I love hanging the Hawkesmill Borough leather camera strap around my neck. It looks great, feels great, and performs well. – Best Leather
Borough Leather Camera Strap
We tried dozens of leathers before settling on Horween Chromexcel for our leather camera straps. We were looking for a leather that was durable and could take daily abuse, but that was soft on the interior of the neck pad. Some leathers seemed to work, but had terrible colour-transference. Our white shirt collars were left with stains. Horween Chromexcel is, in our minds, the only leather worth using for camera straps
• One size fits all. Strap is adjustable from 100cm – (39 3/8″) to 130cm – (51 3/16″).
• Width: 8mm (Neck Pad – 4cm)
• Two colours available: black and brown.
• Horween Chromexcel leather. Known for its durability and softness, as well as its lack of colour-transference. Meaning, the dye will not rub off on your clothes.
• Each strap is riveted at stress points. Recommended max weight is 5lbs. Although straps have been tested to support weight up to 30lbs without breaking or splitting.
• Flat mount. Fits most flat mount cameras, including Canon and some low to mid-range Nikons. Can also fit all lug mount Nikons and vintage 35mm cameras that are fitted with a v-shaped split ring. We’ve also used these on vintage Rolleiflex cameras with great success.
See a full list of compatible cameras here.
About the Borough leather camera strap
There are very few companies making leather camera straps for flat mount cameras, i.e. Canon and some entry level Nikons. There are even less making them using exclusively leather. Generally they will have leather straps and a canvas, or synthetic neck pad. The bulk of brands out there make straps for lug mount cameras, for instance, Fujifilm, Sony and prosumer and professional Nikon cameras. The construction methods used in lug mount straps are less labour intensive than flat mount straps. There are less pieces and there is more leather surface to work with on a lug mount strap.
When we developed our range of camera straps, the Borough and Westminster straps were the first ones to get produced. The reason being that we shot with both Nikon and Canon. And even though it may be more difficult to produce a leather camera strap for flat mount cameras, we knew we had to do it.
Why is it more difficult to produce leather camera straps for flat mount cameras? Because the average flat mount on a camera is less than 1cm wide, you need to make a leather camera strap that is slim enough to fit in to the mount, while being strong and durable. There are a host of leathers one could use for this purpose, and they would work. But a strong leather doesn’t necessarily mean a comfortable leather. Which is why we use Horween Chromexcel leather for all of our camera straps, including the Borough strap.
One of the great benefits of these flat mount straps is that they are adjustable. This takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out what size you need to get for your body and the way you use your camera and strap. With a range of between 100cm and 130cm the Borough camera strap gives the user a great degree of flexibility when it comes to the length of the strap.
Click here to find out more about how our leather camera straps are made.
I can clearly, without hesitation, say that this is one of the finest leather camera straps I have ever seen or owned. The leather is soft, the stitching is flawless. As usual – you get what you pay for. Several websites have already labeled Hawkesmill as the best camera strap in the world and I have to agree 100%. – Read full review.
The Hawkesmill camera straps are incredibly well made, feel great, and overall have a nice appeal to them. They surely do their job and they do it rather well. If you want one strap that’s absolutely perfect and gives you room to make adjustments accordingly, then spring for these straps. – Read full review.
Overall I absolutely cannot fault this strap so can comfortably give it a 10/10, and I’m generally fussy. Sure the price is high but so is the quality. Buy one of these and you’ll probably not need another for at least ten years. – Read full review.