HoldFast Gear: The Roamographer Bag and Money Maker strap
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A couple of weeks back I received a message from Matthew Swaggart, the owner of HoldFast Gear. He asked if I would like to review their Roamographer bag, small lens pouch and Money Maker strap system. I knew of HoldFast and knew that they sold only uber high quality and functional gear that also looked fantastic. All leather, all quality hardware and based right here in the USA.
I told Matthew to send me whatever he wanted me to take a look at and a few days later I received a package containing the new Roamographer bag in Great American Bison Leather, a Navy lens pouch bag and the Money Maker strap in Water Buffalo Tan. When I took everything out of the box I was in awe of the quality. The last time I was this pleased with the quality of an accessory was when I wrote about the Wotancraft bags recently. Like the Wotancraft bag, the HoldFast Roamographer just oozes quality and workmanship.
BUT beware! It is a LARGE bag. This is not a tiny mirrorless system bag, not at all. This is a full-fledged large carry all bag, or what I like to call a “travel bag” as it is one I would personally use for traveling or large jobs, just like the one I did yesterday. It even has a super nice hang tag called the “luggage tag wallet” that can hold your phone, cards, ID, etc that can be added to it (or it can be used alone). When I say it oozes quality, I really mean it. This is up there with the best I have seen, even equaling bags I in the $1200 range. So if you are someone who loves function and style and quality craftsmanship, I am telling you now that you MUST take a look over at the HoldFast site because they offers some of the most unique accessories for photographers that I have ever seen. Gear for pros such as wedding shooters, sports shooters, portrait shooters and even things for enthusiasts who just want the best quality they can get a hold of, all while being very fashionable.
In other words, the HoldFast Gear products all have a certain kind of SWAGGER so it is no surprise that the owners last name is “Swaggart”, lol. Just yesterday Debby told me “I am stealing this bag for our trips”! I told her, “sure thing, just take out the camera insert and you can use it as a normal travel bag”. It’s very versatile.
The Roamograoher is a gorgeous bag my friends but be prepared to pay the fee for that beauty, quality and usefulness. The Roamograoher comes in at $535, but in all reality, it is worth it because this is one of those bags that stay with you for life, and can even be passed down for generations. It will age well and develop a natural patina and softness over the years. This is a bag I have already been complimented on SIX times while out and about with it, people asking me “where did you buy that bag”??
We have all seen those old classic leather bags from 20-30-4-50 years ago. They usually have a uniqueness to them, a very cool vibe that tells a story. THIS will be one of those bags in 20-30 years. Of all of the bags I have tried, tested, reviewed and used, this is up there with my other favorite, the Wotancraft Ryker. The Ryker is my go to mirrorless bag that is already breaking in so so well. The Roamographer will be my #1 goto for travel, big treks, jobs and times when I need to carry more such as my macbook air, chargers, lenses, and 2 or 3 bodies. It is perfect for those with a DSLR system as well. Walk into the job with this bag and the money maker strap system and you will look the part and feel it.
Below is a video overview of the bag I did while on location shooting in the Domes of Casa Grande, AZ. It was 106 degrees, I was hot and Brandon was shooting (sorry for the audio dropout part of the video). As you can see it is a gorgeous bag:
The MM strap fits around your body comfortably as it is 100% adjustable to your body size. A camera can sit to your left, waist level, to your right and in front of you. It is absolutely comfortable. Many wedding pros use this strap and swear by it. They would not use anything else. If I shot weddings, concerts, or anything where I used more than one camera, this would be my #1 go to accessory. It really is that amazing.
I am wearing the strap below with all options ON, set up for three cameras. Image below shot with the A7s and 15mm Voigtlander.
The quality is so so good and my strap is the Water Buffalo version. The feel, the coloring and the wrinkles in the leather all make it appear to be a really high quality and fashionable product. It looks awesome on and feels just as good as it looks.
You guys who follow me know that when I REALLY love something I REALLY like to let that be known. This is one of those occasions.
Below is a video from Matthew Swaggart explaining his Money Maker Strap system. 1, 2, or 3 cameras!
I also was sent a cool little lens pouch that will strap on to the Money Maker Strap system so if you are shooting with 1-2 cameras you could use this pouch to hold a couple of lenses or even a mirrorless camera. It is gorgeous and the one I was sent is made of blue canvas with a sheep skin interior. It has the softest most protective interior I have ever seen in a camera bag, period. This little guy is called the Explorer Lens Pouch.
You can read more about the pouch here. For me it helps to complete this as a system. You can carry cameras, lenses and some accessories without even realizing you are doing it.
Bravo to HoldFast Gear. These are some super cool products for enthusiasts and pros and I was so thrilled with the quality and versatility that I asked Matthew if he would like to be a site sponsor and he took me up on that. When I see quality gear that is made with passion and superb workmanship I really want people to know about it. Hopefully some of you can go checkout the site at HoldFastGear.com and browse what he has to offer. Thank you Matthew for letting me experience what you are all about, love your products!
Great post. Thanks for Posting. It’s very impressive and interesting.
The 3 camera Money Maker strap has solved a huge problem! It allows me to carry BINOCULARS in front for birding plus one or two cameras and a backpack without a horrible strap entanglement mess. The black strap worn over a black shirt makes it fairly inconspicuous especially after black taping over some of the bright hardware. I wish there was a black hardware version. The 3 camera Money Maker strap has turned out to be a great purchase in spite of my doubts.
Hi Steve, Thanks for the review, this bag could well be what I have been looking for. Does this bag have a designated space for a laptop and could it accommodate a 15″ MBP? Thanks
Steve, can you fully remove the red gear divider and end up with an awesome multipurpose bag? or are you stuck with it as a ‘camera plus’ bag? thanks!
No it can be removed and cam be used as a normal bag. Debby has been wanting to take it as her bag without the camera organizer 😉 I just traveled with this bag and had sooooo many compliments on it! Its much more than a camera bag IMO.
Hey Steve (or anyone else with the money maker strap),
I have a quick question in regards to the water buffalo leather straps, have you had any issues with the dye running at all? They mention there is a possibility of it when the strap gets soaked (from either rain or sweat I imagine), so I was just wondering if you have been shooting in any of those conditions and ran into this problem at all and gotten some stains any shirts or what not?
Thanks for all the great info on your site as well!
Thanks! No issues yet on my MM strap, and I love it…amazing strap that is actually a tool.
I’m glad you made a video of the product, which seems nice, btw. However I agree with the other poster, their website is terrible. I might have purchased a tee shirt if I could have seen one.
Thanks for sharing, though.
What size MM are you using Steve? I’m right at the edge of medium to large in height (187 cm). Better to get the large or is the medium large enough?
I am 5’10” and have a medium. It works well.
They get my vote for worst website 2014. How about some close up and detailed photos of the products?
Sheepskin interior. I think I just lost the will to live…
I’ve been looking for a shoulder bag for my Speed Graphic setup. This looks big enough with room to spare.
This looks like a leather version of the carpet bag that Mary Poppins used.