Carry Your DSLR Hands-free with the Black Widow Holster

Keeping your camera at the ready can be a pain in the neck – literally.  A camera that feels light in your hand can feel like it’s breaking your neck after wearing it on a neck strap for a while.  Spider Holster makes camera carrying systems, including the Black Widow Holster designed for entry to mid-level DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras, and camcorders.  The Black Widow Holster slides onto a sturdy belt (your own or one from Black Widow) to hold your camera at your waist.  The system comes with a pin that screws into the tripod mount in the bottom of most cameras; once installed, this pin slides into the locking groove on the Black Widow.  Your camera is held securely until you release the lock.  You can buy extra pins if you have multiple cameras, and Spider Holster sells a plate that can be used with your camera’s quick-release tripod connector.  The Black Widow Holster is $49.99; accessories range from about $8 to $16.  There is a weight limit for the cameras that can be used with the Black Widow; you can check out the information at the Black Widow page.  If your cameras exceed the limit, you can use the SpiderPro Holster System.

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2 comments… add one
  • tchudson September 28, 2011, 10:56 am

    Nice! I need one of these to attach to my hiking pack. Strap drives me nuts when I’m hiking.

  • andix September 28, 2011, 11:15 pm

    If there ever was a horrible way to attach a camera, then this is it. Beats even the RapidStrap. I am assuming at this point that these contraptions are not designed for photojournalists and by “DSLR” we mean a plastic body camera, with a polycarbonate lens, both for amateur level (just like the photo seems to show.)
    I can’t see a Mark II N hanging from the belt with a 70-200 /f.2.8 EF lens attached. And if one ever tries photojournalism with this, then that might be the last time – no safer way to butt a lens against a doorknob, door frame or car door.
    Not to mention walking with a camera hanging from your belt. *sigh* I guess there’s a market for these things, but most likely they’ll end up at the bottom of a drawer, hidden as a rather costly mistake.

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