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Your camera's best amigo: Miggo Strap and Grip review

By Mike Perlman on Feb 18, 2014 at 16:38 GMT

The Miggo straps and grips bring a lot of innovation to the way we tote and transport our beloved investments. Their versatile multi-use designs combine a high quality camera wrap, a method of securing the camera to your person and lens cap pocket all in one. Are the days of traditional camera toting coming to an end? Find out in our review. 

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Total comments: 85
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OurJeepLife
By OurJeepLife (1 month ago)

"Close, But No Cigar"

Because of the issues with my hands, I would not be able to use something like this.

Footnote: Actually my idea and I've contacted Mattel about this.. is finding a kids camera which has bigger buttons and rubber grips.. Currently I'm using a Fujifilm XP60 which is not preformed as expected or as I would have hopped..

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Kriekira
By Kriekira (2 months ago)

I'd have purchased one instantly if they came in a size that fits my Sony RX1R with EVF mounted (it's too big for the small and too small for the big).

The design is brilliant, imho.

The patterns available do not appeal to me, but they do have a version that is handsome and almost all black.

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m43er
By m43er (2 months ago)

I'm sure I don't want all that material hanging off my camera while I'm using it.

It's much easier and less finicky to just use a camera pouch.

There are still very few good bags for m43 - why not make those instead of this contraption.

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dpainter
By dpainter (2 months ago)

I really need a video showing how these go from strap to wrap and from wrap to strap/grip.

While I have used straps for years I am open to a new way. I like the idea of being able to wrap the camera so I can put it into a bag to transport. I am not a big fan of heavy padded bags which is why I like the Domke bags.

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miggo
By miggo (2 months ago)

Dear dpainter

Here you are:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/580723045/miggo-cameras-best-amigo

It's not a technical video, but you'll be able to understand the basic concept, and more.

Cheers

Guy

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Francisco Antillon
By Francisco Antillon (2 months ago)

The more I see it the more I like it. Yesterday I ordered the strap, my main concern was on deciding from both. Actually I will order the wrap later on.

All the trolls who don't like it should take it easy on these guys, this is a innovative idea on a highly mature product. They should appreciate the courage of "thinking out of the box".... I'm sure many of them will be changing their mind later.

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miggo
By miggo (2 months ago)

Hey Francisco

Thanks for your amazing support!
We are sure you'll enjoy miggo.

Guy

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australopithecus
By australopithecus (2 months ago)

Why not simply buy a camera with a viewfinder ?

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gusda9
By gusda9 (2 months ago)

it looks like a boa constrictor on my arm no thank you

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icexe
By icexe (2 months ago)

I feel like this is a really over-engineered reinvention of the wheel. For my mirrorless cameras, a $5 wrist strap and tiny shoulder bag is a lot less complicated and pretty much accomplishes the same thing.

Carrying my OM-D around with a wrist strap is not problematic and tucking it away in my shoulder bag when I'm done takes only a couple of seconds.

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JapanAntoine
By JapanAntoine (2 months ago)

that's probably the ugliest add-on to a camera ever... let's try it on a Haselblade (Sony style)

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Mirko123
By Mirko123 (2 months ago)

I dont think i have EVER seen a more repulsive and strap.
Im keeping well away from this one

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PhotoNaturally
By PhotoNaturally (2 months ago)

Just checked out your kickstart page. It looks good. I think it works well with a lot of casual photographers using small MFT or NEX cameras. Cameras, these days can be like a fashion accessory and your product adds to it.

Your video is good. I would like a more detail video showing the operation of the strap with a camera.

All in all, I think you have a good idea.
I'll look at it in more details when I get home. might kick start pledge you
P.S. the animated giff is VERY annoying

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miggo
By miggo (2 months ago)

Thanks for that - its very helpful.
We will produce more videos soon.
Guy

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saradindubose
By saradindubose (2 months ago)

Are these amazing Miggos available in India ?

