When you lead photographic workshops around the world you meet some really interesting people both as subjects and as participants. A few years back I had a very talented photographer from Portugal join our workshop in India, Fernando Carvalho da Silva. After that workshop Fernando went home to Lisbon and found some craftsmen that would hand make cases and straps for his cameras. He passed a couple of those straps to a few of us to try out and use. A company grew out of this called NUCIS leather. A little less than a year ago Fernando wanted me to try out one of his NUCIS leather straps. I had to be honest and tell him I doubted I would use them as I was pretty committed to the Peak Design system of anchors and links. You’ve seen them on my camera. I know this because every time I review a lens and photograph it on my camera I get asked the same question, “What is the little red and black tab hanging from your camera?” It is the Peak Design anchor. These small tabs allow the Peak Design straps to anchor or connect to the camera. It is an easy snap on and off solution. Brilliant! Well, because of this I doubted I would use his straps as nice as they were. I told him if he could come up with a classy leather strap that used those anchors, well then…
A few months later Fernando messaged me on Facebook that he had the anchors and links from Peak Design and was working on a design. Seriously? How cool is that? Then just yesterday I got a package in the mail with my very own Nucis Leather Strap with Peak Design Links on it. Very classy and very durable. According to Fernando he tested his strap all over Asia for 5 weeks. Even in the humidity and heat it held up without any issues. Good for me to hear as I live in Malaysia.
The strap is adjustable in length from 37.4 in to 47.2 in (100cm to 125cm). At this time I think the only color or style is black (Classic). But I am assured by Fernando if it catches on it will come in Nucis other styles: vintage (my favorite), cork and others.
The advantages of Peak Design’s anchor and link system allow a photographer to remove the strap quickly and easily in order to pack the camera. It also enables the photographer to easily remove the strap from the camera on a tripod. My shoulder bag as well as my roller bags are always packed very tight to maximize space. Being able to remove the strap allows an orderly packed bag. Don’t write this off as hype, it is a big deal. How many times have you tried to push your strap in and around your camera in your bag only to find it just doesn’t fit? Snap of the strap and roll it up and voilà! Now, before you start thinking there are a lot of fastex® buckle straps that do the same thing, my response would be “yes and no”. First off they don’t last. The male clip bends and breaks. Secondly, they can become loose and slip. The Peak Design system is anchored in as the name suggests; it ain’t moving or coming undone.
Back to the NUCIS strap. By adding the Peak Design anchor and link system this fashionable strap now becomes practical. You can purchase it at nucisleather.com for $75 (68€). My only suggestion to Fernando is hurry up and start making the other colors and styles!
If you buy it now, use code (NUCIS10) for a 10% discount.