What the rest of the world has to say about Hold Fast:
It has once been thought that all a photographer needs to do his job well are his camera and lenses. Yet, many people seem to neglect the importance of how one carries these equipments.
A dual, holster style camera strap is one that’s been around for a while. There are lots of other options out there, and from what we found most of those options included black padded fabric that screams “wedding photographer!”. We’re not feeling that look so much, and that’s why when we found the Holdfast company we got a little excited.
I was given the opportunity to review a few Holdfast Gear products, and I am excited to share the results. For those who do not know who Holdfast Gear is, take a look. They are a company that produce handmade camera accessories with leather products, although they do have some fabric products as well.
I’m typically a fan of high quality hand crafted items that are made in the United States, so when I foundHold Fast Gear based in the heart of the USA, who are making some great all leather, stylish camera accessories, I was very interested. I had to take a look through their products and try something for myself.
They make awesome camera straps and accessories, so I was pretty stoked to hear they had a new strap come out. The Mini-Ruck. I currently use the black version of the Ruck Strap on my Canon 6D, and recently I picked up a FujiX10, for when I didn't wanna drag the Canon around, and the Mini-Ruck is a perfect complement for the smaller camera for a few reasons:
My favorite piece of gear, the MoneyMaker, is HoldFast’s most popular product. It’s basically a multi-camera strap that goes around the shoulders and chest. It’s made of high-quality leather and is EXTREMELY comfortable to wear.
Professional photographer Matthew Swaggart spent years travelling the world with his gear, he grew tired of the stock standard nylon straps that come with even the higher-end modern cameras and decided to do something about it.
Matthew Swaggart has travelled the world, capturing stories of humanity’s highs and lows through his camera lens. While on his journeys, Swaggart grew tired of modern photography gear—it was bulky, uncomfortable, and unattractive.
HF is now carried at B&H Photo, check it!
I wish my camera essentially hand and not around the neck strap so annoying and becomes obsolete. Reflection made, I had to buy a leash. I began the quest for the Holy Grail, but the only brands offering their range in this accessory models that have neoprene or tissues that do not inspire me. So where to find a leash aesthetics and quality?
Holdfast Gear is one of the companies out there that is currently trying to make photography accessories sexy and functional. More than perhaps any other company out there, they push fine leather goods as their staple and provide users with not only stunning products, but durable and practical solutions. We’ve positively reviewed many of their products, and one of the latest offerings from the company is their [PHOTO]Belt; the belt that essentially will make any photographer feel like Batman.
I have always been a big fan of the products over at Holdfast Gear. They are hand made in America using some of the best quality materials available. I previously bought the Ruck Strap and I have loved using it every day. Today my "Triple in Kodiak Leather" arrived. The size is a little smaller then a typical shoebox.
Looking through camera bags and straps is at the best of times like perusing a selection of the finest army surplus. I don’t want to look like I’m bordering on jumping out of a helicopter with a heavy machine gun strapped to my shoulder, or crawling through air vents like John McLain. I’m constantly on the search for fashionable, practical and high quality gear that will be versatile in any shooting situation. Enter the HoldFast MoneyMaker camera strap.
Today while out in Baltimore visiting a client, I had the chance to try out my new Ruck Strap, from Holdfast Gear.
Let me first say, I'm not a huge "neck strap" guy. I always keep a wrist strap on my Canon 5DMkII, and I keep the neck strap off since its normally not comfortable, and gets in the way frequently. However using the Ruck Strap, has really made me think twice about not using a strap.
Photographer Matthew Swaggart always disliked the bulky and militaristic style of today’s photographer’s gear. Swaggart determined to create the brand HoldFast that blends the elegant styles of yesterday with unsurpassed modern functionality.
HoldFast Gear is letting you take over the cape and cowl from Bruce Wayne by letting the overburdened photographer mount all their gadgets to their belt. The company has just announced the [Photo]Belt, that is a brand new piece of kit designed for the fashion savvy but still very serious photographer (like many of us in NYC.)
As promised, today I'm going to tell you something more about Ruck Strap, the other product I got from HoldFast Gear. By the number of views of the Money Maker review I can see you were really interested in what I had to say about it, so I hope you'll like this one as much.
