The Movo Photo HSG-2 is a hand strap that uses a pad rather than a strap. This makes it comfortable and a firm performer in the world of photographic camera carriers.
You’ll be impressed by the security it offers you while giving you the freedom to move freely.
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What Is a Hand Strap?
A hand strap is a great way to carry a camera system. That is if you need immediate access to your camera. As it’s stuck to your hand, you don’t need to stop and search for the items you need.
It’s a natural placement for a Canon or Nikon DSLR, or for a mirrorless system by Sony, Panasonic or even Leica. The benefit here is that it sticks to your hand, so you can’t drop it.
The downside is, the bigger the camera, the more weight it adds to your wrist. Most will find that after a few hours of street or travel photography, it becomes uncomfortable. But for speed, there is nothing faster or more natural.
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 photographic industry.
This is one of the reasons why they created Featured Voices. The world is filled with artists, innovators, and creative minds, and often find it hard to find a voice or channel in which to be heard.
Movo Photo have made it their mission to create a community, filled with amazing people. On top of this, they give back to the community at large 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 Photo HSG-2?
The Movo Photo HSG-2 is a hand strap, designed to keep your camera close for shots that need immediate capture. They allow you to keep your camera ready at a moment’s notice.
Rather than keeping your camera in a bag, it cuts down the time you need to grab the shot. Camera straps can also be too dangly. This means they experience more bumps and scratches as you move or turn.
With the HSG-2, the camera stays with your hand. Not only does it stop you dropping your system. But you are also free to move it where it needs to go.
It’s a great deterrent against theft or snatching, as it fits snuggly to your hand.
What Is Included?
- Movo Photo HSG-2 DualStrap
Movo Photo HSG-2: Review
The package came fast in the mail and was packaged nicely. A small box held the hand strap and a compliment/complaint card with the company’s email and telephone number.
This is a great idea, as you don’t need to login in or search for assistance.
After opening the well-designed box, I noticed the hand strap came in one piece. this is perfect, as no assembly is necessary. Some other systems, such as the B-Grip, need putting together and can be a little frustrating if you want to use it immediately.
The hand strap is of great quality and feels like it will last a long time of continuous use. I like the idea of a pad rather than a strap. In the past, I’ve found that straps can rub your hand when tightened.
Attaching and Tightening
This is one area I had trouble with. It looks easy enough to install and set-up, but I found it very finicky. The bottom plate screws onto the camera tripod mount while a strap holding the hand holder comes off it.
To be honest, I have trouble with these infinity clips in all areas of life. After a few minutes, I was able to figure out how to attach it, and then tighten it. It is meant for bigger hands, as tightening the strap that connects with the camera becomes long.
I like that the hand holder is big enough to hide the extra flack, so it doesn’t look untidy. It was firm, stable and strong enough to hold some strong force.
The next step is to connect the wrist buckle. This is also a little finicky to do with one hand, while the other one held the camera. After a little practice, I could do it easily without any problem.
Personally, I would connect the camera strap first, and adjust that as tight as you need. This removes the need to remove the wrist strap to reconfigure it.
This isn’t a fast system to install. If you’re going to use it for hours or days, it’s a great system.
From installing the system and using it, it is very comfortable. I like that it’s a pad, meaning no red marks or annoying material rubbing against my skin.
It’s for larger hands, and Movo Photo recommends the HSG-8 if your hands are of medium or small size. After the right adjustment, it fit well and allowed me enough space to move a little.
My fingers and thumb didn’t have a problem reaching dials or buttons.
After a while of continuous use, I didn’t feel any discomfort, and actually forgot I was using it. It easily held my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Nikon D850 with standard and wide-angle lenses. This means mirrorless systems such as Sony or Olympus won’t be a problem.
What We Like
- The bottom plate has a tripod connector
- Firm and comfortable fit
- Very secure reliable system
What We Don’t Like
- Plate and Lip doesn’t exactly conform to the bottom of the camera
- Can’t change the battery when placed on the right-hand side
- Can’t adjust the strap easily with one hand
- A little more noticeable than other hand straps
Where To Buy it From
Overall, I liked the HSG-2 system from Movo Photo. As a street, documentary and travel photographer, I would get a lot out of it. Firstly, it is secure and would deter or stop others from snatching it away. Also, stopping any accidental drops is something I’m always looking for.
Secondly, it is very comfortable. I find it better than other hand straps that really focus on the thin nylon material than can frustrate some photographers.
Once you figure out how to put it on, you’ll want to leave it on. This is good to keep to one camera if you prefer to shoot with a few different models. The base plate seems a little too big for what it is. It also doesn’t fit the camera base perfectly as it looked a little bent.
There is also a lip that I imagine is to stop the plate from moving. I understand this has to fit any camera brand and model out there, I’m just not sure it is needed. Other than that, it connects and sits at the bottom securely.
If you want to change the system or use it in conjunction with a neck strap for downtime, it is possible. An extra connector hole is positioned on the left-hand side of the base plate. This allows for both carrying positions without removing the hand strap.
The pad is a little big, but as I said, it adds that extra comfort. It would be nice to see a little pocket on it for a microfibre cloth or memory card for easy access.