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miggo
By miggo (2 months ago)

Not yet, but you still have 6 days to get yourself one - right here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/580723045/miggo-cameras-best-amigo
Guy

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CM2seabee
By CM2seabee (2 months ago)

oh my

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Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (2 months ago)

A few guys quit their job to fulfill their vision and dreams by providing solution for others.
What they got for "Good Morning"? Well, reading the comments, not much of an useful feedback if any.
I've always thought that bitching and ridiculing someones efforts take a lot less guts than tackle the problem head on.

I wish Miggo good luck in their undertaking.

Cheers,

Richard

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (2 months ago)

In general I agree with you wholeheartedly. But this is the internet... so if I see anything that is different or new I must ridicule it.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (2 months ago)

Consider, just for a moment, that the bitching and moaning simply reflects the overall judgement that these are products that are ill-conceived; nobody needs them and few people seem to even want them. Just like the endless proliferation of camera luggage there's really quite enough choice already available. The glaring discrepancy of scale between the strap and camera in the accompanying photograph is simply laughable.

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Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (2 months ago)

I think that the only meaningful judgment will come from the actual users of any device. The valuable feedback will follow.
To paraphrase your statement re: proliferation it is true to cameras, automobiles, shovel handles and fishing lures to name a few. Some are fitting better the individual needs and fancy than others. Yet, there is no perfect product to make everyone happy. Searching for the better solution is essential for progress even if initial attempts fail.
So, bitching and moaning, typical to Internet, is just like passing gas in public. Some people find that funny, some despise it.
Just a matter of tact and respect for others. Or lack of it.

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babart
By babart (2 months ago)

There are some good ideas here, especially a quality neoprene camera wrap. I applaud the originators for wanting to think outside the little padded black box. However, a camera wrap/protector that wrapped/protected a camera regardless of what type strap was being used, then quietly folded up into a pocket or such when not being used would seem to be more practical alternative. Especially if same were waterproof, more or less. Keep thinking, dudes, and best of luck. Everything else out there is samo, samo.

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TomHudsonVisual
By TomHudsonVisual (2 months ago)

Unlike the reviewer, I am a big fan of bottom-mount slings for a number of reasons.

1. It gives the camera a lower profile for navigating through crowds by letting the camera face down so long lenses don't poke out like an awkward boner.

2. It protects the front of your glass from horizontal impacts.

3. With the camera resting on your chest, you can view the LED hands-free to review your shots.

4. The silly strap does not get in the way of the viewfinder when you lift the camera in portrait orientation to your eye. Ugh!

For the "non-boner" orientation of the camera to work, it needs to ride high. The strap should be short enough to keep the camera off your hips and waist. This prevents the camera from flopping while running too.

Of course, the tighter you make a strap, the more you need a quick disconnect to get those over-the-head shots.

I made my own. No one on the market makes a good strap for a decent price. Cotton carrier is the closest to being functional I have found.

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menthol
By menthol (2 months ago)

First days of development. Hope the next refined version of this product wil be better.

Keep up the work you have started Mago.

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miggo
By miggo (2 months ago)

Thanks!!!
It sure will.
Guy

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (2 months ago)

I think I'm spending too much time in front of the computer and am beginning to hallucinate. Maybe not. Just checked; it's not April 1 and I didn't accidentally go on to the "As Seen On TV" site. I might actually consider contributing to the crowd sourcing if he will consider tartan plaid and/or leopard.

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Philip Young
By Philip Young (2 months ago)

I think a zip-up bikini sounds much more enticing than grama's bra.

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Chengis
By Chengis (2 months ago)

I can live with the grip, but not the strap. It is too very visible and I hate public speaking.

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evan47
By evan47 (2 months ago)

good grief noooooooo!

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miggo
By miggo (2 months ago)

Hi you all

Thanks for all the comments. Some really cracked us up (especially the one about grandma's bra strap), some a little less, but all in all we got some really important feedback.

