All too often, when reviewing gear, or even buying new gear, we focus on the big items. The cameras. The lenses. The tripods. But there is a massive industry of photographic accessories out there for us to consume. Some, are amazing. Some, are trash. And having been a member of this community since the beginning, I see lots of people asking questions about what are the good bits and pieces that make the photographic experience easier. Fortunately, we have members such as Robin Mascall who find the devil in the detail and love their photographic gear at all levels. So let’s hear a little about Robin’s photography journey and his first review on the bits and pieces. G
I originally started photography back in the mid-1990s and learned how to develop film in the school’s darkroom. Fast forward to 2010 and I picked up my first DSLR, a Canon 1000D. I’ve shot with Canon, Nikon and Panasonic, with varying results. My change to Fujifilm happened after I had two, second-hand Nikon D7100’s die in 12 months. I sold the gear off and made the move to mirrorless, with an XT20, the 18-55mm, 55-200mm and the 27mm pancake. I was so impressed with the quality of the images and the camera system itself, that I sold it…. and picked up an XT3.
Recently I attended the Photo Live expo, that was run by Camera Electronic here in Perth. During the photo walk, the camera I had borrowed, a Fujifilm GFX50s, had a Peak Design strap. I had never actually had hands-on time with one and was impressed with the comfort and functionality of it. So much so, that I purchased a strap, a cuff strap, and today I picked up the Capture Camera Clip.
What is it?
Simply put, it is a camera holder that can attach to your backpack strap, your belt, or even on the side of your bag. It’s a time-saver, for those times when you want to have quick access to your camera, but you don’t want to keep putting it in your bag and taking it out, you don’t want to hold it, and you don’t want it hanging around your neck. It keeps your camera secure, out of the way, and easy to access.
What’s in the box?
In the box, you get the clip itself, an Arca-Swiss mount plate, a Peak Design carry pouch, a hex wrench (Allen key), some longer bolts for thicker straps, an anchor link and a sticker.
The installation of the universal Arca-Swiss plate is straight forward. It screws directly into the tripod mount point underneath your camera, and you use the included hex wrench to tighten it up. There are mounts on each corner of the plate so you can attach an Anchor link, so you can easily wear your camera as a sling with one of the Peak Design straps. Initially, I found that the Capture Clip wouldn’t take the Swiss-Arca mount from my 3 Legged Things tripod. I had assumed that it was due to the difference in thickness between the two different plates, however, it turns out that the 3 Legged Things mount plate has two removable screws, that limit the movement of the plate once it has been locked into the tripod. Just something to keep in mind.
The installation of the Capture Clip onto my Peak Design 20L was fairly straight forward. You have to loosen the standard bolts on both sides of the clip until you have enough clearance to get it over your backpack strap. I did find that I had to squeeze the clip quite firmly so I could tighten the bolts back up but once it’s tightened up it feels very secure. The clip can be used on almost any backpack or shoulder bag, or even on your belt. I’m not sure how much of a fashion accessory your camera would be pinned to your jeans, though!
Mounting and Removing the Camera
The camera slides straight into the clip and clicks into place. There is a securing pin that means the camera is not loose. To remove the camera, push the quick-release button in and slide the camera out. The quick-release button twists and locks, so you really do have to intend to remove the camera, it’s not just going to slide out accidentally. It’s a very well thought out design.
There are additional accessories available for the Peak Design Capture Clip, enabling you to mount lenses, binoculars and even action cameras on the clip. There is also an optional Dual Plate available, which makes this system compatible with the Manfrotto RC2 mount.
In a word, impressive. The Capture Clip plate is made out of machined alloy, as is the Arca-Swiss mount. This is fantastic and will mean it’s weatherproof. Even though the Capture Clip is metal, it’s very light and hardly noticeable on a backpack strap. Peak Design claims that the system is rated to hold over 90kg, which will be far more than anyone will ever need (or want!) to have strapped to it.
This feels like a great quality mount, and I can see it being something that I will use quite a bit during shooting. It’s going to allow me to quickly pop the camera away when I’m chasing after the kids, or scrambling up rocks to get that shot. For dual camera shooters, I can see this being very handy during wedding shoots so you can swap between bodies quickly, without leaving one of the bodies sitting around.