CAMERA STRAPS by David Yeoman

August 30, 2017

An overlooked accessory, straps are a very personal thing, making your camera comfortable on your body, improves your photography experience. A strap that is comfortable for one person, may not be for another. The manufacturer straps that come supplied with a camera, are often short, and loudly branded. A short strap only allows the camera to be worn one way, round your neck and in front of you, often bouncing uncomfortably, as you walk and usually not at a comfortable height for resting one hand on. Branded straps, shout look at me, I’ve got an expensive camera, and instantly mark you out as a tourist!!

I prefer longer straps, and often wear them in a cross over style, so the camera is to the side of me, but with enough strap length so the camera can be easily brought up to my eye. There are times when I might wear the camera in front of me, for instance for candid street photography, but again I find a longer strap length more comfortable to rest by hand on. Straps are available with detachable connectors or as permanently fixed to the camera body, the former allows one strap to be used with different camera bodies.

Wrist straps are becoming increasing popular, especially for lightweight mirrorless cameras. I often have a wrist strap and detachable connectors fitted to a camera body, so that it can be carried either way, I also like the wrist straps that tighten around your wrist on a lasso type arrangement, this enables you to ‘drop’ the camera safely to have free access to your hand.

The quality of a strap is very important, you do not want it to break, sending your expensive camera equipment to the ground. Personally I would only buy reputable brands, and I would always check out the online reviews.

Straps are available in a wide variety of styles, but these are my choices:-

For my stealth black X100F, a custom length (130cm long) 1901 Fotografi Steichen Leather Strap in Stereo Black ( – direct sales), not only does this look the part, it is beautifully made (and smells lovely!) and suits the rangefinder style of the X100 series. I went for a fixed length strap as I felt the buckle of the variable length straps made an awkward join, and the extra bling of the buckle would make the camera stand out more.

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Posted on August 30, 2017 .

by far the most beautiful, softest, high-quality leather strap I have come across in years of searching

I recently purchased my first one of these straps from you and it is by far the most beautiful, softest, high-quality leather strap I have come across in years of searching. I'm looking forward to having two more for my other cameras. Thank you for the thought and care that you clearly put into your work. It just so happens that William Eggleston is also my favourite photog. It comes as no surprise that this strap is complex yet simple, is named after a man who's work exudes the same qualities.

J Stapp

Posted on July 8, 2017 .

Some would say "it's just a strap, what are you getting so excited about?"

Hi Mark,

I received today my Eggleston strap (old collodion brown in standard length) and just had to let you know how exceptionally pleased I am.
The workmanship is superb and it's just a beautiful accessory.
It fits my Fuji X30 perfectly both practically and aesthetically, and the leather is so soft it's a pleasure to hold in the hands.
I read about 1901 a while back in Amateur Photographer where your products were highly praised and came to see them in person at this year's Photography Show at the NEC.
Some would say "it's just a strap, what are you getting so excited about?" but it makes a very welcome change to see something created with skill and love that's clearly made to last.
Thank you.

David Richards


Posted on July 8, 2017 .

1901 "Leiter Eggleston" CUSTOM LENGTH

I just received the strap today and wanted to let you know its perfect! The length is perfect (I know I specified the length, but I was still nervous when I ordered it). The leather is gorgeous... and it's so soft! I want to thank you again and let you know you have a very happy customer.

Phil Chang

Posted on March 28, 2017 .

Many thanks for Rodchenko straps...

Mark- I just got the two straps in today and could not be any happier!! My favorite thing about the Rodchenko is that it is similar to the strap that came with the Nikon F2's in the 70's, but made even better. 
Also, I hate straps that advertise camera brands , so that alone makes this my favorite strap! I love the way it is easy to put on and take off, but at the same time I feel very secure that it will hold the camera- I will tell everyone I know about them, as I think you have a fantastic product!

Many thanks,

Posted on January 24, 2017 .

Eggleston 'Adjustable'

I have recently purchased 'The 1901 Leather Camera Strap' & 'Camera Protection Pads'.

I just wanted to message and say thank you for producing a quality product, Its retro style compliments my Sony A7R2 (Which I use with manual focus Zeiss & Voigtlander lenses) perfectly whilst maintaining the high quality feel throughout. I do not often praise things as usually the expectation that comes with parting with money is usually never exceeded but in this case it has. I will even be ordering another for my A6300.

Thank you again,

Posted on November 10, 2016 .


I have just received my 1901 'Steichen' strap and I couldn't be more pleased It now supports my Leica 109 perfectly. A quality strap for a quality camera. I must just mention the packaging, it arrived in a really unexpected way, a little bit of class in it's own right. My advice is to get one of these pieces of perfection while you can!

Richard Bland

Posted on June 22, 2016 .

