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BlackRapid SnapR 35 Camera Bag Review

BlackRapid SnapR 35 Camera Bag Review - A review of the BlackRapid SnapR 35 camera bag with 3 products in one - a camera case, a quick response camera strap, and a wrist strap.

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BlackRapid SnapR 35 in Bags, Cases and Straps

Handling and Performance
SpecificationSnapR 35
BlackRapid drew our attention to their brand when they launched the revolutionary R-Strap. They've since gone on to add a series of camera carrying accessories that include the SnapR bags - first the SnapR 20 and followed recently with this SnapR 35.

BlackRapid SnapR 35 Case: Features

For those unfamiliar with BlackRapid, their strap threads through a connector that screws into the camera's tripod thread, allowing you to draw the camera from waist to eye-level freely on the strap. This sling strap concept is taken a stage further with the SnapR bags as you can now house your camera in a padded and highly protected case at the base position. 

1/125 sec | f/8.0 | 28.0 mm | ISO 400 1/125 sec | f/8.0 | 38.0 mm | ISO 400
The connector has a tripod thread attachment (above left). Once in place this allows the camera to be raised from the case to eye level on the sliding strap connector (above right).
1/200 sec | f/5.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200
1/200 sec | f/5.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200
1/200 sec | f/6.3 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200
The SnapR 35 has the same size height (110mm) and length (170mm) found with the SnapR 20, but is  wider (125mm). The main compartment is about 85mm and accommodates a compact system camera with a zoom lens.

I'm an Olympus Pen user and the SnapR 20 holds a camera with a 17mm or Holga lens, while the SnapR 35 offers space for a camera with 14-42mm to be held comfortably.

The case is made from ballistic nylon with a smooth easy to clean base, and the strap attaches with 20mm Fastex style buckles.

The case can be removed from the strap and then the strap clips can be connected together for use as a standard sling strap. You can also turn part into a secure handstrap.

BlackRapid SnapR 35 Case: Handling / Performance

1/125 sec | f/8.0 | 28.0 mm | ISO 400 1/125 sec | f/8.0 | 26.0 mm | ISO 400
Everything from zips to strap fasteners is robustly made and gives you confidence in performance.


1/125 sec | f/11.0 | 40.0 mm | ISO 400
1/125 sec | f/8.0 | 34.0 mm | ISO 400
There's a padded and zipped compartment at each side of the main compartment. These are big enough to hold a smart phone on one side and a slim lens or spare batteries, memory cards etc on the other side. There is no internal pocket so smaller items like memory cards will slip around. A net pocket stitched into the side would be a good idea. 


1/125 sec | f/8.0 | 29.0 mm | ISO 400
1/125 sec | f/8.0 | 29.0 mm | ISO 400

The wider main compartment is perfect for cameras like the Olympus Pen EP-2 with a longer lens. It will suit other similar models from the likes of Panasonic or small bridge cameras from Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon etc.  You can see the smooth base in the photo above right. It's a rubberised material which is not only easy to clean, but doesn't slide around on smooth surfaces and actually provides a grip.

The inside of the main compartment has a soft lining on the base and I'm unsure why they didn't continue this around the top and sides as it seems to be a more protective material than the side/top lining.

Value for Money

The Black Rapid SnapR 35 is available for around £45 - this is good value as it provides the 3 in 1 quick access strap system, a wrist strap and bag. Normally a DSLR Black Rapid Strap system on its own would be around £50. The SnapR 35 holds your camera securely, but allows it to be accessed and used unrestricted without detaching the case. This versatility means you're unlikely to leave the case behind and lose it.

BlackRapid SnapR 35 Case: Verdict

Having used the SnapR 20 regularly for several months (as the case I take the camera in while out on the bicycle) I was already sold on this case. It's actually something I'd wished for and has made my enjoyment of using the Olympus Pen greater now as I can go out with the 14-42mm knowing the camera is protected well. The concept is great, and well thought out. The versatility is good too. If you are out on a fine day you can ditch the case altogether and make use of the strap system. I will keep the SnapR 20 and switch between the two depending on what lens I decide to go out shooting with. Next I'd like BlackRapid to create a cycle strap accessory attachment, so you could fasten it to the tube of the frame.

This 3 in 1 bag/strap combo reinforces BlackRapid's innovative thought process. Protection and versatility combine with ease of use to provide a perfect solution for compact system camera owners.  

BlackRapid SnapR 35 Case: Pros

Quick access glide system
Versatile 3 in 1 strap option
Pocket for phone, documents
Easy to clean base

BlackRapid SnapR 35 Case: Cons

No small pocket for memory cards
Soft lining only on base of main compartment

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BlackRapid SnapR 35 Specifications

Bag type
StyleCompact Case
MaterialBallistic Nylon

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28 Jan 2012 4:28AM
This is a great review. Very thorough. Alas, I must wait until Black Rapid releases something larger. I use the Sony Nex-5n and this is really too tight to live up to the "rapid" quick draw of Black Rapid's brand. Hopefully, they redesign it, maybe flipping the Snapr 35's side loading to the back loading of the camera, to allow the Nex's range of legacy lenses. My main lens is the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2, a fast MF lens, but it deserves a great protective case.

Hopefully Black Rapid and other bag makers see the sell out of the Nex-5n and Nex-7 as a sign of making slightly more roomy case. Until then, know you can do this using a LowePro Lens SlipLock case, 9x13cm. It's a tight fit, but my 5n fits. Maybe if I upgrade, I'll do the 11x14 version for the Nex-7, hehe.

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