Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Gearhead Delights > Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc

Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc A place to discuss the delights of photo accessories, including bags, meters, tripods, filters, straps, camera cases, lens hoods, anything non digital that can make your gearhead life a little bit more enjoyable.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

Strap recommendations for Leica M5
Old 05-02-2017   #1
Robert Lai
Registered User
 
Robert Lai is offline
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,354
Strap recommendations for Leica M5

I know that there have been threads from several years ago on this subject. The strap lugs of the M5 require a flat strap without split rings.

One thread asked for the original Leica M5 strap.
I wouldn't recommend any old leather strap for a camera, even if it is made by (or for) Leica. That ancient leather strap is just going to break one day, and the camera is going to go crashing down.

Other people have recommended the Domke gripper:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...era_Strap.html

Op tech EZ comfort strap:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ck.html?sts=pi

My personal recommendation is Nikon's AN-48:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...eck_Strap.html
The Nikon exudes quality.
Unlike the Domke, it has the least number of geegaws and attachments onto the strap.

Unlike the Op-Tech, its shoulder pad isn't so springy that you fear the pad and strap are just going to rip apart if the going gets heavy.

Also, the Nikon strap has NO labeling on the strap itself, except for tiny "Nikon" logos cast into the plastic buckles.

Yes, you can pay a lot and get custom straps made by Luigi et al., but I think these ones here represent the most readily available and usable straps. I've bought all of them at one time or another.
I don't have any reason for recommending B&H except that they're the people that I've purchased from. I'm posting this just to summarize my experience for any future M5 buyers.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-02-2017   #2
Huss
Registered User
 
Huss is offline
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 4,033
I read this comment on B&H about the Nikon strap:

"Nicely made, narrow strap. But it is only 48" long end to end before you attach your camera. So unless you only want to wear it around your neck and have your camera sit high on your chest, find a different strap. Trouble is that most of the narrow straps are also on the short side."

I use the Op Tech with my Nikon F6 and it is incredible as to how much lighter and more comfortable it makes the camera feel on my shoulder. My M5 w/ Nokton 50 1.1 is a heavy set up and the Nikon strap u link to looks too thin to be comfortable.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-02-2017   #3
Robert Lai
Registered User
 
Robert Lai is offline
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,354
Hi Huss,
The Nikon strap is 1 inch wide. It has a thin pad of rubber on the inside surface for grip.

I'm 5' 10" in height, which is the median North American male height.
With my M5, the camera will tuck in at my waist if I sling it diagonally across from one shoulder. If I just let it hang from my neck, it goes down to my umbilicus. This is at the height that I've set it at. At its greatest extent, it could go down a 2 more inches on each side.

As for weight, for an M5, the strap is wide enough. The strap material is softly flexible, and not stiff either.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-02-2017   #4
Hatchetman
Registered User
 
Hatchetman is offline
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 182
I have the two lug model. Thinking about buying a piece of unfinished leather strap and bringing it to the shoemaker to sew it together like a belt. The straps mentioned above do not slide from "holster" position to eye position.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-02-2017   #5
css9450
Registered User
 
css9450's Avatar
 
css9450 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Chicago
Posts: 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by Huss View Post
I read this comment on B&H about the Nikon strap:

"Nicely made, narrow strap. But it is only 48" long end to end before you attach your camera. So unless you only want to wear it around your neck and have your camera sit high on your chest, find a different strap.
FWIW, on the website of Gordy's Camera Straps, it says 40" is a typical and common length for neck straps. I'm not familiar with the Nikon straps; maybe some of their length gets used up by being doubled back at the attachment points?
__________________
Nikon S2, S3, F, F2, FM2, FA, N90S, D80, D7000, D750, Sony a6000, Canon IIf, Leica CL, Tower type 3, Zorki 4, Vito B, Perkeo II, Rollei 35....
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-02-2017   #6
damonsong
Registered User
 
damonsong is offline
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 116
I have a 3 lugs M5. I happened to have a leather strap that I custom order while I bought my GF1, and it works perfectly on the M5. Each side is adjustable like belt, I've also tried the Gordy strap(which works good too) and the Leica OEM M5 strap(it's designed for 2 lugs, which I'm not used to the carrying position)).
__________________
damonsong_bw
YouTube
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-02-2017   #7
Rob-F
It's Only a Hobby
 
