The classic Rock n Roll leather link strap is one of my all-time favourites. I love it because of the spring it puts in the camera and for its comfort over the shoulder. Its one drawback was bulk. The classic design is best-suited to heftier cameras, such as the Leica SL2 or the full-frame Panasonics. For smaller cameras, even including the M rangefinder, it overwhelm the appearance.
Now there’s a narrower alternative, the Rock n Roll Slim, that is sure to please owners of rangefinders and the smaller compacts in the Leica range, such as the V-Lux, CL, TL and D-Lux. I’ve even been using one on the smaller Panasonic, the S5 and I feel it suits the camera better than the wider version, especially when a lightweight lens is mounted.
The Slim, which comes in black or cigar brown leather, is 18mm wide, 3.5mm narrower than the standard Rock N Roll link strap. As a result, it loses a fifth of the weight and, overall, is 30% less bulky than the original. The strap comes in two lengths, 100 and 125cm and is fitted with traditional split rings, suitable for all cameras with ring lugs, including the Leica M, Leica Q, Sony, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and most other mirrorless and DSLR cameras.
Price of the Slim strap, in either colour, is €115 (plus 19% VAT when supplied to European customers). Add €10 if you want the longer, 125cm version.