I have always preferred for most of my camera equipment to be leather. It’s not that I haven’t used camera equipment that wasn’t leather before, but leather simply lasts longest and looks good while doing so.
That’s why I recently went on a shopping spree to try and replace my old camera wrist strap. It was cheap when I bought it and definitely did not hold up over the years, so I started looking for a leather wrist strap.
Little did I know just how many I would come across. It quickly got pretty overwhelming, so I decided I should probably take the research I’ve been doing and compile it into an article here.
I’ve pulled four of the best camera wrist straps I’ve been able to find over the past week. My criteria for this article is that every leather wrist strap I recommend has to be comfortable, first and foremost. Secondly, each leather wrist strap on this list is affordable. There’s no point in recommending something nobody can afford. Third, each leather wrist strap in this article is easy to use.
The Holdfast Leather Wrist Strap
As is usually the case when I’m on the hunt for something leather, my first stop was Holdfast. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed.
Holdfast has a leather wrist strap for just $45. This wrist strap comes in a variety of colors, which is another quality I love about Holdfast products. You can pick it up in a range of muted colors, like tan and black, as well as some brighter colors for when you need a pop of color, like pink or burgundy.
This leather wrist strap works as a traditional wrist strap for camera, but it also works as a camera leash to attach your camera to a tripod mount if you own a cheap accessory clip. Holdfast is excellent at making sure each of their products is useful in more than one way.
Lastly, this leather wrist strap is really comfortable. It’s thick enough to never dig into your skin. It comes with stainless steel accessories, so it will never rust in wet weather, and you can choose whether you want yours made from water buffalo or American bison.
Each part of this Holdfast leather wrist strap is made in the United States, though Holdfast does ship to 48 different countries.
Additionally, Holdfast participates in an Afterpay program so you can split your payment for this leather wrist strap into 4 interest-free installments. This way you can pay for your camera equipment once you actually have some income from your photography business coming in.
Finally, you can return any Holdfast product that doesn’t work out for you because they have a lifetime guarantee.
The Legacy Leather Wrist Strap
The Legacy Leather Wrist Strap, from Tap and Dye, is another great option, albeit more expensive than the Holdfast option.
This leather wrist strap is $85. It comes in black, brown or dark olive and different thread colors. While I don’t like the aesthetics of the Legacy Leather Wrist Strap as much as I do with the Holdfast strap, it still looks professional.
This strap’s thread is weather treated, so it holds up in moisture just as well as the leather does. Considering this leather wrist strap is a simple loop, its ease of use is incredible.
Similarly to the Holdfast wrist strap, no Legacy Leather Wrist Strap is exactly the same as another one because they are all handcrafted. Additionally, every Legacy Leather Wrist Strap is made in the United States.
If you need your order to be rush processed, you can email your request to [email protected].
The Herringbone Heritage Type 2 Leather Wrist Strap
The Herringbone Heritage Type 2 Leather Wrist Strap made our list because it’s great for people who are looking for something nontraditional. This wrist strap acts as a traditional wrist strap, but it also acts as a lens stabilizer and can protect your camera from being dropped.
In order to understand how all of this works, it’s important to watch the video above that explains how to use this leather wrist strap.
Obviously because of its unique design, this leather wrist strap isn’t as easy to use as the other options on this list. However, if you don’t mind some instructions, once you get it all set up it works really beautifully.
Importantly, this strap will only work for a DSLR or SLR, so don’t purchase it if you’re hoping to use it with your mirrorless kit.
In order to keep this wrist strap cheaper, it isn’t made in the United States.
However, since it is sold on Amazon, you can easily return it within a few months if you have Amazon Prime and find it is a bit too complicated for your liking.
Keep in mind that while I linked to the Herringbone that comes with black leather and red stitching, there are other options. A quick search on Amazon brought me to this option with brown leather and white stitching and this version which comes in a bright red.
The Popov Leather Wrist Strap
The final leather wrist strap on our list is by Popov. The Popov Leather Wrist Strap is for photographers looking for something more minimal. For this reason, it is also the cheapest leather wrist strap on our list at $29. Or, for an additional $9, you can add a custom engraving on your strap.
This wrist strap only comes in one color, driftwood, which is a beautiful golden brown that looks antique. If I had to guess, I would assume this antique look only gets better with age.
It’s made of full grain Horween leather and is adjustable, so it works with any DSLR, SLR, or mirrorless kit.
It’s also one of the thinner pieces of leather on this list. The accessories on this piece are made of solid brass, which I haven’t come across on a leather wrist strap.
Popov also supplies photographers with a 90-day return window and a lifetime guarantee. All of their pieces are made in the United States and are sewn by hand.