Rob-F's Avatar
 
Rob-F is offline
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: The Show Me state
Posts: 4,858
I have been using the Op Tech strap. No problem so far.
__________________
May the light be with you.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-02-2017   #8
Robert Lai
Registered User
 
Robert Lai is offline
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,354
Well, for the past 30 minutes or so I have been walking around my room with a 135mm f/2.8 Elmarit (the one with goggles) on my M5, and a Metz 40-MZ-3i flash (with 4 AA batteries) in the hot shoe, and an Arca Swiss type quick release tripod plate on the bottom. Using the Nikon strap.

I'm not dying with this setup.
The hip actually takes up most of the weight when you wear the camera diagonally across. The strap is soft enough that it drapes over the the back and shoulder to spread the load.

I doubt that your Nokton is THIS heavy.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-02-2017   #9
Hatchetman
Registered User
 
Hatchetman is offline
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 182
Would love to see the original 2-lug strap if anyone has a picture of one!
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-02-2017   #10
Doug
Moderator
 
Doug's Avatar
 
Doug is offline
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Pacific NW, USA
Posts: 12,201
I like the straps from Contax cameras. After experience with the G1/G2 cameras I bought a few extra straps from KEH. They are an elegant grey leather with non-slip suede surface on the inner side, and then each end has a length of narrow nylon material. There are also wider ones that I think were for the Contax SLRs. Very nice straps at very modest cost.

I was really disappointed with the strap that came with a newer Leica M, shiny and slippery on the inner surface... slides off my shoulder too easily.
__________________
Doug’s Gallery
RFF on Facebook
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-03-2017   #11
damonsong
Registered User
 
damonsong is offline
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 116
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hatchetman View Post
Would love to see the original 2-lug strap if anyone has a picture of one!

ITs just a long leather belt, I'll find it later and post a picture!
__________________
damonsong_bw
YouTube
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-03-2017   #12
Hatchetman
Registered User
 
Hatchetman is offline
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 182
Quote:
Originally Posted by damonsong View Post
ITs just a long leather belt, I'll find it later and post a picture!
OK thanks! Would like to make one as close to the original if possible.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-03-2017   #13
JoeLopez
Registered User
 
JoeLopez's Avatar
 
JoeLopez is offline
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 103
I recently purchased the Hawkesmill Westminster 130cm strap for my Niokn F3/T. Take a look at the styles they offer if you haven't already

https://hawkesmill.com/product/westm...r-nikon-black/
__________________
Yashica Electro 35 GSN - acquired March 2015


Other gear: Nikon FE2, F3/T & D7100, Fuji X100

My Flickr | My ebay
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-03-2017   #14
Flat Twin
Film Shooter
 
Flat Twin is offline
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Oxfordshire, U.K.
Posts: 432
I totally agree with Robert, the Nikon AN-4B strap is a bit of a hidden gem in my opinion. I use it with my M5 and it is perfect. Actually, I use it on all my other M's and my Nikons! For me it is pretty much the perfect strap. Nikon used to supply it free with certain models, it's tough, discreet and most importantly doesn't get in the way. For me it would be hard to beat and I've used them for years.

Regards

Simon
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-03-2017   #15
Huss
Registered User
 
Huss is offline
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 4,033
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robert Lai View Post
Hi Huss,
The Nikon strap is 1 inch wide. It has a thin pad of rubber on the inside surface for grip.

I'm 5' 10" in height, which is the median North American male height.
With my M5, the camera will tuck in at my waist if I sling it diagonally across from one shoulder. If I just let it hang from my neck, it goes down to my umbilicus. This is at the height that I've set it at. At its greatest extent, it could go down a 2 more inches on each side.

