The regular readers of the Creative Resources & Advice Blog have been asking me to review some of my favourite photography products & tools and field test equipment that is useful for Photographers & Wedding Photographers alike. To get the ball rolling, I'm starting with the really awesome multi camera straps by Hold Fast. If you haven't heard of these guys before, they create the awesome MoneyMaker camera straps made from high grade leather complete with metal d-rings, safety straps and a superb versatile design. Most importantly, the straps look the business, keep your cameras secure and feel comfortable even when you're shooting a 12-hour wedding.
What actually is the MoneyMaker? Well it's a harness-like camera strap that goes over your shoulders and allows you to carry 2 camera bodies with lenses or you can even carry three camera bodies with some other attachments. It's so much more than just an alternative to your standard DLSR camera strap and it certainly is a big contender when you compare the MoneyMaker to the range of Black Rapid straps or Camera Belts on offer.
The Hold Fast MoneyMaker allows you to attach any camera and lens with a tripod mount to either side of the harness, what's more, the way the MoneyMaker holds the camera means they hang by your side and keep out of your way. I shot my last wedding using the strap from Hold Fast with two Nikon DSLR's with a 24-70mm lens and a 70-200mm lens with no problems at all. You can walk around freely and the cameras stay tucked into your side and they're ready for you when you need them, you never have to worry about picking up and putting down your cameras when you're on a shoot.
Aside from the comfort and ease of using the MoneyMaker it's also very safe, the strap comes with two HoldFast screws that screw straight into your camera or lens tripod mount. Then you simply connect your camera onto your MoneyMaker and use the sailboat clips for extra safety. Seriously, I shot an 11 hour wedding using the MoneyMaker and didn't need to adjust or tighten anything the whole day, it's just perfect!
You've probably heard me mention this before but I love honesty, I implement trust and honesty into every aspect of my businesses so it's certainly something I look for when I'm the consumer. The MoneyMaker straps are made of premium leather and they look and feel durable. I've only field tested the MoneyMaker on a few occasions so I can't say it will last a lifetime but it feels like it would. But if it doesn't last a lifetime, the guys at Hold Fast give you a lifetime guarantee with every MoneyMaker, they're that confident in their products!
Speaking just solely wedding photography for a second, I seriously couldn't shoot a wedding without a MoneyMaker camera strap after using it on a few occasions. I no longer have to worry about leaving my second camera body around and I can easily swap between the two bodies and lenses within seconds. Secondly, it's comfy. In a nutshell I didn't feel like I was carrying two huge Nikon DSLR plus lenses around all day, perfect if you suffer with aches and pains. Thirdly, you would not believe how many wedding guests come up to you and compliment the MoneyMaker, not that I thrive on compliments but it's a fantastic conversation starter.
With a lifetime guarantee, the MoneyMaker is something you can look at as an investment, you're paying for a quality product, so yes the price is going to appear steeper than the most camera straps. The price varies dependant on your selection, there is a vast range of options and leathers Hold Fast offer but on average you're looking at $300. UPDATE: If you're a UK photographer, you can now purchase Holdfast gear from Rigu.co.uk
All in all, I would highly recommend the Hold Fast MoneyMaker and I'm chuffed that I got to test one for my first Field Test on the Creative Resources & Advice Blog. Here's a few points to take away:
- You don't have to worry about keeping your second camera body insight as it's always right by your side.
- You look the business and it's a great conversation starter.
- Comfortable to wear all day.
- Easily swap between camera bodies and lenses.
- Be prepared to spend a little for a great investment and product.
- Your MoneyMaker has a lifetime guarantee so there's no need to worry - not that it will ever break!
Do you use a Hold Fast MoneyMaker? Would you consider investing in one?