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HoldFast Gear MoneyMaker Skinny vs Original Comparison

Holdfast Gear Original and Skinny MoneyMaker camera harnesses
Holdfast Gear Original and Skinny MoneyMaker camera harnesses

For almost a decade HoldFast Gear have been producing camera straps and harnesses using high-end leather and components, helping thousands of photographers to improve their workflow whilst looking stylish and being more comfortable than ever before at work.

Over that time, their product range has expanded. Some of these products have a bit of overlap in what they can do and who they’re appropriate for, which can be confusing for some photographers who just aren’t sure what is right for them.

Being the UK’s leading seller of HoldFast products I talk to a lot of photographers and I know that people are often unsure whether they should go for the skinny MoneyMaker of the original/regular version. I thought that I’d provide some advice and clear up a few misconceptions to help people decide what MoneyMaker dual camera harness is right for them. People are of course still welcome to get in touch for advice because buying a MoneyMaker is an investment, and I know people want to be confident in their choice before making a purchase.

This article is being written whilst I’m not able to visit my office due to the COVID-19 pandemic (though orders are being dispatched almost as normal), so I’m just using HoldFast’s own product images for now as I don’t have access to the harnesses at the moment to take some nice photos of them. Hopefully when life returns to normal I’ll be able to get some nice side-by-side shots to better illustrate the differences.

What differences are there between the Original and Skinny MoneyMakers by HoldFast Gear?

Physical size

The biggest and most obvious difference is the width of the leather. The main belt of leather on the original MoneyMaker is 1.5″ (38mm) wide. The main belt on the skinny MoneyMaker is 1″ (25mm) wide, with removable leather shoulder pads that are 1.5″ wide.

Despite the difference in the main belt width, both versions use the same width of leather on the adjustable slider (except with a smaller metal connector to attach to the harness on the skinny version, so ensure a tighter fit and prevent the slider from catching and nipping at your clothes).

With the main belt being less wide, this of course means it uses less material and is therefore a lighter product, and can also be packed smaller in storage or transport. It’s not a huge difference, but if you are trying to save every gram possible, or have limited packing space in your camera bag then this might be a consideration for you.

Flexibility with D-rings

holdfast gear moneymaker D-ring comparison

The original MoneyMaker comes in two versions; with D-rings or without. They can’t be added or removed after purchase, so it’s important to choose wisely when you place your order. The main use for the front D-rings is adding a 3rd camera with a set of leashes, and I’ve heard of photographers using them for their press pass at gigs and events so that it can be kept easily visible without getting in their way. On my on own MoneyMaker I’ve never actually used the D-rings for anything, but I think they look cool and add to the aesthetic of the product so I’m happy to have them there.

Why wouldn’t you want D-rings? HoldFast themselves recommend not having the D-rings if you have long hair that you wear down when you’re shooting, and you know you won’t be using the harness with a 3rd camera. I should say I’ve never had someone return a MoneyMaker because their hair was getting tangled in the rings, but it is something to consider. You might also want a more minimal looking MoneyMaker with no D-rings so that it is just leather on your shoulders.

The skinny MoneyMaker does give a lot more flexibility in this regard. The D-rings are held in place on the skinny MoneyMaker by the removable shoulder pad. You can remove the D-rings and still keep the shoulder pads on the harness (or remove them too) if you are concerned about your hair getting caught in the rings, or you just don’t see the need for them. If you felt you needed them later on then it would just be a few minutes of adjusting the harness to get those rings back on.

Which is more comfortable?

This is a tricky question to answer, because it is very dependent on who is wearing it, so what applies to me and some other people might not necessarily be true for you. Comparing one to the other in terms of comfort is hard because very few people will use the original version for an extended period of time and then switch to the skinny as most people are happy with the first kind they get and stick to it. Still, there is some general advice I can provide, as long as it is understood with the overall advice that no matter which you choose, it will probably be more comfortable than what you are using at the moment.

back of an original holdfast gear moneymaker black bridle leather
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In terms of spreading the weight of your cameras there should be very little difference between the skinny and original MoneyMaker. Your shoulders take the majority of that weight, and the with the width of the shoulder pads on the skinny being the same as the width of the original MoneyMaker band, you’re spreading that weight across the same area.

If you remove the shoulder pads in theory it could be less comfortable, but I think the difference would be fairly negligible except for in extreme cases with very heavy camera setups and extended periods of use without being able to take a break.

