Gilkerson at Ace Leather
Goods taught me everything I know about leather. Without Andrew
there wouldn't be a gordy's camera straps. He makes leather bags.
Check them out. They
are great! If you should buy one of his bags tell them Gordy sent
Accept no substitutes.
in the USA
think these straps are elegant and rugged all at once.
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For Straps with split-rings
strap now comes with a free bookmark attached to it. They look just
like merchandise tags, don't they? When Zoe first saw them she grabbed
them for bookmarks and they are great for that. I think the would
also be great for loading film into bottom loader cameras. I need
to try that.
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making these straps because I wanted one for myself and I couldn't
find anything like it.
California Latigo belt leather, which comes from range toughened
steer hides, my hand made camera straps are tough, flexible, and
pliable, with a natural luster that only improves with age and softens
with use. This is real natural cowhide that is not always uniform
like plastic. If the leather is good enough to hold up your pants,
it's good enough to hold up your camera!
is served with .040" (1mm) diameter polyester cord that is
heavy duty and waxed for durability.
to say that each strap is handmade by a little old man (that would
be me), or my faithful helper Kim. Well, things have been growing
here at World Headquarters for gordy's camera straps (still in my
basement). Kim and I have been making the straps for several years
but strap orders have increased to the level that we have had to
bring on extra people. My son, Robby, now handles shipping and making
all the leather strips, pads, buckles, tripod connectors, and strap
bumpers. We have added a second strap assembler: Ethan. Kim has
done an excellent job of bringing him up to the quality level our
customers expect. Running the business side has gotten too much
for one person and my oldest daughter, Jenny, has become my Office
Manager. She puts the orders together and handles the books. I try
and keep this train on the tracks. I still do special orders and
I have been developing some new straps .
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of Rangefinder Forum,
ordered a couple of straps from me and asked the following:
question ... your strap is it made from a continuous loop of leather
or both ends are tied/hidden within the waxed thread.
to know if it's the latter cos i will take care not to swing the
camera around as the strap ends may just came loose."
a glued and stapled joint under the waxed thread where the two ends
are joined together. I've really pulled on these with my hands before
to test them but I've been thinking about something a little more
measurable. VOIGHTLANDER's question prompted me to do a test to
destruction to see what the limits of this joint is. I first hung
a vise and hammer that totaled 17 pounds. That worked fine so the
only other thing heavier I had was an old monitor. It weighs 25
pounds. It hung there just fine but the split ring was starting
point I didn't want to add more weight because
I didn't want that much weight falling when something failed.
it's safe to say that if the camera you are carrying with the wrist
strap is starting to deform the split ring that you might not want
to swing it around.
also have been asked "How strong is the string?" on my
string attach straps. The attach string is the same as the polyester
wrapping cord. I use a monkey trap design to keep the attach string
from pulling through. The monkey trap is a jar with something the
monkey wants inside. The neck of the jar is wide enough to let the
monkey put his hand in but not wide enough for the monkey to get
his hand out if he has his hand full of whatever was in the jar.
The monkey won't let go in order to free his hand and the trapper
grabs the monkey. I use the same concept.
attach string is double knotted and the wrapping cord traps it.
You can carry a fairly large camera with this arrangement. I used
the strap that was on my Pentax *ist DL for the following tests.
(Apologies for the slightly blurry pictures. I was using hot lights
and a 1.5 second exposure. The camera was hanging free and was moving
strap is strong enough to carry my 5x7 Burke & James Commercial
view with a 10" Elgeet lens. I also simulated a camera drop
with a 15 pound vise, which is actually heavier than the 5x7.
the drop the string looked good. Good enough to put the strap back
on my Pentax. (Try holding a hanging 15 pound weight still for a
1.5 second expoure.)
Strap after the test. Still going strong.
attach point string neck straps
test the strength of the strap I attached it to my 5x7 Burke &
James with it's 10" Elgeet lens. On top is perched a Zeiss
Icon Box Tengor. Hanging in front of the Burke & James is, from
left to right, a Nikon F3 HP with motor drive, a Honeywell Pentax
H1a, a Leica IIIc, and a Ricoh Diacord. The total camera weight
is around 20 pounds. I would recommend that, if you are going to
carry all of your cameras with one strap, that you also purchase
a neck pad. Just a suggestion.
is a detail of the strap attachment. As a curiosity, that is my
inverted portrait in the lens. The Box Tengor has a shiny piece
of metal that slides between the lens and shutter mechanism. I was
standing it the right place when I took the picture and my inverted
face reflected back. I could never have planned that.
now have the test strap back on my Salut-S.