A good camera strap is something that a lot of people don't find important until they actually try a good camera strap. I have found that getting the camera off of my neck and onto my shoulders to make a world of difference while shooting and especially the day after shooting. This becomes even more important when you are dealing with the added weight of carrying dual cameras. Enter the Clydesdale Pro-DLX from RL Handcrafts.
The Clydesdale Pro-DLX is a camera strap that is designed to carry two to three camera bodies at the same time. Similar to other dual camera straps, it features a shoulder harness type design that allows the weight of the cameras to sit squarely onto your shoulders. From here, two of the three cameras attached to either side of the harness by a sliding strap. This sliding strap allows the cameras to move freely from a resting position to a shooting position without the main harness needing to move.
If you decide that you want to add a third camera to your setup, this is done by attaching two small straps to the d-rings on the shoulders. This allows the third camera to hang in front of you in the middle of your chest similar to a normal neck strap, but the weight is still being supported by your shoulders.
The overall build of the strap is fantastic. Everything is made up of high end leather and nickel plated brass hardware. It has a nice stitching along all of the edges and the leather was very soft coming right out of the box.
Where this strap differs from others on the market is in the six point pivot system. On the back of the harness there is a type of back plate where the main straps attach. These four attachment points are designed to allow the strap to rotate about the rivet that is holding them in place. What this does is allows the entire harness to lay flat against your body no matter how thin or wide you may be.
The other two pivot points can be found on the front of the harness where the shoulder section meets the bottom section of the strap. This point of rotation allows you to have the camera outstretched to one side while the shoulder section remains comfortably in place.
Overall I found that the rotation points did help with the strap staying in the correct position but it did take a small break in period to get things moving. I found that it helped to force each section to rotate a few times in order to loosen things up.
Aside from the rotation points, the harness also offers a way to adjust the length of each strap to make the fit as perfect as possible. I do like that this adjustment is done with two button studs, making adjustment super quick and easy.
Another great feature of the strap is that the shoulder section has a soft section of padding. I like that this padding is not very thick, allowing the overall build to remain sleek and non bulky, but thick enough to give some added comfort. I did notice that the padding didn't do much when using my lighter Fuji Xpro2 system, but was more noticeable when using my Nikon D750 and a heavy lens. The padding didn't take anything away when using the lighter system, I just think that there wasn't enough weight to make the benefits of the padding apparent.
My only complaint with the entire setup can be found where the camera is attached to the slide strap. The attachment is done by attaching a supplied tripod d-ring to your camera's tripod mount and then clipping the swivel lever snap to the d-ring. The connection feels solid enough and the swivel snap has a good amount of tension in the lever, but I would have liked to see something with some type of locking mechanism. They do supply a set of safety straps so that there are two connection points to your camera, but I like to be able to quickly remove my camera from the strap in certain situations. I would much rather deal with one locking clasp over two non-locking snaps.
What I liked
- Leather quality
- Pivot system
- Overall look
What i didn't like
- Non locking clasp
- I wish there were solid colors instead of just the two toned configurations
Overall I think this is a fantastic strap. It has a nice polished look and functions exactly like it should. The pivot system helps the strap stay in the correct position and the padding is a nice feature if you are using a heavier set of gear. I would have liked to have seen a locking clasp for some added peace of mind, but the current snap did the job well the entire time I used it.