PielFort, a small artisanal company from southern Spain, has been a name in the photo-album industry for some fourty years, supplying royal families and celebrities around the world with exclusive photo albums hand-crafted from only the finest leather. In a recent collaboration with the online commnity, PielFort has created three 16×16 cm photo albums that should get hipsters, Lomographers as well as the general analog buff excited.
Coming in white, brown and black and featuring classics such as the Instamatic or a TLR, each album comes in at a moderate 39,95 €. The albums are labeled “The Cool”, “The Vintage” and “The Revival” and are available via PielFort’s website, The Leather Album. If you’re not so much in the mood for one of their retro-analog-albums, they also have a vast selection of wedding albums, children’s photo albums, Svarovski albums etc. pp.–you name it. And let’s be honest–what better place to store and present your analog pictures in than a beautiful, unique, hand-crafted leather album?
Figosa is an extremely new company in the camera strap world. Based in Italy, and manufacturing their products from genuine Italian Leather, they are initially targeting users of film cameras and mirrorless digital cameras. Italian leather has always been known for its excellent quality and it is often always worked with by hand. This leather lends its qualities to their first strap designed for vintage cameras and mirrorless interchangeable lens cams as well. It can come in different colors, but we went for the conservative black look. The overall quality and look earned the strap a special mention in our recent camera strap roundup.
But should it be the next strap on your camera?
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With the rise of vintage appeal and retro looks, there was also a parallel stir in the photo accessories market. Suddenly, we began to see an outpouring of lots of new camera straps appealing to those that are going for the old-school style with their kits. Lots of these straps involve the use of leather–just the way that older cameras used to. And while there are lots of brands out there that may appeal to photographers, here’s a list of certain brands that tickle our vintage fetish just the right way.
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Nothing’s wrong with cuddling, right? Right? You’ll probably want to after you affix Tap and Dye’s brand spankin’ new Royal Navy Patina to it. It’s based on their Legacy Wrist Strap which we reviewed previously, and is a limited edition version that has been oil dyed, waxed and polished to achieve the unique gradient effect from royal blue to dark navy. But there’s Branded impressions are now also on the inside of the strap and the edges of the suede underside have been beveled and sanded for a more comfortable feeling on the skin–which was one of our major complaints (and make it cuddle worthy.) Good to see that the company is listening to their customers!
Only 25 units will be available with the same $52 price point. Check Tap and Dye’s shop for availability.
We all love beautiful camera straps–this is evident in the sheer amount of emails or comments that this blog receives simply asking what straps I use on my cameras. Figosa is a new company based out of Italy and working with genuine Italian Leather to give you heart palpitations when their work is paired with beautiful cameras. The strap above is called, “Tracolla in cuoio stile vintage per macchine fotografiche analogiche e mirrorless” which translates to “Leather Vintage Style Shoulder Strap for Mirrorless Cameras”–but it probably sounds a heck of a lot sexier in Italian. That strap can be picked up on the company’s Etsy store. At the moment, they only have one camera strap but they pledged to us that they’re working on more. So when a refresh comes, you’ll be the first to know.
Tap and Dye is a brand new camera strap startup based in NYC. The founder, Justin Waldinger, created the Legacy Wrist strap to be used primarily with film SLRs and Rangefinders. But his straps have found a comfortable following amongst the digital world as well for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras such as the Olympus OMD EM5.
I’ve been testing the strap for around three weeks now, and it’s become the strap the lives on my Olympus OMD now–successfully replacing my Olympus Pen Premium Case Strap (which now resides on my X Pro 1.) So what about this strap makes it so appealing?
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