As for weight, for an M5, the strap is wide enough. The strap material is softly flexible, and not stiff either.
Thanks for the extra info Robert, I'll look into it as I am your size.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-04-2017   #16
damonsong
Registered User
 
damonsong is offline
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 116
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hatchetman View Post
OK thanks! Would like to make one as close to the original if possible.
I took some pictures of it, along with the original case. But realized its hard to explain through pictures, so I just made a short video about the strap and case.


Leica M5 original strap and case
__________________
damonsong_bw
YouTube

Last edited by damonsong : 05-04-2017 at 20:30. Reason: add thumbnail
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-04-2017   #17
Hatchetman
Registered User
 
Hatchetman is offline
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 182
Quote:
Originally Posted by damonsong View Post
I took some pictures of it, along with the original case. But realized its hard to explain through pictures, so I just made a short video about the strap and case.

Leica M5 original strap and case
That is really really helpful! It turns out I actually have one of those straps (didn't know what it was actually) but the leather is all brittle. I am going to have a new one made. And I agree, that case situation does not look very useful other than for storage in a bag.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-04-2017   #18
Archlich
Registered User
 
Archlich is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 773
I have like 4 Nikon AN-4B as my go-to no frills straps. A benefit that's unmatched by the nice leather ones: it's washable!

For heavier cameras I ended up with an assortment of A&A cloth and OP/TECH Envy straps. All washable and breath well in the humid, scorching weather that's coming to my area very soon.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-04-2017   #19
damonsong
Registered User
 
damonsong is offline
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 116
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hatchetman View Post
That is really really helpful! It turns out I actually have one of those straps (didn't know what it was actually) but the leather is all brittle. I am going to have a new one made. And I agree, that case situation does not look very useful other than for storage in a bag.
Great too know my short and poorly filmed video make sense. I've not done it before, had to shoot and edit it on my iPhone.
I believe the CL has the same design too, even the same design of case. Hope the video can help others make their decisions to get the OEM strap/case or not.
They both are really great cameras, it's sad that they have such bad reputation and most people shy away from them before even give them a try(actually shoot them for a couple of days). M5 was actually my first Leica, and I'm so glad I decided to go against others recommendations.
__________________
damonsong_bw
YouTube
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-04-2017   #20
Hatchetman
Registered User
 
Hatchetman is offline
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 182
I have used an M4 my father in law has and when I was able to handle the M5 I was like "WOW! I love this viewfinder!" I also like the "brutalist" design and the all black version. Through the lens lightmeter is also a nice to have. Problem is very few can fix the darn thing.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-04-2017   #21
DrMcCoy
Registered User
 
DrMcCoy is offline
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 338
Not joking when I say the strap that comes with Fujifilm cameras (the Instax Mini 90 and the X100s at least) is perfect for the M5. Fits right in the lugs, totally secure. Not sure if they sell that by itself but you could buy the Mini90 for fun and use the strap on your M5.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-04-2017   #22
benmacphoto
Registered User
 
benmacphoto's Avatar
 
benmacphoto is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Philadelphia
Age: 30
Posts: 929
I use the Domke gripper on my M5.
As it's my favorite strap and I use them on all of my cameras.
__________________
Instagram

Website
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-04-2017   #23
Robert Lai
Registered User
 
Robert Lai is offline
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,354
Hatchetman,
The few that can fix an M5 are the few that I'd recommend for any Leica M:
Don Goldberg
Gus Lazzari.

The Lady in Upstate NY is sometimes cold, sometimes hot. I hear she loves the M5 though.

My M5 needed a new battery compartment. I suspect that Gus had to buy one from her.
  Reply With Quote

Straps for Voigltander Bessa IIIW and Fujica GS645 = same as M5
Old 05-04-2017   #24
Robert Lai
Registered User
 
Robert Lai is offline
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,354
Straps for Voigltander Bessa IIIW and Fujica GS645 = same as M5

I just realized that these two cameras have the exact lug configuration as a two lug M5.

For these, I've already put on a Voigtlander strap (seems narrow on the neck at 20mm), and a Leica strap that I got from our German RFFer LChanyungco. The Leica strap is broad in the neck, but the part going to the camera is only half as thick as the Voigltander or Nikon strap's.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 22:40.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.