Last week I started my hunt to find the new perfect camera strap for my Fuji X camera’s. My personal requirements were a bit different than what you would choose for a bigger & heavier DSLR. While the 5D is always tucked away in my camera bag, the Fuji’s are scattered around the house so I can quickly grab one to capture family moments. And when the little camera’s are standing on the shelf I don’t like to see them with a strap attached… For my heavy camera’s I’ve always used the Blackrapid/Sunsniper slingshot straps but for the X camera’s I find them too sluggish and they Fastenrs block the battery compartment.
So in my hunt for a new strap my main requirements were :
- being able to quickly attach/detach the strap
- look pretty on the shelf (no side buckle release)
- the strap needs to be compact
- usable as a sling strap
- it should still be comfortable
After a post on facebook I received the golden tip from Bert Stephani, he directed me towards the Leash, camera strap by Peak Design. The dealer locator learned me that Grobet had them in stock and one day later the package was already delivered.
The Leash came in a nice packaging and attaching the strap was fast! The Leash uses a unique system of attaching the straps to the camera. It comes with 4 Anchor’s that attach with a simple loop to the classic strap attachment points on your camera or on your tripod plate. To attach the strap the Anchors glide/lock into place, to detach you push down and slide it out. Their kickstarter video does a much better job at explaining it 😉
After a weekend of testing the strap, these are my findings:
- it really is as easy as they say to attach/detach the straps to the Anchors
- the system does not feel flimsy and I wasn’t afraid it would accidentally open
- you can easily adjust the strap length to act as a neck or sling strap
- when detached the strap easily fits in your back pocket
- the strap is made of seatbelt material, it’s comfortable to wear all day and when used as a sling strap it glides over your clothes really easy.
- because the straps glide that easy I didn’t feel comfortable wearing the camera over one shoulder, afraid it could glide off.
- personally I wouldn’t use it as a strap for carrying a heavy DSLR all day, but they make an ideal companion for smaller camera’s.
- the seatbelt material isn’t the most sexy or trendy, there are better looking straps out there.