Update 7/12/11: Our new solid tripod screw!! (left) next to the hinged version featured in the video (right). See "updates" tab above for more info.
The Lens Loop is an extremely comfortable camera strap made in the USA from recycled seat belt webbing. Click "Play Video" above for more info.
If you like this project, please take a minute to share it with your camera-toting friends via e-mail, facebook, or twitter. It would be a huge help towards making the Lens Loop a success!
What is a Kickstarter project?
When you click the Back this Project link at right, your order will help to fund the first production run of Lens Loops.
Right now, we are only collecting billing information. Once the campaign closes, you will be sent a survey where you can enter shipping info and color choices.
What if I want more than one strap?
So if you wanted 1 Classic Lens Loop, 1 Custom Burgundy Lens Loop and 1 Custom Olive Lens Loop, your pledge amount would be $95 ($25 + $35 + $35). International shipping is still $10 per entire order. Just choose "Custom Kickstarter" as your reward option, and there will be a place to mark down your choices in the survey after the campaign.
If you get 5 or more straps, choose the "Friendly Kickstarter" option to get a discount.
When will I get my strap?
Lens Loops ordered during the campaign cost 20% less than they will after launch and have a special First Edition logo woven into the seam that will never be used again.
The "Eager Beaver" rush orders will ship the week of July 25th, and the "Custom" and "Classic" levels will ship about a month after that.
Shipping? Extra Connectors?
Domestic shipping to the lower 48 states is included with every order.
During the pledge process, you will only be asked for a billing address. We will collect shipping addresses after the close of the campaign.
International buyers as well as those from Alaska and Hawaii, please add $10 for shipping.
International shipping is FREE with orders of 5 or more Lens Loops (see Friendly Kickstarter level in the box at right)
If you'd like an extra camera connector, please add $5 to your order.
What about the Black Rapid strap?
I have a Black Rapid Strap that I never use because it looks too dorky and militant :)
Trevin Chow, Lens Loop Kickstarter
Was using my Black Rapid strap this weekend and am getting just more and more frustrated with the skinny strap twisting up.Robert Smith, Lens Loop Kickstarter
The reason I am here on Kickstarter is that my design is the first camera sling that gets it right.
The Lens Loop started out as a DIY camera sling that I made and refined based on my own needs (early version here http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/showthread.php?t=60954)
After a while, so many friends (including BR owners) had asked for their own copies, that I decided to share it with the world.
My issues with the BR were that
- The BR's shoulder pad makes it impossible to use with a backpack
- The length adjustment leaves a strap dangling at your back
- Its made entirely in China
- Like the Model-T before it, the BR is only available in black
- The BR requires an "extender" for taller users (I'm 6'4")
- The BR uses thin, cheap, and course webbing
- $54 is ludicrous given where its made and the quality of materials that they use (This is doubly true now that I've worked with manufacturers and have an idea of what these things cost)
Thank you for your support!!
Take a look at the pictures below for details about the Lens Loop, how its made, and the colors we're offering it in.
Lens Loop color swatches. The First Edition woven label will only be used on straps pre-ordered during the Kickstarter campaign. (Clockwise from top left: Burgundy, Navy, Olive, Crimson, Creme, and Black)
The new antiqued brass color option next to a Classic Black and Custom Burgundy Lens Loop.
The Lens Loop keeps your camera secure and out of your way at hip level. All of the hardware used on the Lens Loop is made from high quality nickel-plated steel.
Detail of the length adjustment slide on an Black Lens Loop.
Detail of one of the stitches on an Olive Lens Loop. All of the folds and seams on the Lens Loop are turned away from the wearer so that they don't catch on clothing.
Detail of the Camera Connector. The screw at left will be shipped out with the Lens Loop orders. Its made from solid stainless steel with a synthetic rubber washer.
The Lens Loop can hold any device with a standard tripod socket including most cameras and camcorders.
Unlike camera slings with bulky shoulder pads, the Lens Loop can be rolled up to take up almost no space in a camera bag.
Credits and Thanks
Editing: The video and audio for the Lens Loop video was edited using CyberLink Powerdirector. The stills were shot with a Panasonic GF1 and Olympus E-620 and processed using DXO Optics Pro.
Music: See You Later by Pitx, used with express permission and downloaded from ccMixer.
The typeface used in the Lens Loop logo and first edition label was created by Mark Caneso, who has his own Kickstarter project going to develop a new, great-looking font family called Quatro. Click here to support his project.
Finally, a huge thanks to my friends who provided invaluable feedback on previous designs, helped shoot the photos for the campaign, and stood in as models for the video.
- Samantha Reisman
- John Shilkoski
- Mike Gendreau
- Chris Tang
- Eric MacNeil
- (35 days)