RucPac offers a few choices, allowing you to pick the best strap for your field. Read on for more information about their RucPac Slide camera strap.
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What Is a Camera Strap?
A camera strap is a great way to carry your camera. It keeps it close to your body, nearer to your center of gravity. As it hangs there, by your hips and waist, it allows you to pick it up and shoot at a moments notice.
Using a camera strap means you don’t need a camera bag. These items are great for lots of gear, but unnecessary if you only want to use one camera body with one lens. A camera strap keeps it out of your hands when you need them for something else.
They also add a layer of security. Your camera stays close and would be difficult for someone to grab it and run away. Having it by your side means you get to keep your eye on it, and protect it from bumps when moving through tight areas.
Who Are RucPac?
RucPac is a British company that specializes in camera gear. They have created items such as strap carrying systems, a headlamp, and apparel.
The company was founded by Laurens Parsons in Wiltshire. Here, his innovation and experience allowed him to see holes in the photography market. By exploiting these gaps, he was able to create a business selling ought after products.
It all started with his first product – the Hardcase Backpack Conversion strap system. The idea came from schlepping camera equipment to and fro. He devised a product that would help move his heavy Pelican ™ hard case.
The created straps allowed him to turn the wheeled case into a backpack – revolutionizing its potential. From those seeds, he continued to innovatively create products beneficial to photographers, no matter their field.
Years of research go into each product. And although Laurens Parsons is a freelance photographer, he still works closely with the RucPack brand.
What Is the RucPac Slide Camera Strap?
The RucPac Slide camera strap is a great way to carry your camera, whether Mirrorless or SLR. It will work across your body, around your neck or looped over your shoulder.
I also found, for more precise control, it is possible to wrap the strap around your hand. This helps me with street photography as I am freer to move around to get a better perspective.
This strap is aptly named Slide as it is easily adjustable. It allows you to slide the strap through the adjustment buckles quickly. It comes with silicone strips on one side, allowing you a better grip on your shoulder.
Along with the strap comes two removable camera connectors. Perfect for when you want to remove the strap quickly. These offer you the chance to use two different camera connectors via small straps and metal triangles. This is something that some manufacturers overlook.
What Is Included?
- 1 x RucPac Slide Camera Strap
- 1 x QR connector
- 2 x Camera connecting straps with steel triangle connectors
RucPac Slide Camera Strap: Review
The delivery was prompt and packaged in plastic. This ensured it stayed nice and clean upon arrival. A card came with the strap describing the features and offering fitting instructions for both ways to connect to your camera.
Upon opening, the strap looked sleek and well stitched together. One of my first thoughts came by looking at the ‘shiny speed bumps’ along the middle of the camera strap. I realized that these strips are silicone, designed to stop the camera strap slipping when placed on clothing.
The second thought was ‘where is the padded area’. After seeing so many professional camera straps, you start getting used to the same things. Even if they don’t make sense, or would work better without them. Recently, I reviewed the BOOMR camera strap, and the padded area physically stopped the strap from getting shorter.
Peak Design has a Slide strap similar to the RucPac version. They are both sleek, stick with the same thickness throughout and have a silicone area for non-slip usage. The Peak Design version did have interior padding, but not enough to write home about.
The silicone, however, malfunctioned and spread the black substance all over a new bag I was using. Due to this, I am a little wary of camera straps that use silicone.
Build and Construction
The build and construction feel strong and durable. A simple seat-belt idea means they can keep the design minimal, meaning there aren’t too many areas where this strap could fail.
Both the stitching and connectors were strong enough to carry a heavy DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a large lens. The RucPac Slide has been tested to hold over 225lbs (100kg) which is more than enough.
Connecting the camera to the strap via the metal triangles is a little difficult. Luckily, there is the Q connector that fits into your camera’s undercarriage.
The camera strap is easy to use. After you connect the metal triangles, you then connect the strap to them via the buckles. I like that it has a double layer of protection, meaning that you need to press a button to fully release it.
It goes across your body or on your shoulder and can extend or reduce as much as you prefer. The limitations of the strap’s length which goes from 111 cm at its shortest, and 156 cm at its longest.
For me, this means choosing either the hip or below the pocket on my trousers, or anywhere in between. The strap could have been shorter for me, a 6’2″.
The strap feels comfortable enough not to need any extra padding. This allows the strap to keep its lightweight attribute.
What I do like about this strap are the two options; either sliding or non-slip when reversed. The only problem here are the adjustment clips are inside the strap, making it difficult to shorten/lengthen with one hand.
What We Like
- Metal triangles and small straps allow different cameras to be connected
- Removable camera connector straps
- Two ways to connect your camera
What We Don’t Like
- Metal triangles are finicky to connect to your camera
- Strap could be shorter
Where To Buy It From
It comes in four different colors; Black/Black, Grey/Black, Black/Gold, and Grey/Gold.
Most camera straps are the same. There aren’t many ways that they can be recreated. The things that do change are the materials, the connectors, and extra elements. They all expand slightly on a simple construction.
What makes them different is the comfortability of the camera strap, to the speed of its use and the durability through wear and tear.
The RucPac Slide camera strap differs from the usual design. Firstly, they don’t have an added padded area for comfort. It is a ‘seatbelt’ strap with two adjustment clips on each side.
These connectors are different from other Slide camera straps, such as the one from Peak Design. Here, you’ll find no locking mechanism. It doesn’t change the fact that with this professional camera strap, it isn’t needed as it stays taut.
It can even extend and shorten with one hand. The Peak Design Slide also has this concept, but they need fasteners to stop the strap from extending on its own – the RucPac does not.
For a simple, cross-body camera strap, this is a worthy choice. We like that the strap can be removed easily if not needed at that moment. This is great, as the connectors take a little time to put together.