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER - 1901 'Maitani' strap review

1901 Fotografi Maitani strap at a glance:

  • 11mm wide
  • Full-grain English leather
  • Length adjustable from 83cm to 137cm
  • Available in various colours
  • Price: £23.95
  • Website:

Over the past few years we’ve seen a trend in cameras becoming more consciously stylish. The likes of the Fujifilm X series and Olympus OM-D models unashamedly hark back to classic designs of the 1960s and ’70s, enticing photographers almost as much by their looks as by their capabilities. With this fashion for retro design, many photographers are rejecting the nylon strap that comes in the box in favour of something more attractive.

One solution is a classic leather strap, but where to find such a thing? While the internet has been the death of many a local camera shop, it’s also provided a channel for small suppliers to sell their goods directly to users.

1901 Fotografi is a British company that sells a small range of straps and camera bags online. Its Maitani model is named after the legendary Olympus designer Yoshihisa Maitani, and is 11mm (1/2in) wide. It will fit practically any type of strap lug, either directly or via the supplied split rings. Using a two-piece design, its length is readily adjustable using a pair of sliding buckles, from around 83cm to 137cm. The strap is available in various different colours

1901 Fotografi Maitani strap – Key features

Adjustment buckles

The sliding pewter buckles are inspired by those Olympus used for its early Pen cameras in the late 1950s.

1901 Fotografi Maitani strap – Verdict

Simply but elegantly crafted from supple English leather, the Maitani is a lot more attractive and less bulky than straps usually supplied with cameras. This means that as well as using it as a neckstrap, I can happily wrap it around my wrist and hand while shooting to give a bit of extra security. The inside of the strap has a soft suede finish, which makes it more comfortable than smoother, harder leather. I was concerned such a slim design might be uncomfortable around my neck, but with the relatively lightweight CSC systems that hasn’t been a problem so far (then again, I’d probably not use it with an f/2.8 telezoom). In summary, it’s a lovely strap that has found a permanent place on my own OM-D.

SCORE: 4.5 out of 5



Posted on September 5, 2015 .

ANDREW BALE on our 1901 'Leiter' camera strap

Searching for the perfect camera strap is such a daunting task.  Hours and hours of staying up late at night sifting through web search after web search.  Box upon box being delivered by UPS, Fedex and USPS, only to be opened and then repacked a day later and shipped back, all while the crappy and uncomfortable OME still hangs around my neck in disgust!  

Why is it that camera companies go to so much effort and work to produce such high quality cameras and lenses, but are eluded by actually supplying a usable strap?  Why?  Such is the case with the Fuji X100T.  The camera strap supplied by fuji is 100% unusable and in my opinion should be discarded directly after opening the camera for the first time.  Fuji's styling on the packaging, presentation and gem of a camera is truly outstanding, so how wonderful would it have been to have a strap that matches.  And how hard would it have been to produce.  It only took me a few minutes to realize that I was not going to be a fan of the supplied strap and so moments after unpacking the camera the search begin.  It actually took several months, but I did it, I really, really did it.  I found the perfect camera strap!

Enter Mark Lewis, a well known british photographer and owner of 1901 fotographi.   From my conversations with Mark he is a stand up guy and is creating wonderful minimalist camera straps and a camera bag that I lust after on a daily basis.  As soon as I unwrapped his strap I knew it was for me.  The leather is soft, but strong and I love the fact that regardless of which length you select there is still adjustability so one can dial in the proper length.  His attention to detail is exact and the small stainless steel pins have been beautifully machined.  Mark stands behind his product 100% and I know this for a fact.  The story however is too long to go into here, but I can tell you, that if you are unhappy, he'll make it right.  I purchased the 1901 'Leiter' because at only 9mm wide I felt it would be a perfect match for my X100T.  And it was.  He's making several straps and you should be able to find one that fits your needs.

So if you've been searching for a strap that won't break the bank, is minimalist and is responsibly manufactured, then look no further.  Head on over to his site and poke around.  I think you'll be just as impressed as I am.  Thanks Mark, I love it!

Andrew Bale is a photographer in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Bale received his MFA from the University of Delaware in 2005, and his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1994.

He has been a full-time Lecturer of Photography at Dickinson College since 2013, and served as an adjunct professor of Photography prior to that from 2005 until 2012. He also taught at Messiah College, Lebanon Valley College, and the University of Delaware. Bale has worked with children from ages 8-18 in workshops designed to help them explore their visual environment.

Bale has exhibited regularly both in group and solo shows since 2004, and has served as the 2008 artist in-residence for the Fondation Espace Ecureuil in Tolouse, France, and the Guest Artist at SCAD's Lacoste, France campus that same year. Most recently, he was a photography team member for the Ese'Eja Cultural Mapping Project, supported by a National Geographic Legacy Fund Grant. 

Bale's photographs are included in the permanent collections of Caisse d'Epargne in Tolouse, the Photomedia Center and Messiah College in Pennsylvania, and at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Posted on September 5, 2015 .