Hold Fast Gear Money Maker Performance Review

By June 24, 2012Blog
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My good friend Matt Swaggart and his newest company Hold Fast Gear has been getting some astounding feedback lately. I’ve owned and used the Money Maker harness now on over a dozen trips and I must say – I drank the Kool Aid®.

Let me start by saying I LOVE leather. I know and understand the break-in period required of high end leather (especially on the shoulder straps of my Duluth Packand Saddleback bag) is a lengthy process. When I first got a hold of my Money Maker harness I was shocked at both the quality and flex of the leather. It felt like the leather had already been broken in – but not in a cheap, soft way. My first day of shooting with it (Christmas morning) I ended up wearing the harness all day and into the night. Ok, mostly because of how cool it made me look & feel – but my point is this: right out of the box, the harness was ready to go. It has only continued to break in and mold to my shoulders with each trip I take it on. In early February I used the Money Maker at the Joyce Meyer“Hand of Hope”Compassion Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. I was using both my D7000 and Sony NEX-5n for a video documentary of the conference. By attaching my Cam Caddie Scorpion to the mounting clip I was able to create a very steady 3 point harness out of the money maker – all while keeping the wider angle NEX on my hip (just in case).

Normally I would have lugged a backpack while handholding my video rig. In the event that I wanted to switch to a wide shot, I would have set my rig down, taken off my backpack, removed my second camera and then hope that I haven’t missed the shot. With the Money Maker I literally dropped my video rig (which slid neatly down to my hip) and then picked my second camera off my hip and started shooting. (I even started leaving my audio recorder and condenser mic ON after dropping the cam caddie to pick up ambient audio for the wide shots of the NEX – which worked perfectly in a conert-like environment).

Needless to say, my “experiment” of using the Money Maker as a video harness not only worked, but made my video more stable and enjoyable to shoot. Since then I’ve traveled the Money Maker to NYC, Chicago, Plymouth, Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Dallas, Miami, Hershey & Harrisburg PA and not once – have I not been completely satisfied. Not only do I get comments everywhere I go – but I can cary (enjoy) my 1 year old son – while keeping my camera in a shooting position. I take more pictures on all my trips now, not just because I can – but because it’s so much easier.

My good friend Matt Swaggart and his newest company Hold Fast Gear has been getting some astounding feedback lately. I’ve owned and used the Money Maker harness now on over a dozen trips and I must say – I drank the Kool Aid®.

Let me start by saying I LOVE leather. I know and understand the break-in period required of high end leather (especially on the shoulder straps of my Duluth Packand Saddleback bag) is a lengthy process. When I first got a hold of my Money Maker harness I was shocked at both the quality and flex of the leather. It felt like the leather had already been broken in – but not in a cheap, soft way. My first day of shooting with it (Christmas morning) I ended up wearing the harness all day and into the night. Ok, mostly because of how cool it made me look & feel – but my point is this: right out of the box, the harness was ready to go. It has only continued to break in and mold to my shoulders with each trip I take it on. In early February I used the Money Maker at the Joyce Meyer“Hand of Hope”Compassion Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. I was using both my D7000 and Sony NEX-5n for a video documentary of the conference. By attaching my Cam Caddie Scorpion to the mounting clip I was able to create a very steady 3 point harness out of the money maker – all while keeping the wider angle NEX on my hip (just in case).

Normally I would have lugged a backpack while handholding my video rig. In the event that I wanted to switch to a wide shot, I would have set my rig down, taken off my backpack, removed my second camera and then hope that I haven’t missed the shot. With the Money Maker I literally dropped my video rig (which slid neatly down to my hip) and then picked my second camera off my hip and started shooting. (I even started leaving my audio recorder and condenser mic ON after dropping the cam caddie to pick up ambient audio for the wide shots of the NEX – which worked perfectly in a conert-like environment).

Needless to say, my “experiment” of using the Money Maker as a video harness not only worked, but made my video more stable and enjoyable to shoot. Since then I’ve traveled the Money Maker to NYC, Chicago, Plymouth, Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Dallas, Miami, Hershey & Harrisburg PA and not once – have I not been completely satisfied. Not only do I get comments everywhere I go – but I can cary (enjoy) my 1 year old son – while keeping my camera in a shooting position. I take more pictures on all my trips now, not just because I can – but because it’s so much easier.

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