I’ve been a fan of HoldFast gear for the past few months already ever since learning about their products. It’s a small, independent company with most items hand-made by the owner himself or at least finished by him.
HoldFast gear presents a limited edition of their RuckStrap camera carrying solution celebrating the 30th Olympic Games this year (with which it has nothing to do.)* Only thirty pieces of the Olympic Limited Edition will be made in red and blue — the colors of Olympic spirit — with beige leather applications. (Again, this has nothing to do with this year’s Olympic Games in London.)*
Here are two really cool and useful photo accessories made by HoldFast. They are handmade and really well thought through before producing.
This one’s for our professional photographer readers. There’s nothing new about multi camera harnesses, but HoldFast decided that there’s got to better choices for photographers who don’t want to look like they just burst out of a SWAT van.
Presenting HoldFast, an Oklahoma outfitter that is hand-making ruggedly handsome/Americana-inspired travel accessories, available online now.
My good friend Matt Swaggart and his newest company Hold Fast Gear has been getting some astounding feedback lately. I’ve owned and used the Money Maker harness now on over a dozen trips and I must say – I drank the Kool Aid®.
This is just beautiful. Albert Cheung just posted photos of a new HoldFast MoneyMaker Multi-Camera Harness he got which comfortably holds two full-sized DSLRs at the hips without having to worry about shoulder-strap slip-off.
A fellow photographer recently tipped me on a new company called HoldFast, and their innovative products seemed to fit the bill. HoldFast applies attractive form and practicality to a realm where this combination is rarely found – photography equipment. In a world dominated by black neoprene straps and nylon bags, founder/photographer Matthew Swaggart offers timeless materials like waxed cotton duck and beautifully aging leather. HoldFast was born out of necessity, and its gear evokes a time when photography gear was not only functional, but also effortlessly stylish.
We have been drooling over HoldFast´s products lately, we recently featured the stylish MoneyMaker (a Multi-Camera harness enabling the user to carry two or three cameras). Another product that caught our attention is "The Triple", a classic hand made leather dopp kit, it´s design is pretty simple, just some very rugged leather and an antique rope allowing the user to use the rope as a handle on three sides of the bag.
The MoneyMaker by HoldFast is a very handy and stylish Multi-Camera harness enabling the user to carry two or three cameras.
Si alguna vez habéis cargado con una cámara réflex durante un evento, fiesta o viaje, sabréis lo incómodas y antiestéticas que son de llevar colgadas, algo que podemos evitar con la correa adecuada, como estas correas de cuero que nos harán sentir el mismísimo Indiana Jones
You’ll have to resist the urge to spend your day consuming black coffee and busting perps when you’re wearing around the MoneyMaker Harness. Though you’ll look like a crotchety old police chief, you’ll actually be equipped for your next shoot not shootout.
There are many fantastic camera bags out there offering both protection and storage spaces for additional equipment. However, at Carryology we’re all about discovering new ways to make carrying as efficient as possible for a particular need. That’s why the MoneyMaker Multi-Camera harness from HoldFast is particularly worthy of some spotlight focus.
HoldFast produces stylish and functional photography gear. The collection is centered around classic materials such as duck canvas and leather, all the products strive to be simple and comfortable without sacrificing style.
I review a lot of complicated products so it’s nice when something comes along that doesn’t need a lot of explaining. It’s also nice when it’s something that’s useful.
There are a ton of camera straps out there and most of them are identical. Black, soulless, cheap and a burn on your neck. A company called HoldFast, LLC is out to change that.
I recently procured of their RuckStraps and I have to say right out of the box it’s nothing like any other camera strap I’ve ever used.
The Sexiest Camera Strap EVER!
One of the must have items you need for your camera is some sort of secure way to hold it. Some people like using neck straps to keep their cameras secure while others prefer using some sort of wrist or hand strap instead.
I was pleasantly surprised by how Mr. Swaggart fills his packages with. Unlike more modern companies that use materials like packaging peanuts or those plastic “air” bags, Holdfast packages are filled with wood shavings similar to what you’d see after sharpening a pencil, but without the lead. It’s actually quite beautiful and goes perfectly with the whole theme of his company.
