In what seems like a long time ago in a city far, far away, I acquired my first BlackRapid Strap. It was the Black Rapid RS-7 and at first I was suspicious about it. Years, hundreds of miles of photo walking and dozens of events later, I still happily used it. When I had to upgrade the way I handle my photography jobs, I was introduced to the BlackRapid Yeti, a dual camera strap. Unlike other dual camera straps, the Yeti sat on one shoulder. It is different.
As photographers, we now have a lot of choices on how we carry our cameras. Let’s see why I chose the BlackRapid Yeti.
At Photo Plus Expo 2013, Joby was showing off a very clever new camera strap called the “Pro Sling Strap”. Building on Joby’s previous strap designs, the Pro Sling strap includes a fastening mechanism that is actually activated by the weight of your camera. This helps not only keeping the camera in place while you’re on the move, but it also adds extra security as it keeps your camera from accidentally dropping. While visiting Joby’s PPE booth, we got a quick demonstration of the strap, and we have to admit that we were quite impressed.
I do appreciate when a company can surprise me twice. The Utility Strap- Sling from Op/Tech is low cost, nicely built and proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to comfortably hold a camera. After testing their SLR Wrist strap, Op/Tech contacted us and we got a custom strap made for The Phoblographer. Op/Tech offers nice customizations options for their straps. After some thorough testing here are my thoughts on this strap.
When you own a retro camera such as the Olympus PEN E-P5, you also need the fitting retro accessories, that’s a given. And the guys from Olympus know that, so they announced their own exclusive series of leather accessories for the E-P5. The series comprises a very sexy bag, an elegant strap and a sleek half case. In combination, these items will take you straight back to the sixties. And just imagine everyone’s looks when you turn up in the year 1969 sporting a digital camera …
The CBG-9 bag, CSS-S117L strap and CS-41B half case have so far only been announced for Europe and Asia, and will retail for GBP 349.99 (bag), 129.99 (half case) and 89.99 (strap) respectively in the UK–that’s US-$ 538, 200 and 138 respectively at current exchange rates. We have no info on an official US release date yet.
Tap and Dye makes some seriously fashionable camera straps at an affordable price. Their LEGACY straps were designed to adorn mirrorless cameras and vintage film cameras. And today, they’re announcing a pretty big evolution. The previous straps (such as the LEGACY wrist and shoulder straps that we reviewed) used a split ring that was a tad frustrating to attach to the camera. Their newest addition to the LEGACY line is the same as the previous shoulder strap in nearly every way except for a brand new brass spring clip–that actually attaches to a split ring. This clip will probably not give as much security as the split ring (we’ll have to test that in our review) but it surely is a heck of a lot easier to attach it and detach it. That means that it will be easier to use with a Sony NEX camera or Micro Four Thirds.
The straps themselves are still made from leather treated with natural oils and dark amber beeswax for extra protection.
Antique Tan and Dark Amber Beeswax are launching now and Black & Natural along with Royal Navy Patina will be launching in beginning of July. You can currently snag one for $74 if you check out their product page. Tech specs and more images are after the jump.
Renowned for both the beauty and functionality of its bags and accessories, ONA recently announced several new additions to its catalogue. Four bags–the Leather Bowery, the Bolton Street Backpack, the Dark Truffle Leather Brixton, and the Smoke Bowery–and one camera strap, the Presidio Camera Strap, comprise the new summer lineup. Head on for a quick look at ONA’s latest offerings. [click to continue…]