A year or so ago, I wrote a little story about a Domke camera strap, reposted here. I’ve always been a fan of hardy gear, because I’m a klutz, and despite my best efforts (and believe me, I try very hard) everything I use regularly gets pretty well beaten. When the strap in that post finally frayed to the point of retirement, I simply got another. The Domke is functional, sturdy and straightforward, I didn’t think anyone else made a strap like that (and honestly, didn’t actually care).
Then Jason from Simplr Straps got in touch a couple of months ago. He makes tough, lightweight, functional straps, he said. He wanted to send me one to try out. Ok, I replied, never one to say no an offer like that. A week or so later, said strap turned up in the mailbox. I’ve been using the desert tan one on my X-Pro2 since. As you can see from the picture, it matches my bag and hat. Apparently, I have a thing for sand coloured stuff.
The Simplr promise is, well, simple. Their straps are strong, functional, and aesthetically understated. All the qualities I like in equipment, in general.
Things I really like about my strap:
- It’s long. I can wear my camera slung across my body, which is SUPER. Never had a strap I could do this with.
- It weighs nothing. This is always a boon.
- Because it’s made of nylon, it’s also extremely supple and very comfortable to use.
- It’s super convenient for video because the main strap snaps off, and the connectors are so light, they make no difference hanging there on the little X-E3, whether it’s on a gimbal or tripod.
- The main strap, when disconnected, is useful as a general tie down. See picture below:
As advertised, this thing just works with no fuss. Like the camera, it doesn’t get in the way, and you don’t have to fiddle with it. Attach it, forget about it and go shoot. If you need a tourniquet, it’s there for you.