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Review: Figosa Mirrorless and Vintage Camera Leather Strap

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Black Vintage strap (4 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.6

Figosa is an extremely new company in the camera strap world. Based in Italy, and manufacturing their products from genuine Italian Leather, they are initially targeting users of film cameras and mirrorless digital cameras. Italian leather has always been known for its excellent quality and it is often always worked with by hand. This leather lends its qualities to their first strap designed for vintage cameras and mirrorless interchangeable lens cams as well. It can come in different colors, but we went for the conservative black look. The overall quality and look earned the strap a special mention in our recent camera strap roundup.

But should it be the next strap on your camera?

Pros and Cons

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Pros

- Survived a dog chomping down and pulling on it

- Excellent build quality

- Simplistic design

- Very comfortable

Cons

- Extremely standard strap with nothing extremely special to differentiate it from the others

- Non adjustable, so you’ll need to purchase the length of your choice and stick with it

Gear Used

We mounted the Figosa Vintage Leather Strap on a Canon EOS 7 SLR with a Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX.

Tech Specs

Taken from the product page listing

All the Figosa straps are handmade (by us), in genuine leather and available in four colors: black, dark brown, cognac and honey.

The metal inserts color can be gold or silver, as the user likes.​

The straps are available in three sizes: small, medium and large.

Ergonomics

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Black Vintage strap (5 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.6

Figosa chose to go with a very conservative look and functionality to their straps. Granted, the entire thing is made from Italian leather–and that in and of itself earns it a place on your Leica.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Black Vintage strap (2 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.6

Along the strap is a textured finish that we wouldn’t call quite pebbled, but instead would say that it is very hide-like still in both appearance and feel. Along the edges, you’ll see where the strap was heated and sewed together to stay strong and functional.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Black Vintage strap (3 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.6

In terms of connecting to your camera, the strap has a half ring that is connected to a split ring. The split ring is one of the simplest to put onto a camera–and we’re not kidding when we say that we had the least hassle with this one.

Build Quality

We’ve taken the strap and camera out into the rain and it has been tugged on as well as experienced lots of tossing around with the camera and lens attached. For a one month testing period, the strap hasn’t suffered from any issues.

The strap is incredibly pliable as well. It isn’t as pliable as the softer leathers from Holdfast Gear and is more pliable than the leathers from Tap and Dye. Instead, the Figosa strap is in a comfortable middle ground.

In Use

We tried this strap on the Olympus OMD EM5, Fujfilm X Pro 1 and Canon EOS 7. And the strap felt comfortable with each and every camera.  The strap was hassle-free with each camera and made the camera carry experience extremely comfortable–certainly far more than the standard straps that come with these cameras. While walking through the hot and humid days of NYC, the strap also didn’t cause excessive sweating across my chest–which will probably be a concern for someone that springs for a strap this fashionable.

One of the horrific parts of the review came when I ventured into a dog park to play with a five month old Corgie named Stegasaurus. The dog grabbed the strap from the EOS 7 and started tugging on it as if it were a toy. Stegasaurus’ owner quickly got him to stop–but no wear was done to the split rings.

If that doesn’t demonstrate strength, we’re not sure what will.

Conclusions

For $27 and change, the Vintage Camera strap from Figosa really isn’t a bad purchase. It sports simplistic beauty and is an ode to the classic straps of the days of our grandparents. Granted though, there are no special features such as from those of Holdfast Gear or Tap and Dye–but those straps are more expensive though and well worth their weight in gold.

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