The crossover on the back does also take some of the strain, but I am of the belief that the sizing of this shouldn’t make too much of a difference to the level of comfort.

Overall, I think it’s very even in comfort between the two versions for most men and some women, but in the next section I’ll be discussing how for some women there are a few other considerations to make in terms of comfort.

Which is the best HoldFast MoneyMaker for women?

skinny tan water buffalo leather holdfast gear moneymaker worn by model

I have had anecdotal evidence from a few female photographers that the skinny MoneyMaker is more comfortable for them. For some women using the original MoneyMaker the width of the harness can end up rubbing under the armpit or generally being a bit of a bother pushing against their bra.

To be clear, no one has ever returned an original MoneyMaker due to this being an issue, so I don’t want anyone to worry too much. I suspect that as the leather gets worn in and more pliable with use that this issue would subside, but when asked by customers I do tend to recommend the skinny version to female photographers.

Some female photographers (and male too) that are slim or petite tend to prefer the look of the skinny MoneyMaker since it is less bulky. I’m a big guy and the original version looks right on me, so it makes sense that the skinny version would be more appropriate for slimmer people. With this in mind, for people that are slim it can sometimes make sense to go for a smaller size than the sizing chart recommends for your height. In these cases if you are unsure I would recommend contacting me for personalised advice.

Is the Skinny MoneyMaker strong enough for my DSLR cameras?

Yes! I’m not sure where this idea came from, but occasionally I get asked if the Skinny MoneyMaker is just for photographers that have more lightweight camera setups like using a pair of mirrorless cameras or just sticking to using short prime lenses which tend to be lighter.

From a practical point of view, the skinny and original versions of the MoneyMaker can carry the same amount of weight. They are both strong enough that they will carry far more than your cameras could weigh, so you can confidently put a couple of big full-frame DSLRs on there with heavy telephoto lenses mounted without any concerns.

It’s slightly more rare, but I do also get asked if the original MoneyMaker wil handle having a 24-70mm lens on one side and a 70-200mm lens on the other with a pair of full frame DSLRs. The answer remains the same; yes. The MoneyMaker is designed with event and wedding photographers in mind, and so it can carry any setup that would typically be used in those professions.

Is the sizing different?

The sizing chart is the same for both kinds of MoneyMaker. This comes with the usual caveats that height is not the only concern when deciding what size is right for you. Slimmer people sometimes need to size down, and bigger people sometimes need to go for a larger size than the sizing chart indicates. Generally, it tends to be that if you fit into a medium original MoneyMaker then the medium skinny will be the right fit for you too.

Conclusion

Let’s be clear, as someone that sells the MoneyMaker and other HoldFast products I recognise that I am biased, but I do hope this article has provided some guidance and advice that can help you make a better informed decision if you are thinking about buying a HoldFast Gear MoneyMaker.

As I said earlier, every person is different. Different taste, different height, different body shape, different camera setup and that means conclusions are hard to draw. The stats are that the majority of my skinny MoneyMaker sales are to women, whereas men are much more likely to order the original MoneyMaker, but I wouldn’t want anyone to feel that they shouldn’t buy either kind based on gender when the most important thing is you purchasing a harness that you will be happy and comfortable using for many years.

If you’re unsure which MoneyMaker is right for you, give me a message or call and I’ll do my best to make sure you get the right MoneyMaker.

Rigu has the largest selection of HoldFast Gear products in the UK, offering same day dispatch and next day delivery, along with excellent customer service and knowledge of their products. It is considerably cheaper to purchase a MoneyMaker via Rigu than importing one direct from HoldFast the USA after you take account for import taxes and fees. The saving is usually around £50 depending on how the exchange rate is (Rigu is not VAT registered so if you run a limited company in the UK the pricing is a lot closer, but you do have the benefit of getting the harness quicker, and with UK support if needed).

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Using the Fractal Filters in Tokyo

At the end of February I had a trip to Tokyo. Originally, this was so that I could go to the CP+ tradeshow in Yokohama to find new suppliers and interesting products for Rigu. The show was cancelled due to (understandable) coronavirus concerns a couple of weeks before I was due to leave, but I felt it was still possible for the trip to be worthwhile as long as I took precautions whilst I was out there to ensure my own safety as well as others. In Japan the COVID-19 response was very impressive, which sanitiser available at the entrance of the vast majority of shops, cafes and restaurants. Being a solo traveller my contact with other people was fairly limited, and with the city being much quieter than usual, it was possible to move around without being packed into trains like sardines to ensure a fair distance from other people.

