Rose Anvil Harness review

 
VanessaMayberry

VanessaMayberry
VanessaMayberry
 
the delivery of the harness took a couple months, granted i did take a while to respond back to the measurements. therefore i'm not exactly sure what the turn around time is. the packaging was very professional and pretty! the entire harness was pretty easy to figure out. there are videos on the rose anvil website that gives you hands on instructions  to putting it together and tightening the bolts. i found it was super easy to get set-up. 
Vanessa Mayberry
VanessaMayberry

I want to start off by admitting that when the 'harness' trend came into the works with the wedding industry, i couldn't help but roll my eyes a little. this thing looked a little pretentious; genuine leather, intimidating straps and dual camera operation. 
I had used a side pouch for years called the shootsac. this bag worked wonders for me (I still highly recommend this if you like shooting with a single camera and want to have access to your lenses  effectively). This bag took so much weight off compared to a conventional camera bag as its make is out of an elastic material that absorbs most of the weight in movement as you carry. It features three pouches snug enough to carry each of your lenses safely and a quick flap to hang over your lenses until you need to grab a new one. There are also three small, back pockets which I often use to store any pelican cases with camera batteries and sd cards, wallet, phone, etc. I have used this bag in every shoot situation and absolutely love it! 
The idea of going from a bag that I could carry all my stuff at once, to a simple harness was a scary switch. one step that took me too long to take. the reason for making a change was not only to understand what other photographers were raving about, but to have the dual camera/lens for specific events and maximum coverage.
after much research, comparing to other models/brands. I was hearing many good things about this rose anvil harness that caught appeal versus competitors. It is supposedly more comfortable, won't catch on hair, the harness design is built better for protecting the camera bodies from swinging and hitting things... all good points in my books. the one negative i ran into while learning about the rose anvil harness, were the comments on the harnesses coming apart and cameras falling during the middle of photoshoots. the bolts on the harness either weren't manually tightened pre-shoot; human error, or the bolts weren't long enough for each other to solidly lock and secure; design error. this was a major deterrent for me as an already skeptical consumer.
once i began to look into this issue further, i realize I'd gotten very fortunate with the timing of my order. rose anvil released a video addressing the concerns of consumers on weeks prior to my seeking. i learned that they had made changes to the design of the harness so that there'd be no way of the strap falling apart. with this solution, i felt confident enough to go through with it. 

transitioning from the feeling of a camera bag to a harness was a little tricky getting used to. the maneuvering with dual cameras and developing a new shooting technique has taken some practice, but after a few shoots i really learned to love this harness! 
one of my favourite advantages with the harness in comparison to my shoot sac has to be the distribution of weight on my shoulder and back. i only ever felt comfortable wearing my camera bag on one way and it would have to sit on the same shoulder which after shooting for eight hours, inevitably it would get very sore. 
one more really great advantage to the harness is the quick change of lenses. having two cameras with different lenses, already set to go for a moment and not having to switch lenses on a single body, really buys time and can be super helpful in pressing situations. 

VanessaMayberry
As a closing statement, I definetely recommend the rose anvil harness to photographers who are on their feet for long hours of the day, want something that is efficient and lightweight.
one recommendation i have when investing into a harness, would be to buy either a fanny pack, a waist purse or backpack to carry along the rest of your gear.

 
vanessa mayberry