An alternative to camera bags, backpacks, and sling packs is using a camera belt. What is a camera belt? It’s a waist mounted belt that allows attachment of various pouches and clips so that you can carry your photography gear without being encumbered by any single large bag.
A camera waist belt may initially remind you of a fanny pack, but they are much more versatile and, quite frankly, don’t project a 1980s vibe to everyone.
Tanker Belt from Hold Fast
Basic description of the Tanker Belt is a high quality, heavy-duty, wide leather camera belt that has numerous places and ways to attach camera belt pouches, gear clips, and different styles of straps for holding camera gear while you’re actively engaged in shooting or while trekking to or through the scenery.
Heavy-Duty / Nice-Looking
That’s a descriptor that could apply to many of us! Hold Fast’s Tanker camera belt is made from 9 oz leather in two choices, bridle leather which has a smooth finish, or bison leather which has texture. As with all fine leather goods, these camera belts will wear and age in a way that adds character to the piece.
Working with leather, ounces is a measure of thickness. Equivalent to a little over 1/8th of an inch (9/64ths to be exact), 9 oz leather is the same thickness used for crafting bridles, saddlebags, holsters and scabbards, and tool pouches.
The Tanker camera belt is two pieces of 9 oz leather, a wide base and a narrower strap interwoven through a series of loops. There are three metal D rings and a user-changeable metal buckle included.
Comfortable / Versatile
One of the nice features of the Tanker camera belt is that two-piece construction. This allows you to customize it as a camera lens belt by adding one or more camera belt pouches to it such as the Sightseer Medium Lens Pouch.
The two pieces as layers also means your camera belt won’t sag your pants down such as often happens with a heavy tool belt. The base sits firmly against your jeans, hiking shorts, jodhpurs, or snow pants while the outer, narrow belt is allowed to sag a bit with the weight of whatever is attached to it.
HoldFast Gear Tanker Belt is a versatile, high quality, heavy-duty, and nice-looking camera belt for active photographers. As much as we want one for ourselves, this camera belt also makes a wonderful gift for our photographer and videographer friends.