Leather Camera Strap

Leather Camera Strap

Why it’s great: Couch stands out from the current artisan-leather crowd of camera strap makers by offering a vegan vinyl approach at bargain prices—currently around $30 for most straps. We liked the embossed Dark Brown Western Camera Strap, which has the comfortable look and feel of old leather with just enough grip to not move around too much on your neck. Heavy nylon attachments feel strong but slide slickly through your camera’s metal loops. The 2-inch-wide strap is strong enough to support a full-size DSLR, but those with smaller necks and/or camera bodies might consider the 1.5-inch-wide version, the Slim Light Brown Western Camera Strap.
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Leather Camera Strap

If you have a leather strap, you need to care for it as carefully as you would your favorite boots. We spoke with camera strap aficionado and editor-in-chief of The Phoblographer Chris Gampat about his strap-care rituals. “Camera straps need care and maintenance like any fine leather product. Photographers should use wax and oil in the same way that they would polish and wax their leather shoes and goods. If you’re reapplying wax, always try to underdo it and be conservative. It’s best to also use a blow dryer to melt the wax and apply it evenly. To harden it, you should put it in the freezer for like a day or overnight to let it harden.” For a more complete take on the care and preservation of leather goods, have a look at our guide for leather shoe care.
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Leather Camera Strap

No matter how good the strap looks, you need to want to wear it and it needs to keep your gear safe.High-quality leather is an excellent choice for strap material, because it breathes well on the skin in any climate and should last for years. The highest-quality leather is full grain (the outer layer of the cowhide), which is the most expensive—but is also the most fibrous and strongest. Next best is top-grain leather, which is split from the top layer of the hide and sanded and refinished. Genuine leather is made from the remaining layers of hide and often refinished to resemble full- or top-grain leather, but isn’t as durable and is also used for suede. (Buyer beware: Just because a product says “made with” full-grain leather, that doesn’t necessarily mean the entire product is full-grain leather. This could mean a portion of the product includes this high-quality material and the rest is subpar.) Look for manufacturers who use the highest-quality leather, along with the best tanning practices, usually noted as Italian or vegetable tanning—a slower process using plant-based tannins to dye and preserve the leather.
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Leather Camera Strap

Rich Tuscan Veg tan Leather Our vegetable tanned leather matures and alters gradually over time, different from one piece to another depending on how you handle the product. An iPhone Case will go darker faster than a bag. Tan goes darker and warmer, ocean goes darker with a green undertone, black stays black. Supple Tuscan Semi-Veg Tan Leather Our Neutral grey semi-vegetable tanned leather is colourfast and doesn’t change. We especially developed this colour and finishing with our tannery as we want the neutral grey to stay neutral. It’s not lively. It’s stable, grounded and reliable. No matter what. Soft Tuscan Washed Leather Our washed leather is in a league of its own. The ash grey leather matures softly and gets a slightly different tone over time. It’s called washed leather because it actually gets washed in the production process. When our tannery puts it through the wash it shrinks up to 30% and acquires a pebbly wrinkled look. It’s softer than the other leathers we use yet still has a rich and rigid stand. Dense German Wool Felt Right from the start we developed a 100% pure new wool felt with our factory in Germany to exactly fit our requirements. This 3mm felt is carefully made from fine selected merino wool fibres and then compressed, giving it excellent characteristics to protect your precious tech – sturdy yet soft, water repellant, shock-absorbing and natural. It’s a special blend with a refinement that is unmatched. Fine Italian Wool Felt Italian made to keep it close to home, we use this wool as a lining for a number of our leather products. We’ve mastered this technic over the years and we think it’s a match made in heaven. Robust Portuguese Wool This is a medium thickness woven wool we use for our more rugged bags. It’s strong enough to hold the test of time and it couldn’t be a better material to work with. Rugged British Cotton Canvas For our built to last British heavyweight cotton canvas twill we found a partner that follows years of expertise through from the construction of the yarns to the finished fabric. What we’re made of Thoughtfully curated materials that work hard together, juxtapose, create a tension and balance each other out The main act Rich Tuscan Veg tan Leather Supple Tuscan Semi-Veg Tan Leather Soft Tuscan Washed Leather Supporting roles Dense German Wool Felt Fine Italian Wool Felt Robust Portuguese Wool Rugged British Cotton Canvas
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Leather Camera Strap

