Make Your Own Hold Fast Style Double Camera Strap

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Here is a little project I did recently. Like many wedding photographers, I always use two cameras and I like to have them with me all the time. I have tried other system like the Think Tank Modular system, but I still like the double camera strap idea. For a number of years, I have been using the BlackRapid double strap and find it to be reasonable. However the material (nylon) used on the BlackRapid tends to stretch and gets pull out of shape after a while. Also I am not a fan of its look especially for a wedding. On the other hand, Matthew from HoldFast gear has come up a luxury line of leather camera gear from camera straps to bags. His Money Maker line of camera strap looks beautiful and stylish. The leather material used is solid and stable which fits to the body perfectly. If you are looking for a double camera strap, forget about the BlackRapid get yourself  a Camera Swagg which is about the same price as the BlackRapid or if you prefer a bit more luxury get a Money Maker.

I love the idea of leather camera strap, so I thought this could be something I can make. I sat down one afternoon and gather all the parts and start putting it together. The making of it is pretty simply, you will need the following parts and a pair of clever hands.  I have made the first version of my own double camera strap, it doesn’t have the fancy leather patterns and hooks that the Money Maker has but I am pretty happy about it. It holds two cameras perfectly, in fact it fits much better and more snuggle than the nylon BlackRapid which tends to stretch and move around.

  • Leather straps of your choice (eg: Black Water Buffalo from Springfield Leather.)
  • Two buckles to join the leather straps
  • Two webbing slides for the connecting straps
  • Two connecting snap hook to connect the cameras
  • Two D-Ring screws that go into the tripod mount
  • Rivets

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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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