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Nov112012

Carry Speed Advanced Camera Sling Strap System

You know what's better than being sent something for free....getting something that you'd gladly have purchased yourself. It was only last month that I spent an hour or so searching around on the net for a better quality replacement for my current bargain-basement camera sling strap. In the end I couldn't find what I wanted at the right price so I gave up.  

It seems like someone was reading my mind, because a few days later, out of the blue I get an email asking me if I want to test out a couple of sling straps from a company called Carry Speed. I went on their website to see what this company was about. Not being a professional photographer, their site was rather really confusing to me. There seemed to be far too many configuration choices to make. I wrote back to suggest that they may want to reconsider sending me their review samples as I didn't think I was sufficiently knowledgeable about photography, and didn't even own a DSLR. They decided to send them anyway....so here is the video I made.

 

You can buy Carry Speed Sling Straps from a few places, but I think the best option might be to buy them from the Carry Speed website. That way you can get the exact configuration you want. Just remember it's easiest to start by choosing how you want to attach the strap to the camera and then work your way up from there. 

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Reader Comments (5)

Smart marketing move. I had not heard of them either but now I am really likely to get one of these straps.

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMainsail

Hello, I had asked you about the Lytro a few months ago (5-6?), anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your articles and reviews...I've added you to my 'daily sites' tab list, and I always check to see what you're up to - I appreciate your hard work and reviews. I think you've really done a great service for people like me. Thanks and cheers, if wife and I ever get over to your 'neck of the woods' - would love to take you out for a night on the town/pub etc. and have fun.

Regards,

Peter

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

hello this is the best strap i ever seen for DSLR i hope that your company can make more products, to all photographers i recommend this product smart and very nice product even though i don't have this i sure you will love this everyone out there :) am wishing i have this to for my DSLR

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark alcantara

I would like to buy one too, but it looks like the company must have gone out of business. The link now redirects you to MOGOPOD, and they don't appear to carry it - only monopods. Does anyone know where I might still purchase the Spedd Carry strap????

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Hi, I know this is an old post and it looks like the company might have gone out of business, but I'm posting this as a warning, perhaps somebody will see it before buying a used strap off ebay. DO NOT BUY THIS STRAP, IT MAY DESTROY YOUR CAMERA.

I loved my Carry Speed and thought it was the best strap I had ever had, until the ball bearing fixture ring wore out and my D700 smashed to the floor while I was walking around town. Thankfully the camera body was fine. My lens, however, wasn't.

The screw-lock for the ball joint just wore out. You can see the grooves where the metal has been eaten away. I emailed the company but never got a reply, of course. And I've since moved on to a Black Rapid strap. If this company has gone bust, good riddance.

May 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBertrand

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