A little about miggo:
We're 3 partners, and we founded miggo after we left KATA – the camera bag manufacturer.
After years of developing camera bags, we decided to go against the flow and try to introduce camera-carrying solutions which are not simply square black bags.

Miggo is the first of many products to come.
We introduced it on Kickstarter 3 weeks ago and we were happy to see it succeed and receive considerable support from many people.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/580723045/miggo-cameras-best-amigo

Yet with all due respect to Kickstarter, receiving feedback from photographers like you is more important than almost anything else.
We'll be happy to hear your ideas or anything else you care to share with us.

My mail is: guy@mymiggo.com
You can also find us on Facebook

Thanks!
Guy

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T3
By T3 (2 months ago)

The idea of a neoprene cover with a built-in pocket for your lens cap is a nice idea. The idea of a super wide, thick, weird-looking strap with a zipper down the middle-- I think that's a little too weird. I would much rather have a neoprene camera cover with a much narrower camera strap. That way, you could cover your camera while you're carrying it around on the strap. The way you have it now, you can't use the strap if you want to use the Miggo to protect your camera. But if you have the camera wrapped in the Miggo, you can't use it as a strap. Plus, you have to unravel it from the Miggo, as opposed to simply slipping it off if it were a regular neoprene cover. And if you have the Miggo wrapping your camera, I don't think it'll fit too well in a camera bag that has a slot for your camera. And if you don't wrap your camera in the Miggo, you have a huge strap taking up a lot of space. So while your idea is unique, I think it'd be cumbersome to use in real life.

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Dennis
By Dennis (2 months ago)

Guy, congrats on your successful kickstarter campaign, and I applaud your courage in coming over here and facing us wolves :) I don't have any constructive feedback for you, because the product is nothing I can see myself using, even with modification (I use a simple handstrap or a Blackrapid strap) but I wish you well and will be curious to see what else you come up with.

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Chuck Lantz
By Chuck Lantz (2 months ago)

I shoot action sports, and carry anywhere from two to four DSLR bodies w/lenses at a time, plus a smaller mid-size. Your products look interesting and promising, and just might solve some of my carrying and storage problems. I'll be ordering both versions soon. Good luck!

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AlexBakerPhotoz
By AlexBakerPhotoz (2 months ago)

The strap, the bottom tripod mount is a deal breaker for my larger DSLRs. The grip looks tempting though for my Nex-6. I found a little case for it and already use either a wrist strap or a small strap, by the wrap-up wrist strap/case looks like a good to eliminate the need for any other case for such a small camera. I'd like to try one in person.

Hum, I looked at some other pictures and see the long strap used angled over the opposite shoulder, so maybe used that way the length is necessary. Still the big round connector looks really frustrating and would interfere with changing cards and batteries on many cameras.

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Drazen Stojcic Buntovnik
By Drazen Stojcic Buntovnik (2 months ago)

Even the reviewer was too embarassed to actually test this outside, being scared that someone might see him using this rediculous contraption, and just took some photos in his apartment.

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Sundeep1965
By Sundeep1965 (2 months ago)

I have an old sock that conveniently ties around my camera strap and holds all manner of things. I have applied for a patent and wonder if anyone can put me in touch with all the wise folk who funded Miggo as I am sure they know a shrewd investment when it comes along !

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Dan Ortego
By Dan Ortego (2 months ago)

Ridiculous in my opinion but perhaps I'm just old-school, or at least sorta. I've been using UPstrap products for years, on everything from cameras to luggage, and I still believe it's the best kept secret out there.

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qaz111111
By qaz111111 (2 months ago)

I don't see the arm and leg holes?!?

