For many amateur photographers, it can get pretty confusing with all the cameras and accessories (lenses, storage cases, camera straps, tripods, photography lamps etc) that are available on the market. With so many choices, it can be a pretty daunting task narrowing it down and deciding what to invest in.
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As you may or may not know, I have really been getting into my photography lately, steadily improving and trying to learn all the tricks of the trade. It has been a slow process and I have been gathering my equipment bit by bit as and when I could afford it. First, some props, then a tripod, then a portable photography lamp and then I finally I bit the bullet and bought a better camera – The Nikon D5500 Digital SLR Camera!
(I know this is a Canon – my friend was using the Nikon to take the photo 😉 )
Mapp Of London Camera Straps
Having just invested in the Nikon D5500, I had also been looking around at the various camera accessories on the market and the Mapp of London range had certainly peaked my interest.
Needless to say, I was pretty pleased when I heard that Emma from a Mapp of London was going to be sending one of her beautiful handcrafted leather camera straps for me to review.
Emma Mapp who is a talented photographer and designer has recently taken her stylish and unique camera accessory range to the next level.
Originally testing the water on Etsy she found that there was definitely a demand for these beautiful accessories and has been branching out and developing her range.
The range includes stylish contemporary camera bags, camera straps and really gorgeous camera shaped luggage tags (I love these!).
Photo Credit: Mapp Of London
Packaging & Branding
When the strap arrived, I couldn’t wait to take a look. It came in a lovely branded box with the Mapp of London logo on the front.
Inside the box, the strap was presented in a branded white drawstring bag.
The Actual Camera Strap
The strap I received was grey which I think has a really classy look about it and you could smell that it was genuine leather.
There are currently 4 colours in the range; red, cobalt blue, grey and black.
With 7 adjustable positions, you can alter the length of the strap so that it sits comfortably. The strap measures 120cm at its longest length and is 3cm wide.
It’s made from 100% genuine leather with stylish brass fittings.
The strap itself also bears the trendy Mapp Of London logo which is imprinted into the leather.
And my favourite part of these camera straps is the specially designed pouch that fits on to the strap to keep your lens cap safe. Any photographer (including myself) would value this as it is always a nightmare when you can’t remember where you put it or even worse drop it in the dirt.
You can find the Mapp Of London products here http://www.mappoflondon.uk
Next Month …
As I mentioned before investing in my new Nikon D5500 Digital SLR Camera was a really big thing for me. I spent hours and hours researching which was the best camera I could buy for blogging for the money I had available (well what I could scrape together and actually convince my other half that it was a sound investment to use).
So next month, since a lot of you lovely creative people are also interested in photography, I will be sharing another post on this subject.
Now that I am getting to grips with my lovely new camera, I thought it would be useful to write a post about the key factors which made me choose it, the pros and cons and some quick start cheat sheets. The cheat sheets will come in really handy for those of you who are like me and learn better from getting stuck in and experimenting than wading through the pages of complicated instructions in the operating manual.
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