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In search of the perfect camera strap.

Those who follow my photo comments will know I don’t talk much (not at all really) about gear.

The mere mention of a camera brand or exposure details in a blog or Tweet just… well, you know.

It may come as a surprise, therefore, when I tell you I’m going to spout about a piece of sundry equipment which has wowed me recently. Let me explain.

Just like millions of other photographers, for years I’ve carried varying forms of cameras around my neck or over my shoulder and I’ve NEVER been satisfied with the manufacturer supplied straps, or any from the aftermarket for that matter. They were either too long, or short, difficult to re-size, they were too wide or too narrow. Argghhh. They drove me nuts.

I have a preference for a short camera strap – about 800mm – which, when the camera is draped around my neck places the camera mid-chest. These are not easy to find.

And, at the same time, I like to carry my camera across my body, hanging by my side. Sort of out of the way but accessible.

These two preferences would seem at first glance to be mutually exclusive, but no.

Add to this the fact I do not like branding, (I regularly black tape over the camera logos and name) and you can see my problem.

Well, I think after 40 years I’ve finally found the ideal strap, for me at least.

A company in Japan makes a strap which:

  • can be “easily” – and I would emphasise that word here – changed from short to long and vice-versa. By easily I mean one handed in a second or 2;
  • is medium width;
  • comes in a range of plain colours – I opted for a black strap- there’s a surprise;
  • is unbranded ( except for a small tag – which I cut off. Sorry. It would have been OK if it were black but it was red).

“I’ve only used it for a day or 2 but it’s a revelation. It’s simply great. Not cheap, but well worth it.”

I bought mine from Red Dot Cameras in London. What great service. I ordered it mid-afternoon and it came the next day.

The strap is beautifully made by Art and Artisan of Japan. You can see it here…

http://www.artisan-n-artist.com/product_detail.php?id=189

And the Red Dot site is here…

https://www.reddotcameras.co.uk/230-artisan-artist-straps?p=2

It’s that good I’m about to buy another for my rarely used camera.

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