I completed my budget version R Strap yesterday and I took it out for a trial run. The original version can be seen here. My version is definitley not as versatile as the Black Rapid R Strap, it does not have the ability to attach pockets, accessory straps etc, etc… but I built it for a fraction of the cost. For those people who are unaware of the R Strap – imagine a quick draw system for a camera. In my case my primary lens and camera are tripod mounted, but for those times when you need to hand-hold a camera very quickly the tripod set-up is not ideal. This strap allows me to keep a second camera with a 70-300mm at my side.
I found it very useful yesterday… when I was focusing my primary camera at a nesting Osprey I was suddenly aware of motion to my side. Using my ‘Alex-strap’ ;) I was able to capture these images without having to try and manipulate a heavy tripod.