Photography, Reviews

The SpiderPro V2 is even more comfortable than the first version

The SpiderPro V2 is the second generation of this camera holster for DSLRs. It has a bigger and better mounting plate, keeps the camera even closer to your body and has a movable belt part for installing a second holster or belt clip.

The SpiderPro Single Camera System V2 is an important overhaul of the first camera strap that allowed you to carry your camera on your hip instead of hanging from your neck. The holster comes in models for smaller cameras and DSLRs. The SpiderPro is the DSLR model and you can have that, in turn, fitted out for a single camera or two cameras. I received a Single Camera model for this review.

Even if you buy a Single Camera SpiderPro, you can upgrade it later to a Dual Camera system, simply – no tools required – by adding a second belt clip with a padding part that looks slightly different from the one that’s integrated with the belt. To fit that second one exactly where it’s most comfortable, the belt has a mounting part that you can move.

The SpiderPro V2’s broad belt fits waist sizes from 68cm to 127cm and has an improved Pro2 Plate that attaches to any professional DSLR. The two 1/4 inch mounting threads on the bottom allow you to securely attach a QR plate, but I found that makes portrait shooting a little bit less comfortable due to the added height. For Arca-style plate users, however, there’s a re-designed Arca adapter plate as well, so you might opt for that model of the SpiderPro V2 instead.

The first generation plate was quite small but the new one is bigger and features a more secure pin and anti-slip rubber grips that keep the plate firmly seated. There are two slightly protruding parts on the plate that also serve to keep the plate in place, but on my old Sony A700, I had to position the plate as far forward as I could to keep it from obstructing the battery compartment. Even then, the anti-slip grips were enough to keep my 3kg heavy camera/lens combination firmly in place.

You’re not likely to have to do this with newer DSLR models, anyway.

The new belt clip has been redesigned for maximum comfort with the Pro2 Belt, resulting in a holster that remains tightly on your hip, even with my heavy body-lens combination. I also noticed that the new belt seems to allow for skinnier types like myself to enjoy a tighter fit with the holster sitting a little further to the back than the first generation – but that could be just an impression.

Even the first generation of the SpiderPro V2 delivered a far less painful and uncomfortable camera carrying experience compared to any neck strap. The new generation only improves upon that. It retails for $150, which may seem a lot but is worth every cent as it prevents painful neck and shoulder problems.