The peak design capture camera clip v3 recently dropped through my door, and I want to give you a quick review.
First up, the design. It’s an all metal, all black affair, (although it does come in silver) which looks great on my camera bag. The packaging claims it is designed to fit straps up to 3 inches. The strap on my bag hits 2.5 inches and are quite padded, the capture clip does fit, but it is very snug. I do love how small it is, my concern before buying was that the inside edge might dig into my chest, but it looks like that is a non issue.
When locked down with the thumb screws, it feels very secure, one of the plates has a grooved rubbery texture which really helps ensure it won’t budge. Peak Design claim it can hold 90+ kg or 200+ lb, i cant attest to the validity of that claim, but it feels like the stitching on my bag would likely fail first. I have put an A6500 with s Sigma 18-35mm lens on and it didn’t break a sweat.
When you open the packaging, the clip comes with the thumb screws installed, they are easy to tighten enough that it doesn’t feel like it is going to move under normal use, but expect over time regular tightening might be in order. It comes with alternative “permanent” bolts with a hex tool to more permanently fix it to a bag you don’t expect to want to take it off.
In order to clip your camera to the clip itself, it comes with a corresponding plate that is comparable with Arca type tripod mounts. It latches into the clip really easily and has a locking pin to ensure you don’t accidentally release your camera and to help secure it from thieves. My biggest complaint here would be the slight rattle when you are attaching lighter cameras, larger cameras with more weight help reduce the movement and be less irritating. The plate itself has an elongated mounting point giving you a small degree of flexibility on where it sits on the camera. I cant really say why they did this, but for me it helps avoid the plate getting in the way of tilting / flip out screens.
My biggest issue with the entire setup at the moment has got to be the plate, why oh why did Peak Design insist on requiring the use of a hex tool to attach and detach it. With every other plate i have ever used, if you are out and about and need to remove it, you just dig a coin out your pocket. Some plates have a built in ring which even make that redundant. I really don’t want this thing rattling around the bottom of my bag, scratching everything up everywhere I go.
So there we have it, my quick review for the Capture Camera Clip V3 by Peak Design. If you want quick access to your camera while you’re out and about and don’t want a camera strap rubbing against your neck, I would definitely recommend it. If you are interested in picking one up for yourself, check out this link: http://amzn.to/2DrRpil