Many of you have been emailing me asking about the street strap I wrote about a while back. Well it is Back in stock at Amazon HERE for anyone interested! It looks quite a lot like the Artisan & Artist silk strap but it is not silk. The cool thing is that it is fulfilled by Amazon so it is a hassle and worry free purchase for those interested!
A DIY strap of similar functionality can be made with rock climbing rope and a swivel that mounts to the tripod socket. I carry my NX300 w/30f2.0 under my jacket ,the sling is over my right shoulder and goes under my left armpit.
The camera is undetectable and can be easily brought into shooting position as the strap moves effortlessly over my shirt, I use an Olympus OVF-1 with both the 20mm and 30mm Samsung lenses.
Total cost about $10 USD…..works for me !!
Hey this strap is awesome. Price WAS steep (I paid $65 at the storefront) but I cant find anything exactly like this anywhere else. There is the lance strap out there which i would imagine to be a good alternative, but this one is a bit thicker and that’s what makes it that much more forgiving, supple, and comfortable. Wearing this guy bandolier to the hip, wrapped around the hand/wrist, or even thrown behind the back, was extremely comfortable and natural.
Who is this for?
Anyone who wants a hassle-free strap that can collapse down and be as least cumbersome as possible w/o giving up on comfort. The strap easily wraps around the small lens protrusion on my X100 to fit in a small bag or coat pocket. (try collapsing a leather strap down for low profile shooting, tight space storing, or just so it doesn’t get snagged on anything.)
Spend $40 and get something similar from lance and have a great simplistic strap
Spend $30 more to get something that you know will be comfortable and durable as well
Thanks for the heads up – I just made my Amazon purchase. I liked the A&A version but it was too short. I’ve been using a Leica strap for the last year – it is also too short and it’s terrible (just terrible) when you want to use it as a wrist strap. The Street Strap will be perfect to wear as a bandolier at 46″
For those of you who wonder why it costs so much, look at it as a sign of the times. It is half the price of the A&A silk straps, it is longer and considerably more supple. And it is the supplness of it that makes it so appealing. It works better then any strap that I have ever used (in over forty years of toting cameras around). But to each their own.
I thought to make it myself from a rope, but finally decided that $40 not worth my time and efforts )
The price is absolutely ridiculous.
As they say, a fool and his money will soon be parted…
I’m wondering what make this strap cost so much? can anyone tell me what is good on this? Thanks.
I can’t believe there is such demand for a $70 piece of cord. I guess there *is* a sucker born every minute.
What exactly is it that makes it a “street strap” as opposed to a camera strap? It’s an expensive 46″ length of nylon rope with a dangly thing on each end. Ye gads, it hasn’t even got a red dot on it! 🙂
A “street strap?” Is that what they’re calling large shoe strings theses days? Oopps, wait..my mistake, I meant to say a “shopping bag rope.” LOL
I’m a big fan of the Gordy strap. Handmade to whatever size you like in whatever combo you like. Lots of different models for about $30. And that includes world wide shipping!
Here’s his site: http://www.gordyscamerastraps.com/index.htm
And here’s the flickr site of the Gordy Camera Strap Owners Club. Lots of examples and reviews: http://www.flickr.com/groups/gordystraps/
After having bought an elastic strap I will never go back to a non-elastic one. I got mine after a having used Nikons strap that came with the camera for several days in a stretch and my neck hurt badly.
An elastic strap i so very much nicer and the camera feels much lighter. Try it out!
Firstly let me make this 100% clear, I have zero affiliation whatsoever with these guys but I’m betting these straps are exactly what people are looking for if they want a strap similar to the silk Artisan & Artist strap –
Very reasonably priced, nice wrist straps too & various lengths or a strap length to your own specs for no extra charge and all orders over $30 have FREE worldwide shipping. Once I get paid this month I will be ordering a few myself.
That $70 Barton strap gets more comments than my most expensive lens. Thanks for the recommendations Steve.
Now if only you can suggest a decent OM-D cover that works with the hand grip.
Go to REI, buy high-end shoe laces, make your own for less than $12.
Holy crap, US$70 for a length of rope, two key-rings, two square inches of leather and a smidgen of twine. $3 for materials and the rest is hype. Any sailor could make it, or splice/whip together something even nicer. And people buy these at this price?
This is indeed a very good question. Seems to be a good business case: Make cheap, sell expensive.
I hate camera straps, but I do use them IF I can quickly attach/detach the camera (C-loop Glide strap, Black Rapid systems etc.). A camera strap draws attention, limits away-from-body camera positions, and is generally slower than a camera in hand with just a small wrist strap. If I need to, I can clip into a shoulder strap system or stash a camera in a small shoulder bag. Just my preference to go strapless a much as possible when out shooting.
Mmm, I’ve found my tan leather strap from the Vickers machine gun spirit level case (yes, seriously) works well. It also seems to work for landscapes too, although I’ve yet to try it at social occasions.
Anyway, when I have some dud shots (bad pun I know, but entirely likely) I’ll know what to blame..
This is the best strap ever, ever! Don’t waist your money and time buying cheaper straps
This is a fantastic strap. I have mine dangeling ? from my Fujifilm X-100.
I have the brown Fuji 1/2 case and I can’t tell you how many people stop to see the outfit. They say it looks like something from the 1950’s — Old film camera.
great news but too late for me 🙁
I’ve got a Lance Strap already, it’s cheaper ($38) and fits my long body perfectly 🙂 a bit bulky at the ends though…
2nd on the Lance strap
After reading your post, I went to the Lance Strap website and purchased a wrist strap which is made in the USA, with a rubber bumper for my Leica M9-P black. It is much better to use a wrist strap to be discreet when taking pictures on the street.
The total cost including shipping is $27.00, so not too bad for a heavy duty polyester rope with a split ring and rubber bumper.
I’m glad to help 😉 I used to have a wrist strap with my Canon 5D for street shooting.
Sorry Steve but I think it’s too expensive for a simple strap… I recently ordered on eBay a Gagriz 100% Leather strap for $42.80, on amazon its $49.99.- you can chet it out here:
and an aweful unboxing video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwdsbl0-dFk
Why sorry? You can get many straps for less. I paid $70 for a leather braided barton strap. I posted this as I have had people asking about them since my original post. Everyone has their own tastes and likes but yes, there are hundreds of straps out there in this price and under that do the job just as well.
Steve, I agree with Raimundo Lagos, I did buy a Street Strap recently. While it is perfectly fine, i didn’t want to pony up for another Artisan & Artist strap which is phenom. I just think the Street Strap is fine but for $79 its nothing special. Its kinda like a A&A knock off. I think a better price would be $40-$50, because there is nothing special about it. It just doesn’t have the hand finished quality that the A&A strap has, which is lovely but stupid expensive. My 2cents.
I agree, the A&A is crazy overpriced. The Street Strap should come in at $49.95 but many love it for what it is, an A&A knock off for much less. I like it and use it on my NEX. I have my Barton on my OM-D and Leica.