My first interaction with Harry Benz was so nice, I came back.
This is the The Brogue Wingtips strap without the punched-out holes.
Custom made to 123 cm in length, black, with Fuji-type split rings (easier to attach to camera but strong enough to easily support the M3).
When you order it like this, Harry will know I sent you 🙂
As I have been waiting for my Leica M3 to return from its total tear-down and subsequent re-build, I’ve been thinking that perhaps a new neck strap for it would be in order; something more befitting a 60 year old camera than the stock Leica nylon/rubber strap that I have been using for all of my rangefinders over the last few years.
(In the past, I’ve tried products from all over the world from all the various well-known strap manufacturers — and I mean all of the well-known ones — and for one reason or other I have always found them lacking.)
Recently, however, I stumbled upon the website of Mr. Harry Benz.
“Yet another hand-made strap purporting to be different than the competition“, I thought.
I was prepared to discard Mr. Benz completely because, frankly, I had never heard of him before. Yet as I read through the description of how Harry makes his straps, I realized that he was indeed creating something unique. He even uses a different leather — not cowhide (I’ll let you discover for yourself on his site what it is).
Given the level of craftsmanship and passion for detail, I expected to find Harry located in some venerable city known for its artisanal leather industry. Imagine my surprise when I instead discovered he was living in my very own city of Toronto, Canada.
After a few emails back and forth I had placed a custom order specifying the colour, design, and length of my strap. We also arranged to meet in person for pick-up and payment once the strap was ready.
Well today I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Benz, and I wasn’t disappointed in either the man or his product. Although I don’t yet know how well my new neck strap will endure over time, I have a sense it will outlast me.
In the meantime, I can marvel at the beauty of it.
All photos above taken with an iPhone and © Prosophos.
Our son G has been trying to grow tomatoes since early this summer.
Recently he was excited to see some progress in the form of this promising fruit of his labour. He was keeping a watchful eye on it as he was hoping to eventually serve it to us in a salad, seasoned with the basil he’s also been growing (LOL, our house is looking more and more like a makeshift organic farm each day).
Unfortunately, last night a nocturnal visitor decided to have a little nibble on it, and this is what we found early this morning 😦
↑iPhone (photo credit goes to my wife).