Holdfast Gear Moneymaker Review – Luxury Leather Camera Strap24/02/2014

I’m not in the habit of reviewing photography products, but on this occasion, I’m gonna! All because I managed to get my hands on the much sought after Holdfast Gear Moneymaker Luxury Leather Camera Strap. Mine came all the way from New York, purchased from B&H Photo. Couple of quick things first, rather than take some boring product shots, I thought it would be nice to get out and see the sun rise down at Tynemouth Beach with my good friend (and talented photographer) Matt Ethan. So yes, that mean it’s me in the photos posing my ass off (or at least trying) – but it also makes a refreshing change to get in front of the camera instead of behind it.

Holdfast Gear Moneymaker Leather Camera StrapI appreciate a premium leather product, so this Holdfast Moneymaker immediately got my interest. So, what does it actually do then? Hmmm. Well, you wear it and hang your cameras off it, that’s basically it. And that’s the appeal. I cant think of many products that smash the functionality factor to bits whilst looking this awesome, all in one wonderfully simple package! Mine was supplied in Chestnut leather, and the quality of the bridal leather strap is second to none.

Holdfast Moneymaker Strap Beach Photos

As a documentary wedding photographer, having my cameras literally by my side is a must, and if you value a functioning neck like I do, then standard DSLR camera straps are not an option when photographing up to 10 hour weddings. And belts, think Batman utility or Tim the Toolman Taylor and you’d be on the right track – I’ve tried these but always worried about missing the latch when re-attaching my camera and watching it make friends with the hard floor. The Holdfast Gear Moneymaker leather strap is perfect for me, my cameras remain right at my side out of harms way, and when I need them, swoosh – a quick slide and I’m already taking a shot I might otherwise have  missed!

Holdfast Moneymaker Review Image

Aside from the functionality being extremely well thought out, it really looks and feels the part too. Come on, don’t deny it – you thought I was packing a James Bond gun holster didn’t you! And the thing is, it does actually make you feel a bit like that. Prepared, is how I would describe the feeling. It’s extremely well built, using quality materials, and therefore it’s definitely an investment that will last you. And last you it will as it comes with a lifetime guarantee too. Oh, and it also comes in genuine natural python, if that’s what takes your fancy.

Overall, I’m a big fan. I’ve used it on a couple of occasions now and just can’t see myself shooting wedding photography without it. It’s also a nice conversation starter too. And I look quite good in it, don’t you think?


  • A premium product, built to last
  • And incase it doesn’t, it’s guaranteed for life
  • Comfortable, you’ll forget your wearing it
  • Makes you feel like James bond, and not Tim the Toolman Taylor


  • Your’e not James Bond
  • It tricks you into thinking you can model
  • No UK stockists, shipping and import tax bump up price considerably
  • Some might say too expensive (I don’t)

Visit my main page at Paul Santos Photography. And much thanks to Matt Ethan for his photography.

  1. Nice review, sounds like the moneymaker is a good option!

  2. I WANT ONE! Cool product and great review. You’ve added another item to the never ending new gear list!

  3. Very impressive, I think i need to be getting myself one ! :)

  4. You’re my hero, looking good Paulo :-)

  5. Very cool

  6. Very smart Paul. Although I think you need that green spot on your chin looked at ;)

  7. Hey, you leave my green spot alone Adam! Green spots are rare spots and therefore special spots :-)

  8. Been looking at getting one of these for a while now. Might have to dive in!!

  9. Hi Paul,

    Just a quick question – how long did delivery take and what did customs hit you with?

    I’ve asked holdfast about delivery times to the uk, but so far haven’t replied…. Not exactly confidence inspiring!


    • Hey Craig, thanks for the question.
      I ordered mine from B&H New York – delivered in under 4 days. Expect to pay around 200 GBP all in // Strap + Delivery + Customs. No other way around. Delivery from Holdfast direct takes slightly longer. Think Holdfast are silly busy at the moment with their recent success of the moneymaker – they consist really of just a man called Mat + a few others, a very small personal business :-)

      • Thanks Paul :)

        I’ve just gone to order via their website, and no damn stock lol!! I’ll check out B&H and see what they’ve got :)


        p.s. how have you got on with white shirts?

        • Sorry to hear you couldn’t get your hands on one Craig :-(
          Def check out B&H New York – they generally hold a good stock :-)
          Oh, and white shirts! White or light shirts are all I wear for weddings – no issues.

  10. Got one sorted Paul, direct from Matt :) Water Buffalo Tan with an additional pair of matching portrait sliders :)

    Now just waiting lol!!

    Reason I asked about white shirts is some have reported slight staining if you get sweaty or wet thats all.


  11. Nice review Paul, i am looking at getting one of these. I will have to get Brian to photograph me on Redcar beach too.


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