Hyperion wrist strap

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A few weeks ago I’ve reviewed Hyperion Camera Neck Strap – now I got a similar, but shorter, wrist strap from Hyperion. Well, different colour but all the same feeling, quality and plush.

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Hyperion is selling these camera straps on ebay – they are hand made in Greece; Pablo manufactures every single one with love – one by one, by hand and tailor made. You can set specific length, color and trimming.

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Neck and Wrist Handmade Camera Straps, 238 Colour combinations to choose from. Fully Customizable in Length. Worldwide Shipping.

Link to Hyperion Camera Neck Strap review here.

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Website: https://www.hyperioncamerastraps.com

Order processing

Email Pablo: pabloko@msn.com , telling him the type, the colour combo you want and your mailing address. He will make the strap and send you a photo of it when ready, to approve it. He will mail you the strap – good news, soon it will be in your hands.

You can pay through pay-pal or bank transfer.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HyperionCameraStraps/?fref=ts

ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HYPERION-Handmade-Neck-and-Wrist-Camera-Straps-/272404353338

Photographs: Fujifilm X100T Black – One light bulb, handheld. Classic Chrome film simulation, RAW and Adobe ACR, Photoshop to taste.

 

Genesis BH 34 Arca Swiss head and Giottos Carbon Fibre Tripod GT8223

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I’ve been using this set for quite a while, both the Arca Swiss head from Genesis, model reference BH 34 and Giottos Carbon Fibre Tripod GT8223.

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For all of you out there working on a mirrorless based system, weight is paramount – at only 1150 grams (tripod 810 grams, head 340 grams), this is an extremely lightweight system, portable on the side/underneath your backpack or even handheld in a soft case.

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For Fujifilm users that use handgrip on their cameras (except power booster for X-T1/X-T2), the Arca Swiss norm is quintessential. Instead of having to rely on a normal head system, with a plate (camera mount) to attach to the camera, which is cumbersome and impractical, with Arca Swiss heads the camera base plate is the actual plate that slides onto the tripod head, sliding in and out one way, faster, safer and improving practicality and work flow, exponentially. Believe me, once you’ve tried this solution you will agree with me, no doubt.

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The Genesis tripod head I’ve been using (BH 34) costs less than €55, has a maximum load capacity of 15 Kg(!) and I highly recommend it, due to an unbeatable price/performance ratio.

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This ball head is made of lightweight and durable aluminium-magnesium alloy. It features panoramic base with rotational scale to ensure seamless panning experience – extremely smooth. Additionally, there is a knob to unlock the ball with an integrated limitation stop that allows pneumatic adjustment of the ball’s clamping force, clever. The quick-release’s mounting point features spirit levels for precise framing and is equipped with special bolts protecting against the accidental fall out.

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The ball diameter is 34mm, height at 93mm – you get a reduction key and a 1/4”-3/8” reduction, a case, an Allen wrench with it, so it will fit almost anything you throw at it.

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Giottos has now discontinued this model (GT 8223 Carbon Fibre Tripod), but you can still find it in a few retailers that kept them in stock for longer, usually with 5011N Giottos head, a universal camera mount tripod head, no Arca Swiss here. At around €120 it is an exceptional deal. There are other options, from Triopo, models GX 1027 and GX 1127, from €119, without head – so around €170 provides you an excellent solution, durable, piratical, cost-effective and lightweight.

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The reason I would recommend carbon fibre over aluminium alloy, is not only about weight gain – 35 to 45% – indeed, carbon fibre has higher strength and has more resilience to fatigue, is less prone to vibrate (some say in excess of 50%, imagine what it can do to your long exposures) and it has better looks and finish.

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The reason I would recommend carbon fibre over aluminium alloy, is not only about weight gain – 35 to 45% – indeed, carbon fibre has higher strength and has more resilience to fatigue, is less prone to vibrate (some say in excess of 50%, imagine what it can do to your long exposures) and it has better looks and finish.

If you’re on the market for a tripod that you are going to use often, although it is not something that you’ll use on a daily basis then a 3 section leg tripod, with legs around 20mm in diameter, a maximum height of 140 to 160 cm, weight below one kilogram and a maximum load capacity of around 4 to 6 kilograms will do the trick. A hook in centre column is welcome: on windy days extra weight can be added this way, providing a sturdier base to your camera, reducing wind-induced shaking. Also, make sure you can invert the centre column so that macro and studio photography will not be an issue.

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Let me just stress the fact that, if your gear is equipped with an Arca Swiss base plate it is absolutely irrational to buy a normal base plate tripod head, given the advantages one gets from using the Arca Swiss norm.

Links

Genesis head: http://www.hi-techwonder.com/genesis-bh-34-ball-head

Triopo tripod: http://www.hi-techwonder.com/triopo-gx-1027-(carbono)

Triopo Tripods: http://www.triopo.pl/en/

Genesis: http://www.genesisgear.pl/en/

Giottos: http://www.giottos.com

A bit more on Arca Swiss: Camera equipment maker Arca-Swiss independently developed a quick-release system for use on their tripod heads. It is based on plates that are 38mm wide, and have a 45° dovetail, which is held into place on the receiver with a screw clamp. Starting in the 1990s, with the popularization of the Arca-Swiss B-1 ballhead, many other companies began producing plates and including Arca-Swiss style (sometimes referred to as arca-type) receivers on their tripod heads. Today most plates are machined aluminium which are attached to the cameras or lenses with a 1/4-20 hex screw.

