Lots of camera straps these days are typically made of really nice leather, canvas or sailing rope. But a brave new Kickstarter is trying to do things a bit different. Kimi Camera, run by William Roy, is trying to create camera straps made of vintage Kimono silk and leather. This is completely different from everything else out there and quite honestly is sort of refreshing.
It’s been years and years since we’ve seen any true major innovation in tripods. But Cokin is doing it: the Cokin Riviera is a tripod designed to look, feel and function like vintage tripods. We’re not talking 1970s: but try 1800s. With that said, it incorporates wood and leather into the design.
True to the classic vintage design, Cokin is incorporating wooden knobs, metal dials, and is overall meant to work in conjunction with lots of the vintage/retro designed cameras of today. The wood is Ikoro and the handle (which is made from said wood) is crafted in France. The wood joins knurled aluminum and brushed aluminum for the design and leather to create the tripod. All of these go into the head, which Cokin describes as multi-action with a 360° plate
I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a better bag to carry my gear around in. The problem with many dedicated camera bags is that they aren’t good for much else, and the configuration can be limiting. A great alternative is buying a bag insert and using any bag that it fits in to carry your gear – and the best part is you can still carry other things too because its still a normal bag if you take the insert out.
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Today, ONA is announcing a brand new collaboration with Leica. No, this isn’t another Berlin camera bag, but instead it’s a brand new version of the Bowery. This version, called the ONA Bowery for Leica, has a full grain leather exterior that looks like its been used and abused just a tad–which many photographers may like. It also sports brass hardware, which means that it will ve very durable in use. This bag is designed for Leica M, Leica Q, and Leica T, Leica X, and Leica SL cameras. More specifically, the Bowery for Leica can carry a camera and one or two extra lenses. Of course though, feel free to stuff your Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus or Panasonic gear in there.
There’s also another new feature according to the press release, “Thanks to a detachable strap, the Bowery for Leica can be used as a stand-alone camera bag or as a insert to protect camera gear in a larger bag.”
Want one? It will cost $279. More images are after the jump.
While most high end camera straps are made of leather or canvas, they’re often of the more traditional shape. But Heavy Leather NYC recently announced a strap designed to work in a similar way (though not totally) to a Black Rapid strap. Essentially, it will mean that your strap is on your side and it will potentially give you quicker access.
The new wares are called the Heavy Leather NYC Wax Slingshot strap; and as the name implies, there is wax involved and this is a sling strap.
If you look up lots of the most popular leather camera straps online, chances are very high that we’re going to show up in the search results. We’ve got loads of reviews on leather straps and folks ask us every day about these straps. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where we’ve rounded up many of our favorites. But once you’ve got a strap, how do you take care of it?
We’ve got a quick tutorial for you right here.
If you’re looking for something a tad more compact than your standard camera bag, then you may want to consider the new Hard Graft Ateller Box Camera Bag. This bag is made from a single piece of fine grain leather and wool felt on the inside. It’s designed to fit most SLR cameras and boasts a small interior pocket for your phone or memory cards.
It measures 19 x 15 x 13 cm / 7.5” x 6″ x 5″; but to be very honest with you it looks like a glorified lunch box for a camera. In fact, we’re sure you’ll be able to stuff a Snickers bar in there for your photo walks.
If you want to tote around this gorgeous piece of cow and lamb, you’ll need to shell out $540–possibly making it the most expensive bag that we’ve ever reported on.
Think Tank’s Retrospective series of camera bags are very popular with photographers. They can carry lots of gear and are designed to take loads of abuse. For a very long time, they were my personal favorite camera bags not only because of these reasons, but also because no matter how much gear was packed into the bag, the shoulder strap provided loads and loads of excellent comfort.
As a refresh, Think Tank recently added leather versions of the camera bags. These versions are essentially the same bag but with lots more leather. For the more discerning of us, the Think Tank Retrospective 30 may be a great bag–but it comes with two concerns.