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TAP and DYE continually impresses us not only with their high quality, but also their amazing but simplistic design that somehow or another also seems to influence the industry. Today, they’ve announced their new Nero strap: a higher end, more premium option in their LEGACY lineup.

Justin, the company’s founder, states on their site that new Nero strap is cut wider and therefore also adds more comfort. It boasts hand stitched leather using “the traditional saddle stitching technique with weather treated bonded nylon tiger thread for incredible durability and strength.”

This strap is designed for the DSLR folks, but as you can tell it also works well with mirrorless camera offerings.

The Nero is made from Black Horween Chromexcel leather having an 8 oz thickness.

They’re a bit pricy though at $168. Still, they’re also really beautiful.

More images are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Great State Classic Skinny strap review images (8 of 8)ISO 1001-100 sec at f - 2.0

Beautiful but functional camera straps should accompany your equally beautiful mirrorless camera. It only makes sense to adorn a beautiful Leica rangefinder or Olympus OMD with something that makes it that much more attractive. But even though the strap ups the eye-candy level of the package, you’ll need to ensure that they’re functional for you and your purposes.

Besides, a distinguishing strap shows that you carry yourself as a photographer with a bit more class than others.

Here are five of our favorite gorgeous camera straps along with quotes from our reviews.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Great State Classic Skinny strap review images (1 of 8)ISO 1001-100 sec at f - 2.0

We were introduced to Great State camera straps recently through Facebook; and were inspired by their all American made mantra with the classic/minimalist aesthetic and emphasis. Based in Portland, Oregon the company hand makes the straps before boxing them in something almost like a jewelry box and putting a little tag telling you that it will essentially get better with age.

Great State shipped us their Classic Skinny strap, which they sell for $59–and which is very affordable for a strap like this. To be very brief, we’re in love. These straps have elements of both Tap and Dye and Cub and Co in their design; and you should wear yours like a special badge of honor.


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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 Oberwerth Freiburg camera bag (8 of 9)ISO 4001-25 sec at f - 2.8

Before around two weeks ago, we had no idea who Oberwerth was. But then we were introduced to their line of Freiburg camera bags. Oberwerth has hopped on the bandwagon with companies trying to cater to the mirrorless camera market. And with that said, they’ve created the Freiburg camera bag with leather, nylon, canvas, and loads of padding. In fact, this is some of the thickest padding that we’ve ever dealt with. That’s great for your camera.

But at the same time, the Oberwerth Freiburg will adorn your shoulder in the same way that a murse will.

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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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