Peak Design is on a roll. Fresh off of their previous camera clip successes, they’ve just produced a brand-new camera accessory called the Capture Camera Clip V2. They are offering it exclusively through their new Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/97103764/capture-camera-clip-v2) for the time being, but will eventually sell the product through their website and retailers. I just finished testing out one of their prototypes and can honestly say it is much improved over their previous 1st generation clip.
The Capture Camera Clip is a simple metal clip that lets you carry your camera on any backpack strap, belt or bag. It uses a quick-release plate that mounts on your camera for easy and secure mounting. The beauty of the Capture Clip is that it allows you to keep your camera out and ready to go while securely mounted on your belt or backpack. Genius.
Peak Design, Ltd. has created two new models of the Capture Clip V2. The first is the Standard unit, which has a back plate made out of lightweight glass-filled nylon. This model is designed to be used when you need to travel as light as possible. The second model is the Capture Clip Pro, which is made entirely from machined aluminum. The Pro model is designed for extreme durability and is very tough. I tested the Pro model and found it to be the right tool for my needs since the overall weight penalty is minor compared to the increase in strength.
The new Capture Pro is an evolutionary jump forward in Peak Design’s clip design. They accomplished this evolution by paying close attention to how customers are using their cameras in the real world. For example, the new Capture Pro has a curved back plate that fits much more comfortably against your body than the 1st generation Capture. Another example is how the red quick release button now has a twist-lock that prevents you from accidentally releasing the camera. There are numerous other small but significant refinements that make the V2 unit far better than the V1.
I’ve used the V1 Capture Clip for about two years now in environments all around the world. I’ve taken the Capture Clip up mountains, on safaris to Africa, to the Galapagos Islands, Yellowstone National Park, and even to the local ice cream shop with my kids. I’ve loved the system for how simple it is, how durable it is, and how well it works. The new Capture V2 is icing on the cake.
Just yesterday I took the Capture Clip Pro V2 on a hike in Olympic Mountains National Park. I mounted the Capture ARCAplate on my Nikon D800 and used it with my small Gitzo 1127 Carbon Fiber tripod and Markins Q3 Emille ball head. Here’s a B&W panorama of Mount Olympus I took while using the Capture Clip system. It worked flawlessly on this short hiking trip and I’ll be bringing it to Iceland next week for an even bigger workout.
Here are some interesting notes about the Capture Clip that I’ve taken over the last week:
1. The back side of the plate for the Capture Clip V2 Pro model has a tripod mount so you can easily screw the plate onto any 1/4” x 20 threaded screw or 3/8” threaded screw. For example, you can mount the Capture Clip on a monopod while using the Capture plates on your camera for quick mount/dismount to a monopod. Cool!
2. The new Peak Design camera plates are designed to fit perfectly in the Arca Swiss standard which makes it very easy to seamlessly move between a high-end ball head and the capture clip your belt. This makes shooting on the run fast and efficient.
3. The Capture system plates aren’t as tight of a fit as a Really Right Stuff, Kirk, or Markins plates. Because the Capture plates use a high-density plastic, they tend to move ever so slightly when mounted between the camera and the tripod ball head. Camera-specific plates by Really Right Stuff or Kirk have absolutely no movement when mounted on a ball-head. I’m not too worried about the small movement I get from the Capture system since I use different plates for different reasons. I use the Capture system when I’m trying to go light and fast in the mountains or when traveling with my family. In these situations, I’m usually handholding or I’m using a very small tripod like a Joby Gorilla Pod or a Gitzo Mountaineer carbon fiber travel tripod. When I want full support and rock solid tripod mounts, then I switch out my Peak Design gear for my standard Arca Swiss plates and heavy-duty tripods. I utilize different solutions for different needs.
Over the last year, Peak Design has also introduced two camera strap products called the Leash and Cuff. I’ve been using both of these for about four months and have really grown to like them for my daily camera strap. In fact, I took the Leash system to Tanzania with me last week and found it to be perfect for photographing on safari.
I really liked the super-light-weight design of the Leash straps and found that they fit much better in my Gura Gear Kiboko camera bag than my traditional neoprene or Black Rapid straps. In the photos here, you’ll see how I used the Leash straps in Tanzania. I found that it was very easy to walk around a Masai village with two cameras and f/2.8 lenses using one Peak Design Leash for each camera. I set up the Leash to work as an over-the-shoulder sling strap for each camera.
Another cool use for the leash on safari was using it to prevent my camera from falling off the seats in the Toyota Landcruiser safari vehicles. Most of the time while on safari, you keep your camera out and ready to go so you can quickly photograph the wildlife. The downside of doing this is that the roads are bumpy and it is common for the camera to roll off the seat and onto the floor with a heart-wrenching thud. To solve this problem, I draped the leash strap over the headrest in the vehicle so that it held the camera in place while bouncing down the roads in the Serengeti. Perfect solution!
The best thing about the Leash and Cuff straps is that they work seamlessly with the Capture Clip plates. What this means is that you never need to remove the camera strap to connect it to your Capture Clip on your belt or to your tripod’s ball head. This is one of the more ingenious aspects of the Peak Design Capture system and has been the Achilles heel for many of the other brands of sling straps out there. I love being able to go from shoulder sling strap to hanging the camera on my belt to mounting it on my tripod in seconds flat. Peak Design makes my life as a working professional photographer easier, and that’s why I love their products.
Here are all the links you need to learn more about Peak Design and order your own Capture Clip V2, Leash, Cuff, Plates, or V1 clips.