Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip

While the camera clip may be useful in some settings, it is not ideal for wilderness travel.

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by Roger Caffin | 2013-11-12 00:00:00-07

Introduction

The Peak Design Pro Camera clip is a device that allows you to support your camera by attaching the camera to your belt or pack strap. I was sent one of them to review for Backpacking Light. Although it is well designed and very reliable, it has a target market which may not be for all BPL members.

Description

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The Capture Pro (from vendor web site).

The photo here shows the main part of the unit. The 'back two' parts are a secure clip which can be attached to the shoulder strap on a pack or to a large belt. The red square bit at the front screws onto your camera using the standard 1/4 in Whitworth screw, and then slides forward to attach to the main clip.

The two big black round knobs are what holds the clip to the shoulder strap. They screw down and clamp. The square red knob is a quick release for the mounting plate giving quick access to the camera; push in on the knob and remove your camera from the clip. The small round knob is similar to the square red knob except that the round knob is a screw lock - so your camera cannot accidentally detach itself.

The Capture Pro is mostly solid aluminum and weighs about 5.3 oz (149 g). It costs around US $80.

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The Capture Pro in use (from vendor web site).

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These two (vendor) photos show the Capture Pro in use. It is easy to see that it has versatile applications.

Benefits

There is no doubt that this clip works just fine for large heavy DSLR cameras with big lenses, you can even detach the camera with one hand - just make sure you don't drop it! The clip is very secure and there is little danger of the clip accidently releasing your camera.

The instructions suggest you clip it to your left shoulder strap so you can easily reach it with your right hand, or to your waist belt to take the weight off your shoulders. However, my experiences are detailed below and tell a slightly different tale.

Disadvantages (biased)

Sadly, I don't think the designers of the Capture Pro are on the same wavelength as me. I carry a Canon G15 camera, and I found the Capture Pro just did not work for me and my camera.

The clip weighs approximately 5.3 oz (149 g). Currently, I use a MYOG X-Pac camera pouch weighing just 1.6 oz (45 g).

While traveling through the forest, the clip leaves the camera exposed to all the passing brushes and debris as well as the bad weather; my camera pouch protects the camera from both the elements and trail hazards.

The use of the clip makes my camera stick out oddly and wobble around while in movement. Conversely, a camera pouch keeps the camera much closer to me where it is stable.

Putting the clip on the left shoulder strap as recommended was seriously bad advice. When I swung my pack up onto my shoulders (hey, it's UL, isn't it?), the heavy lumpy camera and clip swung flying around banging onto nearby things and into me. In fact, I would say you should never mount anything heavy on your left shoulder strap. (Left handed people should reverse all my comments.)

Putting the clip on my pack waist band was ... well, I didn't do it because the way I see it, it’s a fine way to drop your camera into the dirt with your pack on top of it.

You could put the clip on a heavy belt, but I never wear one.

Summary

The Capture Pro may work very well for some people with a large DSLR with a big telephoto lens, travelling in open country, and it may well be one of the better ways of carting such a beast around, short of concealing it inside your pack. Even so, you often need to arrange for some weather protection.

An even more pressing issue is where do you attach the clip. Some options are to put it on a pack shoulder strap, but that requires that you put your pack on by sitting down in front of it. But for anyone else, especially UL walkers, the Capture Pro clip is probably just not the right idea. The Capture pro might work better in a more urban environment carried on a day pack. For lighter cameras, ranging from large P&S ones to pro-compacts with retracting lenses, an alternative to the Capture Pro Clip would be a be to use a camera pouch and place it on the right shoulder strap.

One of the best alternatives I can suggest is that I make my own waterproof light-weight pouches to fit my cameras. This is an option for you to consider. It works well; I can usually get my Canon G15 out with one hand fairly fast, so as to catch those transient happenings; someone falling in the river, that sudden magical view, whatever. Since they are waterproof, I can still use the pouch in bad weather - where the best photos sometimes happen.


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"Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip," by Roger Caffin. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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Maia
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip on 11/12/2013 21:23:51 MST Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip on 11/12/2013 22:21:27 MST Print View

Whitworth? I haven't dealt with Whitworth standard fasteners since the MG TD :) Camera tripod threads are typically 1/4-20. There is a European 3/8-16 standard also, but I haven't seen it anywhere but view cameras and tripod head-to-legs.

That camera trivia aside, gadgets have been made to entice photographers since Matthew Brady was a boy. I have a simplified version that is all metal and weighs 2 ounces. I've used it maybe twice in 30 years.

Camera belt clip

I concur that these belt clips leave the camera vulnerable to brush and all the other trail hazards, flopping around right where you can bang your arm into it. IMHO, most of these gizmos were made with sports photographers in mind.

