As the smallest fixed-lens cameras (like the Fujifilm X100 and Sony RX1R series) inherit the capabilities of their larger, interchangeable-lens brethren, so too should your camera strap — and that’s exactly what we’ve done with the F1ultralight — incorporating much of what photographers love about their F1’s.
With durable 3/4″ wide webbing and tiny-but-tough acetal hardware, the F1ultralight is strong where it counts. More importantly, it’s small where it counts — especially near your hand, where it matters most. Built with our tiny-but-mighty Standard Split Rings, exclusively for lug mount cameras — it’s as close as you can get to holding a naked camera.
F1ultralight vs. F1: The Differences
Functionally, the F1ultralight is similar to our acclaimed F1 — streamlined, easy to adjust, and plenty strong — with a couple key differences…
#1—F1ultralight is Slimmer
The F1ultralight is slimmer than the F1, by a lot. On paper, the difference between 3/4″ (19mm) and 1″ (25.4mm) wide webbing might not sound that big, but it is — and the hardware is smaller too. The sum of the F1ultralight’s parts is significantly more compact, even though the length and range of adjustment are practically the same.
With very small cameras, there’s no appreciable difference in comfort (we recommend the F1ultralight for cameras up to 1.5lb [.68kg] even though it’s fully-capable of supporting much more), but you may find an F1 more comfortable on bigger cameras (wider webbing distributes weight across a larger area).
#2—Different Conversion “Hacks”
Unlike the F1, which is converted into a wrist strap by passing the webbing through the D-rings — the F1ultralight converts to a long tether by passing the webbing through the integrated “rip cord” loop — or a short wrist strap by tying in a knot (unlike regular camera straps, it’s easy to untie).
First off: I haven’t found the right strap for me yet, but it’s not for a lack of trying. This means I’m very critical. So take my review with a pinch of salt.
The ‘easy adjustment’ – in the video it looks great, but it only works if you make the strap longer. If you want to make it shorter you have to awkwardly squeeze it with your other hand while you drag the easy to grab bit upward. It’s kinda like petting a cat the wrong way. The strap doesn’t want to be adjusted in this way. Other straps have solved the same problem better.
The strap always has a part where the main broad strap is doubled. To me this introduces a bit of chaos because when I grab it from my bag I never know where to grab it and it can get tangled. I do not like chaos when getting my camera out.
Price/quality is so/so. Materials are good but cheap and I don’t understand the high pricepoint. I’m trained as a product designer and I understand the value of good design, proper materials, quality control etc. but with this strap I just don’t see it. To me it feels overhyped, overpriced and not designed well enough – even though I clearly sense the love and attention that went into it.
Some things I do appreciate: it’s light, it’s inconspicuous, if you like the look then it’s stylish, and I love indie companies that make stuff from the heart so in that sense I’m definitely glad to have supported the indie business.
When I just bought the strap there was a review link that didn’t work and that made me feel like the reviews might have been suppressed, and that made me kinda angry. After just finding the strap again in my bag of unused straps, I wanted to give it a chance again on my fuji X-E4 but it’s incompatible. It made me remember that I never reviewed it so I tried the link again and it worked so I was wrong! So I’m writing this review for a guy like me, who has tried a lot and is very critical. My favorite strap right now is a piece of paracord. Honestly, that works better than most straps I’ve tried – you can wrap it around the lens when not in use, you can easily adjust the length, it weighs nothing and it can make you look like an amateur which is not a bad thing imo 😛
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The actual strap is great. The thickness is good and quality seems sturdy. It’s the rings that you attach the strap to the camera with, that are way too small to get on there easily. And if you use a leatherman tool (like I finally did), you permanently mess the rings up. I bought this strap on the pretense that it was easy to install and that is simply not the case.
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Fuji XT-3 –
The “tightening and loosening” action is as smooth as I had hoped, it isn’t really a one handed operation like the short video shows. It constantly twists, although most straps do. I think it’s way too expensive for what is… I used it for a trip to the mountains, it was fine. I prefer my old stiffer leather strap. It’s probably just preference at the end of the day. I do wish the action was smoother.
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