While I am not a vegan, I do try to lessen my impact on the planet whenever I can. I try to eat less meat. I try to take public transportation. That’s why it was so frustrating for me to figure out that all of the best camera straps were made of leather.
I do own some leather products, but if it’s frustrating for me to have to buy leather, I can’t even imagine how frustrated vegan photographers are when they go looking for vegan camera straps. So few vegan camera straps even exist, and then when you do finally find one, they are usually of really poor quality. I’d rather not purchase a non-leather camera strap at all if I have to replace it every single year.
That’s why I’m so excited to announce that the creators of my favorite leather strap, Holdfast, now creates a whole line of vegan camera straps. The Holdfast vegan camera straps lineup includes two vegan leather options, as well as a cotton canvas option.
For more info about these Holdfast camera straps, keep reading.
Vegan Leather Money Maker
The Vegan Leather Money Maker is the OG vegan multi-camera strap that Holdfast created. It is built exactly like the non-vegan version, except for the fact that it’s faux leather.
If you’re looking for vegan camera straps that hold more than one camera, then this is hands-down going to be your best option.
The vegan Money Maker holds two separate cameras at a time, and unlike lower quality multi-camera straps, it won’t move when you switch lenses or are shooting with just one camera.
I actually enjoy my vegan Money Maker better than my original Money Maker because the vegan version is an all-weather strap. I never need to worry about whether it will be raining or snowing because the vegan leather is waterproof and the camera is made with all steel hardware which won’t rust when it gets wet.
This camera strap also comes in a huge array of colors, ranging from your classics like black, brown, and copper, to some more eccentric options, like hot pink, neon, and light blue.
Unlike other vegan camera straps, the Vegan Leather Money Maker is not one-size-fits-all. It comes in a small, medium, and large, which corresponds to your height. This means you know it will be the perfect fit for you.
Every leather/faux leather Holdfast product comes with a lifetime guarantee. You can purchase a Vegan Leather Money Maker for $195.
Vegan Leather Solo Money Maker
If you are a beginner photographer, or if you’ve just never liked working with more than one camera at once, then you may be searching for vegan camera straps that are a little less complex. This is where the Vegan Leather Solo Money Maker comes in.
This strap is made of the exact same material as the Vegan Leather Money Maker, but it is designed to be used with just one camera. It is a cross-body strap that comes with a belt anchor so that your camera won’t go anywhere while you are shooting. The Holdfast belt anchor makes shooting with any of their vegan camera straps a breeze because it comes with a quick tug release that ensures you have your camera handy when you need it, but that it’s out of your way when you don’t.
Since the Vegan Leather Solo Money Maker is a thin faux leather strap, it also comes with a black or brown shoulder pad for all day use. I’ll be honest, when I first saw this strap I was a bit worried about it digging into my shoulder or otherwise being uncomfortable for 12-hour shoots, but the creators at Holdfast have thought of everything.
As I already mentioned, every leather/faux leather Holdfast product comes with a lifetime guarantee and the Vegan Leather Solo Money Maker is no different. You can get it in a huge number of different colors and it starts at $170.
If you don’t like the look of faux leather, then Holdfast also created a vegan camera strap that is made out of 100% cotton canvas.
The Camera Swagg, like the other vegan camera straps, mimics the original Money Maker. This means it is built for easy shooting with two cameras. It comes with the lovely belt anchor that I already mentioned.
The big upside to choosing the Camera Swagg over the other faux leather options is that it is lighter and can be packed down better. So, if you find yourself traveling frequently, then the Camera Swagg may work best for you.
I do need to mention that since the Camera Swagg is made out of a cotton canvas material, it doesn’t get Holdfast’s typical lifetime warranty. It does, however, get a 1-year warranty so you can still purchase with peace of mind.
The Camera Swagg comes in four colors, black, red, navy or copper, and is available from $180.