We have seen some early trials of a holster type mount for DSLR’s. Honestly I’m very skeptical of these types of accessories, in my mind I don’t think it’s a good idea to mount a camera especially the big ones to the waist.
The B- Grip kit is composed of the B- Grip, quick release plate, nylon belt with buckles and a bag that can act as a camera rain cover.
Built and Parts
CP Tech’s B-Grip is made out of matte rigid PVC plastic, a very hard plastic that is not easy to break. The total length of it is about 8 inches long that provides counter balance. It has a quick release spring lock that easy to lock and unlock. It is all made of plastic including the quick release mount for the camera which has a foldable stand to sit the camera firmly on a surface. The bundled B – Belt is a heavy duty woven nylon belt, in short it not a fashionable waist belt.
(I feel that this hands-on is better presented with a video. Watch below.)
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1st try: I use the B – Grip with the B – Belt that comes with it. It feels like you are using one of those belts during CAT in high school. The B- Belt slides smoothly and locks where you intend to stop. It has an adjustable slip-thru adjuster and stopper. Gear on testing is a Canon 7D with a 17-40 f4.0 L lens. The load is probably around 1kg. Attaching the camera on the B- Grip is a two handed operation, one to lock / unlock the rocker and one to place the camera in the mount. Putting the mount in place is as easy as slipping the plastic mount in the gap. Unlock, hold, attach and lock it is as easy as ABC.
2nd test: The beauty of the B –Grip against its competitors is the ability to use it with your regular leather belts. I actually prefer this because it is less discrete. Putting the B –Grip on my regular leather belt.
Since the grip has a slip thru slots of you can slide in a belt with width of up to 1 3/4 in. The main disadvantage of using your own belt the whole B – Grip with camera will slide sideways, this is because most belts are around 1” + only.
If you noticed from my initial impression, I’m not that convinced with this type of paraphernalia UNTIL I actually used one. After using it for a few hours, I immediately felt that its kinda cool to hung the camera on the side of my waist. You can freely do other things and without worrying it might fall down. It has some getting used to of course, and I think putting a hand strap is a mandatory since you’ll be removing the neck strap.
Worth mentioning is the camera mount, for some reason they’ve designed it intelligently. You can’t lock it if you inserted it the wrong way. This prevents the photographer to leave it in an unsafe manner. The spring loaded lock automatically closes when you have a perfect insertion.
CP Tech suggested a lot of uses of the B – Grip, it can be a lean-on monopod, hung the camera to a hook and use the B – Grip up to 8KG which I think a little extreme. My comfort level is 1 KG only Canon 5DMK2 or 7D w/o grip with 17-40 f4.0 L and maximum limit of 1.5KG only or specifically a Canon 7D / 5DMK2 w/o grip with a Canon EF 24-70 f2.8 L.
Why 1.5 KG only and medium length zoom lenses? First, weight will be uneven and 1.5KG is no joke hanging on your waist for long period of time. Second, telephoto lenses such as the 70-200 f2.8 feels very awkward.
I love the B – Grip, even if it doesn’t come with the B- Belt I will still like it. The only disadvantage I see is using this in a crowded environment. It can be cumbersome or annoying. The other issue will be for landscape photographers who need to mount their camera with the tripod quick release plates. My first belief of this product was all negative but after actually testing one, that negative feeling turned into fascination. If you shoot events or any photo session that doesn’t need a tripod the B – Grip is for you. The CP Tech B- Grip is now available at Henry’s Camera
I’m preparing a video demo I’ll update this as soon as it is finished.
:):):):)1/2 out of 5