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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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