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Old 02-05-2017   #1
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Favorite camera strap?

Hi guys,

I just picked up my first Leica M6 a few hours ago but it doesn't have a camera strap. I was wondering what everyone's favorite camera strap is or which brands they'd recommend.

I'm looking possibly for a leather one. The Annie Barton has caught my eyes but it seems to be a bit pricey.

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Old 02-05-2017   #2
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Funny, I just seconds ago placed an order from Gordy's for my new M10 (that I have yet to receive). I like the 50" version and then I take a waxed shoe lace and make about 4" connectors on each end. I sling the strap over the shoulder and carry the camera slung on my hip unless I am shooting. The thin leather strap is perfect and stealthy. I can wear it all day.
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Dear romeld,

Anything made by OPTECH.

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Old 02-05-2017   #4
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Luigi makes nice leather straps, but they are pricey as well. I like Tamrac straps. They are nice looking, comfortable, and have detachable Fastex clips to unhook from the camera when desired.
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Old 02-05-2017   #5
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My favourite. Harry Benz B strap https://www.harrybenz.com/shop/
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Old 02-05-2017   #6
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My favourite. Harry Benz B strap https://www.harrybenz.com/shop/

Have you -- has anyone -- used one of the Harry Benz straps in the rain? Or during heavy physical activity? I'm out in the rain a lot and going up and down small mountains a lot and with the damp from the sky and sweat I've had many many white shirts stained brown across the shoulders from leather straps and have been using a canvas strap for a few years as a result (By Roberu: https://www.amazon.com/ROBERU-Canvas...00L1S80ZM?th=1 ). The Vintage B strap is beautiful though and if I thought it wasn't a likely source of stains I'd buy one.

Also, split rings -- mine suck. Anyone have any sources for good split rings or ideas for another connector between the strap and lugs? I've tried string connectors but they haven't held up very well. The connectors on the Leica strap that came with the camera are good but I don't want to use the Leica strap.
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Old 02-05-2017   #7
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Why not the Leica strap? They have great connectors, are nylon material so they won't break suddenly like leather will, and have a decent pad on them.
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Old 02-05-2017   #8
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Why not the Leica strap? They have great connectors, are nylon material so they won't break suddenly like leather will, and have a decent pad on them.
One more vote for the Leica strap. One of the few cheap leica items. Stays put on your shoulder and the strap wraps easly around the wrist. I like to fine-tune the lenght of my straps, so the adjustability of the Leica strap is key. Best of all, at the lenght I prefer, it forms a handy wrist strap loop.
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Old 02-06-2017   #9
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Why not the Leica strap? They have great connectors, are nylon material so they won't break suddenly like leather will, and have a decent pad on them.
That's my pick (the 14312) for anything up to and including my Nikon F3HP with MD4. I also turned a worn one into a couple of quick-release wrist-straps.
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Why not the Leica strap? They have great connectors, are nylon material so they won't break suddenly like leather will, and have a decent pad on them.
I totally agree with this. A great strap and I own several now.

I am also very fond of the inexpensive cloth and nylon strap that came stock with the Vivitar V3800n. One of these is permanently attached to my M-A.

I also love the leather strap attached to my Rolleiflex, made by some famous Italian strap maker whose name escapes my feeble mind right now.

And, believe it or not, the old shoelace strap that came stock with my Pentax K1000. Narrow, very strong and robust (has lasted since 1984), not too slick but moves around on my shoulder easily and is flexible enough not to get in my way when taking photographs.
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[quote=JHutchins;2693617]Have you -- has anyone -- used one of the Harry Benz straps in the rain? Or during heavy physical activity? I'm out in the rain a lot and going up and down small mountains a lot and with the damp from the sky and sweat I've had many many white shirts stained brown across the shoulders from leather straps and have been using a canvas strap for a few years as a result (By Roberu: https://www.amazon.com/ROBERU-Canvas...00L1S80ZM?th=1 ). The Vintage B strap is beautiful though and if I thought it wasn't a likely source of stains I'd buy one

I use my MP with the B strap for both ski touring and mountain climbing. Works like a charm. In the rain, my camera is usually in my pack.
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Have you -- has anyone -- used one of the Harry Benz straps in the rain? Or during heavy physical activity?
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I have used a Harry Benz strap in rain and in very humid conditions without any problems. And, as mr. Benz promises, the split rings he provides are very good.
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Old 02-05-2017   #13
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My favorite strap is the original Strapateer, from the 60-70s, and I still have one or two, but these days I make my own. Fully adjustable, thin leather like the original Leica straps, but with a clip in it to make it possible to wear the camera on a shoulder under a coat in the winter, then unclip the strap to pull out the camera. I have these on all of my film cameras, and wouldn't have anything else.

https://www.google.com/search?safe=o...2&q=strapateer
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Not leather, but the domke gripper (w/swivel) is on every camera of mine that can take a strap.
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Old 02-25-2017   #15
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Not leather, but the domke gripper (w/swivel) is on every camera of mine that can take a strap.

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Old 02-05-2017   #16
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There is a Korean company called Arnuvo that makes several variety of straps mostly leather and nylon/canvas. Varied widths and lengths.
I have several and find them to be excellent and inexpensive. I use the cloth straps either 30 or 40mm wide.
They remind me of the Deluxe Strap from Voigtlander but many more colors.
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I didn't know about this company, thank you. Some very nice designs there.

