Handling and Performance
The Capture Camera Clip System from Peak Design clamps your camera to a strap or belt eliminating the need for an additional strap or holster and has a quick-release plate for easy camera removal.
It's designed by Peter Dering, a San Fransico based Civil Engineer, who had a need for a better method of carrying his camera, so he came up with Capture. His initial plan was to produce 1000 units, but unexepected pre-sales orders increased this quantity 10 fold.
Peak Design Camera Clip System Features
The Capture Camera Clip System is a metal clip that has clamp bolts at each side to tighten it over a strap or belt. The bolts can be set at different heights to accomodate thin or thicker belts/straps. The metal camera quick-release plate (based on the Arca Classic system) screws onto a camera and is tightened using a coin (under 2mm thick). It then slips into the clip and locks in place and is released with a plastic button. You can make it even more secure by tightening a twist lock grub screw.
- Variable depth clip
- Metal build
- Arca Classic compatible quick-release plate
- Secure locking screw
- Carrying pouch
Peak Design Camera Clip System Handling & Performance
Attaching to a strap is easy - just undo one of the clamping bolts and swing the top section around. Slip the backplate under the strap or belt, swing the top back over and screw down. The bolts can be extended 10mm to accomodate a thicker belt / strap which covers most options, but not thick padded straps such as that found on Think Tank's System belt.
All edges have been rounded off so there are no sharp corners, but when the unit is mounted on a belt it can dig in when you sit down if you have the clip at the front. Mount it at the side and this is not an issue and is actually more comfortable, although while testing I did bump the camera on a door frame on a few occasions so extra thought / care is needed. It's already proving popular for climbers who can now have a camera with them without the need for straps or cases. Having it mounted on a backpack will also be a popular option for walkers.
If you mount the clip on a thin belt it won't hang well and tends to pull at the belt, especially with a heavier load. A thicker and more substantial belt is better. I used it on a thick leather jeans belt and it worked well, being comfortable and with an SLR and standard zoom you'll hardly know it's there.
Value For Money
At £50 the Capture clip isn't cheap, but neither is its competition. for the same money you could buy the plastic made B-Grip Camera Support System
which also has built in support for use on a table top. Or go up market to the SpiderPro
, which doesn't secure the camera in a rigid way so it can swing around and costs £109! There are cheaper Chinese alternatives being sold direct from the manyfacturers on eBay but these seem crude and not that well made. At less than £5 it's possibly not something you would trust with your expensive camera!
Peak Design Camera Clip System Verdict
I've never been a big fan of this kind of support as comfort is an issue, but the Capture clip has been well thought out. I'm surprised at the comfort. It's well engineered, compact and really does give a useful hands off approach to carrying. It's easy to get the camera off the clip with one hand and provides an alternative to shoulder strap carrying. I wish the camera quick-release plate was compatible with my tripod so I could switch from Capture Clip to Manfrotto. Hopefully we will see different versions in the future.
||Well engineered, compact and really does give a useful hands-off approach to carrying you camera.
Peak Design Camera Clip System Pros
Hands free carrying
Quick to detach and use
Peak Design Camera Clip System Cons
Plate not compatible with many tripod brands
Bolts catch on the base of a deep lens
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