I'm a lifelong motor head. I salivate at a great custom exhaust on a big block V8 engine, or a custom candy paint job on a 1957 Chevy BelAir. I literally dream of pro-touring modernized 1960's muscle cars. So as a photographer, it would only make sense that I would crave to customize my cameras, especially after recently investing in a Phase One digital medium format which I cherish like I would a car. For years, I've been looking for a cool rugged camera strap system that fit my style and functional needs. Thanks to Vulture Equipment, I think I've finally found it.
For a couple of months now, I've been trying out the Vulture Equipment Works A4 strap. First of all, it looks awesome and I always get loads of questions from clients and fellow photographers about it. From initial glances, it's clear the design has been inspired by aviation. Some folks have told me it looks like a parachute harness, and they aren't far off considering the camera strap maker is an aviation photographer:
"Somewhere around 10,000 feet, another plane in tight follow formation and a fevered rip of the shutter it hit me... 'This is so cool, I need a really cool set of specialized equipment.' Standard camera straps are just not that strong and definitely not that cool plus let's face it, our lenses and bodies are thousands of dollars or more, so I've never trusted them. I had to look no further than the C130 I was ridding in to find my inspiration, aviation cargo equipment and military special ops jump rigs, so with some time and a bunch of American ingenuity the Vulture Strap was born." - Vulture Equipment Group founder William Egbert Jr.
Aside from it looking awesome, I've been experimenting with the camera strap's functional design. I spend a lot of time hanging out cars and helicopters photographing speeding vehicles. I've used the carabiners to harness my very costly camera gear to my transport so it doesn't fly out the door. They call their A2 and A4 straps "convertible designs" that are essentially customizable to your needs. Check out the video explaining it in depth below:
I feel like I've just scratched the surface with how my Vulture A4 strap can be configured. I'm going to test out some different configurations and will even put a rig on my Red Scarlet cinema camera. I'll keep you guys posted on what I learn!
You can now pick up a strap like the A4 I use from B&H: CLICK HERE
More information on the Vulture Equipment Works website: www.vultureequipmentworks.com