The Sweet Smell of Leather....The Cecilia Gallery Strap review

Yes, I DID say the "sweet smell of leather" in the title because, well, there is nothing quite like the smell of leather. Not just any leather mind you, I am talking about high grade, Argentinian leather.  

Don't just take my word for it. They even tell you on the tag what goes into this hand made strap.

Don't just take my word for it. They even tell you on the tag what goes into this hand made strap.

As photographers we are always adding gear to our bags. New lenses, camera bodies, all sorts of accessories that will get far much LESS use than a camera strap. So why do I see so many people with the same crappy strap that came with their camera? No offense to my sponsor Olympus, I love you dearly, but the nylon strap that comes with the camera just isn't my cup of tea. I like things that are hand made, crafted one at a time by humans and not created in a machine. And this strap ever so subtly says," I am beautiful, I am handmade, and I am perfect." Grandiose statement for a camera strap? Maybe to some, but to those who crave some class (in a reasonably affordable product) in their accessories I suggest you have a look at this strap

 


Perfect for your Olympus (or I suppose other) mirrorless camera. The strap is 1.5" wide on the neck portion. Narrow enough to be small, wide enough to be comfortable.

Perfect for your Olympus (or I suppose other) mirrorless camera. The strap is 1.5" wide on the neck portion. Narrow enough to be small, wide enough to be comfortable.

So what else is there to love aside from supple Argentinian cowhide? Let's talk about how strong this strap is. Underneath that leather is a nylon/polyester core that is rated at 250lbs. of tensile strength. Or more simply put, this strap is strong and made to last. 
There is also the Zamac® (zinc alloy) hardware which is impervious to weather and has a beautiful bronzed patina. The Cecilia branding is cast into this zinc hardware which gives it a look of quality that matches the build. 


Cast into the hardware, not engraved of painted on. Casting is in my mind a sign of quality craftsmanship.

Cast into the hardware, not engraved of painted on. Casting is in my mind a sign of quality craftsmanship.

Another feature that I feel I should mention is the leather protective tabs that are placed on behind the split rings. These tabs are there to protect your camera from the scrapes and scratches that would happen from the split rings if no tabs were provided. This is an elegant solution that other companies overlook, or just completely omit. 


Protective tabs.

Protective tabs.


Protective tabs in place and protecting my Olympus OM-D E-M1

Protective tabs in place and protecting my Olympus OM-D E-M1


One last photo before I leave you to lust after this strap.

One last photo before I leave you to lust after this strap.

In closing I only have one thing to say....YOU DESERVE THIS STRAP.  That next gizmo for your camera bag can wait, but this extravagance that has both form AND function cannot wait. Stop advertising the camera brand, and start advertising style.

So head over to CECILIA GALLERY and have a look around. And if you purchase a strap from them....Tell them Jamie sent ya ;)

One more thing....I did a review a while back of one of their other straps....I think you should maybe check that one out too.
 

Take care.

 

Jamie