Review: Peak Design “Capture” Camera Clip
A while back we started using the Peak Design “Slide” Camera Strap for days when we are using our cameras without a backpack camera bag. Although we find the strap to be very functional we have found it is less than ideal when using a backpack. We spoke to the wonderful people at Peak Design and they recommended we try the Capture Camera Clip instead. Please note that we have the older version of this clip. The new version (V3) is now available.
The first thing we noticed when we received the clip is how solid it is. It is constructed from aluminium and glass-reinforced nylon. We really could not imagine this clip ever breaking. As a matter of fact, the Quick-Release lock is supposed to withstand over 200 lbs. (90kgs) of force, making Capture strong enough for even the heaviest of professional cameras and lenses. This really is a serious looking piece of hardware that is very well designed. They are designed for all levels of photography and can be connected securely to most backpack straps, belt (works with straps up to 2.5 inches/7.6 cm wide and 1.5 inches/1.3 cm thick) or a bag.
The really cool thing we like about the Capture Clip is for added security while travelling. Once your camera is attached to the clip it would be extremely difficult for someone to steal your camera. As an added feature the release button can also be turned 90 degrees so that it is locked and depressing the release button will not release the camera. A camera strap can be slashed and your camera stolen in moments however the Capture clip totally eliminates this scenario.
Unlike other camera carrying solutions, the Capture Clip holds your camera completely rigid, making it ideal for more intense activities like hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, and climbing. Below is a short introductory video of the Capture Clip. It runs for 3min.
These clips really need to be tested on your own setup before purchasing. Whereas it works OK on our Lowepro Mini Trekker camera bag it really does not work for us on our Lowepro Transit Backpack 350AW (we found it really tight and hard to attach to the bag). We have tried every position on this bag but none of them works for us when attached to the shoulder straps.
We also really suggest that this is used in conjunction with a wrist strap attached to the camera to reduce the chances of dropping the camera. Conventional neck straps or sling straps attached to the camera do not work very well, in our opinion, with the Capture Clip. Peak Design does produce two other options – The Cuff or The Clutch which would work really well with the Capture Clip.
Lastly, you would need to remove the camera from the Capture Clip if you want to remove your backpack camera bag. This would mean putting the camera down to access the camera bag with both hands (unless you also have a strap attached).
In conclusion, we think that this is an awesome product and will be a great addition to many photographers’ kit, however for us in our workflow the Capture Clip provides us with no real benefits over using a Joby Sling strap underneath our backpack camera bag.
Used in combination with The Cuff or The Clutch and attached to your belt would be one scenario that this product would work really well. Click here to see their full range.
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