Anyway, this isn’t a travel blog. Tokyo is a very, very photogenic city. Almost everywhere you turn you will find something that is interesting to photograph, and I decided to take a couple of Fractal Filters along with me as I thought they would be fun to use in places like Akihabara and Shinjuku that have lots of bright signs and colourful lights.

One important thing to remember about Fractal Filters and travel is that they need to go in checked/hold luggage. If you get to security with these in your hand luggage they WILL be confiscated since they look like a knuckle duster and are a big lump of glass. I can’t think of anything fun to shoot with them in an airport or during a long-haul flight so you aren’t missing out on much.

In my previous post about the Fractals my aim was to use them in a fairly minimal and subtle way most of the time. In Tokyo it was very much the opposite. Many areas of the city are an assault on the senses and the Fractals amplified that with really interesting results. Some of the shots were chaotic, almost creating an abstract pattern that was unrecognisable from the reality of the scene, whereas others drew focus to a specific point.

Personally, I’ve always felt that the Fractals work best when you have a subject in frame between 6-15 feet from you, which is why I love using them for portrait photography, but if you’re going to Tokyo and you own Fractals, you’re going to take them. Using them for landscapes or street scenes like these can be fairly hit-or-miss and there were plenty of occasions when I knew they wouldn’t be appropriate. As ever, the Fractals are a tool, and no tool suits every situation. They are fun to play around with though, and it’s nice knowing that my touristy photos of Tokyo are fairly unique.

As an aside, the Fractal prisms did have one unexpected side-benefit whilst I was in Tokyo. Personal connection. I’ve visited Japan three times, once with a friend, once with my partner, and this time on my own. Being on your own in one of the largest metropolis’ on the planet can be quite a lonely experience. English is more widely spoken than when I first visited in 2007, but generally it’s rare to engage in a conversation with a stranger.

The Fractals seemed to break down that barrier, people were curious about the lumps of glass I was wiggling in front of my lens and I would show them the back of camera and the effect the prisms created. It was nice to have a brief conversation with someone that wasn’t serving me my lunch for a change. Japan has a lot of photography & camera shops, but creative items like the Fractals are still rare and it was fun that people took an interest.

Rigu is the UK & Europe’s only distributor of the Fractal Filters, offering quick despatch and delivery, with no customs import hassles. They are listed on Amazon.co.uk, but they’re under the global shipping programme, so you would be waiting for them to come from the US, and you’d be paying more.

Compared to purchasing direct from the manufacturer you will save money (before and after factoring in customs import charges) as well as benefiting from much quicker delivery and UK customer support.

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Rigu is still open, but a bit different

scout scar view, kendal, cumbria

There’s been quite a lot of changes in the world recently due to the coronavirus, and that has also affected Rigu. At times like this I understand that camera straps aren’t most people’s top priority, but the shop does remain open and ready to send out orders.

I (Andy) am working from home, but Neil, my brother who usually takes over whilst I’m working away from Cumbria or on holiday, will be sending out orders for me. My office and stock room is based where he lives and works normally, so this doesn’t create unnecessary travel or connections with other people beyond the norm. We have also discussed measures to help protect the Royal Mail when visiting the office to ensure that contact is kept to an absolute minimum as they are at fairly high risk in terms of spreading COVID-19. There is the possibility that the Royal Mail will stop their collections to the office, which would be an understandable situation, and at that point the only option would be to stop orders.

As is the case at other times when he’s been in charge, there are no personalised straps available at the moment. Neil has seen the burns the stamping machine has given me on occasion (thankfully a rare experience now that I’m used to the machine) and isn’t keen to learn how to use it in my absence.

Other than that, Rigu will continue mostly as normal. The nature of ecommerce is that some of it can be done remotely, if not with the same efficiency (I can only do so much on a laptop compared to my desktop). To be frank being able to keep working on Rigu is something that will hopefully provide an aspect of normalcy in strange times, and I’m sure my partner will appreciate me keeping busy whilst we’re staying home.

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Special Delivery Postage Options Temporarily Suspended

I’ve had advice from the Royal Mail that they are not currently able to guarantee that their Special Delivery Next Day by 1pm service will actually arrive the next day by 1pm.

To save customers any frustration I have decided to remove this option from the checkout temporarily, and when the Royal Mail say the service has returned to normal it will become available again.

My apologies that this will impact on some people that need an order in a rush. There is still a next day service available in the form of RM24 (which is tracked on all packages, which are most orders that aren’t books), but this isn’t guaranteed.

