photo-harness (multi-camera straps)
review by Marek Kuzlik Wedding Photography
I think this article is more for other photographers who appreciate the comfort of work, rather than people who are looking for a wedding photographer.
Today, a couple of words about photo harness or someone can call them multi-camera straps from Maciej Figiel Leatherwork. He is a talented person who creates amazing things from natural leather, not only for photographers. Below you will find a link to his profile.
sample photography suspenders from Maciej Figiel Leatherwork
More than 3 years ago, I bought my first textile multi-camera straps from UK’s shop for around £60, and at the beginning I was happy… I was very happy for the first 3-4 weddings somewhere in West Midlands, UK where I base. 🙂 until suspenders broke for two pieces. I have caught my 2 Nikons a couple of inches above the ground level… Shock. I was holding in my hands two pieces of nearly new photo harness, with 2 expensive cameras at the ends. Bad feeling, especially in case if you have to take photos on a wedding for another a couple of hours, and you were close to destroying your equipment due to failure of another piece of your “equipment” – in this case, textile camera straps from well known English photo store. OK, I have returned broken item and request return of the money.
Anyway… I liked those straps (until it’s broke down), and I wanted to find another one but better quality, which can be personalised, and created especially for me.
Simply, I contacted him… I told Maciej what I was looking for. He replied in a short time, and he gave me some ideas about photography suspenders, and finally the price 🙂 This experience was very easy and pleasant. His customer service, quality of work, and reasonable cost of amazing multi-camera straps made from leather pushed me with a smile on my face to make an order.
A couple of weeks later, I received a parcel with brand new, handmade, leather photo-harness. The amazing smell of cow’s high-quality leather, nice light brown colour, exactly as I requested, and my company’s logo on it (now is old and I have to ask Maciej to make the new one). Maciej has looked after all details, as we agreed before he started work on my project. Everything perfect.
The harness came in a textile bag with a leather strap. When I opened it… I remember it as it was today. I said… F…..g amazing, and straight away I attached my cameras to my new harness. I couldn’t expect anything more.
Every year, I do 35+ weddings in West Midlands, and the rest of the UK, and on every single one I have multi-camera straps with me. I can say they have high “mileage” but the condition is still perfect. No damages, colour is still the same. I can add that at the moment I have Nikon D4s and Nikon D750 with a vertical grip. that’s heavyweight equipment. To this equipment, I have to attache some lenses… high-end lenses, which are heave too. (D4s with 70-200 it will be approx. 3.5kg= 7lb 11oz), and I’m able to run with this set for 10 hrs. I can say, photo-harness save my life at work. All the time, I have my equipment with me, ready to use, ready to capture this moment which can’t be repeated.+
1. built quality
Made from real cow’s leather (but it can be made from any type of leather. If your budget may ) – it gives a clear indication about the quality of the product. In my case, after a couple of years, after more than 100 weddings the harness look nearly the same like on the day when they came to me. All metal parts have the same colour, no rust. Clips and screws (this which you use to attach a camera) never let me down. When you will take it to your hand, you will feel the proper piece of metal in your hand which will never break, especially if you will have your camera attached to it. At the same time, the weight of the harness is in my opinion reasonable. The paint used to colour the harness is also… “a good quality 🙂 ” From time to time in the summertime I wear the harness straight on a shirt and I never had a problem with a brown stain on the shirt.
Not far away from the place where I live is a little village Gaydon. In this little village, someone makes fully personalised cars – Cars called Aston Martin. Do you know it? Possibly yes. I am sure you heard about this car maker. As a potential client, you can buy “a basic model” but something like the basic model doesn’t exist. Anyway, If you do not have budget limitations and reach imagination, you can fully personalise your new Aston Martin. The same is with Maciej Figiel Leatherwork products. OK, he has some “basic models” but if you have something special in your mind and you can share your idea with him… he can create it for you.
I have mentioned about Aston Martin in the previous point. In this one, you can forget about it. Maciej’s products aren’t like Aston. Photographers from the UK may know a French company which makes photo harness. Quality is good but the price is around 30% – 40% higher than Maciej’s products and they do not offer so big personalisation. If you are interested. Just ask Maciej Figiel Leatherwork
To contact Maciej Figiel Leatherwork click here
Have look on some Maciej Figiel Leatherwork work