Another aspect of the Arca-Swiss system is that the mounting plates are designed to prevent accidental rotation of the plate relative to the device. When used with a camera or camera body the plates incorporate an anti-rotation flange or lip. When mounted to a lens with a foot, the plate will often be secured with two screws to prevent rotation. When this type of system is used, the camera cannot become accidentally detached from the tripod, which is possible when using a quick-release system that doesn’t prevent rotation, or when no camera mount is used. Nearly all makes and models of modern SLRs, medium format cameras, and large lenses have specific plates available with anti-rotation flanges. Universal mounting plates are also available, which can be used with nearly any camera with a tripod mount, though they provide little or no anti-rotation protection.

 

All photographs: Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 90mm F2, two LED light sources and one Fujifilm EF-X500 Shoe Mount Flash, mounted on to the camera as a stand alone unit. ACR, Velvia Film Simulation and Photoshop to taste.

 

Coordame “Mar Flat” wrist strap

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Hand made in Portugal by Coordame, this is one of the finest wrist straps I’ve ever tried. It will have a place of its own alongside my X-E2s, replacing an industrial made, characterless, Joby.

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Made of 8mm flat hollow cord – it naturally assumes a 13mm flat form factor, it is extremely lightweight and anti-perspirant – this one is military green, one of my favourite colours. The finishing is made of high-quality Portuguese leather and a small disc completes the set, which is a clever solution to prevent wear and tear around the camera hinge that supports the strap.

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I used it for a week on an X-Pro2 with several different lenses, from the small, lightweight, 18mm f2 to the “massive” 50-140 f2.8 and I have to say that it was a real pleasure to use. The strap is made of a gentle, natural, pleasing material (non abrasive to your skin) and the leather made adjuster is easy to use.

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Wrist straps from Coordame cost 18 Euros, shipping included to mainland Portugal, plus shipping if dispatched to a different country – a bargain given the quality of their products. If you’re looking for a trendy, high quality wrist strap, look no further – highly recommended! Of course, you can choose strap colour and stitching colour to suit your preferences – and packaging is retro styled, an absolute must.

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Started in April 2016, Coordame Straps, is a small project that offers high quality fully handmade camera straps (wrist straps and neck straps) with add-on strap accessories. It’s an original fusion of Portuguese sailing and leather work history and the love for photography – “Coordame”, two words merged in just one “Cordame” – old word for rope/cord – and “Couro” – leather – each strap is made by hand from Portuguese leather, using high quality european cords.

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According to Coordame, their straps and wrist straps are made with the users of mirrorless cameras in mind, such as: Fuji X Series, Olympus, Leica M, Sony’s, Pentax, rangefinders, point-and-shoot, although they state it is also possible to attach them to small-size DSLRs cameras.

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For all inquiries about Coordame Straps please email: coordame@gmail.com

More:

Instagram: @coordamestraps

Facebook page: coordamestraps

Shipping

All of Coordame Straps are handmade to order. Order processing time is within 4-6 business days unless otherwise noted (a notification will be emailed to the customer in case of an order delay). All payments by Bank transfer (Portugal) or PayPal (EU). Prices are in Euros (call to know).

Shipping Methods: Orders are shipped via the Portuguese Postal Service (CTT) in Registered Standard shipping method for both Portugal and international (Please allow between 9 to 15 business days to the rest of the world. Delivery times for all shipping methods are estimated).

Tracking number is provided for all orders (track your items on the Portuguese CTT website and after leaving Portugal, some countries Postal Service websites allow to track it inside the country).

 

All photographs Fujifilm X100T, one LED light source, Classic Chrome, ACR, Photoshop to taste.

 

 

 

 

Hyperion Coloured Handmade Camera Straps

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Hyperion is selling these handmade camera straps on ebay – they are hand made in Greece by my good friend Pablo; he manufactures every single one with love – one by one, by hand and tailor made. You can set specific length, color and trimming.

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I’ve used this one for quite a while on my X100T – the material has some elasticity, the trim is solid, the whole strap is extremely lightweight and very pleasant when it gets in contact with skin: there is a plush sense of comfort and it doesn’t make you sweat.

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You can also order a wrist strap if that’s your cup of tea, again length, trim and color to taste. They sell for £12 on ebay, which is a bargain.For those of us that prefer not use the original camera straps and are not willing to spend a fortune on one, this is a trendy, elegant and durable option.

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Neck and Wrist Handmade Camera Straps, 238 Colour combinations to choose from. Fully Customizable in Length. Worldwide Shipping – 13€ Each

Order processing:

  1. Email Pablo: pabloko@msn.com , telling him the type, the colour combo you want and your mailing address.
  1. He will make the strap and send you a photo of it when ready, to approve it.
  1. He will mail you the strap – good news, soon it will be in your hands.
  1. You can pay through pay-pal or bank transfer.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HyperionCameraStraps/?fref=ts

ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HYPERION-Handmade-Neck-and-Wrist-Camera-Straps-/272404353338

All photographs with Fujifilm X-E2s and Fujinon XF18mm f2.0 – One light bulb, ISO 2500, handheld. Classic Chrome film simulation, RAW and Adobe ACR, Photoshop to taste.