A Simple Strap That Almost Feels Like You’re Not Wearing One: Wandrd Wrist Strap Review

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Shooting without a neck strap is both a bit liberating and terrifying. Liberating because there’s no neck or back pain, even with long shoots. Terrifying because of the constant threat of a catastrophic drop. Thanks to a loose-fitting design that instantly tightens when dropped, the new Wandrd Wrist Strap is the next best thing to shooting strap-free.

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Designed for a Street Photographer: CosySpeed QUICK SALLY Review

The CosySpeed QUICK SALLY One-Hand Wrist Strap is a strap that gave me anxiety at first. But that changed later on.

When the CosySpeed QUICK SALLY came in, I had a few doubts only because of the magnet that’s built into it. Magnets aren’t good for digital cameras, but they aren’t too terrible for film cameras. Though it serves a function when using the rest of the Cosyspeed lineup of bags, some situations require more than what the Street-o-Matic or others offer to me. Most of the time, I need a backpack. And sometimes, you want both the comfort and durability that the CosySpeed QUICK SALLY allows you. Indeed, while I initially had my doubts about the strap, I was proven wrong with repeated use. 

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Review: Vi Vante Bengal Unleashed Lambskin Leather Camera Wrist Strap

The Vi Vante Bengal Unleashed Lambskin Leather Camera Wrist Strap is a stylish option that’s soft to the touch and incredibly practical.

For fashion-forward photographers in search of a new wrist strap for their cameras, Vi Vante’s Bengal Unleashed wrist strap may be just what they’re looking for. Made of ultra-soft lambskin leather, the Vi Vante Bengal Unleashed camera wrist strap is one of the most comfortable wrist straps I’ve tried to date. Whether you’re looking to upgrade from the ho-hum camera strap included with your camera, or prefer the lower profile nature of wrist straps over traditional neck straps, the Vi Vante Bengal Unleashed Lambskin Leather Camera Wrist Strap is worth considering.

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Langly Has a Bunch of Cool Camera Straps to Choose From

Still on the hunt for the camera strap that fits your needs and style? One of these goodies from Langly might just be the one you’re looking for.

We understand that the perfect camera strap may take a while and some searching to come by, so we bring more options for you to choose from. Today, we have some goodies from Langly, makers of camera bags, apparel, straps, and other accessories. Check out their stylish leather straps, sturdy lightweight slings, and handy wrist straps to see if one of them will catch your fancy.

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Content Camera Strap Promises to Be the Only Strap You’ll Ever Need

If you’re a fan of modular setups down to your camera accessories, the Content Camera Strap is worth checking out.

It’s a bold statement, but Allegory Goods, the creators of the Content Camera Strap, promises that it will be the only camera strap you’ll ever need. Why? Because it has three modes for all your shooting styles: neck strap, cross body strap, and wrist strap or leash. If you’re curious about modular camera straps, you might want to check this out and even back it on Kickstarter.

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New Simplr F1 Sling-Style Camera Strap Is a Neck Strap, Sling Strap, and Wrist Strap in One

Simplr has recently launched the F1 Sling-Style Camera Strap, which works great as a neck strap but best performs as a sling-style cross-body strap.

If you liked the M1-Series Quick-Release Camera Straps, Simplr has just made them even more streamlined in their latest offering. The F1 Sling-Style Camera Strap was in fact inspired by this earlier model, just without the quick release connection. If you think you won’t have much use for the M1a’s quick release feature but would like to have its fuss-free form and function, Simplr recommends opting for the new F1 instead.

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Dear Manufacturers: Small Cameras Deserve Nice, Small, Wrist Straps

More cameras should come with wrist straps because the cameras deserve to always be in your hand.

Dear Manufacturers;

I think you can agree with me that photography (as we’ve traditionally known it) and cameras have become more of a luxury product over the years. We’ve found ways to commodify workshops on a larger scale, phones have decimated your compact camera sales, and you really have to convince someone to actually purchase your camera let alone actually bring it with them. There are of course those big, ugly straps you’ve been using for years that more or less appropriately label your fan boys and girls, but I genuinely think it’s time for a change.

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The Gorgeous Stroppa Flat Camera Strap Won’t Help Your GAS Very Much

The new Stroppa Flat is a more streamlined and flexible strap for mirrorless cameras.

If you put a premium on simplicity that works, the new Stroppa Flat collection could be the best camera strap for you. Whether you’re looking for something basic and reliable, or want a spare strap to use when you want to give your fancy ones a rest, this new offering promises to be a flexible option.

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Review: Holdfast Gear Camera Leash 2 (Wrist Strap)

The Holdfast Gear Camera Leash 2 adds more versatility to the burly wrist strap.

If you were to look at the Holdfast Gear Camera Leash 2, you wouldn’t necessarily notice the upgrades. It’s only when you take a closer look that you’ll see how apparent they are. One of the company’s first products was the Camera Leash: a wrist strap with a bit of flair, sturdiness, and a major deviation from many of the other strap manufacturers out when they were introduced years ago. Some said the straps were vain. Others like myself saw them as an alternative to not looking like I was owned by one particular camera brand. They are a very subtle way to stand out from the crowd. And the Holdfast Gear Camera Leash 2 does that still, but at this point is much more familiar to photography audiences across the world. It’s again made of very durable leather, and been improved to be soft to the touch on the interior. The way it connects to the other Holdfast accessories has been vastly improved.