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New Products Restocks

HoldFast MoneyMaker restocked

Earlier this week I received a big, heavy box from HoldFast Gear. I was able to restock just about everything that needed it, taking the quantity of MoneyMakers (original, skinny, and solo) in the stock room to over 150. Compared to when Rigu started out that’s fairly incredible, and hopefully this level of stock will see us safely through the start of wedding season without items going out of stock.

A new item was also added to the lineup. The brass version of the new quiet HoldFast clip is now available in the shop.

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Using the Fractal Filters Subtly for Portraits

Fractal Filters Prism Photography

The Fractal Filters can sometimes be seen as something of a sledgehammer of an effect. They’re a hefty piece of glass attached to something that looks like a knuckle-duster. They don’t exactly scream “subtle”, and yet, it’s pretty easy to use them in low-key and understated ways.

I had a photoshoot with Sammy in the Yorkshire Dales last week and took it as an opportunity to work on my skills with the Fractal Filters. I’ve used them on a number of shoots, but every situation and location is different, and it’s interesting to see how the prisms react to different kinds of lighting.

Fractal Filters Prism Photography
Fractal Filter used on the top edge of the photo to further blur the woodland and create a halo effect.

They can also be used to further blur the background and add a light haze, which I felt worked well in the black & white photo above, adding something of a dreamy, vintage look to the image.

To achieve the look I used the Penrose filter (the one that looks a bit like Pac-man) and just held it really close to the lens, being sure that Sammy was not obscured by any part of the filter. This image was on a 50mm lens at f1.8 on my Pentax K3II (APS-C, so FF people would need something around 75mm for the same focal length). Being at a wide aperture really helps to smooth out the effect caused by the filter and blend it in with the blurred background. The Fractals are generally intended to be used at wide apertures, but it would have been interesting to see how much higher I could have gone with the aperture to see what the cut-off would be when the filter was too obvious and distracting. I’d guess anything above f5.6 wouldn’t look good to my taste.

Fractal Filters Prism Photography

I bought those funky prism sunglasses last year (thank you cheap sellers on eBay!) with a view to using them in a Fractal shoot. I don’t think a woodland is an appropriate location, especially when it’s an overcast and damp day in the Yorkshire Dales. This look isn’t what I’d envisioned for the glasses, but this image does highlight how a Fractal Filter can pull different colours out of a scene and create some more intrigue by altering the background (technically the foreground, I suppose).

This one was shot with the big and chunky Pascal filter, which is one of the easiest to use at first, especially if you just stick to using the edge of it. Shooting through it is a whole other ball game and takes more time and effort, so it’s not something that I’d be doing on a shoot like this one where I’ve just met a model for the first time and having a smooth workflow (and enjoying myself) is more important to me than pushing my prism skills.

These two were both taken using the Julia filter. That’s the filter with a flat centre spot, which allows you to put the subject in the middle of the frame and have all the craziness going on outside of your main focal point.

This is the design where I find it hardest to create a subtle look, and images taken with it are likely to have the effect as the focus as much as your subject. That’s not a bad thing in some cases, but when you’re doing a simple portrait shoot out in a forest it can be an out of place look, and during this shoot I didn’t use the Julia filter much as it didn’t fit with the feel I was going for. I still like these images but in this case I don’t feel that the effect adds much, if anything, and that mostly comes down to my lack of experience with the Julia filter and that I was trying to shoehorn it into a situation that it wasn’t appropriate for.

Some of my favourite images by other photographers with the Julia filter have lots of colour and additional light sources behind the subject which can create something special. In the conditions I was in it’s harder to pull out anything that’s really special with this kind of backdrop and a lack of sunshine to provide some interesting refraction to add colour to the shots.

Rigu is the UK & Europe’s only distributor of the Fractal Filters, offering quick despatch and delivery, with no customs import hassles. They are listed on Amazon.co.uk, but they’re under the global shipping programme, so you would be waiting for them to come from the US, and you’d be paying more.

Compared to purchasing direct from the manufacturer you will save money (before and after factoring in customs import charges) as well as benefiting from much quicker delivery and UK customer support.

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Camera Bags New Products

Sightseer Lens Pouches from HoldFast available in the UK (and quiet tripod screws too)

If you’re looking for a really nice, high-end lens pouch you’d be surprised just how few options there are out there. I don’t just mean in the UK, I mean anywhere in the world.

