make your own heavy duty wrist strap
On my research for the best way to use one camera on the street, I have come a long way with different experiments as many others before.
I think, I arrived at a satisfying solution for myself, even at an affordable price point.
I found, using a good fitting wrist strap on lighter cameras as Nikon MF film bodies, Leica M cameras, even small bodied DSLRs with compact lenses or PS cameras is very convenient and comfortable to use.
I made a short writeup, how I made my own perfectly fitting strap in my new article section on my web site.
The link to the section is here:
I hope, this helps others too.
Last edited by menos; 10-18-2009 at 08:09 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Hah, funny, posted similar guide few months ago - its in polish, but images speak for themselves ;-) - http://pentax.org.pl/viewtopic.php?t=13092
The main difference is that i prefer to use it on the other eyelet! The camera's weight is distributed more on your "arms length" and you need only minimal finger grip to hold it - even big slrs seem weightless after few hours of street shooting! :-)
Anyone who contemplates making any kind of custom camera strap should visit the pet department; dog leashes come in a variety of widths and even the narrow ones are generally plenty strong for cameras. Depending on your preference, a little riveting or sewing may be necessary.
While I don't what to cut into sales of Leica straps, Menos's design can be accomplished with generic nylon webbing and fittings from REI or other well stocked camping store.
gordy coale makes some beautiful straps ..
and he is an apug member too
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Nice mod alkos!
Originally Posted by alkos
The Leica strap mod cannot serve with rivets though, but it does cost very little (I paid 25,- EUR for the material for 2 straps). The biggest plus on my mod (which is, why I took the time for a small documentation) is - you have to make just one snip of a scissor and have finished a complete, perfectly working wrist strap with excellent Leica quick release and Leica fit and finish.
Originally Posted by Konical
Not affiliated with Leica, just have found the possible most economical way, to build the possible most usable and save strap. No searching for the raw material needed - just order the strap and prepare a scissor.
Originally Posted by mgb74
Gordy's straps are some of the finest handmade straps one can buy.
Originally Posted by jnanian
They only have one issue, that goes in my way: They use the key ring attachment instead of the Leica quick release system.
I had a Leica M6 with an original Leica strap at hand, wanted a wrist strap, but did not want to loose the superior Leica quick release.
I use the Leica wrist strap now with my M6 and my Nikon FM3a (with or without winder). It works beautifully and costs the same as Gordy's straps.
It is not handmade though. To each his/ her own - I like mine ;-)