If you’re looking for a custom camera strap, it’s your lucky day!
For those of you that have been following my journey for a little while now, you will know I am a big fan of the BlackRapid camera Strap, why?, it is the only camera strap I have found that allows me to carry my heavy DSLR around all day in comfort.
I am a sucker for gadgets, gizmos and anything to customise my gear. I first spotted a Lucky Camera Strap in person when a friend of mine, Lina Hayes from Lina Hayes Photography rocked up to Vivid Sydney with this cool looking strap, not only was it cool, it was custom too!
Lina proudly showed me how her name had been embossed into the leather, and it was at this particular point I started to think I
needed (wanted) one of these straps 😉
As luck would have it, Justin from Lucky Straps has been following my journey for some time and asked me if I would like one of his straps to review, and of course, I said YES!
As soon as it arrived and I opened the packaging the aroma of real leather had me excited, I opened the box and I was impressed right off the blocks with the quality of this strap. You can tell that care has been taken as this strap was handcrafted. Justin had it embossed with ON3LEGS for me, this looks great and I think this is a big attraction to owning a Lucky Camera Strap.
Firstly, It is 100% Australian Made, it’s great to support a locally made product.
Looking on the Lucky Camera Straps website you will see there are heaps of options for colours and personalisation allowing you to really come up with something that fits you and your personality.
On the box it says that the strap is 100% leather, although, at each end of the strap is nylon strapping/webbing allowing you to connect it to your camera so technically, it’s not 100% leather, but close enough.
The leather is of a high quality and I am really impressed with the stitching. My strap is the Classic Brown/Tan and the stitching is a contrast colour, somehow, and I am not sure how, the colour of the stitching is different on each side to keep the contrast colour consistent all over the strap and it looks great. Very Impressive.
The strap is 50cm wide giving you plenty of support when wearing your camera using this strap. It doesn’t fix the old age problem that having a 3 or 4kg camera hanging from your neck is not comfortable at all. I would guess that this strap will get more comfortable over time as the leather wears in and is more comfortable than the one that came with your camera right from the box.
One of the unexpected benefits of this strap was how ‘grippy’ the leather is on my shoulder, whilst I wouldn’t wear it around my neck, it is very comfortable over my shoulder and did not move around very much, making this my preferred way to use this strap.
My only suggestion to any manufacturer of camera straps, make the strap easy to take on and off the camera, as I like to remove my strap from the camera body when using a tripod, particularly if it is breezy, leaving the strap on in these conditions almost certainly affects how sharp my images are.
To be completely honest, I hardly use a strap. The BlackRapid Strap is a very different product. It is black and boring, yet more functional and more comfortable than a Lucky Camera Strap. Having said that, women have been wearing high heels for decades although they’re not comfortable. We know that even though comfort is important, it is not the only consideration, especially when it comes to fashion.
The strap I have been using the most is a Gariz Leather strap on my Fuji X-T1, it works in a similar way to the BlackRapid strap and I am pretty happy with it. I will write a review up on this strap soon too!
I have decided that I am going to leave the Lucky Camera Strap on my Nikon D800 for now, and I will update this in a few months with my final verdict. It will be a great way to give a more long term test to the strap as I am interested to see how the embossing and the strap performs over time. I am predicting that the burden of having to leave the strap on all the time may annoy me to the point I take it off. I will keep you updated.
Final thoughts on the Lucky Camera Strap
The Lucky Camera Strap is part fashion statement and part strap! A great way to show your personality and make your camera gear a little bit fashionable. As far as neck straps go, you would be hard pressed finding a better one! If you’re looking for an alternative to the strap that was supplied with your camera, this is a great solution. It would also make a great present for the photographer in your life.
If you have a Lucky Camera Strap I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, please leave them below.