Wrist strap options

robbie36

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I have one for my silver E-PL5 and I'm considering one for my OM-D. They are very nice. It looks like the picture below.

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Ok. New camera. Looking for a new wrist strap.

Currently have the DSPTCH.

Goordy's seem the major recommendation here but it is a bit chunky for my liking.

Other ideas?
 

robbie36

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Well I see you guys are not interested in the important things in life like camera wrist straps and seem obsessed with photos and stuff.

Anyway ordered (and very good service too)

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Lance braided leather wrist strap
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rpringle

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I also made my own wrist strap out of 550 paracord. I tried a braided design but it was a bit too bulky for my taste so I simplified it to a loop with 2 braided knots to adjust it for different situations. So far it's held up, I have it on my E-P5 now. I've dangled the camera from my wrist a couple times without feeling it would come apart. I made it so that none of the seams are stressed at all so if they do come apart the braid at the end will hold it together... In theory anyhow.

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Here is a custom made strap by me.
I also made my own wrist strap out of 550 paracord. I tried a braided design but it was a bit too bulky for my taste so I simplified it to a loop with 2 braided knots to adjust it for different situations.
Yes!

I have been watching this thread off and on for a couple of months, kind of amazed. Straps are so easy and cheap to make for oneself that achieving the "perfect strap" is pretty easy. I am particularly amazed by the devotion to the "Gordy" strap that involves a dollar or two of materials and the craft skills of a junior high school student. Flames down please; by this I don't mean it is not a nice strap. I mean that it is so cheap and easy to make that anyone can do it.

Here are a some samples from my personal "perfect strap" system, built around quick-release rifle sling hardware. I have glide-type "sling" straps, conventional neck straps, and wrist straps. The camera bodies can be switched among them in seconds.

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For paracord straps, go here for inspiration and links: http://stormdrane.blogspot.com/

For nylon straps, there are lots of sources of webbing. http://www.strapworks.com/default.asp is good, as is http://www.seattlefabrics.com/ Both also offer the plastic buckles and bits you will need, but these guys: http://www.plastic-buckle.com/ are quite good and also really cheap as long as you are willing to wait a few days for air post from China. With nylon webbing, you can easily do the tiny bit if sewing you might need by hand or with any ordinary sewing machine. Cut the webbing with a heated knife or putty knife blade.

For leather, Tandy Leather Factory is an easy source. To make a Gordy's style strap, buy some leather (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/department/leather-belts-leather-straps/4752-197.aspx or http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/4780-00.aspx) and some good glue (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/2540-01.aspx). Pick your strap length, allow an inch or so of overlap, then use a box knife to taper the overlap areas so when joined they are not much thicker than the strap. Put some glue on the tapered areas, put them together, and clamp the glue joint for an hour or two, and you basically have your strap. Wrap it with colored thread or cord over the glue joint like Gordy does, and you're done. If you want to play with colors, get some dye(s) (I like the Fiebings solvent-based dyes: http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/2100-04.aspx). For a little fancier finish than Gordy's, bevel the strap edges (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/8076-296.aspx). Yes, for your first leather one you're not going to save any money, but you will be set up to make what you really want and you will have the materials, tools, and skills to make more and better straps in the future.

It seems like I post something like this here a couple of times a year. Apologies to those who may have seen it before, but the same "best strap" thread seems to recur at least that often. That's my defense!
 
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