HoldFast recently changed the style of the shoulder pad on the Skinny MoneyMaker. While stocks last, the older version is available with a £10 discount. Please see the photos which show the old style shoulder pad to compare the difference with the new style. Unless noted as old style in the options above, you will receive a new style shoulder pad.
The water buffalo leather MoneyMaker SKINNY is only 1" wide but includes removable shoulder pads. The D rings are removable as well, so you can decide to keep and use them or remove them on your own. This is great for photographers that have longer hair and are concerned about their hair getting tangled in the D-rings on the standard MoneyMaker, but may also need to use the rings occasionally.
Despite being a thinner band of leather, the Skinny version can carry just as much weight as the original version of the MoneyMaker, and is suited to photographers with mirrorless and DSLR setups (crop and full-frame sensor) with heavy lenses.
The water buffalo leather is softer and more pliable than the bridle leather upon receipt (though long-term they are very similar), the tan version in particular has a lot of variety to it's colour which makes every MoneyMaker unique. The black water buffalo is a more uniform colour.
The Water Buffalo versions are very beautiful in use, keep in mind that this finish has the potential to colour bleed if saturated and worn on light clothing. If you wear white for the majority of your shoots please understand that colour bleed can happen with Water Buffalo, we offer no returns for color bleed on this hide. Colour bleed is an issue that does not affect every photographer, and is something that diminishes with use. One way to help alleviate it is to rub the harness with a piece of light coloured cloth before wearing when you receive your MoneyMaker.
Features include anchored stainless steel d-rings/hardware (no rust) and safety straps for ultimate security and impeccably versatile design make this an essential tool for the modern photographer. Secure your cameras and important gear where it’s most accessible and comfortable—right on you. This leather is strong, waxy and weather-resistant.
We at HF use REAL full grain leathers. As such, each hide will display the unique life that the animal lived showing scars from brands, barbed-wire cuts, stretch marks, insect bites, marks from birthing and even natural wrinkles, etc. One of the beauties of leather is that no two cowhides are alike, because each hide comes from animals that have lived different lives! These scars are not "defects" in the leather, but instead, proof that we actually use real full grain leather which is the absolute BEST leather money can buy. We do not throw out good hides because of scars, rather we embrace these natural markings as part of the story, to which you will now add to. So if you happen to receive a MoneyMaker or one of the products with a scar or brand in the leather, know that you now own a 1-of-a kind piece.
Each MoneyMaker comes with EVERYTHING you need to shoot with two cameras including Sliders, safety catches & 2 Camera HoldFasts. Directions: 1. Install the Camera HoldFast (screw) into the tripod mount of your camera. 2. Install the split ring from the Safety Catch directly to the left side lug of your camera. 3. Attach the Sailboat clip (on the MoneyMaker Slider) to the screw loop, then attach the Safety Catch clip to the previously installed split ring on the left side. 4. Please refer to our videos page for more details and explanations.
Directions: 1. Install the Camera HoldFast (screw) into the tripod mount of your camera. 2. Install the split ring from the Safety Catch directly to the left side lug of your camera. 3. Attach the Sailboat clip (on the MoneyMaker Slider) to the screw loop, then attach the Safety Catch clip to the previously installed split ring on the left side. 4. Please refer to our videos page for more details and explanations.
ALWAYS remove your cameras and gear from the MoneyMaker before putting on and taking off the strap.
Frequently Asked Questions
01. DOES THE MONEYMAKER COME WITH EVERYTHING I NEED?
Yes each MoneyMaker comes everything you need to shoot with two cameras. It comes with sliders and screws so you are ready to roll.
02. CAN WOMEN WEAR HF?
Yes, it’s been widely reviewed as THE BEST multi camera strap on the market because it does not cross over the chest in the front. It stays to the outside over your shoulders
03. WHAT IF I ONLY WANT TO CARRY 1 CAMERA ON THE MONEYMAKER, CAN THIS BE DONE?
Yes, the system is designed to carry 1, 2 or 3 cameras. To carry 1 camera you simply remove the slider on the side that doesn’t have a camera, then tighten that side up 1 or 2 notches tighter than the side with the camera. This will keep the camera strap anchored on the body and evenly distributing the weight.
04. IF I BUY THE MM NOW, CAN I SWITCH TO 3 CAMERA CARRY IN THE FUTURE?
Carrying a camera in the center position can always be added or removed. It’s simply making use of 2 Camera Leashes connected to the front set of d rings and then to the camera. If you buy in the 3 camera setup you get both included and at a package discount instead of just buying two camera leashes separately.
05. DO I HAVE TO BE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER TO USE THE MONEYMAKER?
NO! Loads of sports, humanitarian, portrait, fashion, safari and conflict photographers use my straps.
06. CAN THE MONEYMAKER HANDLE MY LARGE CAMERAS?
Extremely well! A typical load out for a strap like this is a pro body with up to a 300 f/2.8 on one side and the 14-24 f/2.8 on the other. It can handle more weight than you can manage.
07. HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN THE CAMERA HOLDFAST HANDLE?
I stopped testing this after 246lbs because the machine that was doing the testing broke. It handles far more weight than you’ll actually connect to the HoldFast.
