"Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Quick-Draw Strap and the Quick-Draw Strap S, two new products developed in cooperation with world-renowned American camera accessory manufacturer, BlackRapid." That's right! Nikon is going to be pushing a new strap into the photography market. This is pretty exciting, minus the fact that I finally just bought my BlackRapid.
After seeing this announcement I thought to myself that it was pretty cool that Nikon was ready to start focusing on a nicer strap. I dislike the basic straps that come default with your DSLR. On a long wedding day of 8-12 hours of shooting, I start getting rug burn looking marks around my neck from hanging my camera. About 3 months ago I finally got a BlackRapid strap as a gift for Christmas and I must say, these style straps make a HUGE difference.
With my BlackRapid strap I am able to just clip my camera in and let it hang when I am not using it. It sits right about at my pocket level and is fully adjustable to hang wherever else you want. This makes it easy to grab for any quick bind you might be in to get a photo. I love my BlackRapid strap so if these Nikon straps are anything like it, they will be a must have item for everyone.
Nikon is coming out with a total of 2 different straps. The Quick-Draw and the Quick-Draw Strap S. Both straps were developed with the quick-draw straps invented by BlackRapid founder, Ron Henry. Nikon says that after basing the development of their new straps off the Ron Henry's design, they refined the straps "to offer even greater convenience."
The new straps from Nikon will allow a lot more mobility with a new mechanism that lets the camera slide diagonally up and down the shoulder strap. The camera will be hanging upside down as the camera's tripod socket is utilized to let it hang. There will also be an under-arm tether which will hold the strap in place. This safety like strap will prevent the camera from falling in the very rare event of the fastener coming loose. To top off the quick-draw straps there will be a cover to prevent the carabiner that connects the camera into the strap from scratching the camera body.
According to Nikon, the Quick-Draw Strap is made with a larger shoulder pad and will be suited for use with DSLR cameras. The Quick-Draw Strap S will have a more narrow should pad which will be suited for use with Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses and other Nikon COOLPIX compact cameras.