Holdfast’s products have evolved over the years from products with subtle stylishness to a more brash boldness. And as I too have grown older (I’m now 30 – when I started Phoblographer I was 22) my tastes have also changed. I find myself going after more canvas, leather, cashmere and wool products. With that said, I feel like Holdfast was ahead of what I’ve been looking for and I’ve grown an appreciation for their products.

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M1w Mirrorless Wrist Strap is the Simplest, No-Nonsense Strap for Mirrorless Cameras

Simplr’s M1w Mirrorless Wrist Strap is as simple as it gets when it comes to wrist straps for smaller cameras.

Not all of us frequently use neck straps with mirrorless cameras, and a wrist strap just makes more sense for the smaller ones. But, not all wrist straps are created equal. If you’d rather have something lightweight, simple, and functional, the M1w Mirrorless Wrist Strap is a great option for you.

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The Hard Graft Slide Camera Wrist Strap Is Beautiful

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Based on the UK, Hard Graft has recently announced a brand new camera strap to their lineup of fine leather goods. It’s a wrist strap that they’re saying automatically adjusts itself–which we’re sure is based on the weight of your camera. You see, if you let the camera hang from your wrist, any wrist strap will often tighten around your wrist. This can be painful if the camera is heavy and usually we recommend having some sort of padding to protect your wrist or at least make it a bit more comfortable.

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Review: Peak Design Clutch Wrist Strap

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Wrist straps can arguably be categorized as the most comfortable and ergonomically sound straps based on how cameras are supposed to be held. They’ve traditionally had very common designs: with some being thin pieces of leather while others are a bit more grippy for your hand/wrist. Then there is Peak Design’s latest entry: the Clutch. The Clutch is inspired by climbing gear for those great outdoors types–and while it isn’t necessarily reinventing the wheel, it is surely making a big improvement on it.

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Review: The Nitz Wrist Strap V2

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Overall, I’m simple. I am not a fan of the nice, yet terribly expensive wrist straps we have reviewed here. I like my photography accessories to work while not being expensive and prefer to invest more money into my camera and lenses instead of frilly extras. When I was first introduced to the Nitz Strap by my friend Scott Wyden, I was fascinated. It is a hand-made strap by a photographer. When I found out how much the Nitz wrist strap would cost. I bought one.

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TAP And DYE Announces New Horween Chromexcel Leather Straps

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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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Review: Tap and Dye Legacy Camera Neck/Shoulder Strap 44″

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We previously reviewed the Tap and Dye Legacy Wrist Strap, and though we had some complaints about it the strap overall is still quite an excellent and well designed piece of functional swag. But despite how good the strap was, we still had an affinity for a full length strap for mirrorless cameras. We purchased the company’s Legacy Shoulder/Neck camera strap in the 44″ size, and after some wrestling with the strap, we were able to mount it onto the Olympus OMD EM5. Justin, the strap’s creator and the company’s owner, crafts them in NYC and delivers each strap in their own special cloth case.

But everything from there on is reminiscent of a love story.



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Review: Op/Tech SLR Wrist Strap

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We have reviewed various wrist straps. They come from great companies like HoldFast, A7 and Tap and Dye. These straps have all been well designed, wonderfully constructed with luxurious materials and have been stylish. They all have just one fault. They are bloody expensive for a photographer like me. First and foremost, I am a husband and a father. This means I have to be just a bit more frugal than most. While I would love to own any one of those elegant wrist straps, it’s not possible. I have to invest more in my camera bodies, lighting, and lenses. I also have to maintain a photography fund for emergency needs. These things make my photography more functional, but I needed a wrist strap to make my photography life more comfortable. When I found and purchased the OP/TECH USA SLR Wrist Strap I was extremely satisfied.

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Review: Tap and Dye Legacy Wrist Strap (Used on the Olympus OMD EM5)

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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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Review: Lance Camera Straps

Like camera bags, photographers have a million choices when it comes to camera straps. There are wrist straps, slings, holsters, traditional neck straps, harnesses, belt systems and probably a few more that I haven’t seen yet. Once you have identified the style you want, it can be tough to find “the one” as most strap makes take a “one size fits all” approach. But Lance, over at Lance Camera Straps, has taken a slightly different approach.

 

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Hands On: HoldFast Gear Camera Leash Designer Wrist Strap

HoldFast Gear not only sent me the Indispensible Wallet to caress fondle play with, but also their Camera Leash: a fully leather wrist strap for DSLRs. As I’ve stated many times through various posts, I much prefer to wrap my camera strap around my wrist. The reason why is because it keeps my camera at the ready and because it feels more natural as the camera almost becomes a part of me during the shooting experience.

With all that said, I’ve become very smitten with the strap.

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