Think Tank makes some very high quality holster style cases that can be mounted on a hip belt, but they add a pound and yet more bulk to your waist belt. Most of the other players like LowePro and Domke have their version

The only rigs I've seen that suit backpacking are chest mounted harnesses and cases. I find them all annoying, but if you must have your camera immediately available, that's what works best. A case with a lid that tips out gives the best access and still protects the camera. The smaller Lowepro. TLZ series aren't too bad and have enough d-rings to allow hanging them on your backpack shoulder straps.

You can sit down with a small pile of tri-slides, snap hooks and webbing to cobble up some links in a few minutes. Having something with side release buckles helps, because you need to release at least one side to get your pack off

The other chest option is a neck strap with some sort of elastic to your belt or other way to keep it from bouncing. In the old days with a Canon F1 and lens weighing 42oz, it was like having a bully poking you in the solar plexus if the camera bounced as you walked. Not good.

I prefer an assistant for hauling the gear--- let's me concentrate on The Work :)

Edited by dwambaugh on 11/12/2013 22:23:16 MST.

Michael L
(mpl_35) - MLife

Locale: The Palouse
Re: Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip on 11/12/2013 22:41:21 MST Print View

In my opimion this is one of the poorest Caffin reviews ever. At least he admits it is biased.....

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip on 11/12/2013 22:48:41 MST Print View

I recommend the Lowepro TLZ AW case that is about 12 inches top to bottom, and it is on a well-padded shoulder strap that goes around my neck. AW means all-weather. Believe me, that sucker does not bounce, and it does not float.

--B.G.--

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip on 11/12/2013 23:22:55 MST Print View

Hi Dale

Both 1/4" Whit and 1/4" UNC have 20 tpi. The former has a 55 degree angle; the latter has I believe 60 degree angle. Yes, technically, the thread is UNC.

Since Whitworth is so commonly available, I called it that. (Think 1/4" gutter bolts.)

Cheers

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip on 11/12/2013 23:28:07 MST Print View

> In my opinion this is one of the poorest Caffin reviews ever. At least he admits it is biased.....

I plead guity m'lud. The PR company asked me to review it and I said OK. So I felt obliged.

It was hard to find much to say about it as it does not really fit into the UL scene too well. OK, if you go UL so you can carry a DSLR and a 500 mm tele lens, then maybe - and this clip might then be of use to you as well. Mind you, if I was carting that much $$ around, it would be inside my pack.

Meanwhile, back to the CNC.

Cheers

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip on 11/12/2013 23:48:34 MST Print View

"Since Whitworth is so commonly available, I called it that. (Think 1/4" gutter bolts.)"


I've sold 0.040 over pistons for a Vauxhall Vega, and rear wheel cylinders for a Humbert Super Snipe--- and that was in 1975. I thought Whitworth was buried long ago, or should gave been.

I'm at a loss for gutter bolts. Aussie jargon? Yous people talk funny :)

Shawn Donnelly
(CanonShooter)

Locale: Western Washington
Camera clip on 11/13/2013 01:17:35 MST Print View

I know more about taking photos than I do about backpacking and I am not sure how I would find use for this device. I am usually carrying two pro bodies on my person when I am working a sports event and this device does not appear to be of much practical use - at least for me. Unlike ultra light hiking where the desire is have multi functionality from a piece of gear in order to reduce weight, professional photographers require near complete redundancy which is essential to their craft. Redundancy is not ultra light! The review of the device was more than adequate.

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Re: Camera clip on 11/13/2013 07:20:34 MST Print View

I can't say enough about Zpacks multi-pack. It is my dedicated camera bag. It's on my chest when hiking and used as a sling bag in the evenings or around town. I seam-taped mine and added foam protection. Perfect size for mirrorless kit, extra lenses, and a few batteries.

Aaron Teasdale
(digaaron) - MLife
Love the Capture Pro on 11/13/2013 11:53:12 MST Print View

I use this every time I go backpacking, and frequently use it for skiing and biking as well. Granted I'm a pro shooter lugging a gigantic Canon, but the Capture Pro is the best way I've found to keep my camera handy when I'm adventuring in non-inclement weather. Takes a little getting used to, and I don't leave the camera attached when I take the pack on and off. But for people doing outdoor stuff with a big camera, it's the ticket.

Fred eric
(Fre49) - MLife

Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
another view about the capture on 11/13/2013 12:43:03 MST Print View

http://www.afowler.co.uk/posts/717/

after reading this i decided to try .

i am trying the capture v2 atm, but not the pro, the normal version is lighter and cheaper it was an easy choice for me.

i am using an EM5 for hiking that is soon to have a 12-40 , so camera + zoom will be weatherproof.

ill see if it replace my zpacks front packet + foam insert ( 60g ) or not.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: Re: Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip on 11/13/2013 13:16:30 MST Print View

Hi Dale

> I'm at a loss for gutter bolts. Aussie jargon?
So it seems. 1/4" Whitworth, flat head, thin square nut.
http://www.ullrich.com.au/fastenings/79_gutter_bolts.php

Cheers

Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - M

Locale: PNW
Ok on 11/13/2013 13:44:58 MST Print View

Not sure why there is so much animosity for this product from Roger. I've used the V1 and now have a V2 version and love it. Of course, I'm using a Pentax kit (K-3) and it's weather sealed, so that's not much of a factor for me. This system allows me to deploy the camera very quickly for wildlife shots, and it allows for an easy transition from hiking or backpacking to tripod mounting shooting (the clip is also an ARCA plate).

