A small free plug for Brian, the maker of these Cordweaver camera straps. I just took delivery of two more neck straps and they came next day in the post. Excellent quality and first class service as usual. I now have five of the neck straps and two of the wrist straps on my cameras and I can thoroughly recommend them.
Original Post July 23rd 2019:
I’ve standardised on these great camera neck and wrist straps by a company called “Cordweaver” – https://www.cordweaver.co.uk/ . The straps are very light and strong and are available in a choice of two colours, red and black and various lengths, the leather ends are hand-sewn with strong polyester waxed thread. Connection to the camera is via the fitted 16mm diameter split rings and the wrist straps are made out of Type III 550lb Paracord with 7 internal strands.
Great service, very quick dispatch and very high quality merchandise. I used one on my EM-1 and one on my TG-5 for my recent trip to Porto and it was great, so good I’ve since bought another three, 🙂 very comfortable to wear and strong and it would be very hard to cut through should someone try and grab the camera.
Additional: The wrist straps come in two types, with Peak Design style connectors (as fitted to my EPL-5 on the top left) and, without, (as fitted to my TG-5). It is also supplied with a spare Peak Design connector, a nice touch.
Lastly, I really like how flexible they are and tuck in nicely in my camera bags unlike some of the stiffer and more bulky neck straps I’ve used. The wrist straps act like slip knots at either end so they tighten at both the camera end and the wrist end should the camera slip from your grip, the addition of a rubber grommet is another nice feature.
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Update: I think I’ve solved this but not sure how?! 🙂
As I strongly suspected my first comparison wasn’t accurate. I’ve used both of these lenses quite a bit and I’ve never noticed that degree of softness. I repeated it with the same conditions, ISO 200 @ f/5.6, tripod mounted, cable release etc..
Lumix 12-32mm @ 17mm full-frame image.
M.Zuiko 17mm full-frame image
Lumix 12-32mm @ 17mm 100% center crop.
M.Zuiko 17mm 100% center crop
Lumix 12-32mm @17mm 100% corner crop
M.Zuiko 17mm 100% corner crop
Overall there’s very little in it but I feel like the Lumix 12-32mm is a tad sharper in the center. whereas the M.Zuiko 17mm is marginally sharper in the corners. Sorry about the moire pattern, I could have corrected it but not for these purposes. I reiterate this is a real world comparison and not a laboratory one and the differences are, at the worst, marginal. I am more than happy with both of these lenses but it does again demonstrate how good this little zoom lens is. I think that I might do the same comparisons between the 12-32mm and my M.Zuiko 12-40mm lens. Of course the primes are faster and the 12-40mm is both faster and weather-sealed but optically I don’t think there much in it, from the comparisons I’ve done to date in a real-world day-to-day usage perspective (pun intended) 🙂 . I’m in no way disappointed with any of my various prime lenses, the build quality is better and they’re faster but I think that the optical difference between them and the 12-32mm is nowhere near that of what one could easily be led to believe and, at certain focal lengths, the 12-32mm is, if anything, a tad better in terms of sharpness.
My other half knows me so well 🙂 . She knows that, sooner or later, sometimes instantly, I’ll find a use for something. With this in mind she usually asks me before throwing anything away if I have a use for it. Recently I’ve been accumulating those plastic lids off of Pringles crisp tubes and larger ones off of another Christmas snack. I’ve got my lenses in shelving and I thought that I’d use them as added dust protection thus:. 🙂
Here’s another one. Plastic tag “thing” of off some shop bought clothing used as cable strain relief for my headphones clamp bracket. I think that I broke my own record in finding a use for it within seconds of her producing it!. 🙂
And, in a very small way, I like to think that I’m doing my bit for the environment.
“Midnight Rider”. Green screen combined shot using E-M1 mk 1+M.Zuiko 30mm macro lens of an Elvis Presley knitted figure riding a wooden model motorbike. Helped me to pass a bit of time this morning as it’s raining and I’ve not got anywhere interesting to go.