Having all your gear at your fingertips is a luxury not everyone has when shooting. Unless you have a habit of holding your camera and pressing the shutter with only one hand, I’m sure many people would benefit from a little extra space for camera accessories on their person. The Spider Monkey by Spider Holster is just that and it’s well within reach.
Camera straps, though convenient, can also impede the flexibility and maneuverability of the photographer, which is why some people prefer shooting without the strap anchored to their bodies. Though the idea of hanging your camera or accessories by a small clip may seem risky, Spider Holster products have received some positive reviews.
“…given the utter usefulness of the Spider Holster and the fact that it makes carrying your DSLR around on long shoots a breeze, well, you’ll likely find a few of us editors knee-deep in Spider nerdure at the next CES..”
Another review by Wired Gadget Lab also has some nice things to say about the product:
“With this setup, your camera hangs at your side, ready to use, and when you need it you just grab it. No straps to get in the way, and no dead, crushed shoulders at the end of the shoot. On set, it looks fantastic”
However, some reviews also mention the products’ disadvantages such as security. Since it’s basically just dangling on your belt, it can be a magnet for pickpockets or accidental damage. Another issue could be the weight of your camera. Does it matter how tight one’s jeans are for this setup to work? I’m only wondering because some people wear their jeans around their knees, unfortunately.
This Spider Monkey Holster is a supplement to Spider Holster’s Black Widow product line. Unlike the Spider Monkey, the Black Widow Holster Kit is intended for lightweight DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras.
Would you hang your gear on your belt? Know of any alternative holsters? Let us know in the comments!