I've used Barton 1972 for a long time. Good value for money and simple unobstrusive designs (and other ones too).

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There is a Korean company called Arnuvo that makes several variety of straps mostly leather and nylon/canvas. Varied widths and lengths.
I have several and find them to be excellent and inexpensive. I use the cloth straps either 30 or 40mm wide.
They remind me of the Deluxe Strap from Voigtlander but many more colors.
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Loving those straps. Is it possible to have strap GAS? Is thst SAS? Hopefully it's SAS cause strap GAS sounds a bit weird...
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Domke gripper is a good strap, but after a while, the little rubber nubbins start to come off. The UP Strap - google it - is wonderfully flexible and the rubber pad stays put on just about any material. The strap is probably nylon, but it doesn't wear out.
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Domke gripper is a good strap, but after a while, the little rubber nubbins start to come off. The UP Strap - google it - is wonderfully flexible and the rubber pad stays put on just about any material. The strap is probably nylon, but it doesn't wear out.
I've been using the gripper straps since about 1996. I've had to replace two camera straps and one strap on my F2 bag. Not bad.
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Old 02-05-2017   #22
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Domke gripper and Gordy's leather. Good straps and reasonably priced.
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Old 02-05-2017   #23
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Standard Leica strap on my XT2 and Think Tank strap on my XP2.
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Old 02-08-2017   #24
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Narrow Pentax nylon strap:



That or Nikon equivalent AN-7 etc.

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Practical/functional first - domke gripper or upstrap

Practical and pretty - Gordy's

Pretty and stylin' - artist & artisan, luigi
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I find it relatively easy and inexpensive to make do-it-yourself neck straps and wrist straps for my cameras by purchasing 7 meters of suede leather from a craft store and cutting it to my specifications. A simple square knot is all that is needed to close the loop.


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I love domke gripper, but you won't like it, it's not made for beautiful objects
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upstrap rf: for hanging off a shoulder. not great for going across your chest or hanging from your neck because of the floppy rubber grip.
http://www.upstrap-pro.com/category/...full-list.html

artisan & artist acam-104 cloth strap: for going cross your chest or hanging from your neck. not enough grip for hanging off a shoulder.
http://leicastoremiami.com/products/...ic-strap-brown

cecilia gallery, slim strap with nylon tabs: same functionality as the a&a cloth strap.
https://www.shopcecilia.com/collecti...abs-2-5cm-neck

arte di mano comodo: same functionality. the best finished leather strap made today. no need for strap lug protectors.
http://artedimano.cafe24.com/front/p...isplay_group=2
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Home made, materials via Strapworks.com

For simplicity & exactly what I want & need, I make my own with materials from Strapworks.com. Nylon webbing-straps in 3/8" or 1/2" in a variety of colors. I stick with black, silver-grey or brown/khaki. Did some "burgundy" in the past & Olive drab. The former a bit flash for me, and O.D. doesn't work all that well in glossy fabrics, though an O.D. Bessa would look smart.

They have plastic slides in black or white in those widths, as well as flat metal ones in a variety of finishes. I used to do the metal ones for "security" but now stick to plastic for a scratch-free product. Recently I've gone to 1.5" with metal snaps & slides to make shoulder straps for my canvas Rothco tool bags - perfect for film lugging or a 6x6 SLR.

All in all I can make a light camera (Leica/Nikon RF) for under USD$3. Classic SLRS with 1/2" a half-dollar more. Only challenge is finding decent split rings that don't have jagged ends that shred the straps.--alfredian
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I've tried a few, I have a thin Leica black leather strap that I keep because it's lovely - though I almost exclusively use the OEM one that shipped with the M6. I like that it's super easy to take off when I have the motordrive attached and don't need a neck strap.
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Another vote for Domke gripper.
I use both the 1" and 1.5" strap, depending on the weight of the kit.
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In the summer I like woven cotton straps because they don't get sweaty. In other seasons I like leather straps of many kinds. Although, for nostalgic reasons I like Seventies SLR's with embroidered straps, and there's no functional reason for that at all.



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I prefer UP-Strap myself. They are very strong with lots of choices on size and width with a very grippy shoulder strap pad. I use them on everything that uses a strap including some of my camera bags. - jim

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i'm still enjoying my lance straps...just bought a couple more recently...
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I usually get my straps from this guy in Portugal
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/janzls/m.h...1&_ipg=&_from=
Handmade, very nice quality and very reasonable prices.
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I usually get my straps from this guy in Portugal
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/janzls/m.h...1&_ipg=&_from=
Handmade, very nice quality and very reasonable prices.
Thanks for that link, those look really nice! Ive been looking for a wrist strap for my Barnack and one of those might be the ticket.
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I've just picked one of these up for my M2. Lovely and soft, beautifully made and doesn't get in the way when you put the camera in a bag. Highly recommended.

(the Rolleiflex version is also excellent).

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upstraps on my work dslrs, I like the A&A slider type on my Df, Luigi strap on my M2 and OEM strap on my M9.
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I enjoy the A&A ACAM-108 wrist/neck strap on the smaller cameras. No more fiddling on wrapping the strap around your wrist (while the last section keep falling off).

With an extra piece of ultrasuede attached it's perfect.
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