Personally, I've always been partial to hand straps. Especially with DSLR's, I find them more comfortable and secure than wrapping the neck strap around my wrist, and I feel it makes the camera less bulky. Typically, most aftermarket hand straps are made for DSLR's, and a result most of them look odd on a typical m4/3 camera. The E-M1, however, because of its larger size, and because I use it with the grip, seemed like a perfect candidate for a hand strap. When I bought my E-M1 back in October, the Olympus GS-5 hand strap hadn't yet been released, so I had to look for other options. I ended up buying a Korean-made leather hand strap from Herringbone. They seem to be readily available from Ebay, though I ordered mine from a small NYC shop that happened to have a few in stock. From what I've seen, the same strap seems to be sold under different brands (like Ciesta, who makes good-quality camera straps and half-cases). Having used it now for a good 3-4 months (though it does have some glaring faults) I'd give it a high recommendation to those who are looking for an alternative to neck straps and wrist straps. PROS First, the overall quality is excellent. The leather is very good - actually, much better than expected. Relatively thick and fine-grained, the leather feels great against the back of the hand, and more importantly, really provides a good support for the camera. The coloring of the leather is nice and uniform, and the stitching is excellent with no loose or frayed ends. Plus, it works great. Once you manage to get it installed (see "cons", below) and adjusted to your liking, it fits and feels better than any other hand strap I've ever used. The HLD-7 has a recessed lug that's almost purpose built for a hand strap, and that eliminates the need for a plate that screws into the tripod mount. While it makes for a smooth-looking install, it pretty much permanently attaches the grip to the camera. And unlike most of the synthetic hand straps (including the good ones from Canon, Nikon, and Olympus), the inner surface of the pad is leather, not cloth. So the inside of the strap never gets damp, and even if it does, could be easily wiped down. And it looks like a million bucks. It adds a touch of class to the camera, and with the number of leather/stitching combinations, you can really tailor the look to your personal taste. One warning though: while it's almost ideally sized for an E-M1 with an attached HLD-7, this hand strap (in my opinion) is probably too large for a gripless E-M1. In terms of size, it'd probably work just as well with a gripped E-M5, though I'm unsure whether the HLD-6 has the same recessed lug as the HLD-7. Last, the price is right. I think I paid around $30 for mine from a shop out of NYC, but the going rate for a Herringbone/Ciesta on Ebay seems to be around $25 (from Korea), shipping included. After reading about some pretty long wait times, I decided to pony up the extra $5, buy one that's already in the US, and receive it in a few days. For essentially the same price ($29), the Olympus GS-5 now seems to be available from all the usual places, though it appears to be made from synthetic leather and nylon. CONS First, the presentation/packaging is nice, but the documentation/directions are utterly useless. It's so poorly translated that several parts of it make no sense at all. Of course, once you get the gist of what they're saying, it's downright hilarious - seeing how they're talking about quality, their attention to detail, etc. As a result, it's an absolute PAIN to install. It's not rocket science, and you will eventually figure it out. But be prepared for a long and tedious install. To me, there were way more parts (loops, fasteners, etc.) that I'd have thought possible from such a simple device. And the clearance on some of the little loops is so tight, that properly installing it takes more than a little ingenuity - my install included a needle/thread and a pair of pliers. And essentially, once it's on, it stays on (along with the HLD-7). The fastening strap is way too long (but to be fair, it's better than too short, I suppose). As you can see from the pictures, you need to loop the strap around everything twice, and even then there's at least 3-4 inches of extra strap left over. That much leather does give a sense of solidity and security, but I'd rate the threading that strap through the HLD-7's lug right up there with an IRS audit, a root canal, or taking another bar exam. I'd trim it, but I'd be afraid of the stitching coming undone. CONCLUSION I'm hesitant to recommend the Herringbone to somebody who's looking for something easy to install, and/or needs something easily removable. Sure, there are solutions, like using a plate. And if you're inclined to use one, there are plates available (like the ones from Camstrap) that are definitely slimmer, and constructed of better materials than most. However, having used plates before, I think it decreases the stability of the connection between the camera and tripod. Essentially, you're connecting your tripod to a socket twice-removed: an aluminum plate connected to the grip, which is in turn connected to the body. But if, like me, you're already predisposed to hand straps, then I'd totally recommend this one. The install, while tedious, is not anything that you already haven't done before with other hand straps - it's just more difficult because of the thickness and relative stiffness of the leather (compared to a typical nylon one). It has its quirks, but the Herringbone is a quality piece. It works well, looks great, and you get all-leather construction for the price of pleather & nylon.