08. I DON’T THINK I’M COOL ENOUGH FOR THE MONEYMAKER, HOW CAN I TELL?
I actually hear this a lot, people say I like the strap but I’m not cool enough to pull it off. Well it’s designed to enhance your style along with being extremely comfortable. So we can ALL use more comfortable straps and since it enhances your look then of course it works with anything. This strap is FOR YOU!
9. HOW SAFE IS MY CAMERA FROM FALLING?
Very safe! The main clip design is based on the clip that is used to attach the sail to a boat. These clips have to be extremely strong by supporting the full wind pressure excerpted on a sail, however if the ropes get tangled the crew needs to be able to unclip and untangle very quickly and get it re-attached without missing a beat. I modified these clips to add a swivel, a longer pin draw and a stronger spring that all makes this clip even more durable.
And each clip also has a removable safety strap. This strap connect at the base of the clip and then to the side lug mount of the camera, this bypasses the screw and clip thus ensuring that if you had any malfunction you’d still be clipped in. Our straps are not intended for use in climbing or other extreme shooting situations.
10. THE MONEYMAKER SEEMS TO FIT OK BUT IT’S HARD TO PULL UP TO MY EYE, IS THIS NORMAL?
Then you need to adjust the distance between strap to camera on the Adjustable Slider.
11. WILL THE LEATHER STAIN MY CLOTHES?
As with all colored leather there is the possibility of staining if the leather gets completely soaked. My Bridle leathers are completely natural at the base, the side against your clothes, so it is impossible for these to stain. The American Bison MoneyMakers are lined with cream glove leather so color run is not an issue. Water Buffalo can at times stain, but it's different from person to person.
12. WILL THE BRIDLE LEATHER GET ANY SOFTER?
Yes. It’s like fine boot the more you wear it the more it molds to your body thus giving you an optimum fit. After a couple uses you’ll already notice how soft the leather is getting.
13. WILL THIS TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF OF MY LOWER BACK?
Most certainly. Anytime the camera hangs in front of the body your lower back will hurt. Any time the camera hang directly to your sides then you shoulders and some lower back will hurt. The MoneyMaker has a completely different design then any other strap on the market by allowing the cameras to hang in the small of you back on either side. Because it’s designed to be worn high up on the body, this allows for the cameras to naturally hang behind your midline just around your belt area. This takes A LOT of pressure from the lower back and places it across the broadest strongest part of the back. You’ll be amazed by how good you feel after a long shoot with the MoneyMaker.
14. DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE CAMERA OFF WHEN I’M SHOOTING?
No, it slides right up into position when you’re ready to take a photo.
15. WHAT IF I LIVE IN A TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT?
This is a great question! Tropical environments can cause the metals to rust and the leather to dry out if the MoneyMaker is not maintained. This is easy to avoided though, simply make sure to wipe the metals dry when you put away your MoneyMaker after a shoot. If rust does occur we recommend using Blue Magic to clean away rust and protect against it happening again, there are a few other rust removers that work great as well. Conditioning the leather once a year is also a good idea!
16. WHAT IS THE SECURITY LIKE?
There are three major things that keep the camera safe.
1. The Camera HoldFast is the screw that mounts to the tripod mount at the base of the camera. This screw has a one of a kind locking mechanism built into the threading of the screw. You’ll notice that it seems hard to screw in, keep going this is the mechanism working!
2. The sailboat clip outlined in question 20 is a locking clip. Very safe and extremely fast to operate.
3. Each clip comes with an optional safety strap. The user can choose to use it or remove it. It connects at the base of the clip and to the side lug mount of the camera. This bypasses any part of the system that has potential to fail.
There's a certain amount of person choice and style when it comes to the MoneyMaker, but the following guidelines from HoldFast do suit the vast majority of users, and the sizing applies across all the dual camera harnesses as well as the Solo sling. Feel free to get in contact if you're unsure what size is right for you.
Original MoneyMaker is 1.5" wide.
Skinny MoneyMaker is 1" wide with 1.5" wide shoulder pads.
Fit is based on HEIGHT & BROADNESS. The ideal carrying position
of the MoneyMaker is for the strap to fall about 4" below the armpit so
the cameras stay high on the body.
SMALL= Height of 5'7" (170 cm) and below (if you are broad/built then size up)
MEDIUM= Height between 5'8"-6'2" (173 - 188 cm) (if you are slender then size down, broad or built size up)
LARGE= Height of 6'3" (191 cm) and above OR wear extra large clothing (if you are slender then size down)
Ideally, you want the straps of the MM to fall about 4-5" below the
arm pits. Optimum fit will ensure the most comfort long term. If the
MoneyMaker is worn too loose it causes the cameras to swing and sway too
much, which puts pressure on your lower back while at the same time the
straps will tend to move and slip more. When worn properly, the
MoneyMaker will be anchored to the body and actually help to correct
poor shooting posture by pulling your shoulders upright and back,
keeping you and your cameras in line. So when the main straps are around
4” below the arm pit area, this in most cases will place the clip that
attaches to the camera right around your waist line. So there should be a
good amount of arm bend when your hand is on the camera at resting
position and this is what you want!