SNAPSNAP: Camera Strap That Counterbalances Camera Weight With Your Backpack


There has been a recent trend of camera straps that attach to a backpack–and that’s the bandwagon that SNAPSNAP is jumping on. The company describes their product as a functional strap designed to work with a backpack to counterbalance the weight of your camera. They claim that it greatly improves the camera handling experience while providing comfort and placing your camera within easy reach for quick shooting response.

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The SpiderLight Hand Strap is Targeting Flagship Mirrorless Camera Users

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It’s been awhile since Spider Holster has done anything really eye catching; but their new SpiderLight handstrap looks pretty interesting. The camera strap is looking for funding on Kickstarter, and is designed for full sized DSLR cameras and flagship mirrorless cameras. It also connects to a strap lug then wraps itself around to link up with the camera’s tripod connection port.

For cameras with a grip like the Sony a7 II series of cameras, this makes a lot of sense. But for cameras like the Olympus Pen F, the Panasonic GX7 and the Fujifilm X Pro 2 with a rangefinder style body the use of the SpiderLight may be more cumbersome. The reasoning behind that statement has more to do with the fact that those cameras require you to put more thumb pushing pressure than all four fingers gripping pressure.

Straps like these have been made before, mind you. The Peak Design Clutch wrist strap does pretty much the same thing. Their Kickstarter video is after the jump.

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Eric Kim Releases New Henri Camera Straps


Street Photographer Eric Kim recently announced his own brand of camera straps. They’re called “Henri” probably inspired after Henri Cartier-Bresson. There are two different ones: a Mk II neck strap and a wrist strap. Each strap is made of leather and made in Saigon then touched up in the USA.

They seem to have very similar features to many other straps like an all leather build,, well designed split O-rings, and a simple look to them overall. But the new versions are what he monikers as a Mahogany look to them. They also have a comfort pad–or at least the neck strap does.

Both are available now on Amazon with the Mk II going for $79.95 and the wrist strap going for $39.95.

Win a Beautiful 4VDesign Lusso Slim Camera Strap


Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with 4V Design to give away one of their gorgeous Lusso Slim camera straps to one lucky winner in the world. Wnat to win this contest?

Check out the details below:

– Prize: One 4V Design Lusso Slim Camera strap in a color choice of the winner’s choosing.

– How to enter: On Instagram, follow both @Phoblographer and @4VDesign. Show us your best ORIGINAL PHOTO interpretation of Creative Light and Shadow. Use light and shadows in the most creative way you possibly can.

Tag 4VDesign and @Phoblographer in the actual image itself

In the caption tell us a story about the image.

– Add the hashtag #IWanta4V

– Contest starts December 7th 2015 12AM EST and ends December 20th 12AM EST. The Winner will hopefully be announced by December 24th.

– Worldwide entry allowed, ages 13+

Good luck folks!

The Straps that the Phoblographer’s Readers Ask Most About

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True fact: on a daily basis, the Phoblographer receives at least three questions about what strap or camera bag we’re featuring in a photo. Yes, over the years we’ve reviewed some very beautiful products, and we pride ourselves on our beautiful product photography too! So to help you all, we’re rounding up some of the most eye catching products that we’ve reviewed that we get asked about all the time.

You’re welcome.

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The Figosa Heavy Duty Strap is Minimal, Fashionable and Made from Italian Leather

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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.

Review: Tap and Dye Nero Horween CXL Camera Strap

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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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Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Strap

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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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