SpiderPro is just one of the names under the SpiderHolster name, and one that relates to DSLR camera gear.
In this review, we are looking at the Single Camera System V2, which is a holster. This camera carrier system is designed to keep your camera by your side and ready to go in a moments notice.
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Things to Consider Before Buying the SpiderPro Single Camera System v2
As this is a holster, you really need to like carrying items around your waist to enjoy this system. I think most of us don’t like shoulder or cross-body straps. I am a firm believer that every photography shoot requires a different carrier system.
But, I have noticed that a few of these belt systems can be uncomfortable, or pose other problems. The best holster/belt system I have used is the Peak Design Capture. It is small, fits over the belt and locks together to stop any play or accidental knocks.
But even this has its issues, as my camera and lens came out of it twice while using a 14mm fisheye. I have also noticed that there is a limit to the size and weight of gear you can use comfortably.
A telephoto, fisheye or heavy lens might not be the best system on your belt. It requires you to tighten your belt and puts a strain on the area. After a few hours of carrying it, that is something you’ll feel.
Every belt system is slightly different. The SpiderPro holster seems to lean towards the Movo MB600, which I wasn’t fond of. Thankfully, this holster has more padding and better materials, which equates to more comfort.
The SpiderPro Single Camera System V2 is different as it comes with its own belt. A padded area stops the camera from rubbing on your trousers, giving it a little more protection.
For a holster that can be attached to your travel bag, check out our review of the SpiderLight Backpacker.
Pros and Cons of the SpiderPro Single Camera System v2
As this system is a camera holster, you wear it around your waist. The belt it comes with is fully adjustable and can be extended or shortened with one hand if need be.
On the belt, you’ll find padding around the back area, and around where the camera sits. This makes the system more ergonomic, allowing you to use it more and more for longer periods of time.
As it comes with its own belt system, you can further strap on other items to create a dual carrier system. SpiderPro even has a line (Spider Monkey) to attach items to a belt, such as water bottles and utility pouches.
The system is only complete when used with the Pro2 Plate. This attaches to the bottom of your camera and allows you to connect it to the belt holster. A spring-loaded clip keeps the camera in place, stopping accidental drops.
One of the big cons with a belt system like this is that it is an entire belt system. I always found these uncomfortable when I’m also wearing a real belt on my trousers or shorts. The camera belt either sits out of the way, or half overlays the one I’m already wearing.
An option would be to make a belt system that you can use as a normal belt, with the addition of the camera holster afterwards. This then allows for one belt in total and keeps my comfort level high and annoyance level low.
The other big disadvantage with this is that it is on your hip. I use these systems quite a lot and haven’t had any issues with bumping into stuff (knock on wood).
This is because I am always aware of it, and place my hands close to it sitting on my hip. I find it a natural place to keep my hand when walking or waiting.
Unlike with a camera strap, you don’t have so much play with where you place your system. On a strap, it can go higher or lower, close to the front of my body. With the belt system, it can go on your hip, or more towards your groin.
This is not the most comfortable spot for some of us, but I have no problems with this. I don’t like how heavier gear items will pull the belt down, causing discomfort. But, a Canon EOS-1DX Mark II with a telephoto lens isn’t going to get any lighter.
Features & Benefits of the SpiderPro Single Camera System v2
The benefit of this system over others comes down to strength and comfort. Camera carrier systems might look similar but once you start using them, the little differences become big deals.
The SpiderPro Single Camera System V2 works by locking your camera to the belt. It does so with a plate that holds an anti-twist pin. A metal pin sits inside a metal holster connector, making it very stable and durable.
A locking mechanism keeps the pin inside the connector, so there is no chance of accidentally pulling it out. This is a safety feature and an anti-theft feature, stopping anyone from grabbing your camera and running.
Adding the SpiderPro Plate is easy, and it even comes with an Allen key built-in. Just press the spring-loaded mechanism and it pops-out!
The belt is adjustable from a comfortable 100cm (in) to a lot longer, allowing it to fit anyone. It can go smaller, but the extra belt slack will hang loosely from the velcro.
