- Two D rings for connecting Camera Tethers
- Lens stabilization strap
- Front stash pocket
- Stretch woven pocket located on the back
- Rear stash pocket
CCS G3 Grey Harness-2: Review
Putting on the Camera Harness
Immediately, after opening the box, I felt this product would be right up my street. It looked great in grey and seemed to be very professionally made.
The material looked and felt heavy, durable and the just amount of rigidity.
Some of it was constructed and assembled in Canada, which made me more comfortable trying it out. After all, this harness is supposed to hold and protect thousands of dollars of gear.
From first glance, it was simple to understand how to wear it. The under-arm and over-arm parts of the right-hand side of the harness is closed.
It was obvious that your right arm goes through, connecting the left under-arm and left shoulder strap to complete it.
It fit well straight out of the box. I didn’t need to tighten it straight away. The harness stuck close to my body. Having something around my body was a weird feeling at first. After a few minutes, I forgot it was there.
Having the harness around my body was actually comfortable, and now I had a place to rest my hands. I love high-side pockets in coats for this reason.
One of the best features with this system are the two supplied camera straps. These, by the way of metal rings (provided) placed on the camera’s strap holders, connect your gear to the harness.
This ensures that even if you drop your camera, it won’t hit the floor.
In terms of materials, Cotton Carrier only uses the best:
- rugged Nylon 6 camera mounts
- hand-tooled anodized aluminum camera mounting hubs
- best-quality polypropylene nylon webbing and straps
- quality stitching
- oversize clips all around
They also offer a 3 Year Warranty Against Manufacturing Defects. contact them, and they will sort it out.
The camera hubs were easy to understand. A metal chunk along with a rubber washer fits on the undercarriage of your camera.
It stays in place with the screw, tightened with the provided Allen key.
On one side of the metal, Camera Hubs are two arrows. these signify where they should sit in relation to the lens.
This allows you to then turn and lock the camera into the harness.
One thought concerning the screws and Allan key. There isn’t any way to connect them to the hubs or harness.
This means if they fall out, you’re on your own. Not so great for wildlife or nature photography.
I’m not sure how you could connect the screws, but the Allan key could have a ring attached to it.
The Peak Design V3 Camera Clip comes with one, and it sits on my keyring. A small improvement could be made easily.
When connected to the camera, these slot into the harness and/or side holster.
Other camera harnesses and clips have a locking mechanism. You slot in the connector to keep it safe and press a button to release the system and camera.
The Cotton Carrier G3 Dual Camera Harness has a different system.
The Camera Hubs are thinner on two sides. These sides slide into the mounts on the harness and holster.
This is why it is important to place the arrows towards the lens on the camera. The camera slides in sideways and rests lens down at the end.
What I like about this system is there are no buttons to press. With other camera clips, such as the Peak Design V3 Camera Clip, a button needs to be pressed to release the camera.
You can hold the camera with your hand and press the button with one hand. But, it feels finicky and less stable. The last thing you want to do is drop your camera because of a complicated system.
With the CCS G3 Grey Harness-2, to remove the camera, you twist and pull. It feels natural. As it sits in the camera harness, it is protected and can’t fall out.
This system is great for speed, protection, and weight distribution.
The camera harness comes with a versatile side holster. This is what makes this camera harness a dual camera system.
This holster is designed to fit on the harness itself. On the right-hand hip strap, there is a section of velcro. The side holster opens up, and the velcro on the inside aligns with this area.
The bottom then wraps around for extra stability.
The best thing about the side holster is that it can be placed anywhere. The strap of a bag, your belt or another part of the harness.
It can be packed away when not needed. The design of the holster is padded for comfort.
As the camera harness connects in many places, it feels very safe. When the side holster sits on the camera strap, it feels a little less protected.
Grabbing the camera while in the harness mount would mean you get pulled with it.
But, if someone was to grab the camera in the side holster, the camera and holster would easily part from the system. It’s less possible when connected to the belt.
I still feel that both are safer than using a generic camera strap.
When the side holster and camera are placed on a belt, it feels much more comfortable and safer. It seems to sit better.
Perhaps I’m more used to belt camera clips, so it feels more comfortable to me. I can keep my hand on the camera in this manner.
Just like the camera harness, you can connect the camera straps to the camera that sits in the holster mount. This stops the camera from falling to the ground if mishandled.
