Review – The Leather Presidio from ONA

REVIEW: THE PRESIDIO SERIES CAMERA STRAP FROM ONA

TODAY, I WILL BE REVIEWING THE PRESIDIO SERIES CAMERA STRAP FROM ONA . AS MOST OF YOU IN THE INDUSTRY KNOW, ONA IS KNOWN FOR THEIR HIGH QUALITY, HANDCRAFTED LEATHER PRODUCTS. THEY ARE ESPECIALLY KNOWN FOR THEIR CAMERA BAGS, WHICH ARE RENOWNED FOR THEIR EXCELLENT QUALITY, DESIGN, AND FUNCTIONALITY.

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SO, ANYWAY, THE PRESIDIO SERIES OF STRAPS ARE HANDCRAFTED WITH ITALIAN-TANNED LEATHER. WHEN COUPLED WITH THE NEOPRENE-PADDED NECKLINE, IT MAKES FOR NOT ONLY A BEAUTIFUL APPEARANCE, BUT ALSO EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE.

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THE STRAPS FEATURE CHROME HARDWARE ACCENTS, WHICH AS YOU CAN SEE, ARE SIMPLE AND CLEAN. THINK “LESS IS MORE” WITH THE HARDWARE. SIMPLICITY GOES A LONG WAY.

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CONNECTING THE STRAP ENDS TO THE CAMERA IS ALSO VERY SIMPLE. THE LEATHER IS VERY EASY TO PULL THE TROUGH BOTH THE CAMERA CLIPS AND THE STRAP BUCKLES, ADJUST AS YOU SEE FIT, AND LOOP BACK THROUGH THE STRAP BUCKLES TO TIGHTEN. I AM USUALLY VERY, VERY CLUMSY WHEN IT COMES TO LITTLE FINICKY THINGS, SUCH AS PULLING A SMALLER PIECE OF ANYTHING THROUGH A SMALLER OPENING. I HAVE ALWAYS GOTTEN FRUSTRATED WITH THESE FINICKY THINGS, BUT THIS STRAP WAS VERY SIMPLE. I BELIEVE IT TOOK ME UNDER A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO COMPLETE. WHICH, FOR ME, WAS A PERSONAL RECORD!

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE FEATURES OF THIS STRAP IS THE LENGTH! IT IS 63″ IN TOTAL LENGTH. WHY DO I LOVE THIS? BECAUSE I CAN WEAR IT ACROSS MY CHEST, RATHER THAN JUST ON MY SHOULDER, OR AROUND MY NECK. IT MAY BE A PERSONAL PREFERENCE, BUT I JUST FEEL LIKE IT IS EASIER FOR ME TO MOVE AROUND WHEN THE CAMERA IS NOT HANGING IN FRONT OF ME, OR ONLY HANGING OFF OF ONE ARM. THE PEACE OF MIND BY HAVING THE ABILITY TO WEAR IT ACROSS MY CHEST IS IMPORTANT TO ME. THE DROP LENGTH IS ALSO ADJUSTABLE UP TO 4″, ENSURING THAT THE STRAP WILL BE A GOOD FIT ON ANYONE.

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HOW MUCH CAN THE STRAP HANDLE HOLDING? IT WAS DESIGNED TO HOLD ANY CAMERA KIT UP TO 6 POUNDS. I USE THIS STRAP WITH MY SONY A7 AND A WHOLE PLETHORA OF LENSES. SOME OF THE LENSES ARE OLD FILM LENSES, WHICH CAN GET FAIRLY HEFTY IN WEIGHT. I HAVE EXPERIENCED NO SCARES WITH THE STRAP NOT BEING ABLE TO HANDLE THE WEIGHT ONA HAS PUBLISHED ON THEIR WEBSITE. IN FACT, I WOULD SAY IT COULD LIKELY HANDLE MORE, BUT SINCE I HAVE NOT TESTED ANYTHING OVER THE 6 POUND MARK, I CANNOT ACTUALLY CONFIRM THAT OR SUGGEST TRYING IT.

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THE STRAP IS AVAILABLE IN 5 DIFFERENT COLOR CHOICES. I CHOSE THE ANTIQUE COGNAC FOR MY STRAP, BECAUSE IT WAS THE COLOR THAT JUMPED OUT AT ME WHILE PERUSING THEIR OPTIONS ON THE WEBSITE.

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THE PRICE? THE STRAP YOU SEE HANGING HERE IS PRICED ON ONA’S WEBSITE AT $109.00USD. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT IT IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT. WHY? THE HARDWARE IS SOLID AND SECURE. THE CONNECTOR STRAPS ARE VERY HIGH QUALITY AND AS DURABLE OF STRAPS I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT HITS AN ABSOLUTE 10 OUT OF 10 ON THE COMFORTABLENESS SCALE. THERE IS JUST NO BETTER STRAP THAT I HAVE WORN IN MY 4 YEARS OF SHOOTING. PLUS,Β IT IS A STRAP THAT WILL LAST A LONG TIME, IN MY OPINION.

OVERALL, I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE LEATHER PRESIDIO. MY CAMERA WILL LIVE ON THIS FOREVER.

Review by Jacob Loafman

Comments (1)

  1. Ted Jones

    You write that with respect to the hardware. "less is more." Huh? There are FOUR metal buckles on this strap! Yes, they do look nice, but if I packed this strap, with its four metal buckles, into my bag atop my camera, it would be only a matter of time before my camera got scratched up. Related to the excessive hardware, there are four leather strap ends dangling from this thing. They are inconspicuous in the photos. But over time, I am sure they will curl like every leather strap end that I’ve ever experienced (including those on my Ona bag). I wish the strap were sold in a variety of lengths so two (or all) of the buckles could be eliminated.

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