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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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Overall, I’m simple. I am not a fan of the nice, yet terribly expensive wrist straps we have reviewed here. I like my photography accessories to work while not being expensive and prefer to invest more money into my camera and lenses instead of frilly extras. When I was first introduced to the Nitz Strap by my friend Scott Wyden, I was fascinated. It is a hand-made strap by a photographer. When I found out how much the Nitz wrist strap would cost. I bought one.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer MyMiggo camera strap large review images (6 of 9)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 4.5

Feast your eyes on some of the ugliest gear that we’ve ever reviewed. They’re called the Miggo strap and wrap–and they come in a variety of sizes and colors. The company coins their products as being able to totally protect your camera one second then allowing you to shoot with ease the next. The straps are made from Neoprene–which helps to absorb some bumps and scratches, but this material seemingly from the Superman universe sure has its kryptonite.

And while it may be a nice idea in theory for sure, we’re not sure that we’d want to tote one around.

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Tap and Dye have always produced some positively beautiful pieces, and today they’re announcing nothing short of that. The latest additions to the LEGACY line of straps feature Chromexcel Horween Leather, and are handcut as pretty much everything that comes from the company is. We weren’t sure what Chromexcel is, but according to them it is characterized by rich pull-up in full aniline, hand rubbed finishes. In English, that means that you’re supposed to have better comfort and durability. Chromexcel is still produced here in the United States using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe and then genuine hot stuffed with a secret blend of natural oils and greases.

Justin, the company’s owner, is saying that each strap will be carefully handcrafted and hand finished with the utmost attention to detail–and that no two will be alike.

As for the wears, they have their new Horween Leather wrist strap available for pre-order for $85. These straps are mostly designed for rangefinders, film SLRs and mirrorless cameras. They’re also adjustable with a fairly soft interior finish.

Another update also came today to their neck straps. They now come with a protective bumper option for the spring clip version. This should now prevent scratching of your camera–which was a customer complaint before.

More photos of the new wears are after the jump.

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