By Antonio Malara
A couple of years ago, thanks to the Lethaus brand, I was finally able to solve my problems with the camera straps. In fact, I have always found classic bands uncomfortable, both for carrying the camera and during shooting because they punctually tangled with the lens. The wrist bands, on the other hand, are much more comfortable, however I have always found it difficult to find one that is well made and above all resistant. After so many useless purchases on Amazon, I ended up losing hope. A few years ago, as I said, I think I found advertising for this camera straps on Instagram, where there was a great variety of bands, including the wrist one. Apparently the leather and construction looked good and in theory these laces were handmade.
To receive the first band, I waited almost a month, the product arrived from Turkey, where it was manufactured. In addition to the original packaging, I immediately noticed the good quality of the band and it was actually evident that it was handcrafted. I have used it a lot with my Fujifilm XT-3 carrying on average 1kg or more and have never had any problems. Moreover, the band has taken a shape that respects the way I use it. Satisfied with the product, I promised myself to buy more. At the end of last year I went back to the Lethaus website and noticed many other new products, including wrist models. I bought two other models of this type, one black with red stitching and one red with black stitching. The shipment this time was much faster (about a week) only that today, they entered customs duties and I paid about 6 euro for it.
I want to clarify that this post is not sponsored, I have always bought the straps with my own money and I will continue to do so but I wanted to highlight this brand because it still manages to produce handicrafts. In fact, this is the purpose of my post, to reward someone who still believes in something that is now disappearing. Italy, the country where I live, has had a great tradition of craftsmanship that is now being lost. Last year, while visiting the village of Alberobello, I found a shop where a man was selling many types of objects all handmade by him. There, I bought some bracelets and showed him the camera wrist strap and asked him if he was able to produce one. He replied that he could try but that he was missing some small iron components and he wasn't sure he would find them. I'm sure he was able to make a wrist band by hand but it was clear that he didn't feel like it, however I got his contact for the eventual production of a band.
Evolution is a right thing but traditions, especially those that are beautiful and that work, should never be lost. I am happy that in Turkey they continue to believe in this, a small lifeline for people like me who love personalized objects, which even if produced in large numbers are always one different from the others.
Pictures: Antonio Malara