Lucky Straps Camera Strap Review

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As photographers, we often fall into the trap of sticking with the neck strap that came packaged with our camera. But let’s be honest, most of those are thin, boring and bland – plus they look just like everyone else’s kit strap!

What if I told you that there was a way to get a gorgeous, hand-crafted leather camera strap with a huge amount of personalisation? I guarantee yours will be like no-one else’s.

Introducing Lucky Straps, an Australian company based in Bendigo, Victoria. Lucky have been making straps for over 5 years and their products are used by thousands of photographers the world over.

Another element that I love about Lucky Straps is their amazing customer service – just like their products, it’s personalised with a high level of care.

I was lucky (pardon the pun) to be sent pre-release, updated versions of three of their most popular straps. The biggest change is the inclusion of a new quick-release system – but more on that later.

Let’s take a look at what Lucky Straps have been up to and whether their products rank among the best camera straps in terms of quality as well as looks.

Lucky Straps Specs

 

For this review, I was sent three different Lucky Strap products. All of their straps are Australian made and feature a unique webbing with new quick-release clips.

In some cases, not only can you choose the colour of the leather, but you can also select the colour of the stitching – this is the first step in personalising your Lucky Strap.

Let’s take a look at the specs for each individual strap.

Slim 30 Lucky Strap

  • 30mm (1.18″) wide
  • 145cm (57″)
  • Oiled pull-up leather
  • ‘Regular Length’ suits up to 170cm or 5’7″ tall,
  • ‘Long Length’ has another 25cm (10″) of length.
  • Perfect for all mirrorless cameras, 35mm film and mid-sized DSLRs

Standard 53 Lucky Strap

  • 53mm (2″) wide
  • 145cm (57″)
  • Oiled pull-up leather
  • ‘Regular Length’ suits up to 170cm or 5’7″ tall,
  • ‘Long Length’ has another 25cm (10″) of length.
  • Perfect for medium to large-sized mirrorless, DSLR and even medium format cameras

Wrist Strap

  • 30mm (1 and 3/16″) wide
  • Approx 42cm (17″)
  • Nubuck finish for anti-slip
  • One size fits all design
  • Super soft upholstery leather feels awesome against your skin
  • The smooth metal D ring is strong but not abrasive on delicate gear
  • Perfect for all camera sizes from mirrorless to DSLR, and even large medium format cameras
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Build & Appearance

Lucky Straps are available in a range of lengths

Lucky Straps are available in a range of widths and lengths.

I love leather products more than I care to admit and leather camera straps are one of my weaknesses. The texture, feel, strength and even the smell are like nothing you get out of a kit camera box.

Lucky Straps are made from thick cuts of premium leather with super-strong stitching.

These are the sort of straps that will easily last a lifetime. And it is not just the leather that is durable: the nylon webbing is extremely hardy, as are the newly-designed quick-release clips. The webbing is actually slice-proof.

I have seen images of the owner of Lucky Straps hanging from one of their straps with his full weight.

Lucky Straps use durable soft leather

The leather used in all Lucky Straps is durable, soft and flexible

The clips allow you to quickly place and remove the strap from any camera. If the camera has flat metal loops or uses eye-lugs with split-rings, it will connect simply and quickly.

The straps I received for review – the Slim 30 and Standard 53, both in Chestnut Brown made from an oiled pull-up leather – look and feel stunning! With time the straps will age, soften further and attract all sorts of marks and textures – signs of a life well spent.

The leather section of both is 105cm (41″) plus another 20cm (8″) of nylon webbing at each end. The quick-release clip is both a clip and a buckle so you can adjust the length.

At each end of the leather strap – where the nylon webbing is connected – there’s a double layer of leather with additional stitching. These ends also feature the Lucky Strap logo embossed into the leather.

Lucky Straps soften over time plus attract weather and aging with use

Lucky Straps will soften over time plus gain character with use.

The Lucky Wrist Strap is made with a nubuck leather finish that’s soft yet strong. The leather section is around 37cm (15″) in length, and the webbing – also adorned with the quick-release clip – is around 9cm (4”).

I mentioned in my introduction that you can personalise these straps like no other – this is not an overstatement.

Not only can you select the style, leather, length and stitching, but you can also have the strap embossed with either text or a logo of your choice. If you run a photography business and have your own logo, what better way to celebrate and promote it than by getting it embossed on your camera strap?

A customised and embossed strap also makes for a brilliant gift for the photographer in your life.

You can have text embossed at one or both ends in a choice of three fonts for a few extra bucks.

Further to this, the embossing can then be filled with a foil colour. There are seven colours to choose from including gold and silver foil. Personally, I elected to have GC blind-embossed on all of my straps – by the way GC stands for Good Chap!

When you pick up a Lucky Strap strap you will instantly know it’s a high quality, handcrafted and durable product. Go on, give it a sniff too.

Ease of Use

lucky straps quick-release camera connection

The new Lucky Strap quick-release is strong, simple and thief-proof.

Lucky Staps are pure and simple products that do as they’re intended: they provide a highly comfortable and safe way to carry your most precious camera gear.

The Slim 30 and Standard 53 are not intended to be worn around your neck – personally I hate carrying a camera around my neck anyway as it gives me aches and pains.

Instead, you wear the strap either over your should or across your body. Thankfully, the straps are very long (especially if you opt for the longer-length version) so body size is irrelevant.

