Holdfast MoneyMaker Dual Strap Review

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Why the need for the Holdfast MoneyMaker?

When it comes to wedding photographers, carrying two camera bodies at the same time has become the norm. Due to the fast pace of a wedding, there is rarely time to swap lenses quickly enough, hence the need to carry one lens on each camera, one camera per shoulder.

Whether you’re a zoom shooter with the big boy Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms, or a prime shooter with the awesome Nikon 35mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lenses, the fact is you’re carrying a lot of weight!

And herein lies the problem – how to ensure that a) you don’t exhaust yourself by carrying over 2kg of gear over a 12 hours wedding, and b) your camera don’t keep slipping off your shoulders?

The solution lies in a double (dual) camera strap. The industry favourite seems to be the Black Rapid RSD-1BB Double, and for good reason. The reviews on Amazon tell the whole story, but users are happy with the durability, strength and reliability of the Black Rapid strap.

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However, not everyone wants to look like your stereotypical camera man, with black nylon accessories adorning the body like a SWAT team officer! If you’d rather look more like John Wayne than Steven Seagal, I might have the solution for you…

The Holdfast MoneyMaker Multi-Camera Harness is made from high-grade leather in the USA, with hard wearing metal buckles and fittings holding it together in an ‘X’ pattern across your back, distributing the weight perfectly. Backed by a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects, the MoneyMaker is designed to carry two cameras hanging next to your hips, and can even affix a third camera via an optional leash on the front.

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Two Holdfast screws fasten to the 1/4-20″ tripod sockets (standard on all dSLR cameras) securely and safely, with a rubber washer to ensure a snug, scratch-free fit.

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Leathers available include English Bridle, Water Buffalo, Great American Bison and even Genuine Python for those really wild at heart! The best looking in my opinion is the English Bridle leather in Chestnut, available here.

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I put the Holdfast MoneyMaker to use whilst shooting a wedding in Melbourne this summer. The reception and ceremony was held at the Emu Bottom Homestead, the perfect rural farmhouse setting to compliment my leather strap, which wouldn’t have looked out of place as part of a horse’s saddle. I was shooting with a Nikon D4 with a 35mm f/1.4 lens on one side and a Nikon D700 with a 85mm f/1.4 lens on the other – over 2kgs of weight, but the MoneyMaker distributed the weight perfectly over my body. I’m 6 foot 4″, and have suffered from back pain for a long time, so having a good strap is very important to me. At the end of the 12 hour day of shooting, I can honestly say that my back felt fine! It was a revelation!

The ‘D rings’ which allow the cameras to slide up and down the Holdfast MoneyMaker ‘belts’ allowed the cameras to move freely. Not once did anything get tangled or stuck.

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Aside from my own benefits of using the strap, my appearance didn’t go unnoticed in the crowd. I had several compliments (from guys) about my “awesome cowboy camera set up”, and from girls who gushed over the “gorgeous leather”. Clearly it was a refreshing change to the all black attire that the majority of wedding photographers are known for.

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Another benefit of the English Bridle leather is that it ages beautifully. I’m looking forward to seeing how the colour of my MoneyMaker gradually changes over my years of blood, sweat and tears as a wedding photographer :-)

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18 Comments

  • Just ordered one of these as I’ve moved over to an all prime setup for this years weddings. Looks ideal, I used to only use one body and carry a think tank retrospective around all day. What a slog that was with about 4 lenses and flashes etc. Then a backpack to set down with laptop, food etc in.

    Hopefully now, I can set the think tank down somewhere during points of the wedding day and just have two bodies with an 85 and a 35 on each. Much less strain. Can’t wait for it to arrive from America now!

  • I recently purchased one, but it’s twisted in the back where the 2 straps connect, almost like it was put together incorrectly. In the product photos they always look flat with the finished leather side facing out, but mine has the twist in it which is kind of uncomfortable. Is that the luck of the draw or do you think it’s an error?

    • That does sound a bit odd Jon. I’m assuming you’ve already tried to untwist it under the buckle, (as it may have flipped over during transit)? I’d get in touch with whoever you bought it from and request an exchange if I were you.

  • Love mine too but hate their current clips. Your review is with the previous clips which I would prefer and many others do too, over the new ones which are a pain to connect a camera to when in a hurry. It ‘s a two handed process along with needing a flat surface to set the camera on to connect a camera now.

    • AH I didn’t know they changed the clips Mark – that sounds like a bit of a pain. I’m sure Matt from Holdfast would like to know your feedback!

  • It just looks good and that’s it! I am sorry to say this but a big waste of money.

    – Worst locking system ever. Takes ages to put on and off the camera and same goes with the security lock.
    – The way camera’s are positioned when attached leaves the lenses vulnerable to pretty much anything.
    – You can not run with this or even walk with it without holding the cameras as two cameras start hitting each other behind your back.
    – Shooting vertical is kind of not possible because of the length of the strap is short (i am 1.88 meters and i bought the large one) and connection is under the camera.

    these are the things that i come up with after using it two times. it just looks good…

    • Hey Kerim:

      1. Actually it’s extremely easy to use and perhaps the FASTEST clip on the market, however it’s all in the technique, see this video: http://youtu.be/EA7AduWhWfU

      2. This is the exact same way ALL double straps attach. ANd there aren’t any reports of people having problems with that at all because thats how they all work.

      3. You are likely wearing them way too loose. And no one can run at speed with 2 cameras…unless you held them in hand-again this is how all double straps work.

      4. No not impossible, see this video: http://youtu.be/gpsqE3GPgBE

      Sorry you had an odd experience, it’s not possible to make a product that works for everyone on the planet although I sure do try. Perhaps it just isn’t for you. Or perhaps you need to adjust to it.

  • Thought I’d put my 2 penny’s worth in. I only heard of Holdfast 3 months ago and I’ve got to say…. WOW!!! I have the MM in Black and Tan. I’m now waiting on the bison black and Mahogony too.
    Ok, so I’ve got issues! I love the look of This gear soooo much I’d forgotten to find out if it works well enough for me!!! Well the answer to that is YES!!!
    I’ve got the Roamographer bags too and as a system, works really well.
    If it has some floors, I’d rather not mention them as I know other brands will have theirs too!!
    BTW. It’s not always easy to respond to clients so I get it when my q’s get a delayed response. All in all I’m addicted and can’t wait to see what comes next.

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