One day my friend Chris Nitz decided to start a camera strap brand. He documented the entire process through Facebook and I really wanted to be a part of such an amazing mission.
So I reached out to Chris to become a beta tester and to help him get set up with the website.
A few months later and the first products are ready. At the moment you can buy a Nitz Strap with paracord but eventually they will also be available with nylon rope, which is also really neat.
Each of the straps are woven and crafted by Chris, by hand. The materials are sourced in the United States which makes him one of few camera accessory companies 100% US based.
I am not one for shoulder straps all the time, so I have used the wrist strap. The beauty of the paracord Chris uses is that it’s soft and breaks in more overtime. There are tons of color combinations to choose from, although he is only offering select colors through the website to make it easier on himself.
The goal is to eventually offer any color option, and in the meantime he does take custom orders. For example, The Photo Frontier has their own line of straps specific to their branding colors.
In addition to colors, the Nitz Strap is available in multiple weave styles, including the The Thin Line which you see in my sample photos.
There are also multiple hardware choices so whether you want the strongest or lightest connectors or semi-permanent versus quick release. For mine I went with the Push Clip so I can quickly remove the strap when my camera is on the tripod.
As you can see, the strap very stylish but it’s also extremely lightweight and has multiple functions. One of the beauties of paracord is that if you were hiking somewhere and an accident happened where you needed rope, you could theoretically un-wrap the strap and use the rope for whatever you need. Paracord is extremely strong and is meant to hold bodyweight.
My friend Gevon wrote up a great review of the strap for The Phoblographer, so please give that a read. Gevon also provided the photos of me you see in this article.
Definitely check out the Nitz Strap website to learn more about the straps and to pick one up for yourself, or as a gift for your favorite photographer.
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,