How can the Air Strap help a Hybrid Photographer’s Workflow?

A Camera Strap for the Hybrid Photographer


Demand for support tools to help keep a hybrid photography workflow manageable is growing. Is the Air Strap by Custom SLR a tool to help the professional photographer? When shooting hybrid, photographers need to switch from still to motion capture quickly and easily. Keeping the pace of the shoot moving is key to capturing the energy of the moment. A slow shoot and you might loose not only time but profit margin which if you’re running a business, is the bottom line. On the flipside, if you’re shooting for fun why carry more than you have to?

Air Strap Closeup

Although its not mentioned on the Air Strap Kickstarter page, I think it could help to capturer hybrid content fast. Here is how I would use the tools:

Air Strap with the C-Loop and M-Plate Pro on my GH3

Shoot handheld stills and b-roll motion clips quickly. When I want the subject only to move I could quickly mount the GH3 on my MeFoto Road Trip using the built in Arca-Swiss plate of the M-Plate Pro. When I need to shoot hand held again I would quickly take the GH3 off the MeFoto and shoot again. Shooting in a similar manner but with much larger gear I was able to shoot this hybrid model test for Adam in under two hours. That was with a DSLR so with a hybrid camera I’m under 45 minutes, I’ll guess faster still with a Air Strap/C-Loop/M-Plate Pro combo.

When I did this shoot with Adam it was a new speed record for me. With the Air Strap I’m thinking I’ll be shooting even faster. Click the photo to see the full project.

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The Air Strap could be the next big thing in straps for professionals and if you’re using a massive DSLR you should just get one cause I know your back could use some relief.

Air Strap animated

Homeslice looks happy huh? It’s cause his back aint killing him. When he moves over to a M43 his happiness will be at level 11. Boooyahh!

We’ll have a full review on the Air Strap the moment it gets in. In the meantime check out the official Kickstarter page to get your order in as I’m thinking these will sell out fast. Funding ends January 9, 2014.

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About Giulio Sciorio

Since 2009, Hybrid Photography pioneer Giulio Sciorio has been blending still + motion & sound with his photography. Giulio is a Lumix Luminary, commercial photographer and founder of SmallCameraBigPicture.com - the resource for everything Hybrid. A portfolio of Giulio’s hybrid work can be found at GiulioSciorio.com.

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3 Responses to How can the Air Strap help a Hybrid Photographer’s Workflow?

  1. Geoff November 25, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Looks like a nice strap. I like that it connects to the metal rings on the camera, instead of the tripod mount screw at the bottom of the camera. Some camera manufacturers have said the tripod mount screw wasn’t meant to hold the weight of camera and lens, such as in the Black Rapid strap. So I like the set up of the Air Strap. My only concern is having to pull the loop in the strap whenever you want to bring the camera up for shooting, and also bringing the camera back to your side. Will this friction cause the strap to wear out over time? Just a thought.

    Thanks,
    Geoff

  2. Custom SLR November 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi Geoff,

    There will be normal wear and tear on the strap like most sling straps on the market. Our Air Strap release and cinch system does not take too much effort and does not need to be secured/released every time. If you have anymore questions, please feel free to ask or contact us at contact@customslr.com.

    Cheers

    Team Custom SLR

  3. Albert December 2, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Looks like an Artisan & Artist ACAM-E25R copy…

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