PHOTO GEAR: TetherTools Strapmoore
It’s not that hard these days to find all types of photography gear. A simple Google search yields hundreds of companies worldwide that offer great products for all your photography needs. It’s pretty rare nowadays to come across a company that offers truly unique products that you find yourself unable to live without. Tether Tools is one of those companies.
I was approached by Tether Tools a couple of years ago via email. One look at their website and I was immediately impressed. Here was a company offering a product line specifically for tethered shooting, which is something I have been an advocate of ever since I first saw it when I was working as an assistant. Their personable approach and willingness to listen to their customers was what made me want to establish a great relationship with them. Their customer service is bar none and they’re just a wonderful group of people.
Today I want to talk about a fairly new product from Tether Tools, the Strapmoore. It’s basically a neoprene strap with velcro enclosures on it. Simple right? Yes, and that’s the beauty of it. I think they initially designed it to strap laptop power adapters that were mounted via their tethering tables, but I have quickly found a number of other uses for it. Pretty much anything I can think of that needs strapping, the Strapmoore does it.
As you can see, it is actually made of three straps. the top and the bottom fasten to a C-stand or light stand or tripod leg or whatever you can think of, while the wider middle strap secures the device. The neoprene construction prevents any slippage and it also stretches to fit almost anything.
So far, I’ve used it to secure Pocketwizards to C-stands and light stands when using monolights as well as to power packs themselves, MacBook Pro power adapters, loose cables, light meters, speed light battery packs, speed lights themselves, Pocketwizards to speed lights, and even water bottles and drinks. Strapmoores are like potato chips – you can’t have just one. I have four of them and I think I may need a few more.