DSLR leather camera straps are abundant. Here’s a pretty good option from Viveo for a shooter who doesn’t need to transition between straps often.
While there are things I like very much about it, there are a couple annoyances as well. Getting the strap on proved to be very frustrating as each end had a small keyring to loop to your camera. A couple chipped fingernails later, I just decided to take them off since that part of the actual leather strap is the perfect width to fit in the strap loop on the camera. Plus, it looks more professional without the rings and keeps the excess slack in the strap (for adjusting length) from sticking out awkwardly on the camera.
Upon testing it out on a photo shoot; a couple of times I found myself having to readjust my hand positioning as the strap would tend to fall where my hand was, but I feel that as it gets worn in and is less stiff, this will not happen. It’s just one of the unique aspects of using a leather product, it has to break in and that is a fun process.
This is good that it has to break in. The leather is supple yet about 3mm thick. More than sturdy for a full on DSLR. The hardware is heavy duty as well; notice those huge metal rings. It is also riveted, which is fantastic. Rivets are very strong.
I also think that if I had left the rings on, the strap would have fallen to the side of the camera more easily, rather than back on my hand. Those small negatives aside, I love how my camera looks with this strap. It adds personality and originality. It seems as though it will hold up well and become more comfortable as it is used. It is not as adjustable as the stock nylon strap, but it’s a perfect length, and there is some room for adjustment.
Overall, I am certainly pleased with this strap and look forward to getting it nice and worn in. The only thing I would change is how the strap attaches to the camera. It should be a faster/easier connection.
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About this review: Viveo provided this sample for review at no cost to BestLeather.org.