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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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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Vintage Leather Adjustable Strap (8 of 10)ISO 2001-320 sec at f - 4.0

Figosa has always made beautiful and modest vintage leather camera straps. But recently, they released adjustable versions. These straps are every big as cool and great as the original version except that now they are adjustable.

And despite the quality of Italian leather, it still doesn’t seem as hardy as some of their competitors from America.

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ONA has been on a roll with lots of beautiful products and releases as of late. And today, they’ve got even more that they’re showing off. Four new products were announced in the form of the Astoria, Capri, Leather Capri and the Leather Presido strap. The bags are oriented towards the city dweller that wants to have something stylish. They are set to launch and be available in the ONA store today.

More details about the products are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer ONA Berlin Camera bag (2 of 8)ISO 6401-1000 sec at f - 2.2

ONA is one of the original modern manufacturers of beautiful camera bags and accessories–and if you aren’t familiar with who they are you might be after looking at their latest camera bag. It’s called the Berlin–and is a collaboration with Leica. It was created in celebration of the company’s 100th year anniversary. It’s designed to hold an M system camera and a couple of lenses in the main compartment. But you can also tote along an iPad, and other personal items inside.

The bag is made of full grain leather, antique brass buckles, and is handcrafted.

Want one? You’ll need to shell out $369 for this beauty.

More photos are after the jump.

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Alpaca’s are cute, fuzzy, and sometimes funny animals. And with lots of stylish camera straps these days being made from leather or canvas, these new addition from the Cecilia Gallery is quite a welcome surprise. The company has today announced a new line of 14 camera straps made of Alpaca wool and leather accents. Each strap comes with its own unique design and range somewhere in the $85 to $95 price point.

The company tells us that the straps are all handwoven in Peru and that they’ve got nylon built into them to help them support up to 250lbs of weight. Yes–we just said 250lbs, that’s what they’re claiming at least. In a situation like that, you can probably tote your 8×10 camera around your neck with one of these things.

You can snag your own right now on the company’s website.

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The trend of beautiful, leather products has been around for a while now in the photo industry since ONA started strutting their sexiness all over the place. But on a recent trip to the Lomography store in NYC, I stumbled upon something else extremely beautiful but a little different. And upon asking them about the bag, I was introduced to Zkin. The company seems to be quite new (or at least their approach to the industry does) but already has an impressive lineup of bags.

And the one that really caught my eye is the Champ. Don’t ask me why they call it this. But for what it’s worth, I’ve found a bag that’s not only stylish, but also pretty damned functional.

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