The 1 Second Camera Holster from Oberwerth could be just what street photographers need.
I think that it is safe to say that all of us as photographers at some point or another have had to juggle our desire for a safe way to carry and protect our cameras while at the same time wanting fast, easy access to that gear for if the moment strikes. But it is surprisingly hard to find a good compromise of the two, either a solution is too easy and provides little to no protection, or it is too secure and it is no longer easy to access. This is exactly the problem that Oberwerth is looking to solve with their new 1 Sec. Holster Bag.
The 1 Sec. Holster Bag, which is currently live on Kickstarter with a $20,000 goal, is Oberwerth’s fast, light, and water repellant camera holster designed to make carrying your camera in a safe way easy, without sacrificing your ability to grab your camera and shoot at a moment’s notice. The idea sounds great in its premise, but how does it actually look?
Well, as with all things this is subjective. The holster works like many other holsters work, you run your belt through it and it sits nicely on your hip. How the 1-second holster differs, is that it is designed to work in tandem with a camera strap. Designed with magnets to keep it securely closed, but easy to open, accessing this holster to get a quick shot is as simple as opening the lid and pulling your camera up to your eye.
Personally, I am not the biggest fan of how this looks, unless fanny packs are making a come back I don’t see how you could walk around with this without drawing attention to your hip or feeling awkward. As well, I am not a fan of the brown leather look in this case either. But that is just me, you might love it.
Personal qualms with the style and appearance of the holster aside, one can’t deny that it appears to accomplish its goals. Providing protection for your kit while remaining easy to access. The Kickstarter campaign is already up to $18,000 out of their $20,000 goal with 26 days remaining, so there is still plenty of time to get in on helping to fund this project if you are interested in this holster concept.
You can get all the of the details over on the Kickstarter campaign page.