Like many fellow wedding photographers, I am forever searching for new gadgets to add to me ever-growing arsenal of gear. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have an addiction, an addiction to staying up late and browsing hundreds of web pages to find the perfect lens, the perfect filter and perfect bag for this career.
However, a good harness is something I’ve often neglected to purchase. I’m not sure why, but for a few years I made do with the standard camera straps with “CANON” obnoxiously branded across them, as if I need to tell everybody what make of camera I shoot with. I switched to an amazon-brand dual-camera harness when I decided to shoot with two bodies on-the-go instead of one, but honestly, that thing sucked. (I’ll get into a review of that beast another time, but let’s just say – for the ladies, don’t buy it unless you want something to ride up your boobs so far you could scream.)
I’ve always adored the holdfast moneymakers. They sing to my soul, perfect leather harnesses made to hold my previous gear. But I’m a working mother. I’m trying to pay my bills and support my family, and over £200 on a harness is not an expense I could justify this year. No matter how fancy it is.
So I spent many nights, late late nights, researching harnesses and the kind of things that could make them tick. What I really needed to invest in, and finally I decided that I was best off having somebody who knew what they were doing custom-make a leather harness for me.
That’s when I came across SixMagpiesLeather on Etsy. And I was thoroughly impressed. Just over £60 later and I awaited my new, custom made harness to arrive in the post. I was not disappointed.
The harness is beautiful. Stunning. The quality is absolutely amazing.
My 5-year-old son has taken to calling it my “smelly belt”, because you can smell the quality of the leather. It’s a lovely smell.
The harness itself feels both comfortable and strong, it moves with ease and I trust my cameras with it completely. Not only that, but it looks very stylish. So much more attractive than the awful fabric harnesses I used to wear. I feel professional and stylish wearing this, rather than bulky and awkward.
John from SML engraved my name into it free of charge, so everybody knows that the harness is mine – and there’s free advertising without me having to speak to anybody! Honestly, I can’t sing their praises enough, because this harness is freaking gorgeous for the price, and I’d wager it’s just as good as a holdfast. It comes with a spare connector for where the leather crosses at the back, which is a good job because I knocked mine out already from heavy use and storing it poorly – the only fault in it – but I’d wager they are extremely cheap to replace anyway.
I’d recommend this harness to anybody looking for a dual-camera harness alternative to the holdfast moneymaker, so go on over and check it out now! https://www.etsy.com/uk/transaction/1291879520