Both Maria and I are pretty passionate about photography. While we are far from professional photographers, we do enjoy taking nice photos of the places we travel to. But there is one thing that often gets in the way of taking that spectacular shot, and that is having to carry the cameras around everywhere.
Sometimes we leave it at home or in our hotel room because the thought of walking around all day with cameras dangling around our necks just isn’t very appealing. And, of course, that is typically when those once in a lifetime moments happen, and we really wish we had our cameras.
While a regular camera strap works okay for wandering around an attraction taking pictures, once you need to actually climb a staircase, step over a tree trunk, ride a bike or even just bend down to tie your shoelaces, that dangling piece of lead becomes a real nuisance.
A couple of years ago I came across what was at the time a Kickstarter project that seemed like it may have solved this problem – the Capture Clip from Peak Design. I forgot about the Capture Clip for a while, but before setting out on our latest travels, we decided to buy a couple of the clips (they are now in their second version) and see if they really work.
For the last twelve months we have been using them almost every day, in all sorts of conditions – from exploring ancient temples in Indonesia and Cambodia, hiking in the mountains of Sri Lanka, to wandering about photographing the busy Tokyo.
What Is The Peak Design Capture Clip?
The Capture Clip is a camera carry system that lets you attach your camera to a belt, such as a backpack shoulder strap, sling bag, purse or waist belt. It uses a small attachment plate that you put underneath your camera, that slides into the Capture Clip. The connection is very secure, and we have never experienced it sliding out or accidentally becoming loose.
To detach the camera you press the red button (see picture above), and easily slide the camera out. For extra security, you can twist the red button, that way you have to untwist it again before pressing, and accidentally pressing the button becomes impossible.
There is also a black knob that when tightened will lock the connection down really tight with absolutely no wiggle room. The attachment plate is compatible with the Arca-Swiss tripod attachment system, so if you like us have a tripod that uses this system, you can easily move the camera between the Capture and your tripod head.
The newest Pro version also supports the Manfrotto RC2 tripod head system. Peak Design also have a really cool action P.O.V mount system, to attach action cameras such as a GoPro. We haven’t had a chance to test it out yet, but it is on our must-buy list. 🙂
Does The Capture Clip Work?
Yes, it really does! It is one of those small smart things that you end up wondering how you could ever have done without. Sliding the camera onto my bag strap, backpack or belt, is so much easier and more secure, than having it dangling around my neck. And much more comfortable. We travel with two cameras – a rather large and heavy old Nikon D90 DSLR with a big lens (18-200mm) and a new smaller mirror-less Sony A7s camera. The Capture Clip works equally well with both.
However, if using it with a large and heavy camera and lens combo, I do recommend getting the additional Pro Pad. The added padding of the Pro Pad makes it very comfortable to wear with a heavy camera, in a belt or on a backpack shoulder strap.
The Capture Clip is available in two different models – The regular Capture Clip and the Capture Pro Clip. The difference is that the Pro version is made of all aluminum, is slightly heavier and has a more flexible attachment plate that fits both ARCA and Manfrotto RC2 tripod heads. We have the pro version, but I’m sure both models are very well made.
What We Like
- The greatest benefit is that it frees up your hands
- Able to attach to all sorts of belts
- Great build quality
- Quite small and discreet
What We Don’t Like
- Quite expensive (79,95 us$ for the Pro version)
- Can sometimes be a little fiddly to release the camera. Don’t expect to outdraw Lucky Luke
Well, there is no sense in beating about the bush. The Capture Clips is hands down our favorite photography accessory. Having used it almost every day for over a year now, it has yet to let us down. It just works really well and has made traveling with a camera a much more pleasant experience. For any active traveler or photographer, I think it is pretty much a must have.
Where To Buy
The Capture Clip is stocked by most large photography stores and is also available online from for instance Amazon.com (affiliate link). We bought ours directly from Peak Design (their web shop), and their shipping was free and super fast. Great huh? 🙂
How do you carry your camera when you are traveling, sight-seeing or hiking? Please leave a comment below. If you liked this and found it useful, please share it on social media. Thanks!
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