The Pro will set you back 70 Euros. The sling is a reinforced, theft-resistant strap designed to foil thiefs with boxcutters. There's a padded, removable shoulder pad for comfort on long-duration shoots. The stainless steel bearing that connects to your camera is very sturdy. It slides up and down the sling without folding or fraying the strap, which is critical.
I haven't had a trade show since receiving my Sun Sniper Pro, but I did lend the strap to my friend Magenta for a photoshoot at a local museum. I also leant it to a professional photographer friend of mine for a calendar shoot. I've used it myself in a handful of brief outdoor shoots.
At the Museum:
The Pro proved exceptionally convenient during a 'walking' shoot. We had quite a lot of ground to cover inside of the museum and the strap kept Magenta's camera at the ready for every inch of it. Most straps leave your camera lens facing outwards, which makes it easy to bump into people and objects. That can lead to damage and awkward apologies. But the Pro keeps your lens facing down.
"I didn't feel like I had to be careful because I was constantly carrying a camera. I felt more free to move around." said Magenta, "It was more comfortable, both physically and mentally. I just felt better the whole time."
At the Calendar Shoot:
The strap was used a second time at a more traditional shoot. The photographer there generally has an assistant, and doesn't have much experience using straps. She found the Pro very comfortable though, and commented that it did the job well.
The Pro is excellent for extended use, especially if your rig has a few pounds of weight to it. The hang of the sling makes it easy to quickly draw and 'fire'. I'm looking forward to taking this strap with me to CES and MWC next year. It weighs little enough that it won't kill my shoulders and it minimizes my profile by facing the lens away from other people.
The Pro isn't a practical purchase for everyone. If you carry a small camera on vacation and don't spend a lot of time fussing over shots, there's no need to drop money on a nice strap. But if you're a photography buff or a professional who does a great deal of outdoor work and extended shoots, I think you'll find The Pro a worthy addition to your tool kit.
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