Ithaca, N.Y. - Innovative camera accessories developer Spider Holster introduced this week its Black Widow Holster designed to let entry to mid-level d-SLR owners carry their cameras around on a specially configured and secure belt clip.
Spider Holster was started by professional photographer Shai Eynav, who developed the SpiderPro holster system to help pros and advanced amateurs more easily carry heavy professional-level gear around on assignments.
adds similar benefits and functionality to the original Pro, but was designed for lighter model cameras that can be carried on a belt mount keeping the photographer's hands free. It is also available at a significantly lower price than the original product.
The new camera holster is said to be a comfortable and secure solution that ensures quick-draw access.
Besides entry-level d-SLRs, the system can be used with camcorders, and other small-body cameras such as point-and-shoot, micro four thirds, and other mirrorless interchangeable lens models.
Spider Holster said the Black Widow eliminates the neck, shoulder and back strain caused by cameras dangling from traditional neck straps or shoulder bags.
Using the unusual belt-clip system, a camera slides into place on the photographer's hip for quick and easy access when needed.
The built-in locking mechanism emits and an audible click when the camera is secure.
The Black Widow Camera Holster comes packaged with the required Spider Pin that attaches directly to the camera's tripod mount or to an accessory Black Widow Plate.
Photographers with quick-release tripod plates will find fluid movement, while the camera lens is always pointed away from the ground. This gives the wearer greater freedom of natural movement for kneeling, sitting down, or climbing stairs without having the camera bump the ground.
"Too often photographers miss the perfect shot because they're rooting through bags for their point-and-shoot or they didn't pack their d-SLR because it was too cumbersome," said Eynav, Spider Holster president. "With the Black Widow Camera Holster, the camera stays put at the photographer's hip, providing maximum comfort while ensuring that the user is in the best possible position to capture life's memorable moments. The success of the SpiderPro proved the merits of our design concept and the Black Widow will allow a new audience of casual shooters and photography enthusiasts to comfortably carry their camera to places they never would have thought possible before."
The Spider Holster Black Widow can comfortably hold up to up to 4 pounds worth of camera/lenses.
The company recommends:
* Cameras weighing 2 pounds or less can be worn on the user's own belt.
* Cameras weighing 2-4 should be worn using the Black Widow Holster with the optional Black Widow Belt.
* Cameras weighing more than 5 pounds should be used with the more advanced Professional "Spider Pro System." This is an all-metal design targeted to professional photographers who regularly carry heavy gear.
New accessory items launching with the Black Widow include: a Black Widow Belt that complements the holster's light-weight design, and a Black Widow Pad, which is a comfortable, cushioned extension of the belt that provides a resting place for the camera against the user's body.
The Spider Holster Black Widow Camera Holster carries a $50 suggested retail price. The Black Widow Belt and the Black Widow Plate are available for $16 each.
Additional Black Widow Pins can be purchased for $8 and the Black Widow Pad will retail for $9.
Spider Holster is now selling the Black Widow through retail partners across the country and directly from its web site.