Gordy's Camera Straps

Somewhere along the way, I ran into [Gordy’s Camera Straps][gordyscamerastraps].

Gordon Coale is a guy out in Washington state who hand makes leather camera straps. Last year it occurred to me that one of his straps would perfectly match my [Hirano case][hirano japanexposures] (which you [may have seen before][live view]). Hand straps are simply a good idea for nearly any camera, because they’re the most minimal safety leash for photography: you don’t really need a one normally; but if something bad happens, you’ll be glad you have one around your wrist. Plus, when you do it right, they look gorgeous:

The food camera and Gordy’s strap

The food camera and Gordy’s strap
Barracuda Sushi, Castro, San Francisco, California

Nikon D3, 24mm f/1.4G, SB-900
1/50 sec @ ƒ2, iso 800, 24mm

I bought this Gordy’s strap almost exactly one year ago.

[gordyscamerastraps]: http://www.gordyscamerastraps.com/ “gordy’s camera straps”
[hirano japanexposures]: http://www.japanexposures.com/shop/index.php?manufacturers_id=36 “Camera Hirano—JapanExposures. These English speakers will get import Hirano cases for you.”
[live view]: http://terrychay.com/article/live-view-aperture-on-the-e-p2.shtml “Live view aperture on the E-P2”

Continue reading about camera straps and cases after the jump

Minimal wallet

Since everyone is on a minimalism kick recently, I decided that my Costanza wallet had to go:

Hlaska Nominal Merge Wallet

Hlaska Nominal Merge Wallet
San Francisco, California

Nikon D3, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D, Canon 500D
8 exposures, 1/60sec @ ƒ5, ISO200, 50mm and 85mm

This was taken inside a light tent with my SB-800 flash pointed backwards and an LED light array underneath. No real setup, just some overzealous light bouncing around.

When we were in their flagship store on the Filmore, I had flackette pick out my wallet. When I got home I realized she picked out the same one that I bookmarked a year and a half ago. If you don’t live in the Bay Area, you can also purchase their goods online at various design stores.

I didn’t think to take any photos of the place while I was in the store. I should have since they do their cash register is an executive desk with an iMac 19″ embedded below the desk surface running a copy of Windows in order to do the point-of-sale software. It looked like a big old ergonomic mess, and I asked if it was as stylish-yet-unfunctional as it that seemed. Apparently, according to the clerks, my hunch was right. I guess someone saw Tron too many times.

The wallet has a magnetic money clip and could hold about 8 cards if you really try hard—I have four in there and it’s pretty tight. The animal skin is ostensibly from Italy, but it’s stitched in China. Since the stitching is done with a machine, the threads are pretty tight—not as nice as my Hirano camera case, but what is?

People always ask me about the metal thing is the center of my wallet—It’s a Wallet Pen. I highly recommend them, though I replace the ink with a Fisher universal multi-pen refill.

We’ll see how long I last without membership cards, change, and gum wrappers.