The epitome of simplicity; it’s a strap. It attaches to your camera to help you suspend it from your shoulder or neck to keep your hands free to drink tea. To help avoid accidental drops. To help express yourself and your style.
Camera straps can range from highly refined designs using the best leathers and brass money can buy to being literal shoelaces. Seriously. I’m from Montreal and I’ve seen my fair share of hockey skate laces attached to Nikon FM2s. Punk rockers with studded camera straps, old journalists with 15 rolls of film held by elastic to the strap, seatbelt style straps…I’ve seen them all!