Most photographers like camera and various other photographic accessories…and not just the technical kind, but also those accessories that provide a measure of style. Sometimes I think it’s difficult to get one’s personal style across when on the job because, as a photographer, style is not always practical. I notice this the most when I shoot Fashion Week, and, among the Rodarte-heeled, Prada-bag toting attendees and glammed up models, I usually end up running around in boots, jeans or leggings, carrying my large, very un-Prada-like camera like.
A while ago, after much debate, I settled on a Billingham bag which I wrote about here. I’ve considered finding another bag eventually, one with a bit more style, but the Billingham does have style and I’ve actually gotten several compliments and even a photo of my bag taken, so, not a total loss.
Anyway, I digress. As I’m trying to expand and shoot more, I recently acquired a second camera body, but unlike my first D2xs, the camera strap wasn’t included (I bought a used body). So, I set out to find a camera strap for my new camera body, but of course, wanted something with style. Originally I had been interested in the Roberu straps, however after some translation assistance (it’s a Japanese company) I discovered that they don’t ship to the US. So, after some searching online I ended browsing Etsy and found the handmade leather camera straps by Lorayn.
She offers several different styles, each handmade after your order has been placed. I
opted for the black and white reversible leather strap because of its simple but stylish design and I like the black/white combo.
Located in Hong Kong, she does (obviously) ship to the US. It arrived in a protective plastic covering, carefully tied at the back to a piece of cardboard, keeping the strap in place.
It’s very easy to attach the strap to your camera, with tiny screws that you place into a few holes on either end of the strap. Also somewhat adjustable in length depending on where you decide to place the screws.
That’s me with my new camera body, pretty little 50mm f1.4 lens and newly acquired strap. I decided I think I’ll prefer wearing the white side of the strap showing because I like the contrast with the black camera body.
I was a little concerned at first that the leather might not be all that comfortable, but decided that I could deal with that as long as it looked good. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the leather is in fact quite soft and not at all uncomfortable to carry around one’s neck. Eventually I think I’m going to need a strap for my original camera body, which currently just has the basic Nikon branded camera strap on it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nikon, but it doesn’t hurt to add a little style, accessorize just a bit, even if I’m going to be out shooting.