It's not a one stop solution for everything, but I think it's about an 85% solution. They also make a "leash", which you can tether to your waist strap to prevent dropping the camera if you miss the clip in (never had a problem).

If the weather it truly awful, I can deploy a gallon ziplock and a rubber band and have zero worries.

Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - M

Locale: PNW
Also on 11/13/2013 13:46:37 MST Print View

They just came out with a POV camera mount clip, so you can mount up a Go Pro or similar to your shoulder strap, I should get mine soon, looking forward to trying that out!

Mandy Creighton
(mandy) - MLife

Locale: Aussie bush
I'm a fan too on 11/13/2013 15:36:25 MST Print View

I have the earlier version and the new one reviewed here and the system works for me, agreed not UL.

I usually mount the capture plate on the waist belt of my pack and works well for both my Sony NEX 5R with 18-200mm lens and my Nikon D7000 also with a 18-200mm lens and I remove the camera from the mount before taking my pack off, although I have forgotten to do this several times and the cameras lens hood usually touches the ground first so no damage.

I've used it for some off-track walking including overgrown Budawangs tracks and found the camera is quite secure, although I do go with a pouch and smaller lens on the Sony NEX if I'm expecting thick scrub.

Having the camera with big zoom lens handy means I take more pictures during a walk, especially when the walking with a group who are there for the walking not photography.

I also really like that the fitting is an ARCA plate which works seamlessly with my tripod.
More of a camera enthusiast accessory than for someone bringing a lightweight camera along to document their trip.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Gutter bolts on 11/13/2013 16:06:01 MST Print View

"So it seems. 1/4" Whitworth, flat head, thin square nut.
http://www.ullrich.com.au/fastenings/79_gutter_bolts.php"

Children separated by a common language indeed. Stove bolts here in the other colony :)

The issues I ran into with Whitworth fasteners was the head sizes on hex headed bolts and nuts. After looking into it, it appears that the smaller sizes of Whitworth/BSW and UNC threads are compatible. Old dogs can still learn :)

I sold Peugeot parts for several years. The French to English translations were odd and often entertaining. My college French was useless. The other thing that comes up is that many parts have several names and there is the engineering term vs the tradesman's term for the same. Much of a parts clerk's job is being an interpreter.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Chest mounted cases on 11/13/2013 16:14:40 MST Print View

I dug out my LowePro TLZ Mini bag which fits the smaller Nikon DSLR's with a short zoom. The bare bag is just 6.6oz with the neck strap adding 2.4oz. It has just 2 D-rings and a belt loop, so a hiking rig would require two snap hooks to the shoulder straps (or use the neck strap) and something through the belt loop to keep it stable.

The larger TLZ bags have 4 D-rings for more mounting options. LowePro offers harness kit with a loop over the neck and another around the rib cage. There are some later versions with a padded suspender system more like the load bearing harnesses used by the military-- far too complex to use with a backpack.

I'm sure someone could whip up a simple Cuben roll-top bag with some links to the backpack shoulder straps. That would lack padding, but would be fairly water and dust resistant.

If I were packing a G15, I would use a plastic food container with a silicone seal like the Lock-and-Lock boxes.

Edited by dwambaugh on 11/13/2013 16:16:14 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Chest mounted cases on 11/13/2013 16:18:08 MST Print View

Dale, when you get three or four thousand dollars worth of camera gear hung on you, the case needs to be padded a bit.

--B.G.--

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Chest mounted cases on 11/13/2013 17:35:09 MST Print View

Why? Clumsy? (Grin)

Water and dust are more the culprits. If it is in your pack with other stuff, padding is good. I think riding in a secure bag on your chest trumps flopping around naked on your hip belt. I was trying to think about the UL option. The TLZ cases have enough armor for non-combat use.

Try hauling an 8x10 view camera and a truckload of lighting gear to a location. The normal focal length lens is something like a Schneider Symmar 300mm. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/284170-REG/Schneider_01_029426_300mm_f_5_6_Apo_Symmar_L.html. Drop that and the boss will get all kinds of excited!

John Coyle
(Bigsac)

Locale: NorCal
Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip on 11/15/2013 07:33:55 MST Print View

Like Jon above I too am a big fan of the ZPacks Multi-Pac. It is the right size for a smaller point and shoot camera plus accessories and the attachment straps work well on most packs. No padding, but there is enough room to add your own. The Multi-Pac doesn't seem quite as big on me as shown in the pictures, but perhaps I am a bigger person than the model in the pictures, which I assume is Joe. ZPacks has excellent customer service also.