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Work: Goodies from the Mail Room by 3.1

Got to the office this evening for a night shift to find it not only blissfully empty, but one of my lovely colleagues had retrieved a small package for me from the mail room downstairs and it turned out to be a load of lovely goodies from the lovely people from The Journal Shop.

I was after a new Tombow eraser for my Japanese writing practise (which is mostly done in pencil, especially when I’m practising kanji) and the Iconic sticker pads for vocabulary lists are in preparation for getting back into the swing of things for uni. The Midori Traveler’s Notebook refills are for the upcoming trips, though partly to avoid splurging on more stationery than I have the luggage space for when I get to Japan.

I’ve been a regular customer of The Journal Shop for over 7 years now. My very first purchase from them back in 2012 was my Midori Traveler’s Notebook: I bought both sizes as I needed the passport size for work (to use as a train driver’s notebook) and wanted the regular size for journaling/travelling. It’s always so nice to receive stuff from them every now and again.

Gear: ARTISAN&ARTIST ACAM-P12 'Flynn' camera strap by 3.1

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Apart from Gordy’s camera straps in the United States, the only other camera straps I trust with any of my photography loot are from ARTISAN&ARTIST in Japan. Some of you may have already spotted the A&A ACAM-E25R ‘Easy Slider’ camera strap that I already use with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 (you can see this here), which I’ve been using with said camera two years ago. As previously mentioned the other day, I needed a new camera strap for my latest acquisition of the Polaroid OneStep+ iType camera.

Unboxing

The ‘Flynn’ camera strap is a mixture of parachute cord and leather. The loop strap attachments make it a lot easier to attach to the camera than a typical tape attachment. The strap is adjusted simply by lifting the plastic buckles up from their downwards/straight position and tugging gently on the paracord to the desired length - the preference is held in place by the tension and thickness of the cord when the plastic buckles drop back down their down position. It’s pretty simple.

The strap gets its name from Sean Flynn, an American photojournalist who ended up in the Vietnam War with a pretty mashed up Leica M2. Lots of the most famous photographs to come out of the war at that time and even now are by Sean Flynn, and he fashioned a camera strap out of paracord for his M2.

Really loving the strap and it suits the OneStep+ really well with the red! Balances the camera well too, so much so, I may end up another Flynn camera strap for my Rolleiflex Instant Kamera.