I have generally tried to avoid stocking the bags and pouches from HoldFast Gear. This is because I don’t want Rigu to be a camera bag shop. There are already plenty of those, and it’s hard for a shop the size of mine to compete in any meaningful way, even when I do find interesting bags that no one else in Europe stocks.

However, Rigu is the UKs main HoldFast Gear distributor, and if people keep asking me for things, eventually it just makes sense to stock them. With the lens pouches above (medium-wide black, medium olive) I had ordered them as one-offs for people when placing my regular stock orders for the MoneyMakers and other accessories, but decided to make them a more permanent fixture in the shop to save people from having to wait up to a month to receive the item. They’re only being stocked in limited quantities at the moment, but if there is demand then I’ll up the stocks as necessary.

Similarly, a couple of people asked me if I could get them a pair of the new quiet accessory clips for their MoneyMaker (the part that attaches via your cameras tripod screw thread to the MoneyMaker slider), so I did, and got a few more in so that they could be a regular shop item.

Rigu is able to special order anything from HoldFast Gear if it isn’t currently in the shop. The lead time is generally around one month, but the price is also usually quite a lot lower than if you were to order direct from the US yourself, so there is a price vs. speed comparison that you need to consider before deciding what is right for you.

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B-Grade & Clearance Discounts for February

I have been going through the inventory and have added to the clearance section to make space for new stock. I’ve found that best way to entice people into a purchase is by slashing prices to a level that any other company would find unreasonable. If Rigu had an accounts department, they would have probably mutinied by now.

Many of these items are being sold at cost or below. Please bear in mind that the tracked delivery service that Rigu uses for “free” delivery costs around £4, so in some cases you’re only paying £1 for the item. That’s how good these deals are, how genuine I am about just wanting to make space in my stock room, and also how much I’d just like to see people using products that I think are good but just haven’t sold well for whatever reason.

This is something that I’m planning to do in the start of each month. Releases price cuts on clearance items in one large swathe rather than slowly across the month. There will times when a new b-grade item gets added on it’s own as I come across them in the stock room, so do keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for those updates, as well as other interesting content like photo tutorials and articles.

EasyCover Lens Rim Protectors

Easycover lens rim protection

There’s a couple of these left, for lenses with 52mm front threads, and 58mm threads. I can’t remember what they were originally, but they had previously been reduced to £7.99, and are now down to £4.99. They’re useful if you do quite a lot of action photography, or are just plain clumsy.

B-Grade Black Leather DSLR Strap

CAM2246 Black leather DSLR camera strap

That’s meant to be a smooth leather camera strap, but as you can see there’s a bit of rippling to the black leather on this DSLR camera strap. That’s all that’s wrong with it. Still carries your comfortably and stylishly, it’s just not as it should be so I won’t let it go for anything like full price. This strap is usually £28.99, but this B-grade camera strap is just £14.99.

Large Skinny HoldFast Gear MoneyMaker (Tan Water Buffalo Leather)

I had to swap out some shoulder pads on a skinny MoneyMaker for a customer, which left me with a large Skinny Water Buffalo Tan Leather MoneyMaker without shoulder pads on it. Usually it’s a £249.99 item, but I’ve reduced this one to £149.99. To be honest, that’s far too low of a price, no one could reasonably think that the shoulder pads are worth £100, but I know they’re an important part of the harness so I’m overcompensating. Hopefully someone will buy it soon as I’m tempted to just keep it for myself.

Will the harness still be comfortable without them? Yes. It’s important to remember that they are user-removable by design, and that some photographers won’t use them anyway. You’ll be missing out on a little bit of width on the shoulder to help spread the weight of your gear, but it’s still as wide or wider than most normal camera straps. It should be comfortable and you’ll still be benefiting from the cross over of leather on your back helping to relieve you of some weight strain.

Large Burgundy HoldFast Gear MoneyMaker

On the buckle on the right side as we’re looking at it on the product photo above, one of the adjustment holes isn’t quite right, meaning that the metal nub at the top side of the buckle (that usually fits securely into the hole) is loose. The other two are still good and tight so the buckle remains very secure and I personally would trust it with my gear.

As a workaround so that all three points of contact are secure, I simply re-adjusted the strap so that the part that is usually on the underside was now on top (as seen in the second photo, on the side closer to the camera). This works perfectly and is just as secure as any other MoneyMaker. It is a slightly different look, but overall it’s a minimal change and something you will not notice when using the harness.

This is a small issue, but it still warrants a discount in my opinion, so I have reduced the price of this large burgundy water buffalo MoneyMaker to £224.99.

