Before we begin, let me start by saying I really don’t like camera straps.
With all the cameras that I’ve owned over the years, I’ve never used the strap that comes with the kit (can you blame me?). If I’m using a strap at all, it’s usually one of the side sling straps that connect to the bottom of the camera. For DSLRs, this works great. In my opinion, a DSLR is too heavy to wear around your neck.
However, with mirrorless cameras, that’s not really a concern. So for my Fuji X-T10, I went back to using a neck strap a few months ago. I purchased a couple of Lance Camera Straps last year, and used them both on my Fuji cameras to much delight. They were strong yet lightweight, and could easily be twisted and tied in to a half strap that was useful for carrying in one hand. I was happy.
Then Thomas Leuthard went and made his own strap.
Leuthard’s strap, like the Lance strap, is made out of climbing rope. The Leuthard strap is using a slightly thicker version of the rope, which I like. However, it does mean that when you knot it up in to a half strap, your knot isn’t quite as tight as it would be with the Lance strap.
The Lance straps feature rubber rings at the end that keep the strap connector rings in place. These look cool. but I prefer the implementation of the Leuthard strap, where the end pieces are secured with a molded plastic covering. Additionally, the Leuthard strap has a leather loop attachment that attaches the ring connector to the strap. I prefer this aesthetic to the Lance strap, where the connector ring is wrapped in the end part of the strap itself. Over time however, I have questions of how durable the Leuthard strap will be compared to the Lance strap, as that leather connector, if sufficiently weathered and worn, could be weakened. The leather attachments though are most assuredly kinder to your camera (when jostled) than it hitting bare plastic or rubber rings. It will probably fare well, but with only a few months of usage, it’s hard to say for sure.
Both straps are about the same price – Lance straps go for $38.00 USD on Amazon. Leuthard’s straps are €38.00, which depending upon the exchange rate is either a little more or a little less than $38 USD.
Both straps will secure your cameras ably. The Leuthard strap is tested to 9.5kg (almost 21 lbs), so you’re covered. The Lance strap is tested to 30 lbs of weight. Of course, you are crazy if your lugging that much weight around your neck, but it’s good to know the strap can handle it if needed.
So which strap is better?
I think both are great, but I’d have to give the edge to the Leuthard strap on styling. Every time I’ve shot in public with it, I’ve had people comment on it and ask about it. The attention to detail in the strap connectors is palpable. Also note that Lance does offer many variations on their design, including one that swaps the connector rings for easily detachable side clips. If you are someone who likes to use a strap for some occasions, but not for others, this is a good option that gives you the best of both worlds.