The Vulture Strap
For several months now I have been testing out Vulture Equipment Works, Vulture A2 Strap. This really is one beefy strap! This is a military grade nylon that truly can take a beating. For my aviation work it’s fantastic because I know my camera gear isn’t going anywhere when I’m flying. Featured here is a similar model, this is the “big brother” to the A2, the A4. I posted this shot to show you much is involved with this strap.
Image Courtesy of Vulture Equipment Works
So besides being really wide and really strong it comes with two Carabiners that make for quick attachment and detachment in the camera bag a snap. If your like me and don’t always want a camera strap on, say for instance when working with a critter and the camera strap keeps blowing around making it not only a distraction but also causes vibrations, then having these Carabiners is nice. Now the A4 comes with an additional quick release button.
Images by Sharon Peterson
As you can see the strap is long but adjustable so you can trim it the size you need. When working with planes air to air, it’s great to have that extra length to wrap around my arm for extra security. Now some of you might be wondering about the Carabiners and if they scratch the camera up? Well that was one of my first concerns as well and I can honestly say that I haven’t had a problem! Might be because I’m always really careful and don’t want to pay for repair bills. Now I can say that after talking with Vulture Works, they are working on a way to avoid possible scratches from the Carabiners in a future product.
Keep in mind with the added material it is a little heavier and bulkier than your normal strap, but if you need and want that extra strength then it’s worth it. One big part I haven’t mentioned yet is how comfortable it is. It really is comfortable due to that extra width. It doesn’t cut into the shoulders like other straps do. It also doesn’t slide off my shoulder. Two really big pluses right there! And as you can see, it does a great job.
In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film, Vulture Works A2 Strap. Portraits shot with Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm Lens