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The Keyhole Hands Free Camera Harness (Black) offers you a way to hike, bike, ski or snowshoe while holding your camera safe and steady, solidly against your body. The harness is unique in design since it provides a way to prevent what usually happens to cameras when attached to typical backpack or chest harness straps. Traditional harnesses don't eliminate "swing" so you find yourself trying to both hold your camera steady while trying to use trekking poles. Or, if you're scrambling up a hill, your camera bounces any which way while you're trying to grab a rock to make it to the next ledge.

The Keyhole is designed to hold your camera and lens firmly attached to your backpack or chest harness, with the lens facing downward and held steady with no swing. The design includes a special cap keeper attached to the Keyhole that prevents your lens from swaying from side to side. Yet, when you're ready to shoot, there's no complicated hardware to unhook or adjust to get your camera into shooting position. Perhaps one of the best features of this system is its ability to limit the strain of your camera on your neck. In addition, with your lens held tightly against your body, there's less chance of it banging into a rock, bush or the ground.

The Keyhole attaches quickly and efficiently and is made from durable polypropylene straps and a hard plastic plate into which your camera slides. Screw the included Keyhole knob into the camera's 1/4 - 20 tripod socket. This knob then slides neatly into the slot of the hard plastic Keyhole plate. Use the included quick attach sternum strap adjusters that attach the Keyhole harness to your backpack or chest harness straps. The buckles come with four male connectors that mesh with the female connectors found on your backpack's straps. Adjust the straps so the fit is tight and comfortable. Finally, hook up the touch fastened cap keeper to your existing lens cap. The cap keeper can also be used to make sure your lens cap never disappears-as lens cap tend to do too often. When you're ready to shoot, simply remove the cap keeper and raise the camera slightly to remove it from the Keyhole's slot. After shooting, replace the knob in the slot, reattach the cap keeper and you're ready to move on.

Keyhole Features

  • Accessibility: Quickly allows you to switch from hands-free positioning to shooting stance; there's no fancy or complicated hardware to readjust to use your camera
  • Protection: The Keyhole holds your camera steady against your body using your backpack or chest harness. The included cap keeper with touch fastener holds your lens facing downward and prevents it from swinging while hiking, skiing or walking; cap keeper also prevents your lens cap from getting lost
  • Simplicity: The Keyhole attaches to any backpack or chest harness that uses a 1" wide webbing on the shoulder straps. Quick-attach sternum strap adjusters attach to existing backpack/chest harness straps
  • Materials: Made from durable polypropylene straps and a hard plastic plate; includes touch fastened cap keeper that secures to your original lens cap

Keyhole Specifications

Material
Polypropylene straps
Hard plastic plate
Attachment Method
Quick-attach sternum strap adjusters attach to existing backpack/chest harness straps

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 1 customers

 
5.0

Hands Free Harness

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from Ft. Lauderdale Fl  -  Semi-pro Photographer

It is exactly as shown in the picture. One thing to keep in mind, an additional harness or backpack is necessary to attach the straps to. I thought it came with the over the shoulder harness, but it does not. I am hoping to have Crime Scene Unit employees use it regularly to reduce broken lens from banging against items while not being used. Overall, I give it a 10, like the idea and the product!

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
PAUL D  I was looking for a way to keep my camera ready for photos while hiking, but not have the weight of my 7D with 24-105 mm lens on my neck. The Keyhole Hands Free does that very well.
Shopper  Is it possible to remove the lens cover strap?
PAUL D  The lens cover strap is actually velcro "loop" material permanently attached to the bottom of the keyhole plate. The harness comes with 2 pieces of adhesive-backed velcro "hook" material that you can attach to 2 different lens caps. When you have the camera on your chest, you just pull the strap over the velcro patch on your lens cap, which keeps the camera from swaying and also keeps a zoom lens from extending. When you want to take a photo, you just pull the strap down off the velcro hook patch & lift the camera off the keyhole & remove the lens cap as you normally would.
Shopper  Is there a weight limit? Wondering if a nikon 300 f2 on a d300 would work?
PAUL D  Well, the Keyhole harness seems sturdy enough to hold significant weight, but the heaviest combo I've tried is a Canon 7D and 24-105mm F4 lens, which I've used hiking. I could see carrying a little larger lens than that, but the 300 F2 is much heavier and larger. I doubt if I'd want that amount of weight on my chest/stomach even if the harness could support it.
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