EDDYCAM: Perfection through passion

EDDYCAM - that's a handful of committed, competent employees and two highly specialized, ideal partner companies for us: our elk leather processor and supplier in Finland as well as a small Bavarian manufacturer who transforms hand-picked raw materials and components into exclusive camera straps according to our specifications.

EDDYCAM - that's Edlef Wienen, too: an experienced photo merchant, enthusiastic photographer, recognized specialist for system cameras and grown up with the world of photography since early childhood. He not only gave the brand his name, but is also considered the inventor of the elk leather camera strap.

The idea behind the belt

The knowledge of the needs of the most demanding photographers and the passion for exceptionally beautiful, long-lasting natural products motivated Edlef Wienen to develop a new, absolutely reliable camera strap. Inspired by exclusive bags and fashion accessories made of elk leather, Wienen decided to also use this high-quality natural material for camera straps.

So from decades of experience, the finest Scandinavian elk leather, high-quality components made in Germany and with a lot of passion, EDDYCAM was created: the uniquely comfortable, robust camera strap with an unmistakable look - the quality-conscious photographer accompanies you through thick and thin. A life long.

Unique
through material and workmanship

The creation of our elk leather belts does not just begin with the actual production in Germany, but much earlier - somewhere in the Scandinavian coniferous forest zone. Because this is where the moose live, on whose leather the high quality of EDDYCAM is based.

The elk leather is tanned and dyed in a small Finnish tannery and then sent to our manufactory in Bavaria for further processing. This is where the cutting, gluing and sewing as well as the application of the components take place - everything with great care and, as befits an exclusive natural product, mostly by hand.

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Elk leather
- because there is nothing better for camera straps

Elk leather is the perfect leather for camera straps: up to 2,2 mm thick, extremely hard-wearing and breathable. At the same time unsurpassedly soft and pleasantly supple and warm in direct contact with the skin. The leather we use comes exclusively from Scandinavia, where limited numbers of wild elk are hunted in a strictly controlled manner, mainly because of their meat. The hunting season begins with the arctic winter, when the animals' skin is thickest. Our Finnish partner selects only the best hides for further processing.

Storage and sorting

The raw elk skins are first preserved in salt or by drying and stored in cold rooms. This is where the first quality control and sorting takes place.

Soaking, liming and deflashing

In the soak, the hides are cleaned of dirt and salt. During liming, sulfur compounds and lime loosen the hair and finally tissue remains are mechanically removed from the skin.

Split

In order to obtain an evenly thick upper leather, it is separated horizontally as a grain gap from the so-called core gap and meat gap.

Pickling, tanning and neutralizing

Pickling is used to prepare the hides for the actual tanning. The tannins, usually chromium salts in elk skins, penetrate the skin, transform it into leather and are then neutralized.

Withering, sorting and folding

The wet leather is first dewatered, sorted again after a further quality control, then further equalized in thickness during folding and freed from unevenness.

Dyeing, filling and greasing

The leathers are dyed and filled with different dyes according to the desired surface appearance. Targeted re-greasing makes the leather soft.

Drying and Stollen

The leather is dried either in a vacuum, hanging freely or stretched on a frame in drying ovens and then further softened with fulling machines.

Adjusting and checking

Now the leather gets its final color and structure. A special surface treatment, repeated dyeing, pressing or ironing creates the desired look. After a final quality control and measurement, the leather is dispatched.