Today I bring you a review of Peak Design’s unbelievably handy, Capture Clip v3. I won’t lie, this review may be slightly biased. I’ve been eyeing the Peak Design Capture Clip up for what seems like years now. All my favourite photographers use it, it’s been in my face for a long time. So, without further ado let’s get into it.
Ease of Use
The initial set up to get it onto my rucksack was easy and straightforward. It even came with detailed instructions inside the box. My only gripe with it is that, for a product designed for photographers, it was a squeeze getting it on to my Lowepro Flipside 500 AW II – a bag designed for photographers. The straps are very thick and wide, and I had to give the Capture a good squeeze to get it to fit on snug. In fact, I removed the screws entirely from one side to make it easier. Something you also may want to do if you have the same bag, or have thick or wide straps.
To begin with, I was sceptical about how comfortable it would be to have a full-frame DSLR hanging off my shoulder. I was certain it would get in my way. But actually, it’s really not that bad. The only issue I am having is the noise the Peak Design anchors make when they hit off the DSLR whilst I’m walking. But, that’s my own fault and a bit of a non-issue. The anchors I have on my D780 at the moment, are for use with the Peak Design Slide strap that I bought (but haven’t properly used yet). So I may end up taking those off. We’ll see how well that performs another day.
I have been loading up the D780 with a Tamron 90mm Macro lens lately. It’s not the smallest or lightest of lenses by any means. Coupled with the D780, it’s quite a bit of weight. But the Peak Design Capture holds up well. So well that I barely notice it’s there, especially when I’m holding onto both rucksack straps.
Taking into account the various other ways it can be worn. On belts, bags, other places. I think that goes a long way to improving comfort, in that if you don’t find it comfortable in one place – you can move it. You can have it on either side of your bag, there’s no restriction. Another great feature of the Capture is its mounting plate. The Peak Design mounting plate that comes with the Capture is special. You can load your camera into the Clip any way you like. Downward, upward, sideways. Need to switch lenses on the go? You can load the camera in sideways and instantly you’ve got a safe way to switch out lenses without having to put down your body and risk getting dust and other things inside it.
It’s about as comfortable as you’re going to get with a DSLR strapped to your shoulder. I have noticed that if I’m walking over rough terrain and the camera is bouncing about a bit, it make a little bit of a squeaking noise, as if the plate is rubbing off the clip somewhere. Slightly annoying, but this is literally the only thing to complain about here #clutchingatstraws
The dealbreaker for some. The Capture Clip is priced well, in my opinion. In others, it may seem a bit expensive for what is essentially just a way to hold your camera securely, in easily accessible places.
For me, the price is worthwhile. Some may find it expensive, for what it is. Peak Design is a well-rounded brand, that many professional photographers use. “But, perhaps they’re sponsored to use their products?”, you might be asking yourself. Yes. Some are. But that’s not why the majority of the pro’s use Peak Design. It’s because it’s a trusted brand.
I paid about £60 for this on Amazon and I think it’s worth every penny. There are other, less superior copycats out there that are more expensive. Check this out for value – Peak Design offers a lifetime warranty on the Capture. So, if it breaks. Get another. How can you complain about that?
All-aluminium. I’m new to Peak Design, but I’m led to believe version 2 of the Capture actually had a glass-reinforced nylon backing plate, which sounds odd. But V3 is fully aluminium and comes in two colours – black or silver. It feels like a premium product, it’s well made and well machined. No rough edges, nicely coated but we’ll see how long the paint lasts.
It’s very nicely packaged, with everything you need to get you on your way, including the Standard plate. The plate is Arca-Swiss compatible and I can confirm it works well, I have a Benro AL Slim travel tripod and it sits just fine on there.
Once your camera is mounted, it feels safe and secure. There is a bit of play in there, but Peak Design says that they designed it that way to avoid the mounting plate getting stuck. Irrespective of play, the camera once clipped in, is going nowhere. But if you want to be extra precautious, there is also a lock.
I have noticed that sometimes, the screws, which are turned by hand, can come loose after a journey. Peak Design do provide you with different screws, which use an Alan key (also provided), which may be a better solution.
Conclusion – Should you buy it?
Yes. If you’re a photographer who needs their hands free, who walks a lot and needs to hold on to stuff while hiking. Absolutely. If you want somewhere safe to hold your camera, without needing to store it in your bag. Yes. If you need ease of access to your camera – buy it. The only reason I wouldn’t buy it is if you prefer a camera on a strap, but who does? Let’s be honest.
Ease of Use4.5/5 Very good
Comfort4.7/5 Very good
Build Quality4/5 Good
- Very well made, feels premium.
- Light and easy to store.
- Multiple attachment options, rucksack, belt etc.
- Relatively cheap in comparison to less superior products.
- Lifetime Warranty
- The screws can come loose on long journeys.
- Fiddly Alan key screws for a more permanent attachment.
- Wide straps can be an issue.