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Disain “Swing” Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap

Black Rapid RS-7. Photo by Kristupa Saragih
Black Rapid RS-7. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Black Rapid RS-7. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Fungsi memang perlu, tapi kenyamanan pun penting tanpa mengorbankan keamanan. Ide membuat camera strap seperti Black Rapid RS-7 patut diacungi jempol. Tak membungkukkan tengkuk dan tak mengiritasi leher namun responsif, aman dan nyaman.

Black Rapid RS-7 dalam posisi diselempangkan. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Black Rapid RS-7 dalam posisi diselempangkan. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Bisa dibilang 99 persen bodi kamera pasti diikatkan pada camera strap. Sedemikian penting fungsi camera strap, semakin kritis pula fotografer menyikapi disainnya. Ada camera strap yang dibuat dengan bahan lentur, ada pula yang terbuat dari bahan anti-slip dan ada pula disain camera strap yang mudah dilepas-pasang.

Black Rapid mendisain RS-7 secara cerdik.

Bisa dibilang RS-7 merupakan shoulder-swing camera strap, untuk membedakannya dengan disain konvesional yang digantung di leher. Dalam keadaan standby, kamera terselempang tapi dalam posisi bodi mudah diraih tangan. Jika hendak bersiaga, kamera mudah diraih dan dibidikkan lantas secara nyaman diselempangkan kembali sesuai memotret.

Ujung RS-7 ditancapkan ke bodi kamera dengan baut yang bisa dipasang dengan mudah dan cepat di tripod mount. Kait yang diterpasang di baut berjenis fleksibel dan bisa diputar 360 derajat. Spesifikasi teknis menyebutkan kait dan baut bisa pula dipasang ke tripod-collar mount di lensa 70-200mm f/2.8 dan mampu menanggung beban lensa berikut bodi kamera.

Black Rapid RS-7 dalam posisi kamera dibidikkan. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Black Rapid RS-7 dalam posisi kamera dibidikkan. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Dengan segala fleksibilitas dan kenyamanannya, RS-7 tetap mengedepankan fungsi dan kemudahan. Meski demikian, perlu ada waktu ekstra untuk melepas baut jika bodi kamera hendak dipasang di tripod. Pada waktu berjalan dalam keadaan kamera diselempangkan, sebaiknya tangan tak jauh-jauh dari bodi kamera agar posisi kamera tetap terjaga.

RS-7 disarankan untuk dipakai fotografer semi-pro, pehobi serius fotografi dan peminat pemula fotografi. Harga berkisar Rp 500-600 ribu relatif terjangkau mengingat bahan ripstop nylon dan bomb-proof webbing tentu tak murah, demikian pula dengan baut dan kait yang kuat.

Pilihan jenis camera strap memang amat pribadi, tak sama bagi semua fotografer lantaran sesuai selera masing-masing. Tapi RS-7 patut dipertimbangkan bagi penyuka street photography. Selain itu, jika tak banyak memakai tripod dan monopod, RS-7 terasa amat nyaman dan bisa diandalkan.

Jika memakai dua bodi kamera secara bersamaan, ada tipe camera lain buatan Black Rapid yang bisa dipertimbangkan.

Black Rapid RS-7. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Black Rapid RS-7. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Black Rapid RS-7 dalam posisi preview LCD kamera. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

Black Rapid RS-7 dalam posisi preview LCD kamera. Photo by Kristupa Saragih

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Disain “Stylish” Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW

Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW nyaman disandang. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih
Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Ada banyak tipe tas kamera produksi Lowepro. Sebagian besar bersosok garang penakluk segala medan pemotretan. Tapi ada seri Classified yang berdisain stylish, modern dan minimalis.

Dari sekian banyak line-up di seri Classified, model termutakhir adalah tipe sling berlabel Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW. Tipe sling punya disain khas berupa tas selempang. Bukan berupa tas sandang, bukan pula tas punggung. Tas tipe sling mempermudah akses mengambil kamera di tas tanpa melepas tas dari badan.

Kapasitas muat Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW: 1 bodi pro-DSLR dengan lensa 70-200mm f/2.8 terpasang, 1 bodi medium-DSLR, 1 lensa lebar dan 1 flash serta 1 laptop 15.4 inci. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Kapasitas muat Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW: 1 bodi pro-DSLR dengan lensa 70-200mm f/2.8 terpasang, 1 bodi medium-DSLR, 2 lensa tambahan dan 1 flash serta 1 laptop 15.4 inci. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Tipe sling membuat Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW punya akses mudah untuk buka tas dan ambil kamera dengan cepat. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Tipe sling membuat Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW punya akses mudah untuk buka tas dan ambil kamera dengan cepat. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Classified Sling 220 AW berkapasitas 1 bodi pro-DSLR, 1 bodi medium-DSLR, 1 lensa 70-200mm f/2.8 yang terpasang di bodi pro-DSLR, 2 lensa tambahan dan 1 flash. Ada juga ruang penyimpan laptop yang mampu membuat hingga ukuran widescreen 15,4 inci. Akhiran AW, yang kependekan dari All Weather, menandakan tas ini dilengkapi sarung pembungkus kedap siraman air.

