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Artisan Origin Leather Camera Straps – Product Spotlight

Artisan Origin Leather Camera Strap

A few months ago I was contacted by an enterprising photographer, Myron Hensel of Artisan Origin, regarding the possibility of carrying his line of leather camera straps in our shop. I was initially hesitant owing to the knowledge that there’s an almost over-abundance of choice when it comes to camera straps, especially of the leather variety.

In the end, curiosity won out, so I asked Myron to send over some samples for review and told him we’d take a look. The straps arrived quickly, and I just as quickly fitted one to my Sony a7.

I’ve worn the strap for more than three months now, and in that time I’ve subjected it to merciless abuse. It’s been with me nearly every day, suffering the wear and tear of mountain climbs, saltwater submersion, rain, sun, and wind. It’s been bent, folded, stepped on, and charred (that time on the beach when I just had to get macro shots of burning charcoal). This thing’s been through the ringer, and it’s about time we penned our review.

So what do we think of Artisan Origin’s straps? Get reading!

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Product Spotlight – Asilda Store Pins Patches & Prints

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This hobby of ours comes with a price tag. There’s no denying that. Things can get pretty expensive pretty quickly, and often you get what you pay for. Spend ten bucks on a lens and you’re likely not getting a very good lens. That’s why it’s so refreshing when a product comes along for us photo-geeks that’s passionately designed, well-produced, and affordable too.

Today we’re showcasing just such a range of products from one of our favorite photographers and Instagram pals, Anastasia Petukhova. She’s created a fantastic range of products for photophiles that includes stickers, patches, and pins (not to mention her catalogue of impressive photography prints).

If you’re on Instagram and follow the film photography scene, you’ve likely come across these gorgeous accessories, and with the recent expansion of her shop’s product range, we wanted to help spread the word. So if you’d like some beautiful artwork or seriously classy accessories at a truly affordable price, read on!

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Meghan Maconochie’s Pencil Shaving Instagram Art

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One of the more consuming aspects of running a camera site involves sifting through a massive amount of raw information. Researching machines for reviews, pouring over technical manuals to ensure accuracy, and slogging through countless photographs and artists’ work consumes both time, and mental energy. Similarly challenging is wading through the elitism and cynisism that can occasionally rear its ugly head around tech gear and art. It can get a bit numbing. So it’s extremely refreshing when I stumble on something that makes me stop and remember what I love about cameras, photography, and art.

This is what happened when Meghan Maconochie’s artwork scrolled by my Instagram feed. She’s created some fantastic pieces of art using the shavings of colored-pencils, and photographed them with her phone for upload to Instagram. The resultant snaps are clever, colorful, and inspired. Her work is varied and prolific, and when I noticed some of them were relevant to the camera enthusiast I had to reach out. She’s been kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her artwork. Here’s what she had to say.

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