95cm Blue Woven Cotton Rope Camera Strap with Ring Connection

CAM1318 Blue camera strap rope

How much is a box worth to you? If you’re giving a camera strap as a gift, probably quite highly. If you are just getting it for yourself, then after you’ve opened it that little black box will probably go straight into your recycling.

I have one of these blue cotton rope camera straps that are popular with Fuji X photographers that has no box (it was a display item when I had a small stand at a camera club for an evening). Usually it would be £17.99, but this one is just £9.99 and it is completely clean and brand new.

Cotton DSLR camera strap by !mo – Little Hearts (Pink)

!mo imo pink hearts camera strap

This canvas DSLR camera strap was originally £24.99, it’s now down to £7.99. Why? No packaging.

These imo straps are very strong and durable (they have been tested to 75kg without breaking), but with an additional piece of soft fabric stitched onto the strap where your neck will be for additional comfort.

Cam-in XL range ring connection leather camera straps

Cam-in XL camera straps

I’ve always been fond of the Cam-in XL camera strap range, but they have performed poorly on the site. Perhaps this is because everyone in the world except Cam-in think of XL as meaning “extra large” when they just meant that it was a limited edition release.

They are a lovely range of straps though, the two-tone leather is a bit different to the norm and they’re very nicely finished. They were a good deal at £24.99 and they’re a better deal at £19.99.

Padded Pouch for Mirrorless Cameras by Vlashor

Vlashor flower pattern camera bag insert

If you’re looking for a pouch to protect your small DSLR or mirrorless camera, then this camera bag insert from Vlashor is a good option. It had been reduced to £8.99 previously from something like £20 (I can’t remember the original price), but to give you a nudge in the right direction (aka the checkout) I’ve taken this down to £5.99.

Brown Leather DSLR Camera Strap

CAM2245 DSLR Camera Strap Brown Leather

This is actually Rigu’s most popular camera strap ever. Well, not this particular one, but the normal version is. Every so often the tanning process doesn’t work out perfectly and I receive a strap with some blotchy colouring, and this is one of those cases.

The funny thing is, well, funny to someone that spends all day looking at and selling camera straps, is that within a few months this strap will look like the rest because they change colour slightly and gain their own patina through being used, worn and getting a little dirty.

Normally they’re priced at £28.99 each, but this b-grade bargain is down to £19.99, and it’s still possible to have it personalised with a name or message on the camera strap.

Hayden Backpacks by Ideer

I’ve got to put my hands up and admit that stocking these backpacks was a mistake. I thought that as people liked Ideer’s other bags, they’d be interested in a backpack that wasn’t a dedicated camera backpack, and instead a normal backpack that was intended to be paired with a camera bag insert. I was wrong, and that’s probably because there are thousands of other backpacks out there, so it’s hard for people to be interested in getting one from Rigu when the range is small.

They are still nice bags though, my partner uses one of their backpacks for her commute to work and gets plenty of compliments on it. Originally £44.99, they are now available in pink or soda blue for £6.99 each. As you’d imagine, I’m taking a pretty heavy loss on these at that price (postage costs me more than £4, remember?), but I’d rather someone was using them than they were sitting in the stock room.

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Discounts News

HoldFast Gear Accessories Volume Discounts

Rigu offers free delivery on all orders. Most people like this because of the simple “what you see is what you pay” pricing, but sometimes it can be slightly problematic.

When people order a HoldFast Gear accessory clip for their MoneyMaker (because they want a spare, or perhaps they’ve lost one) the cost of postage is included in that price. However, if they order more than one, the cost of postage doesn’t go up since it’s a light item, so effectively they’re paying for postage more than once.

Most companies would probably think this is great (money for nothing, yay!) but that’s not how I do business, and I don’t feel that it is fair to the customer.

With that in mind, I’ve brought about a new pricing structure for HoldFast accessories, which are typically products that people buy a pair of; the tripod screws, sliders, safety lanyards, camera leashes, and belt anchors. When buying two or more of each product the unit price will automatically be reduced by £2.25, giving an overall discount of £4.50 when buying two.

This currently only works when buying two of the same item (e.g. two camera leashes, not one leash and one belt anchor), as cross-product discounts are significantly more complicated, but I am looking into it for the future.

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Camera Straps Restocks

LunaViz DSLR camera straps restocked


Almost the whole range of LunaViz camera straps have been restocked this week, which was well needed as many of their straps had been sold out for far too long.