At Photo Plus Expo 2013, Joby was showing off a very clever new camera strap called the “Pro Sling Strap”. Building on Joby’s previous strap designs, the Pro Sling strap includes a fastening mechanism that is actually activated by the weight of your camera. This helps not only keeping the camera in place while you’re on the move, but it also adds extra security as it keeps your camera from accidentally dropping. While visiting Joby’s PPE booth, we got a quick demonstration of the strap, and we have to admit that we were quite impressed.
In the picture above, you can see the mechanism that helps keeping your camera in place. Thanks to its clever design, it will let you pull up your camera very quickly when taking a picture, and quickly place it at your side again. It also comes with a locking mechanism that provides extra safety.
The Pro Sling strap is mounted directly to the camera’s tripod mount. Alternatively, it can be mounted to Joby’s Ultra Plate, which provides an additional tripod mount so you can use the strap and a tripod plate at the same time.
For additional safety, the Pro Sling comes with an extra camera tether that is fastened to the strap with a carabiner, and attaches to the strap lug on the camera.
Joby aim at the pro photographer with this strap, but we can definitely see the enthusiastic amateur crowd finding a liking for this as well. It is a very intriguing design, and when carrying a large DSLR, it will give you the peace of mind that you won’t accidentally drop it. Also, thanks to its very wide shoulder portion, the weight it distributed evenly across your shoulder, making it all the more comfortable to carry.
The Joby Pro Sling strap is available in two sizes and retails for US-$ 69.95. It is available at B&H Photo.
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