The provided rain cover comes in a pocket with a strap that can connect to the harness. In case of heavy rain and adverse weather, this cover unpacks in seconds.
By placing it over the lens and then the camera, you offer your gear weather protection.
If you feel it is unnecessary, you can leave it behind. But, it hardly takes up space, and keeping it on you will provide peace of mind.
This is a great addition. I’m happy to say that it came with the camera harness and not at an extra cost.
Telephoto Lens Stabiliser Strap
At the front of the camera harness towards the bottom, you’ll notice a strap that covers the width of the front panel.
This strap fits around the lens to give your lens and connected camera more stability.
This is especially helpful when you need to move fast; either running towards a subject or running away.
Not only does the camera harness hold and protect your gear, but it also provides handy storage space. The front stash pocket is a simple area for small items.
Your Camera Hub Allen key will fit here nicely, so will a few memory cards or microfiber cloths.
This pocket sits behind your camera when placed in the mount. This means it might not be accessible when your camera is positioned on the camera harness.
A rear stash pocket sits on the inside of the front harness panel. This can still be used when the camera is sitting in the mount and is perfect for a smartphone or ID.
On the back of the camera harness is a stretch woven pocket. A great place for a water bottle or rain jacket.
Items placed here are a little finicky to retrieve, so make sure you utilize your fellow photographers.
What I Like
- Fast twist-and-lock method
- Durable, well-made material
- Added stash pockets
- Rain pocket without additional cost
- Can use with a coat or jacket
- 3-year warranty
What I Don’t Like
- Won’t offer full protection against dirt/dust
- Side holster feels less than perfect when on the holster
CCS G3 Grey Harness-2: Usability
I can see this camera harness offers many benefits over camera straps, camera clips or even bags.
If you only require less than two cameras and attached lenses, why carry something to hold them in when you don’t need to?
The CCS G3 Grey Harness-2 keeps your gear in a great center-of-gravity position. It sits adjacent to the upper part of your body.
You’ll hardly notice you’re carrying a DSLR with telephoto lens. The same system on a belt is noticeable and cumbersome.
This might not be the camera carrying device you would want to use at a wedding. For studio work, this device would be unnecessary.
There are some photography fields that would really benefit from the CCS G3 Grey Camera Harness-2.
Wildlife photography where you need to be fast on your feet is a great place to use this. It ensures no strapped cameras are bouncing around as you move.
Nature photography is another area where this would be useful.
What I would see this harness in the most would be documentary photography, either conflict, news coverage or photojournalism.
This camera’s harness lets you move fast without compromising on safety.
With this system, the camera is right in front of you. When mounted, you can change camera batteries and lenses quickly. Fast to take out of the mount and equally fast to return.
The only thing this camera holding device doesn’t have is complete protection.
I love this style of camera carrying. Its kept close, to ward off any who could try to steal your camera from bag or strap.
Grabbing the camera while mounted would pull your body with it, as those thieves wouldn’t know about the lock-and-twist concept.
It feels great to carry on the chest. It doesn’t get in the way as it’s centered to your person. No accidental bumps from wearing the camera to the side.
This is a possibility when using the side holster, but even that feels comfortable.
For photojournalism, wildlife or nature photography, this would be my go-to device. I placed my Canon 5D Mark IV with 70-200 mm telephoto lens on this mount, and could even run with the camera securely in place.
I trust it with $5000 worth of equipment.
These fields don’t necessarily need you to be extra discrete with your gear. But if you’re hiking, climbing, skiing or otherwise, it’s great to have two hands free.
While using this system, there really wasn’t anything bad I could find. Nothing I didn’t especially like.
It’s a great product that feels professional through quality, well-put-together materials.
It also looks the part. The grey goes well with anything. I would be more than happy to wear this at an event or use it for street photography.
If you prefer something a little closer to nature, there is the Realtree Camo color.
The only improvements I would make are tiny. Firstly, add a ring to the Allen key. That way I can’t lose it when I would like to change the camera hubs to a different camera.
Secondly, add an extra layer of security to the camera straps. If they included a thin steel cable, they would feel more secure and would help against theft.
The third idea would be more specific and would add a significant cost to the product.
If there was a kevlar edition, perhaps a little bigger, this would provide a safe camera option for press photographers in conflict zones. Two birds with one stone.