Why it’s great: A7’s Lincoln strap takes a simple but unpadded approach, with a smaller price tag. The look is classic with rugged, high-quality, full-grain leather that’s smooth to the touch. Unfinished on the inside, the soft leather offers grip as it conforms easily to the back of your neck. The narrow leather strap ends attach via the camera loops, and a single metal buckle on each side adjusts length easily from 36 to 46 inches long and offers slightly less bulk than the Ona’s double buckle system. Those two buckles are the only hardware on the piece, making the Lincoln one of the most no-frills and lightweight leather straps we tested. The supple vegetable-tanned leather comes in three colors.
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Leather Camera Strap

Handmade from a thick cowhide, the Trillo & Son’s The Capa Strap smells like a saddle and feels like it will last a lifetime. One of the thickest leather options we tested, the ¾-inch cowboy-couture strap attaches via steel rings and features a single buckle for length adjustment. The 1¾-inch neck pad is comfortable and stays put. But all this heavy metal and leather also results in a weightier strap that might be more than a small camera requires and potentially uncomfortable on a smaller neck.
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Leather Camera Strap

Why it’s great: Like its name, there’s nothing fancy about Gordy’s horizontal neck strap. Made from a thick natural cowhide, the quarter-inch-wide strap is offered in three lengths that attach via metal loops. The leather comes in four different colors, and the waxed cord that finishes the ends is available in 14 hues to further customize your strap. The model we looked at, including the optional inch-wide neck pad, is currently $40. Unlike other simple models, the Gordy’s neck strap stays in place.
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Leather Camera Strap

When it comes to finding a camera strap that’s also fashionable, the search becomes a little trickier. A fashionable strap must still stand up to the weight of your camera and feel good on your neck, but you might have to make form over function compromises when choosing for looks. By their nature, most fashion straps won’t provide the same advanced attachment and stability systems of a more functional strap—but will look much nicer than options that are more pro-level.
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Finally, pay attention to size. Two inches seems to be a common width in the strap industry, but if you have a smaller neck, a strap that size could feel very bulky and may even pull at your hairline. Also look at length: Most strap makers offer a few lengths, so pick the one that’s right for your body, also taking into account what you usually wear when shooting. An adjustable strap might be especially important if you sometimes shoot in a T-shirt and sometimes need to wear a heavy jacket.
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Rich Tuscan Veg tan Leather Our vegetable tanned leather matures and alters gradually over time, different from one piece to another depending on how you handle the product. An iPhone Case will go darker faster than a bag. Tan goes darker and warmer, ocean goes darker with a green undertone, black stays black. Supple Tuscan Semi-Veg Tan Leather Our Neutral grey semi-vegetable tanned leather is colourfast and doesn’t change. We especially developed this colour and finishing with our tannery as we want the neutral grey to stay neutral. It’s not lively. It’s stable, grounded and reliable. No matter what. Soft Tuscan Washed Leather Our washed leather is in a league of its own. The ash grey leather matures softly and gets a slightly different tone over time. It’s called washed leather because it actually gets washed in the production process. When our tannery puts it through the wash it shrinks up to 30% and acquires a pebbly wrinkled look. It’s softer than the other leathers we use yet still has a rich and rigid stand. Dense German Wool Felt Right from the start we developed a 100% pure new wool felt with our factory in Germany to exactly fit our requirements. This 3mm felt is carefully made from fine selected merino wool fibres and then compressed, giving it excellent characteristics to protect your precious tech – sturdy yet soft, water repellant, shock-absorbing and natural. It’s a special blend with a refinement that is unmatched. Fine Italian Wool Felt Italian made to keep it close to home, we use this wool as a lining for a number of our leather products. We’ve mastered this technic over the years and we think it’s a match made in heaven. Robust Portuguese Wool This is a medium thickness woven wool we use for our more rugged bags. It’s strong enough to hold the test of time and it couldn’t be a better material to work with. Rugged British Cotton Canvas For our built to last British heavyweight cotton canvas twill we found a partner that follows years of expertise through from the construction of the yarns to the finished fabric.