A professional leather harness can cost up to a few hundred dollars. If you want to save some cash and still have a great-looking and safe harness for your gear, there is a DIY method to do it. Duncan Dimanche will guide you through it in his latest video. You will need a couple of items for around $70, and in about half an hour you can make a sleek leather harness on your own.
You will need:
- 2 belts 95cm (37”)
- 2 safety tethering
- 2 strap screws and quick release clips
- Single cap rivets with metal studs
- A cutting board and a hammer
- 1 extra belt to make the sliders (you can use an old one)
- 2 metal D rings (same size as belts)
- A pen and a measuring tape
How to make
Start by attaching two belts together and make an “8” shape. Put them on, and make sure that the buckles are facing up. Adjust the belts so they fit you, and mark where you want the crossing to be (you might want to have someone around to help you, as the crossing will be on your back).
When you’re done marking, poke the holes on the belts where the crossing will be. Make sure they’re at the same distance, and then add the rivet to connect the two belts.
To make the sliders, you can buy an extra belt or just use an old one you don’t wear anymore.
Cut the belt in two even strips. For each slider, you need to poke the holes first. Then, and add the D ring on one side, and the snap hook on the other. Finally, add the rivets to attach everything.
When you want to wear the harness, add the sliders on each side of the belts you previously made. Put the strap screw on the lens or the camera you want to use.
Alternatively, you can buy two sliders and attach them to your belts. The total price ends up to be almost the same, but it makes the project less DIY.
Finally, when you’re buying the pieces for this harness, make sure to buy quality stuff. You want it to last, but also to make your cameras and lenses safe. Also, you can add the safety tethering to the sliders, and make the whole thing even more secure.
[Making a 300$ leather harness for 70$ in 30mn (DIY EASY) using 2 belts | Duncan Dimanche]