Part two gives detail of the webbing loop that forms the strap. This should allow anyone who’s interested to make one for themselves.
This is also my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Sharing as I’m sharing the design with anyone who wants to make one.
A complete strap in tan cotton webbing. The end of the webbing has been doubled over, sewn and frayed so it can’t pull through the slide adjuster used to adjust the length of the strap.
A complete strap in black polypropylene webbing. This shows the locking S biner which is used to attach and detach the strap from the camera. The S biner is unlocked.
Detail of the threading through the slide adjuster on the black polypropylene strap. Rather than double over and sew the end I doubled the webbing back through the slide adjuster. The photo shows the webbing loose so it’s easier to follow. When pulled tight the slide adjuster cannot slide.
This is the strap attached to a small mirrorless camera. I replaced the triangular split ring with an oversized circular split ring. The split ring is attached to the strap using a locking S biner. The S biner is attached to a 1 1/2 inch hard plastic O ring. The oversized O ring allows the camera to slide up and down the strap without binding.
This is the strap attached to a DSLR. The slotted camera strap lugs are fitted with Op/Tech Adapt-its which convert the slotted attachment to an eyelet. The lockable S biner takes a second or two to attach and lock but is very secure when locked.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes.
I had a few ideas for subjects involving extreme close-ups of everyday items even if it meant bending the definition of geometric shapes a little.
Knurling (the diamond pattern that provides a gripping surface) on a small aluminium torch (flashlight).
The weave of some of the polypropylene webbing I use for my home made camera straps. Looking at how much dust is trapped in it I’m thinking I should be washing the straps occasionally.
Now this one isn’t exactly an everyday item. In fact I would be very surprised if many people could identify this. It’s an anti slip silicone rubber material I used it to replace the leatherette on some of my Olympus camera bodies. It dramatically increases grip when wearing two pairs of gloves at -40°. It has lots of tiny “pimples” for texture covered with a very thin layer of something translucent and tacky that increases the grip still further.
Finally, not really a close-up but I couldn’t resist the graphic nature of this backlit fly swatter.
The Weekly Prompts: Home Crafts challenge was rather well timed. The evening after the prompt was posted I was planning on getting my sewing kit out to make up a couple of straps for a camera.
I have plenty of experience making camera straps after designing and sewing prototype straps when I was working on carrying solutions for nature photographers with a specialist company in the mid 1990s.
I made up two straps for the camera, a conventional adjustable neck strap and a sling type strap seen here. This sling type is worn bandolier style with the camera hanging at my right hip. All my camera straps use snap hooks to attach to the camera. I replace the normal triangular strap attachments on a camera with round split rings so I can quickly connect and disconnect a strap.
After the straps were sewn and the photos taken I dumped my various sewing threads out for a more colourful shot. A lot of the colours seen here are an approximate match for camera bags and various other photo related items.