I was lucky enough to receive not one, but 'two' camera straps in the mail from AFShoot. The straps manufactured in Portugal by Muflon came in two distinct flavors. The simplistic all black leather (red stitching) 'Reporter' strap and a Artisan & Artist 'esque' red ' Yellowstone' strap with black leather ends. This was a very unexpected surprise and obviously, a welcome one as the last strap they had sent me for review was back in November 2015 and that strap had remained on my camera permanently, that is until now.
Both straps came in nicely crafted bags with leather protectors and a set of metal rings. They are handcrafted in Portugal as was the wrist strap and longer leather variant we reviewed before them. Wonderfully finished, attention to detail an obvious objective. They both differe in various ways and depending on your requirements, one will definitely favour your style of shooting . So let's take a look at each individually and see if my experience can give you a little helpful information.
MUFON / Reporter Strap
Anyone looking for something in leather with clean lines simple detailing (embossed logo) the understated 'Reporter' Strap may be just what you are looking for. I paired it with my Nikon F4s for no other reason than I was wanting to run a few rolls through it. I need to say from the start, probably not the best match on my part. The strap has no padding and the F4s is a behemoth of a camera, like many of the full frame DSLR and potential Medium Format cameras, they are heavy and if your planning on running around for the day ..... your going to definitely wish you had a bit of padding. The Leica M6 as an example, would have been a much better choice size and weight considered for this strap.
That being said it was a very comfortable strap to use and started softening up after a week. It is nicely crafted and the strap thickness and finish are spot on. I even thought the logo was understated and complimented the design. I do love this straps simple understated appeal, I find so many straps bloated with unnecessary bits and bobs. I would have no problem recommending the Reporter for anyone sporting a X100f from Fujifilm, Olympus Pen, any Nikon APSC sensor camera... you get the idea.
- Classic rugged leather camera strap. Strong, durable, made to last.
- The Reporter straps are 100 % handcrafted from high-quality bridle leather.
- The strap comes in Black leather with two different stitching colors and four sizes ( 85cm , 100cm , 115cm and 125cm ).
- Perfect for vintage film cameras, Fuji X, Leica M, Leica Q, Sony A7 and other mirrorless cameras
- MUFLON straps are completely handcrafted from premium vegetable tanned leather.
- Comes with 18mm split rings to attach it to your camera plus 2 soft leather discs to protect your camera from getting scratched by the strap metal parts.
Just remember a heavy DSLR or Medium Format cousin may prove a little taxing to carry for any extended amount of time. I would consider a more cushioned option for the shoulder and or neck if this sounds like your camera setup. One more small thing, If your method of shooting has you wrapping your strap around your wrist, the harder leather will take some time to soften sufficiently to accomplish such a task. Which brings me to the next Strap on our list The Yellowstone, wrist wrapping just aint a problem with this product....
My 'Leica Q' & 'Yellowstone' strap are a match made in heaven, the last couple of months has me totally recommending it as It has now replaced the Premium Handcrafted Leather Slim Strap* by Dead Camera which had been on my camera since our review back in November 2015. The Yellowstone is obviously influenced by Artisan & Artist straps of a very very similar styling (cough) for a fraction of their price. (GREAT START),
The simple rope design with leather ends although not original by any means, is just what the Dr ordered. It also comes in a variety of color combinations for those of you so inclined. The supplied leather protectors are a welcome bonus as are the 2 metal rings. I found the strap to be super comfortable strait out of the bag. Unlike my previous strap I was able to wrap the strap around my wrist for easier portability when needed. This was a key design feature and deal maker as far as my strap of choice is concerned for my Leica Q.
Being able to select the length of the strap when ordering is a welcome one. In the past many straps I have reviewed or purchased have been slightly to long for my 180cm height. I wear my cameras across my body and it drives me crazy when the strap is to long, bouncing uncomfortably on my hip while walking is a pet peeve of mine. Chose your length wisely before purchase and you will be a much happier camper indeed. It looks and feels great and does everything I need in a camera strap ... grab this strap 5/5 from us at WECC.
Yellowstone Tech Specs
- Made from the same high quality 10mm climbing rope that the original MUFLON , comes with new strap leather endings with a sturdier design and thicker hand-stitching to ensure maximum durability.
- Same great quality , rugged look .
- MUFLON straps are handcrafted from high quality , strong climbing rope and premium leather.
- MUFLON straps come in 5 different colors and five sizes (85cm , 100cm , 115 cm , 125cm and 135cm).
- The strap comes with 16mm split rings to attach it to your camera plus 2 soft leather discs to protect your camera from getting scratched by the strap metal parts.
- Camera Strap
- 2x soft leather discs
- 2x extra split rings
- Awesome on my Leica Q, but Perfect for Fuji X , Leica M, Sony A7 , other mirrorless cameras and DSLRs
Both straps are a top quality product better than many higher price offerings on the market at the moment. They are beautifully crafted and if you do your homework and consider your needs for your shooting style with the equipment you use one of these will definetly keep you happy. Money very well spent on some of the best straps I have had the pleasure to use. I will update this review in a few months to let you know how they are going.
Your camera will thank you for it so GET ONTO SANTA AND PURCHASE ONE HERE
*Now adorns my Leica M6 film camera