We are living in a time where our photographic reality is absolutely overflowing with optical options. Regardless of which system or systems a photographer is invested in, the choices are plentiful.
I was an early adopter of mirrorless system cameras, in fact this very blog was largely built upon the back of my passionate love affair with the micro 4/3 system over a decade ago. In the time that I’ve been writing about photography on this site, I’ve wholly switched over to mirrorless cameras which has provided me with certain benefits as well as a few drawbacks. A facilitating factor for much of my excitement originally was adaptability and that factor has, over these years, turned into a revolution in many ways with the birth of smart adapters for the mirrorless setups I have and am currently shooting with in the micro 4/3, Canon RF and previously the Sony E system.
One drawback to investing in newer mirrorless system architecture is that many new lenses are expensive. A global economic landscape, combined with investment needed by the companies building these newer systems, in optical engineering, manufacturing and marketing results in that cost being passed to the consumer, especially with proprietary offerings.
In come third party manufacturers. Whether you’re shooting a mirrorless or DSLR system, third party lens options can offer huge cost:performance benefits. The last few years have seen some changes in my life, not the least of which seeing me move from part time working independent photographer, to hobbiest. Cost is now more important to me than ever as I’ve seen my fun budget reallocated elsewhere by necessity these days. C’mon in to see more from this Sigma super tele zoom lens on Canon, Sony and Micro 4/3 bodies, and to see if it’s up to snuff.
Happy Memorial Day. Things have been crazy busy around the Robichaud camp of late, but nonetheless, we’ve got a brand new wrist strap available in the Vector Excel. It’s the same fundamental design as the original Vector, yet it uses a thicker, wider material as well as replaces the split ring with a stainless steel quick release clasp. For the holiday weekend, we’re offering 15% off of any and all straps we build by using the code MEM15 over at NautiStraps.com HERE.
The new Vector Excel was designed in response to inquires about a wrist strap for larger cameras, providing a more comfortable fit for heavier setups. While it provides a comfortable option for larger cameras, it does great for smaller cams too. Great for DSLRs, Mirrorless and compact Cams, the quick release clasp allows you to switch between straps, or remove the strap when on a tripod, in the bag, or wanting to quickly switch the strap between different cameras.
Available in 4 different colors (red/black, blue/black/orange, silver/black and solid black with 3m reflective tracer), the Excel is ready to go.
Happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone stateside, and happy regular weekend to everyone else. Visit us at NautiStraps.com and use MEM15 at checkout to get 15% off of the Excell, or any of our hand built camera straps through Monday.
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Thanks and happy shooting,
I get a lot of enjoyment from figuring out more efficient and elegant ways to design camera straps. One question I’ve fielded multiple times has been the desire to see an adjustable, nautical rope shoulder strap. The Regatta strap has done well, and has been well received, but for me, it posed two problems. First, the adjustability. Tricky part with rope is that there are few ways to actually allow for adjustment to length without bulky hardware. Secondly, while it does well for rigs up to 2-2.5 lbs, after that, a single rope can become a little uncomfortable while out and about if carrying your camera for long periods of time. Enter the brand new Wayfarer shoulder strap which remedies both of those issues, and I’m really happy with how they’ve come out. Available in 7 different colorways, at Nautistraps.com now, you can also get them for 15% off as an introductory sale offer this week, using the code “NAUTIWAY15” at checkout.
C’mon in to see colors and learn a little bit more about the design process…