Review: Stroppa Flat Camera Strap (So Gorgeous, Yet So Simple)

With the Stroppa Flat Camera Strap, you’ve got an option that is bound to stand out.

I’ve always been more of a leather and canvas guy when it comes to my camera straps, but after I was given the Stroppa Flat Camera strap I was pleasantly surprised. The material looks like a lighter version of the sailing rope style bindings that you’d find at Home Depot, but this is softer and quite durable. The Stroppa Flat Camera strap isn’t exactly low profile depending on what color you get. I was given both black and red; the red is arguably the more stylish of the two. For the photographer who doesn’t want leather or canvas, the Stroppa Flat Camera strap could be an affordable and versatile option.

Tech Specs

Taken from the listing for Stroppa Flat Camera strap website

“Its new, lightweight construction is very durable and the strap is more flexible than any rope strap on the market.

This allows you to carry your camera comfortably, no matter if you’re carrying a pancake or a telephoto.

The main focus of the Stroppa Flat is flexibility. It’s aimed at the mirrorless cameras but can easily handle a medium format beast.”

Ergonomics

The Stroppa Flat Camera strap is mostly some thin, flexible sailing rope that is attached to leather holders which have a split ring. That’s really all that there is to it.

The webbing, as I like to call it, is porous and not as thick as typical sailing rope. Instead, you can scrunch it up and almost put stuff through it. However, the design is twisted and threaded enough that I’d trust it for most applications.

Mounting the Stroppa Flat Camera strap onto your camera basically just means that you feed the split rings into the camera strap lugs. That’s about it.

Build Quality

The Stroppa Flat Camera strap is built very well. The split rings are standard but a tad heavier than normal. They’re not the Holdfast Gear or TAP and DYE split rings that I’m convinced could probably hold my weight for a few seconds, but they’re very strong – especially on a Leica CL. When you sling the Stroppa Flat Camera strap and a camera around your neck, you’ll be amazed at how much natural padding there is. Because it’s designed to be so incredibly solid and thick, it allows the skin underneath it to breathe. When walking around Coney Island recently with the Stroppa Flat Camera strap around me, I didn’t have many issues in regards to sweat forming on my shirt.

Ease of Use

The Stroppa Flat Camera strap is pretty straight forward: attach it to the strap lugs on your camera and you’re all set. There is no padded shoulder area and so for that reason you’re going to want to keep your camera and lens lightweight lest it get weighed down and the package starts to point downwards. What’s also quite nice is that when you wrap the Stroppa Flat Camera strap around your wrist, it’s comfortable and breathable.

Conclusions

The Stroppa Flat Camera strap is highly recommend if you’re a user of old film SLR cameras, rangefinders, or more modern mirrorless cameras. They’re very comfortable, and I can easily see myself wanting to use them more and more. Are they as sexy as the American leather and canvas straps? No. But they’re damn close.

The Stroppa Flat Camera strap receives four out of five stars.