Camera carrier systems are great when you don’t want to carry a dedicated camera bag. Hand straps, shoulder straps, harnesses, and slings are great for speed, but some add weight where you don’t want it.
A camera belt holster is a great way to hold your camera and provide you with speed in capturing important moments.
On top of this, you have great weight distribution while being able to keep your eye on the camera.
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What Is a Belt Holster?
A belt holster is a camera carrier system that fits around your waist or slots on to your belt. They allow the weight of the camera and lens to sit on your hips, distributing it well.
The idea is that you unclip it when you need to use it, and return it when you don’t. Simple. Most work from a tripod plate idea, where part of the connector sits on the camera bottom, fitting inside the holster itself.
It is also a beneficial way to stop any ‘grab and run’ tactics from potential thieves. They would need to know how to unconnect the system.
There are downsides of course, as they are open to encountering bumps and scrapes. It also offers no protection from the weather. In addition, showing your camera to the world around you doesn’t exactly deter those who could benefit from stealing.
But, overall, it’s a quicker system than trying to search in your camera bag. As a bonus, most can be used in conjunction with a shoulder sling or hand strap, making them very versatile.
Who Are Movo Photo?
Movo Photo is not just another company. Sure, they have top quality products. But they do more than just slap a price tag on a great concept.
They know, from research and development that it is difficult to find quality products at an affordable price. Especially in the photography industry.
This is one of the reasons why they created Featured Voices. The world is filled with artists, innovators, and creative minds. They often find it hard to find a voice or channel in which to be heard.
Here, Movo Photo has made it their mission to create a community, filled with amazing people. The voices of others they share with a larger community of people.
On top of this, they give back to the community through various charitable organizations.
As their community grows, they concentrate on two aspects. That they can shed light on the stories of others and ensure that everyone has access to high-quality products at a price they can afford.
What Is the Movo MB600 Universal Camera Belt Holster?
The Movo MB600 Universal Camera Belt Holster is a system that fits around your waist. One 360° strap encircles your waist, giving you a holster area to place your camera.
The camera sits in the holster area. The camera slots into the locking mechanism, which needs to be setup. This is done via a tripod plate that connects to your camera’s tripod mount.
The plate is what slides inside the locking mechanism and keeps your system safe and secure.
For added security, there is a security tether that connects to the belt and the camera. This is for any mishandled problems, ensuring your camera and lens doesn’t come crashing to the floor.
What Is Included?
- Movo MB600 Universal Camera Belt Holster
- Tripod plate
- Security camera tether
Movo MB600 Universal Camera Belt Holster: Review
My first impression is that the system is huge. It’s much larger than I had envisioned. Of course, you cant get a good idea of a product based on an image, but for some reason, it looked much bigger.
After checking the image I had seen on the internet and Amazon, the images were different. Online, the belt holster had a much different connecting idea.
It suggested the idea of a hub, much like that of the Cotton Carrier G3 Harness and Cotton Carrier SKOUT.
Seeing the difference in the systems disappointed me somewhat, and made the bulky tripod less than appealing. If the images were the same, I would have known what I was getting. Some people might be thinking to send their item back.
The strap and holster were big, which meant they were stable. Stable enough to put my trust in them with over $3000 of my equipment at their mercy. The strap had two security feature.
First, the two sides came together in a big buckle. This buckle needed an extra button to press to release it. This meant, no accidents. Secondly, the belt strap was also secured with velcro.
The velcro added the extra element when it came to adjusting the size.
Build and Construction
The construction of the belt holster system seems pretty strong, especially when connected together. Your camera isn’t going to slip, even if you use a telephoto zoom lens on a high-end DSLR camera.
Velcro is a good idea for added security, and this is something I didn’t see before in other products. I did find it annoying to use when trying to adjust the length of the strap. It keeps closing when trying to extend it through the elastic band and buckle.
At least you know if it isn’t super easy to change, it isn’t going to open on its own. To rearrange the strap, you need to disconnect it and use a flat surface to extend it.
It’s a little bit of a guessing game, so you’ll need to extend it a few times to get it perfect.
The holster part feels sturdy, but you can easily bend it. With enough force, you would be able to bend it. Due to its size, it’s a little cumbersome. This means it doesn’t conform to your inner thigh or outer thigh easily.
As it sticks out a little, it might be more prone to catch on things. A potential to damage your expensive equipment.
There is a little design flaw that I noticed. The sewn security strap cuts across the extra velcro area. So, when thinner people wear this, the excess will cross the secure tether, making it look bumpy and untidy.
From attaching the plate to the camera, I had to think about which way it goes. By looking at the design of the plate connector on the holster, I could tell the curved part went facing down.
It connects easily, with the tightening screw just flush of the connecting mount.
The tripod also came with a flip-out frame, but I couldn’t find any information on why or what its job is. Once connected into the holster, the tripod plate came out easily. Although, the big qualm here is I didn’t feel comfortable doing it with one hand.
Even when I was using the smallest camera I could find – Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. If the tripod plate arm was on the other side, I could have used my thumb.
Larger cameras mean that you need two hands to open and hold your camera securely.
Walking around was no problem. The weight distribution meant it was light, and it didn’t move around. When connected, the strap, holster and combined tripod plate measures over 3cm. This juts your camera out further than I would have liked.
But, it’s a great place to rest your hand, meaning you’d be more careful about it. for this reason, you want the camera as close to your inner thigh as possible. However, the holster conforms less in this area and stops access to your pocket.
The waist strap fits waists up to 51″/130cm. For smaller, thinner people, the more the strap needs to be adjusted. The tighter the strap, the more leftover strap there is flapping about.
You can deal with quite a bit, but after a while, there is nowhere it can go.
What We Like
- Security camera tether
- Extra secure button on the buckle
What We Don’t Like
- Images are different online than in person
- Seems very bulky
- Doesn’t conform to the body properly
- The velcro fastening is frustrating when it comes to readjustment
Where To Buy It From
As far as belt holsters go, this isn’t my favorite. It is a huge strap and even bigger holster which is unnecessary. I like that they thought outside the box, but there are smaller and more capable systems out there. The Peak Design Capture Clip V3 is perfect and small.
This system is more for the budget market, but that doesn’t mean it can’t offer you a great camera carrier system. It is stable and strong and gets the job done.
One big qualm I had was with the strap. If I’m wearing a belt, this system is uncomfortable over the top of it. This forces the belt strap to sit above the belt your using to keep your trousers/shorts up.
In turn, it sticks out more, making me look and feel like I’m in a Western.
It isn’t the worst belt holster system, as it does what it says. It allows you to carry your equipment on your person, with easy access. It is a little cumbersome for my liking, but some photographers will like the extra size.
For the cost, this is a good system, but one that has flaws. There isn’t one system out there that will match everything you need. At the end of the day, it is secure and fast, meaning you won’t miss those crucial moments.
Check out our review on the SpiderPro holster too!