I don’t often post about gear. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I posted about a piece of a equipment – if you know me at all, you know I really don’t care about this camera or that camera, or one new lens over another, this that and the other thing, blah blah blah…
Recently, I came across the HoldFast company when researching randomly for camera equipment. I usually browse all the photo blogs and news sites to see if I can find anything interesting that catches my attention. That’s when I happened upon HoldFast
I think if anything, this camera leash should be called the Quick Draw, because it allows you to keep your camera at bay and attached to you for a quick draw.
If most people came across some old rope buried away in an antiques shop they would pass it by in their search for real treasure.
But then they’re not the talented photographer Matthew Swaggart.
The world of camera straps is vast, but can be boring and uninspired. It isn’t often that a strap system stands out, but it seems we’ve found one that does. When Chris reviewed the HoldFast CameraLeash last month, the quality of the materials and the unique understated styling caught my eye. Now, HoldFast Gear has created something new: it’s called the MoneyMaker, and It’s pretty exciting.
I liken the camera strap to the little black dress — you may not need one for every occasion, but you definitely need one. And looking through a plethora of straps for so many years, I’ve never seen one as classy as this.
HoldFast Gear not only sent me the Indispensible Wallet to
caress fondle play with, but also their Camera Leash: a fully leather wrist strap for DSLRs. As I’ve stated many times through various posts, I much prefer to wrap my camera strap around my wrist. The reason why is because it keeps my camera at the ready and because it feels more natural as the camera almost becomes a part of me during the shooting experience.
One of our favorite camera accessory companies Holdfast, started by professional photographer and GP reader Matthew Swaggert, has just released the perfect piece of gear for managing your memory cards and money.
I’m a photographer that values both functionality and beauty. Those two can sometimes mix very well together in the photography world. In the case of the newly announced HoldFast Gear Indispensible Wallet, you’ll get an item that is both functional as a wallet for your CF, SD, and business cards while still being quite beautiful.
Looking like it should be holstering pistols, the The MoneyMaker Multi-Camera harness lets you pack a different kind of heat. Photographic heat.
Some accessories just ooze so much sex that it's hard to resist the urge to type your PayPal credentials into a website you've never been to.
Most professional photographers work with more than one camera. This sort of presents a problem when they don’t have anyone assisting them during shoots.
Look smashingly stylish for inevitable photographer duels with the MoneyMaker Multi-Camera holster.
I know couple (Street Style) photographer that will fall in love with this beautiful leather Multi-Camera harness by HoldFastGear!
There tends to be a disconnect when it comes to camera carrying products. Some accessories are built for efficiency and convenience while others veer towards style, but it's not often that you get both.
The moment I saw this camera strap I thought, this is for me! It’s a difficult situation when you want to bring 2 cameras out to an event, or just even when you’re strolling the city.
If you ever saw a movie cop shrugging on his cool, leather under-jacket holster and thought “I want one of those. Only for my cameras, not my guns,”
HoldFast Gear has everything the photographer on your list will go crazy over!
Don’t be bashful now—you’re a boss, you’re a gunslinger, you’re the moneymaker.
Hold Fast MoneyMaker Dual Camera Straps, $175. Like suspenders, but they support two cameras instead of pants.
The HoldFast collection is entirely made in the US and features style, durability and functionality in equal measures. The ample use of quality leather, duck canvas and heavy duty d-rings should mean anything from the line will only look better with use.
HoldFast is a new brand born from the passion of professional photographer and long time Gear Patrol reader Matthew Swaggert. After years of being frustrated with the overly complex, uncomfortable, and militia-styled gear that flooded the photography market, he decided to channel his experience and love of American heritage to create something better.
Buying for the men in my life is always the hardest part of my holiday shopping. It’s hard for us ladies to get excited about Mag-Lites and power tools and it’s hard for men to get excited about the usual socks and DVDs.
Hailing from Oklahoma, photographer Matthew Swaggart, has begin making photography accessories that are functional and evoke his wild west roots, with materials of leather, canvas, and metal. Hold Fast was born, with a great blend for functionality and style.
Oklahoma Photographer Matthew Swaggart wanted functional photography equipment that looked good. After his searches came up empty, he just decided to make what he was looking for himself.
We can't offer a better explanation for this than the manufacturer: "The camera strap that started HoldFast. The reason I made the RuckStrap was because I could not find a strap to carry all of the things I needed for a day shoot.