Every once in a while a new product comes along that perfectly fills a niche. Everyone who sees the new product immediately slaps their forehead and says, “why didn’t I think of that?” The new Capture Camera Clip System by Peak Design is one of these products and I’m here to tell you that the clip is the perfect integration of inspiration, engineering, design and true functionality.
The Capture Camera Clip represents a new way to keep your camera accessible while participating in life’s adventures. The clip lets you mount a camera to your belt, backpack, brief case or just about anything else you can imagine. Peter Dering, the owner of Peak Design, came up with the idea while hiking and climbing in Northern California. He was frustrated by not having an easy way to securely mount his camera to his backpack and was tired of using a standard camera strap around his neck, since it would continuously bang against his chest during his hikes. He wanted a way for the camera to be easily accessible, yet very secure. So, he boldly quit his day job as an engineer and set about to design the perfect clip system to solve the problem.
After a number of prototypes and a big fundraising campaign on Kick Starter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/97103764/capture-camera-clip-system), he debuted the Capture Camera Clip System. I saw a link on the internet and immediately purchased one for myself. The same day, I sent Peter an email asking if I could beta test his product. He responded with an enthusiastic yes and sent me a prototype unit right away.
I’ve been testing the unit for about two months now and all I can say is … Awesome. The Capture Clip is seriously awesome. I’ve tested it all across the USA in places such as Disneyland, climbing Mt. Rainier, walking on the beach in Southern California, trail running with my son through the forest, biking, walking, exercising, traveling through Yellowstone National Park, and at events like weddings and birthdays. In every case, the clip performed flawlessly and perfectly.
Everywhere I go, people come up to me and ask, “What is that? Where can I get one?” I’ve decided that I should carry a handful of units with me as I travel, since I could probably sell every one to people who see me on the street.
A few days ago I was in Yellowstone National Park taking photographs in West Thumb and I spotted another guy using the Capture Clip System. I ran over to him and asked him how much he liked the clip and he said, “This is awesome. It is one of the best products I’ve ever used. Peter is going to sell a million of them!” Below is a photo of Rich Larson using his Capture Clip by Yellowstone Lake. Cool!
The clip design is very simple to use. The base unit of the system is a cleverly designed clamp that you secure to a belt, backpack or other strap. I like mounting the clip to my belt by my hip when I’m walking on the street. I simply place the clip on my right side, just in front of my hip so that while I’m walking, the camera moves comfortably with my body (below). When hiking or trail running, I put the clip on my backpack shoulder strap. This works much better for these higher output physical activities. It also allows full range of motion from my legs and arms for climbing, scrambling or skiing.
After the clip is mounted, the next step is to mount the quick release plate to the bottom of your camera. The cool thing is that the quick release plate uses the same geometry as Arca Swiss plates, so you can quickly transition your camera from the backpack strap (or belt) to your tripod ball head. This plate works with Really Right Stuff, Kirk and Markins ball heads. Again, all I can say is awesome. Peter really thought this one through and made the product so it works for us professionals.
I have used the clip with the following setups:
– Nikon D700
– Nikon D7000
– Canon G9 (point and shoot)
– Nikon P7000 (point and shoot)
– Nikon D300s and MB-D10
– 70-200mm f2.8
– 24-70mm f2.8
– 50mm f1.8
– 18-105mm kit lens
– Nikon 14-24mm f2.8
In each case, the clip performed as I grew to expected it to … perfectly.
The bottom of the plate has an extra female 1/4″ x 20 thread, so you can mount it onto other photo-specific equipment like light stands, clamps, car mounts, etc. In fact, Peter is designing a number of other products to go with the Capture Clip system that will allow you to mount cameras to things like bike handlebars, car roof racks and other unique vantage points.
The quick release is smooth and secure. In the two months I’ve been testing the clip, I’ve never once had a malfunction caused by the clip. Remember, this includes climbing, glissading, cycling and trail running. The camera isn’t going anywhere as long as you have clip/plate secured and in place. I did have an issue last week where I didn’t insert the plate into the clamp and my camera fell to the ground. However, this was user error. I’ve done this same thing before with my Arca Swiss tripod plates where I was in a hurry and didn’t double check to make sure the plate was properly inserted into my ball head clamp. As long as you snap the Capture Clip into place, you’ll never have an issue with the camera coming out or falling off.
Once the camera plate is inserted into the clip, there is a secondary screw-lock (safety lock) designed for for people who are nervous about the setup. However, the truth is you don’t need it. I didn’t use it one time during my testing and never had reason to use the redundant lock.
The Capture Clip is a simple, elegant design. I know that I’m gushing accolades here, but the truth is that the system is excellent. I’m not selling these or getting any commission from Peter. In fact, I donated to his Kickstarter.com campaign just like everyone else did.
All I’m saying is that you have to buy one. You won’t regret it.
For more information on Peter’s products, head over to his website: www.peakdesignltd.com.
Nikon keeps upping the ante with their entry level camera systems. The Nikon D5100 is a substantial upgrade over the D5000 and incorporates many of the D7000 features in a smaller body. One of the neatest elements of the new camera is Nikon’s new in-camera HDR. In this mode, the D5100 takes two exposures (one bright, one dark) while the shutter is open. Then, using in-camera processing, it combines the two into one final image.
Pricing for the D5100 looks like it will be $799.99 USD for the body. Not bad!
Nikon just announced a new camera, the Nikon D5000. It is a 12MP camera with 720p HD video and an articulated screen.
The camera is fundamentally a cross between a D60 and a D90. It shares the same autofocus module and imaging sensor as the D90 in a body about the size of the D60. I think the best innovation here is the articulated screen. I’ve found that when shooting video on the Nikon D90, viewing the screen can be somewhat difficult. Now with an articulated screen, it will be much easier to view the camera when it is down low or up high.
Pricing for the D5000 will be around $730 – not bad for a 12MP SLR with HD video!
(Image copyright Nikon)