I got to check out the SpiderPro Hand Strap today at PhotoPlus. It was announced earlier this month as part of a crowd-funding effort on Tilt.
I am a religious user of hand straps on DSLRs, so I was excited to see this one up close. Sure, Canon had the 7D Mark II up front and center, but a hand strap is what I was really looking forward to getting my hands on.
The novel approach of the SpiderPro version is that it moves the strap further toward the wrist on the back of the hand (rather than hanging out around the knuckles like other hand straps). It really does make a difference. The design is more rigid than other hand straps I have used, which seems to keep the strap in place on the back of your hand.
The camera can also be used without putting your hand inside of the strap. While it is rigid, it is also flexible enough at the attachment points to easily push out of the way if needed.
The SpiderPro also has a secondary strap that can be fastened on two buttons and secured to the wrist so that the camera will not come off.
The removable wrist strap will full support the weight of the camera even if you lose your grip.
The top attachment point secures to the standard camera strap ring; however, the bottom attachment is a thin strip of very durable material, which allows it to slide in between the camera body and virtually any tripod plate.
I won’t be the last to tell you that the SpiderPro Hand Strap really gets it right. I didn’t realize just how right the SpiderPro was until after I went back to my regular hand strap after demo-ing the SpiderPro model.
The strap isn’t available yet; however, you can still make a pre-order through the Tilt campaign through the middle of November here on the SpiderPro Hand Strap campaign page.