Pimp Your Camera: Accessories to Refresh Your Camera’s Boring Look

There is no reason for your camera to look standard and dull; let everyone know that it’s clearly yours.

Here at the Phoblographer, we’re all about aesthetics–and that’s why we think every photographer should do what they can to truly call their camera their own. Lucky for you, there are a plethora of accessories on the market designed to do just that. Some are functional, while others are fashionable, but very few manage to walk the line. For the photographer looking to add some peacock and flair to their camera, we dove into our Reviews Index to figure out just what the best selections would be for that purpose.

Bashert Jewelry Shutter Release Buttons

In our review, we state:

“The Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release buttons are pretty darn gorgeous. They’re small and add a little dash of flair to your camera. But on top of that, they’re also real metal and curved to make placing your finger on them really comfortable. Most soft shutter release buttons have a gummy, rubbery texture. This doesn’t. Instead, they’re sterling silver and make the shutter experience less of one where you insert the pad of your finger into a hole designed for screws and instead onto a concave silver button. It’s nice. It’s a much different tactile experience and the photographers that I think would most appreciate this are both Leica and Fujifilm users because of all the dials and knobs those cameras have.”


4V Design Lusso Slim Camera Strap

In our review, we state:

“One of the bigger distinguishing features is on top of the shoulder pad: it’s the branded 4V Design logo. The leather here and all over the strap is a soft feel leather that balances both said soft feel and a ruggedness. I wouldn’t quite call it elegant, but it’s almost there.”

“This is a leather that’s soft to the touch and easy on your skin whether you’re wearing a bit less clothing during the hot summer months or you’re wrapping the strap around your wrist–which is something I often do.”


Stroppa Flat Camera Strap

In our review, we state:

“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.”


Jolie Laide Traveler Camera Strap

In our review, we state:

“Overall though, it’s a very solidly made strap and while being comfortable is also very durable. During our tests, the strap felt so dainty and soft to the touch that I gave it a stress test by trying to rip it apart and twisting it. But the strap didn’t give; so it’s surely very well built.”


Artisan Obscura Soft Shutter Releases and Hot Shoe Covers

In our review, we state:

“We’ve played with lots of soft shutter releases before and they all felt very…basic. For what it’s worth, I’m not too thrilled with the feel of the one for the Fujifilm X Pro 1, but I’m positively smitten with the release for the Sony A7. In fact, I think that the same release should be for the X Pro 1, but with the ability to screw into the threaded shutter release that comes standard with the camera.”


Hawkesmill Camera Straps

In our review, we state:

“These straps will be best appreciated by the photographer that switches their strap configuration around. Like to wrap it around your wrist? The leather is soft yet strong to be comfortable. What about around your chest? The straps won’t make your shirt sweat at all–which is a big plus when walking around in the hot summer.”


Tap and Dye Nero Horween Chromexcel

In our review, we state:

“In real life use, the strap didn’t leave any significant sweat marks across button down shirts in NYC’s hot summer (we basically skipped spring) while still providing lots of comfort. But the interior can be quite clingy and you’ll have to use a bit more oomph to slide the camera to your eye. The reason for this is because of the fixed length.”

“When wrapped around the wrist, you’ll have very little issues with comfort but your wrists are sure to heat up quickly.”


Holdfast Gear Money Maker Solo

In our review, we state:

“The Holdfast Gear Money Maker Solo is a beautiful camera strap system in appearance and build. Think of a thick leather belt and then think about mounting that around your torso. You’re getting a great strap for sure, not only in the hardware but the leather quality. In fact, I’d argue that Holdfast overcompensates.”


Simplr M1a Camera Strap

In our review, we state:

“But in real life use, I was absolutely shocked that the Simplr M1a Mirrorless Camera Strap held up with a Canon 6D Mk II and a Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens. Plus it worked really swell with the Leica CL and a 40mm f2. Of course, it would work with the lighter camera. I wasn’t so sure about the buckles before, but they held up. Still though, for a bit of extra paranoid security, I’d want something that gives me some extra lock; something where I can feel with a hearty snap that the strap and camera won’t come undone at the buckle.”

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.