What I found to be a great feature is the back padding is moveable. The clever people over at SpiderPro added velcro to the connecting straps, so it stays where it needs to be.
It is a modular system, allowing you to add extras left and right. The plate can be fitted with Arca type adapters, allowing you to place it on a tripod without removing the system.
By adding a SpiderWeb connector, you can then place the plate on a sling or strap. Neat.
On top of these, you can add a second holster to the belt, and there are instructions on how to do so. There are many pouches you can include from their line up.
Simple, easy to follow instructions came in the box. They came with the belt holster, the SpiderPro Plate, an Allen key for changing the pin from right or left and two small screws, which are extra replacements for the pin screw.
How Well Does the SpiderPro Single Camera System v2 Work?
When I first opened the box, I saw the size of it and thought that I wouldn’t enjoy using it much. I tried the MovoPhoto holster version and didn’t like it much due to its size and poor materials.
But after placing this on, I realised that great materials and a well thought out design make all the difference.
It fit well, the belt was wide enough to feel strong, and the big buckle had a 2-stage system for disconnecting. This means that it isn’t going to fall without you doing it on purpose.
The belt was easy to adjust, even if I didn’t need to. The back-padding felt great and was easily movable. Velcro holds the belt straps together for extra stability and tidiness.
When the pin of the plate fits into the holster, it feels very secure. I’m safe in the knowledge these parts are not plastic, and will not wear and tear, putting my gear in jeopardy. The locking mechanism also put my mind at ease.
I was happy with the one-hand option. When I am in a place to photograph, but don’t want to hold it, I can place it in the holder without the mechanism. This allows fast access so I don’t miss the shot.
Actually, I didn’t need two hands at all. Once the pin is sitting in the holster slot, I’m free to let it go if need to and I know it is safe. The holster connector is tall enough to not fall out by accident.
The only thing I was wary about is how the camera should sit. As the pin is a knob, it is free to move around a little. This might not be great for moving fast to get to a great vantage point.
After moving it around, it felt best where the LCD screen was facing forward. This allowed the camera to lie upside down, stopping it from moving side to side.
The pad around the holster keeps the camera from rubbing against my leg, which is helpful for comfort.
Alternatives to the SpiderPro Single Camera System v2
There are a few alternatives to the SpiderPro Single Camera System v2. They range from small, minimal belt systems such as Peak Design Capture. They can also be large, cumbersome camera carrier systems such as the Movo MB600.
All products range from around $10 to over $60. The important thing to consider is – how much trust do you need to place in a waist camera carrier? You don’t want a $15 clip made in China holding up $6000 of equipment.
Cotton Carrier creates holsters, such as the SKOUT. But, they are designed to be worn around the body at chest height. If this sounds closer to something for you, then they are a great company to get behind. I trust them with my gear completely.
This was my first foray into the products from SpiderPro, and I’m pleased I finally gave it a try. It is a large system compared to others, but it works great in giving you fast access to your camera.
It is well built and sturdy. The extra weight compared to the Movo MB600 is welcome, as it means sturdiness and durability. This is something I would use time and time again, as there are extras you can add to it, making it a very versatile system.
There are two qualms I have about a belt system like this. The first is, it is a belt and therefore feels uncomfortable placed over another. Formal events call for smart dress, which is where I would wear a belt. This forced me to wear it above my trousers, which made me feel slightly untidy.
The second is the size of it. The pad is great for protecting your camera, but it is rather large. There are smaller systems out there, so this might not be the best for inconspicuous photography.
This was my system for a recent wedding I captured, and I was very happy with how it performed. I had my camera gear at my side, ready in an instant. Having the metal parts instead of plastic meant I could focus on the people rather than worrying about my gear.
SpiderPro single camera system V2 allowed me to access my camera fast, without scrimping on safety. It looks professional, so I can use it for any formal events. I also prefer it to the Peak Design Capture for safety, due to the size of the holster. But Peak Design Capture winds for it’s tiny and minimal design.