Akses membuka tas amat mudah dengan sandangan model sling ini. Tali tas cukup lebar dan tebal, sehingga pundak nyaman dan tak terasa berat. Posisi kantong-kantong tas berada pada posisi yang aman untuk penyimpanan sekaligus mudah diakses saat dibutuhkan cepat.

Tas Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW direkomendasikan untuk fotografer dengan perlengkapan profesional. Volume ruang penyimpan cukup memadai tapi ringkas. Disain tas yang elegan bisa mendukung penampilan fotografer profesional yang membutuhkan citra terpandang di depan klien.

Disain pula yang membuat tas ini aman karena penampilan yang menyamarkan fungsi sebagai tas kamera. Untuk bepergian, letak kantong-kantong penyimpan cukup efektif dan aman. Bahan pembungkus tas terlihat apik sekaligus fungsional untuk melindungi peralatan fotografi di dalam tas.

Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW nyaman disandang. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih

Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW nyaman disandang. Foto oleh: Kristupa Saragih


Sirui N-1204, A Lightweight 4-Sections Carbon-Fiber Tripod

Sirui N-1204 tripod and Sirui Ballhead G-20 at sunrise shooting in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sirui N-1204 tripod and Sirui Ballhead G-20 at sunrise shooting in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Sirui N-1204 tripod and Sirui Ballhead G-20 at sunrise shooting in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Talking about tripod, photographer always needs a light one but yet strong. A tripod must be compact when folded but tall enough when needed. In most of the criteria, Sirui N-1204 matches all of them.

Sirui N-1204’s angle-adjusting button is comfortable and easy to use - Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Sirui N-1204’s angle-adjusting button is comfortable and easy to use - Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Physically, Sirui N-1204 looks like a pricey tripod. It looks like a typical carbon-fiber tripod which costs a lot. Its build quality, material and accessories enforce the notion of it.

If one says that IDR 2,000,000 is a lot, it’s like half or one-third of the price of other carbon-fiber tripods. Let’s take a look at some important specifications that Sirui N-1204 has.

A 4-section thing is essential for traveling and storage. It saves space. It weighs as low as 1 kg only. Contrastingly, Sirui N-1204 may handle total load of gear up to 10 kg. It may handle Canon EOS 1D Mk IV weighs 1.18 kg and Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS weighs 5.31 kg.

This tripod is a tube-locking type. It might bring you to your personal preference of leg lock. Anyway, N-1204 angle-adjusting button is comfortable and easy to use. Each leg of tripod can be adjusted to three different supporting angles.

Sirui N-1204 minimum height of 160mm. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Sirui N-1204 minimum height of 160mm. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Should you need a low angle shooting, N-1204 features a reversible center column. As found in my brand and type of tripods, the reversing procedure is similar and easy. The center column has a hook to hang some stable articles for steadiness.

An important thing about Sirui tripod family is their additional feature of knock-down monopod. Well, it’s hard to find a carbon-fiber monopod, tough. But it’s easy to disassemble knock-down leg of the tripod and assemble it to be a monopod.

Additional mounting screw and mounting platform for monopod come along with the complete set. They are packed in a small tripod bag, which is included as a package. There is also a complete package which includes ball head.

Sirui N-1204 Specification

Sirui N-1204 Specification

Say the package includes Sirui G-20 ball head, it means the head adds an extra  0.4 kg weight, which is not much. As an addition, actual maximum load of this head is up to 20 kg. It also features a bubble level for horizontal adjustment.

Sirui N-1204 is recommended for traveling photographer for its compact size and sturdy structure. This tripod is also recommended for urban photographer for its simple operation and light weight. Any price-sensitive photographer may consider this carbon-fiber tripod for its low price.

Sirui N-1204 carbon-fiber tripod has sturdy design. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Sirui N-1204 carbon-fiber tripod has sturdy design. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Sirui N-1204 knock-down monopod when completely assembled with mounting plate and mounting screw. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Sirui N-1204 knock-down monopod when completely assembled with mounting plate and mounting screw. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Sirui N-1204 also features a knock-down monopod complete with its mounting screw and mounting plate. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

Sirui N-1204 also features a knock-down monopod complete with its mounting screw and mounting plate. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

N-1204 also comes in a package where Sirui G-20 ballhead is included, maximum load up to 20 kg. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih

N-1204 also comes in a package where Sirui G-20 ballhead is included, maximum load up to 20 kg. Photo by: Kristupa Saragih