All of the straps feature the same Australian Made webbing and quick-release clip. The clip doubles as a buckle to adjust the length of the strap to suit your carrying comfort.

The clip itself is made from toughened plastic and has a carabiner-like opening that springs back into place. The nylon webbing passes through either the camera lug or a split ring and the loop formed attaches to the clip.

There’s also a small but strong locking mechanism that prevents the clip-gate from opening.

You can rest assured that your gear is not going anywhere you don’t want it to.

lucky straps wrist strap

The Luck Strap Wrist Strap is a perfect balance of style, comfort and practicality.

The Wrist Strap is a little different to the long straps in that it doubles over on itself to form a loop to pass your hand and wrist through. The leather is really soft against your skin.

A 30mm D-ring is connected to the end of the strap via rivets for a strong connection. This D-ring allows you to slide the strap closed against your wrist for greater security.

And that’s really all there is to it. Like I said, pure and simple – no need for maintenance or leather-care.

Just let the strap do its thing and age gracefully.

Value for Money + Discount

embossed camera strap logo

GC or Good Chap was embossed on all my Lucky Straps.

What price could you possibly put on something so beautiful and personal? That is a rhetorical question so please don’t answer in the comments. ;)

At any time, we as photographers can be carrying thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear. Investing in a carrying solution is paramount to your gear safety but also in your own personal comfort level.

Carrying a camera all day long can be physically draining. However, with a comfortable strap like the Lucky Strap system, you’ll go all day without discomfort.

Further to this, your highly-personalised strap will be the envy of your photography community thanks to your gold foil embossed business logo.

The Slim 30 will set you back around AU$115 (check here for latest price) and the Standard 53 will cost around AU$120 (check here for latest price). As mentioned, you can opt for the longer-length strap at no extra cost.

The Wrist Strap will cost around AU$75 (check here for latest price) and obviously there is only one size to fit all.

You can also use the coupon code SHOTKIT to get a 10% discount off your order.

leather camera wrist strap from lucky straps

The Lucky Wrist Strap is featured here attached to a Fujifilm X-E3.

As for the personalisation options, the choice of stitching colour is no cost, however, it will cost extra for the embossing of your text or logo.

To have your 1-4 characters of text embossed into one end of your strap will be around $20 – to have it at both ends will be a total of $35 – logos will cost $100 however then you have access to that template forever.

Lucky Straps also make guitar straps, leather wallets, card cases and other leather accessories – you could get your logo stamped on a bunch of things.

Longer text will have additional charges depending on how far you go. The foil colour that’s bonded into the embossing is at no extra cost.

I think that for the quality of a hand-crafted product, plus the attention to detail in personalisation, this is incredible value for money. Keep in mind that these straps will last a lifetime and you will likely hand yours down to your child as their first leather belt!

What’s more, it’s great to see that Lucky made some sensible considerations on what to charge extra for and what to offer at no cost.

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Lucky Straps Review | Conclusion

lucky straps logo

Lucky Straps emboss their own logo onto the leather reinforcements at each end.

Of the three Lucky Straps that I received, I have to say that my favourite is the Wrist Strap… today!

Tomorrow it’s probably going to be the Slim 30 on my Fujifilm X-E3. The next will likely be the Standard 53 on my Fujifilm X-T3.

The point is, they are all amazing and I cannot fault any of them – plus I cannot return them as they have my Good Chap initials embossed on them!

Lucky Straps have excelled at making simple yet beautiful camera straps that do exactly what you need them to do. What’s more, you’re going to be comfortable all day long and know that your gear is safely secured.

Don’t live with sub-standard camera straps right out of the box! Do yourself and your camera a favour and adorn it with a piece of Australian Made delight.

Likes

    • Quality leather that feels and smells amazing
    • Strong quick-release system
    • Anti-theft considerations
    • Value for money
    • Amazing personalisation

Dislikes

  • I could not fault the Lucky Straps… straps

Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products or the brand. The products in this post may contain affiliate links.

I am a Melbourne based street photographer and blogger. I love to travel and make a regular trip to Japan to photograph and document its dynamic culture.

Features9
Looks10
Build Quality10
Usefulness9
Price/Value9

4 Comments

  1. Adam on May 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    I ordered my latest Lucky Strap – vintage black/wine slim 30, extra long, blind embossed, QR – as soon as I saw the announcement of the QR system. I had previously combined Lucky Straps with PD Anchors but found that too clunky (and not in keeping with the aesthetic of a beautiful leather strap and a good looking rangefinder-styled camera). I then tried using some tiny carabiners to QR connect my Lucky Straps to my cameras. That worked reasonably well.

    But now I’ve had the new Lucky Strap for a while and it is so much neater and easier than my previous solutions.

    My only question is whether I can justify to myself yet another Lucky Strap for when I *need* like a different colour combo. Or should I wait until I’m allowed to venture back to the streets of Melbourne and Tokyo again?

    • Greg on May 20, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Sorry I have not gotten back to you sooner. For some reason, the notification of your comment went into my spam folder. You can always justify a new camera strap just for the sake of “needing” one. Who knows how long it will be before you can travel to Tokyo again. I know I am certainly missing Shibuya crossing right now!. G

  2. Paul on May 8, 2020 at 10:25 am

    It seems the longer length Standard 53 strap is actually $20 more, contrary to your statement.

  3. Greg Cromie on April 22, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for checking out my review of Lucky Straps camera straps. They really are gorgeous Aussie made products. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you lickity-split. Thanks. Greg

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