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    Leather Camera Strap

    I always liked design of the Hold Fast Gear's Money Maker luxury leather multi camera strap but I never liked their price ($200.00/$500.00), so I ordered all supplies I need for DIY project from Amazon (using Jay's link)

    This is what I ordered 3 belts, extra belt buckle, screw rivets and 2 camera carabiners, total price $81.94
    I will update this post with how to pictures and "don't do this" as I start working on it.

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    My supplies
    3 Dickies belts, 2 for straps and one for buckle and attachments leather
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    Belt buckle, I will remove pin and use it for attachment slider
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    2 carabiners
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    and screw rivets
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obelix View Post
    I always liked design of the Hold Fast Gear's Money Maker luxury leather multi camera strap but I never liked their price ($200.00/$500.00), so I ordered all supplies I need for DIY project from Amazon (using Jay's link)
    Thanks for using the links and that should be a really fun project! A bit challenging with the thick leather I would imagine, but clearly you have a handle on it Looking forward to seeing the finished result!

    Jay
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    Will see how much handle is there
    I picked that type of belt so I don't have to punch new holes if it needs adjustment, and for rivet holes.
    I picked screw type rivets so I don't have to buy special tools.
    All I need is screw driver and sharp knife to finish this project (maybe few band-aids as my knives are sharp)
    Last edited by Obelix; Nov 19 2014 at 11:00 AM.

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    Wow. This seems like a really fun idea. Great alternative for those who can't or don't want to buy a spider holster or alternative system.
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    Here we go
    First assemble two belts (A and B) in cross pattern.

    Double strap-5
    by Dalibor M, on Flickr

    Connect end of belt A with buckle of belt B, and end of belt B with buckle of belt A

    Double strap-6
    by Dalibor M, on Flickr

    Now you have base for double strap

    Double strap-4
    by Dalibor M, on Flickr

    Remove buckle from the third belt. All the hardware and tools you need. I assembled one carabiner before I took this picture.

    Double strap
    by Dalibor M, on Flickr

    Remove pins from the buckles

    Double strap-7
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    Measure the length of the slider attachment. I had to notch one end, carabiner D ring is narrower than belt

    Double strap-10
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    Assemble carabiner

    Double strap-2
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    Double strap-3
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    Assemble buckle

    Double strap-8
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    Double strap-9
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    Last edited by Obelix; Nov 17 2014 at 10:28 PM.

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    I am right eye dominant, so I made left slide attachment little longer

    Double strap-11
    by Dalibor M, on Flickr

    Assemble to the strap and you have finished product
    Front

    Double strap-12
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    Back

    Double strap-13
    by Dalibor M, on Flickr
    Last edited by Obelix; Nov 17 2014 at 10:49 PM.

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    Very customized : ) I approve of this 100%. I'm thinking about making or buying a gliding sling strap or a hip strap. ... But what is arts and crafts damnit ....
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    Nice work!
    Amateur and unskilled photographer with a very small collection of gears.

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    Excellent work and documentary captures of the prize at the finish Really well done Obelix! Looks perfect and exactly what you wanted? Right eye dominant and the strap length is a little puzzling to me, care to explain?

    Thanks again for sharing and awesome work!

    Jay
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Looks perfect and exactly what you wanted?
    Right eye dominant and the strap length is a little puzzling to me, care to explain?

    Jay
    I will test it this weekend, if it warms up, and see how it works.
    I have to bring left side camera across the body to the right eye (especially for portrait orientation, where bottom of the camera is pointing to the right),right camera is almost straight up motion.
    Last edited by Obelix; Nov 18 2014 at 09:27 AM.

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    Don't forget to pose with your creation on your favorite vehicle with sunglasses. The wind should be flowing through your hair and you should be holding your largest camera/lens/hood/and flashes for maximum notability.

    No really, kinda want to see the fit of this thing. : )
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