Joby Pro Sling Strap
In recognition of National Photography Month, today I’m taking a look at the Joby Pro Sling camera strap. The Pro Sling Strap is Joby’s top-of-the-line sling strap and offers more convenience and comfort than the neck straps that typically come with DSLR or compact system cameras. After having spent a few weeks with it, it’s all I use now.
- Comfortable and lightweight
- Quick, easy to draw and cinch
- Supports large camera setups
- Attaches easily to tripod mount
- Folds up for easy storage
- Includes optional tether for extra security
- Instructions could be clearer
I’m a big fan of sling straps and I previously reviewed a BlackRapid strap, a strap I really liked. Even though they’re both sling straps, the Joby straps and BlackRapid straps use very different designs.
The killer feature of the Pro Sling is its cinch system, which Joby calls SpeedCinch. It lets you keep your camera out of the way and secured at your waist or back, then quickly bring it up to shooting level and back down. It takes a few tries to get the hang of, but once you do, it’s really cool. I recommend watching the demonstration video to see how it works. The paper instructions included with the strap weren’t really clear until after I watched the video.
The Pro Sling attaches to your camera via the tripod mount. The thumbscrew goes on easily and I found it smoother to use than the BlackRapid system. For added security, you can also use the included tether. Though, I don’t see why you’d really need it; the camera feels very secure in the strap. There’s also a locking mechanism that lets you lock the camera in place when you’re walking around.
The Pro Sling strap’s material is a strong, lightweight fabric. It’s the main difference between the Pro Sling and Joby’s UltraFit Sling. The UltraFit Sling is less flexible and can’t be folded as easily. The Pro Sling fits better in my camera bag than my other straps and doesn’t get all bent and creased either. It’s also comfortable on my shoulders with the weight pretty evenly distributed. On one occasion, I had it on for over two hours straight and felt no discomfort.
At an online price of about $50, the Joby Pro Sling isn’t cheap, but it’s right around what competing straps cost. If you carry your camera around at all, it’s a small price to pay for the added convenience and comfort. It comes in two sizes based off of your t-shirt size: S-L and L-XXL. If the better fabric and tether don’t make a difference to you, the UltraFit sling is a good choice as well.
Available at Amazon.com for $55.
* Review unit provided by Joby