In February, I bought myself a gift: a refurbished Canon Canonnet QL17 with tan leather. It’s gorgeous: even my reps from other companies and Canon’s own have said so. But it needed the right camera strap. Luckily, we’ve reviewed the most of any photo publication, but this choice perplexed me. Which do I get? So I took to Etsy and bought one, and that’s how the Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap ended up on my Canonnet.
There are different types of photographers: there are folks who like photography, and there are folks who like cameras. If you like cameras, you then fall into different groups as well. Brandishing a beautiful vintage camera like the Canonnet QL17 is akin to wearing flashy jewelry. Except instead of making people think you’re rich, you’ll be the flame that attracts camera fanboys like the moths they are. And even though the Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap doesn’t match it perfectly, no one can deny how nice this strap looks.
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The Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap will make you feel like an old-time photographer. It’s got the swag of confidence without the creepy photography vest that’s also old-school. It doesn’t feel as refined as other camera straps out there, but it’s beautiful when paired with the right camera. It’s also incredibly affordable, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Pros and Cons
- Pretty to look at on the outside
- You can personalize it.
- Pretty affordable
- Comfortable if you have a small camera
- Wraps around the wrist nicely
- Very rough interior area
- Field Work’s product photos did not prepare me for how small this strap is.
- If you’re used to really nice camera straps, you don’t want something like this.
- Can only really wear it around the neck or shoulder
- When I put it on my shoulder, I really wish there were some sort of shoulder pad.
We tested the Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap with the Canon Canonnet QL17.
The Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap isn’t doing anything special. It’s a leather strap at a very affordable price point.
Tech specs taken from the Etsy store listing:
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A simple leather camera strap, elevated to its full potential: This camera strap is designed for the minimalist. No buckles or extras to get tangled
Handmade in Canada, from 6oz full-grain leather, and solid brass components. This piece will soften, develop a beautiful patina that will be unique to how you use it. Use, and exposure to natural elements, as well as oil from your hands will speed up this process. Our Natural colourway will darken, and after about a year, take on a rich tan/caramel tone. The brown colour has been hand-dyed, and will only get better looking with time.
Each piece has been oiled, conditioned, and lightly buffed. To ensure the grain is healthy and will live a long life.
• Handmade in Canada
• Life Time Warranty
• Genuine Leather
• Solid Brass Components
38” long (96.5cm)
.5” wide (1.25cm)
* you can wear this strap over the shoulder, cross body, or let it sit in front of you for easy access
* Initials are available to be stamped on the strap if you choose this option at checkout please write the initials in the “notes to seller” section
The Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap is a really nice-looking strap. The exterior of the strap is a sort of smooth surface. It feels almost like it was coated in beeswax, similar to Tap and Dye’s approach, but isn’t the same level of refinement. To that end, it’s also nowhere nearly as pricey.
Here’s a look at the exterior. This will age well and maybe develop a few cracks. You can also see the underside in this photo. It’s a lot rougher. Like, a lot rougher.
To attach the Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap to your camera, you’ll use these split rings. I appreciate that they’re brass, but I wish there could be a chrome-plated option.
The Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap is built surprisingly sturdy. I have to admit that I pulled and tugged on this strap quite a bit before fitting it to my Canonnet. It feels so thin that if I really pulled, I thought I could snap the strap in two. Truly, I think anyone’s nightmare would be watching a camera strap snap and their investment falling to the floor. But that didn’t happen. Instead, this strap is both the thinnest I’ve used and the most surprising at the same time. Is it the strongest? Hardly not. But I’m thoroughly shocked at how durable it is.
However, Field Work isn’t being completely transparent about their claims and description.
Ease of Use
Take a look at this photo above. This is a standard magazine for scale along with my Canonnet and the Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap. When attached, the strap is only a tad longer than a full-spread magazine. No one surely has a neck that thin. So if you wear the strap, it will come around your neck like a necklace. To that end, you can’t wear it cross-body without greatly restricting your mobility.
However, it can be worn as a shoulder strap. This would’ve been much better if there were a shoulder pad of some sort to help with grip. But if you’re wearing a jacket that has a strap on the shoulder area, consider slipping this into it.
One of the great ways to wear the Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap is by wrapping it around your wrist. So essentially, it can be a neck strap, a shoulder strap, and a wrist strap. Around the wrist, it feels like Tap and Dye’s older straps, which were rough and needed refining. However, with time, they became super nice. I feel the same will happen with this strap.
- Very affordable
- Lifetime warranty
- I wish there were options for sizes larger than this.
I like the Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap for sure. It’s beautiful and very stylish with the right camera. Further, it comes with a lifetime warranty and is very affordably priced. For a company that’s not as well known, I think they’re doing a good job. But they can’t yet hold a candle to some higher-end options.
We’re giving the Field Work Slim Fixed Leather Camera Strap four out of five stars.