Quick-Draw Camera Belt

By T.C. WORLEY

Managing a camera in the outdoors can be a pain. One solution, the Black Widow Camera Holster from Shai Gear LLC offers a belt-mounted system for western-style quick draw of a camera. For the last few months, I’ve put the holster to the test. No more fishing in a camera bag or wearing a camera strap slung over my neck. The holster sits on your hip or behind your back on your belt, the camera ready to grab in a flash.

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Black Widow Camera Holster

It works with a small threaded knob that screws into the tripod mounting nut on the camera body. Simply lower the knob into the holster and it locks securely in place. To release, a quick flip of a lever allows you to lift the camera from the holster, and you’re off and shooting!

Camera weight is limited to two pounds for the holster system, which accomadates all but the bulkiest cameras on the market. The company sells pro-level systems for larger, heavier SLR cameras.

The Black Widow Camera Holster costs $50. Its holster can mount to any belt of your choosing or it can be paired with the padded and more comfortable $16 Black Widow Belt. A $9 optional Belt Pad is a smart addition for even more comfort.

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Quick-release holster

I’d recommend the holster system for most low-output activities, but not for running — the bouncing will be too much. Where the belt setup stops short compared to a camera bag is in protection from knocks or weather, and there is no storage for batteries or extra media cards.

It looks admittedly a bit nerdy with a tool-belt-like style approach. But the payoff is fast, comfortable, hands-free carry. On short, fair-weather outings, the Black Widow holster system has proven to be a convenient, lightweight and low-bulk way to keep a camera close and quickly accessible.

T.C. Worley is a professional photographer and contributing writer to GearJunkie. His photographic work appears regularly in the New York Times.

Posted by Patrick Gensel - 06/10/2011 01:08 PM

This seems like it would be a great addition to any photographers arsenal! Great find!

-Patrick
Adventure Trends

Posted by Fred - 06/12/2011 01:53 PM

So is this good for hiking or do you hit it as your arm swings. I’d like a little more detail on your testing. Where did you use it? How long did you walk? Did you go up hills, rock hop… I’m wondering also if you feel a dslr camera is durable enough to not be in a case while hiking

Posted by Tom - 06/15/2011 11:43 AM

Fred, please, don’t ask serious questions here. This is merely an PR blog not a place that does substantial reviews.

Posted by T.C. Worley - 06/15/2011 04:10 PM

Fred,
I actually used a Canon G11 or Olympus E-PL2 – both under 1.5 lbs. My heavier DSLR’s (because of heavy lenses) didn’t work with this model. I’d need to upgrade to the pro model. I mainly used the device on hikes with my kids- nothing too crazy. I preferred it behind my back when not in use. This is more of a tourist, or light-hiker model. For a serious hike, I’d likely still have a bag for the protection it would offer.

Posted by Amir Findling - 06/21/2011 09:42 AM

I got one and it fits my purpose just right with a Canon SX30IS. I can sit at a cafe and not worry about forgetting my camera, or having it stolen, yet, I see something, the camera is right there, ready for action.

One caveat, the manufacturer’s site charges way too much for shipping. B&H, Amazon carry the product, so you have choices.

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