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D200_4me
By D200_4me (2 months ago)

I still love the good ole neck strap. Not the one that comes with the camera, but an aftermarket strap. I don't understand the appeal of straps like these because for me, it's much more convenient to have both of my hands free at a moment's notice. With a neck strap, that's easy. But if you've got a camera strapped to your wrist...not so easy. I know some people dismiss neck straps as something 'amateurs' and tourists use, but I do love my neck straps, regardless ;-)

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THREESPIRESKID
By THREESPIRESKID (2 months ago)

As my Granddad used to tell me..One man's click is another man's clunk. Or to say the same thing in a more elegant French manner.. Crap is crap and ever more will be...Though It did remind me of devices, which came from my mad uncle's shed during the WWII..we used to nod kindly and say "" it takes the poor old lad's mind off the bombings"

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accupix
By accupix (2 months ago)

Where is the Gearshop/Amazon in this picture? Shouldn't I be 'One-Click' away from buying these items?

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (2 months ago)

First couple of times I looked at the picture I missed the presence of a camera, dwarfed as it is by these, er, devices. They should rename the offending finance website CrapStarter.

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MysteryLemon
By MysteryLemon (2 months ago)

Far too bulky and ugly looking.

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dg90
By dg90 (2 months ago)

Good idea, but I use my bicycle tube for it. Instead of the valve, I use a Manfrotto plate with screw.

Thats it. Very DIY, very cool and look the same to Miggo.

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (2 months ago)

Seriously, won't use one even if it's three for free.
Why would I use one to make my beautiful cameras fugly?
(I don't have a Hasselblad Lunar)

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tamras29
By tamras29 (2 months ago)

Is this a joke?

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (2 months ago)

Why?

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jackpro
By jackpro (2 months ago)

crapola

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Esign
By Esign (2 months ago)

Why don't you use just your grandmother's brassiere?

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Vinc T
By Vinc T (2 months ago)

Bulky, slow to deploy, and HOT in the summer. I won't buy one no matter how inexpensive it is.

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felicity
By felicity (2 months ago)

Oh my, the comments here are as funny to read as this item is to look at.

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ray-ray
By ray-ray (2 months ago)

What a cool idea. I've got to have one of these! ...said no one ever.

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HelloToe
By HelloToe (2 months ago)

No one except for the 1200+ who have already backed the project on Kickstarter, that is...

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T3
By T3 (2 months ago)

World's ugliest camera strap.

An alternative to this would be to just buy an inexpensive neoprene camera cover, while using a normal camera strap. That way, the neoprene cover protects your camera even when you're still using the strap. With Miggo, you either have it as a protective cover, or you have it as an ugly and thick camera strap, but not both at the same time.

Well, at least they get points for creativity.

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datadump
By datadump (2 months ago)

this is subjective but ---- that looks so stupid. i do not want to be caught with that thing in public.

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HelloToe
By HelloToe (2 months ago)

According to the Kickstarter page, it fits small and medium DSLRs, but not bridge cameras? What's up with that?

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kimchiflower
By kimchiflower (2 months ago)

That small mirrorless loses some of its street stealthiness with a bin bag hanging out of the bottom.

However, if you like your street portraits to be laughing hysterically, you're golden.

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BillyBob1
By BillyBob1 (2 months ago)

This has got to be one of the dumbest things EVER invented.

What were they thinking?

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Osvaldo Cristo
By Osvaldo Cristo (2 months ago)

Is it serious? Does people buy that? It looks me very odd...

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plasnu
By plasnu (2 months ago)

Too early for April fool.

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skytripper
By skytripper (2 months ago)

For starters, this camera strap is ugly as sin!

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Elandreth
By Elandreth (2 months ago)

It's uglier than sin. Sometimes, sin can look pretty good!

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MrGubrz
By MrGubrz (2 months ago)

that looks so bulky n crazy when youre actually trying to use the camera... ill stick to my gariz finger straps.

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Itai42
By Itai42 (2 months ago)

I got very excited when I saw it - looks nice and seems comfortable and practical, but the strap's too small for my camera+lens combo (D600 + 24-70). Maybe they'll make one for bigger cameras next - seeing that the kickstarter campain is such a big success... Might get a grip for my Sony NEX (still got a few days to decide)

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