The camera strap is one of those things that comes in the box and most people don’t even think about. They just stick it on the camera and BOOM that’s that. However for those of us who have had the unfortunate displeasure of lugging around a 70-200mm lens stuck on a DSLR with a battery pack, you will soon realize that a comfortable strap in something of a necessity. For others, the standard Nikon or Canon straps are too “boring” and they want to express themselves a little bit more or just make their black box stand out from the rest.
iMo straps are a Hong Kong based company that makes custom straps for cameras. They offer a great selection of cotton and neoprene straps in a beautiful array of colours and patterns. I was lucky enough to be sent a few to check out. These straps give a bit of life to your camera and perhaps a bit of comfort too. Each strap is handmade upon ordering and uses quality leather and high-end webbing to make sure that your camera always stays around your neck.
There are basically two main lines; Cotton straps and Neoprene straps. They also offer a gift set and a new Jaquard Strap line which is similar to the neoprene straps but with an Indian Mirror design. The cotton straps are designed for smaller cameras and thus have smaller webbing and less padding but will work as well for your DSLR and can even hold up to 180 lbs. One of the cool things that I notice about these straps was that they have a comfortable but grippy patch on the back that keeps everything from sliding around. With a lighter camera, these straps work well and look great. If you are one of those who have a micro four-thirds or mirrorless pancake-lens camera, then these are a perfect match. However, they still work and look great on larger DSLRs.
They also offer neoprene straps that are designed for heavier DSLR cameras. If you have never tried a neoprene strap then I suggest that you switch over. The benefit of a neoprene strap is that the material acts like a springy cushion for your heavy camera. These straps also have quick-releases which are quite handy in certain situations. I mostly use these when I am set up with my tripod on windy days (like this weekend). The camera straps pop on and off with ease and can hold up to a whopping 120 lbs! Again, these come in a wide variety of colours and patterns. If the bright colours or flashy patterns are not your thing, they also come in solid colours too. Check out their product line here.
The patterns go from cheerful to beautiful solid colours and there is a lot of variety found on their site. If you are looking for something to take a bit of the weight off then these would be your straps. While they may not have the contoured design like the lowepro Voyager C, I wore these around on the weekend and it was very comfortable even with a big lens on. The neoprene does its job very well and the colourful pattern really adds some personality to your camera rather just showing off what brand it is.
The cool thing about these straps is that they are hand-made as soon as you order them! You know that care and precision when into designing and creating the straps. I like the idea that they are made just for you, as soon as you order, few places off this kind of service. Soon there will be pockets to go along with these straps as well and I am looking forward to that.
All in all I am happy with these straps and for the prices from $22 to $26 they all affordable and a great purchase.
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