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Figosa has been manufacturing camera straps for a couple of years now, and they’ve been well known for using quality Italian leather and making straps for an affordable price. Today, the company is introducing their new HEavy Duty strap. Their new Heavy Duty strap is being billed as being designed for more comfort with heavier cameras. Indeed, their classic straps can already hold a DSLR with a heavy lens as can their mirrorless camera straps–and so what’s making the new Heavy Duty strap even better is the addition of a soft shoulder pad with the back being covered in microfiber.

It’s going to be interesting to see how it works with the NYC summer heat and whether it will leave a terrible sweat stain across the shirt. As it is, many manufacturers that create these fine straps have been doing a great job of late. But Figosa’s prices are often amongst the best bargain.

You can get the Figosa Heavy Duty Strap in black or cognac for around $52. We’ve got one on the way to us right now for review.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tap and Dye Horween CXL Camera Strap product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 1.4

In the past couple of years, Tap and Dye has made some incredible straps that age well and provide lots of durability while adding flair to your camera. With the Nero, however, it seems like they’ve outdone themselves. When the company first started, they were developing wrist straps that were arguably uncomfortable though totally secure and well built. Then they started to create new straps with different leather and with different styles. The Nero uses Horween Chromexcel leather and builds on the years that Justin (the company’s founder) has put into their creation and development.

And in many ways, this has to be the best strap that we’ve ever tested.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Peak Design Slide Camera Strap review product photos (1 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Though we typically tend to review more fashionable straps, we in no way discriminate against those that try to appeal more towards the functional side of things–like the new Peak Design Slide camera strap. The strap feels essentially like a seat belt that can buckle you up to your camera as you cruise together down the road of life.

That was a pretty cheesy line, right?

Seriously though, the Peak Design Slide strap is a bit deceiving. At first, it looks like a typical sling strap like those from BlackRapid. But in actuality, it’s much cooler than that. In fact, it’s the single most versatile camera strap that we’ve ever seen and tested.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Heavy Leather Classic Strap review images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.5

Heavy Leather is an interesting brand that don’t manufacture your typical camera straps. For starters, they’ve jumped on the hand-crafted, American-made bandwagon that other companies like Holdfast Gear, TAP and DYE, A7, and Cub and Co have done–with much of them being manufactured here in NYC. Created by Rachel Becker in Brooklyn, NY, Heavy Leather straps originally was a company that designed beautiful leather straps for guitarists and bassists. And as a bassist of 14 years, I’d gladly wear one.

But then Ms. Becker got the idea to create camera straps–which are very different from guitar and bass straps. For instance, take their Classic strap. It’s an incredibly standard strap for the most part–but has a couple of interesting and subtle designs that make it flashier than most photographers would probably want it to be.

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The Bushwick based camera strap manufacturer A7 has come out with a brand new offering for Fall 2014. Literally called “the camo strap” it is limited offering available that sports vegetable leather and with a suede backing. The company states that it will age beautifully and stresses the fact that it is all American made and includes leather from one of New York’s finest leather manufacturers.

Like many of their other straps, it is designed to be versatile and strong. They come in anywhere from 42 to 52 inches and require the same care that you’d treat any leather accessory with.

Want one? It’s going to set you back $150. More photos are after the jump.



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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer ONA Sahel Strap (1 of 8)ISO 1601-800 sec at f - 2.8

ONA products have long been the sexiest thing in the photo industry–and today they’re announcing a new product that’s designed to help a charity. It’s called the Sahel, and they’re partnering up with a charity: water for the creation of this strap. The Sahel is the company’s newest leather strap that is padded with very soft neoprene. And to attach it to your camera, you’ll use a two buckle system that is really, really simple to work with.

There are also custom rivets holding things together and soft leather (also suede) to attach the strap to your camera. The strap is designed to hold camera kits up to six pounds and is really pretty long. For that reason, it’s best to wear it around your body in a similar fashion to something BlackRapid may make. If you sling it around your shoulder, you’ll have the camera dangling down a little bit below your waist.

When you buy a strap, the proceeds will support charity: water; which is all about bringing clean drinking water to lots of folks around the world that don’t have it.

You can purchase the strap at Charity: Water’s shop or at ONA’s website for $99–which isn’t terrible considering the craftsmanship and the fact that it’s helping a charity. More photos are after the jump.

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