In recent months my photography interests have started to drag my attention towards film. With an idea of getting something new, something more challenging, inspirational and, probably, more “manual”. That was my dive into the world of analogue photography.
I’ve already owned the old Soviet Zenit ET camera with 58mm f/2.0 Helios lens (and yes, it is the M42 lens I’ve adapted to use on a digital camera body a while ago). But the gear purchasing syndrome has infected me )) and my next purchase was an old Soviet rangefinder camera – Kiev-4AM (a refurbished copy of the Contax rangefinder cameras from 30s-40s of the last century).
The original case with a strap from Kiev was a piece of… not cool, so I’ve started looking for some nice “classic / vintage” looking camera strap. An accidental search had led me to a brand called Native Camera Straps. They had some nice selection of camera straps and I’ve decided to try them out.
My first surprise was that this company is actually based in Ukraine. Among their offerings I’ve started to look at “rope style” camera straps. The offer included three main types of such straps – depending on the thickness of the strap. With some choice of colours, but availability of colours is linked to a thickness of the strap. But, anyway, they have options for different tastes.
When placing an order, you may choose the length of the strap – 100cm or 120cm. My choice was 120cm because it gives me some more versatility and comfort. Thickness medium, “Optimal” as they call it. In silver colour.
In addition, and a good sign from the manufacturer’s side, they are asking about the type of attachment or a camera model. This means that potentially Native Camera Straps can offer different “mounts” for your camera model.
Make a long story short, lets start the unboxing stage.
The camera strap comes in a “pizza style” cardboard box, covered with a red colour packing paper. Inside you may find the strap itself and two cards with their brand name and a QR-code link to their Instagram page.
Optimal strap has a diameter of 1cm, so it is decently thick to provide a necessary comfort for carrying your camera. The rope is made of polypropylene, with leather mount pads and leather covers on both ends.
What to say about the quality? It is great, almost… The rope itself is superb, it is soft and elastic, feels good on your neck or shoulder. But the leather could be a bit better. It is, I would say, more on a thin side, then I wish to have. And it feels like a bit “of average quality”.
Another thing that I would like to mention are the metal mount rings. They are fine, but they have those “stairs”, that are “touching” the leather or the attachment ring on the camera body. It would be better to use the “single” level rings. Just to explain it better, here is my drawing of what I mean:
Next is the price. It is also pleasant – USD 30 (or UAH 600 for local market).
Attaching the strap to the camera is pretty easy. You will need just some sort of a tool. I’ve used a small screw driver. But any flat tool will be ok for this.
The camera strap from Native Camera Straps is a nice accessory for your camera. It will help you to carry your beloved piece of gear with you. They have a nice selection of models, both leather, hand straps and rope straps. With a nice selection of available colour options.
Finally, here is the video of unboxing and attaching to the camera.