Hands on with Capture Camera Clip v2
The Capture Camera Clip system has been one of my favorite pieces of backpacking/photography gear for the past two years. The original Capture Camera Clip is one of my "must have" pieces of gear, but the reinvented Capture v2 takes it to a whole new level and is hands-down the best way to carry a camera that I've tried. Thanks to my good friends at Peak Design I've been given the opportunity to test one of the very few pre-release CapturePro samples so that I could give you a hands-on glimpse before they are available.
What is the Capture Camera Clip?
In a nutshell, the Capture camera clip is an ergonomic, quick-release, readily accessible DSLR carrying alternative to the traditional camera neck strap or bag. It can be attached to the shoulder strap of any backpack or worn on your belt so that your camera is secure but instantly accessible. The new Capture Camera Clip v2 features several key improvements over the original, more on that below.
Total Weight: 142.3g (5.02 oz) Body Only: 112g (3.9 oz) ARCA Plate: 30.3g (1.07 oz) Micro Plate: 22.6g (0.8 oz) Body Length: 3 7/8 inches (95 mm) Body Width: 1 5/8 inches (41 mm) Max Strap Width: 2 3/4 inches (70 mm) Material: Aluminum
Peak Design launched the original Capture Camera Clip on Kickstarter back in 2011. Their goal was to raise $10,000 to tool up and start producing the Capture in larger quantities. The ended up raising over $360,000 and were swamped with backers and orders.
Peak Design have spent the last two years reinventing the Capture Clip from the ground up. They've incorporated feedback from early backers, professional photographers, and average users (like me) to produce Capture v2. And after using v2 for the past few weeks I have to say it is a vastly improved product.
Capture v2 is only available via Kickstarter at the moment. Peak Design's funding goal for v2 was $100,000 and as of the time I am writing this they have blown past that and have raised more than $420,000 - that will give you an idea of just how good this product is.
What's New in v2?
At a high level the Capture v2 has a new shape that's slimmer, lighter, and stronger than the original. There is a new twist lock clamping system, a new safety system to prevent accidental release, and the slot geometry has been improved to provide smoother operation.
Rather than describe every new feature in detail, I'm going to share a really good annotated photo that Peak Design has posted on their Kickstarter page. I'll elaborate on a few pointers below with photos of my own. Here's what's new in v2…
Also, in recognition of the growing popularity of POV action cams, the option of a separate GoPro mount has been added. This will also work with the original Capture.
How I use the Capture Camera Clip
The Capture v2 is designed to easily handle a full-size DSLR with long lens, so my Lumix GF2 Micro Four-Thirds camera is no problem. Compact point-and-shoot (POS) cameras will obviously work too. While backpacking I carry my GF2 via the Capture Clip attached to my left shoulder strap. It feels a little weird at first and slightly vulnerable, but I assure you that I have never accidentally bashed it. Of course I've jinxed that now.
Having my camera accessible while hiking without the need to stop and retrieve it from my pack or a bag is a game changer. It's securely held in place yet instantly available.
When I'm not out on the trail I tend to wear a GORUCK pack, either my GR1 or the smaller Echo. The padded straps of the GORUCK packs are too thick to use with the Capture back plate place behind. Well, I've done it that way, but it involved a clamp and some effort.
Instead I slot the Capture's back plate through one of the MOLLE slots on the shoulder strap and tighten it up. The majority of lightweight backpacks will not be a problem for use with Capture.
The original Capture came with a standard camera plate that was bulky and large in comparison to my tiny GF2. Shortly afterward Peak Design released their Pro plates, one of which was a Micro size idea for smaller cameras. All of the Pro plates have loops that are compatible with Peak Design's Leash and Cuff systems.
Here are a few side-by-side comparison photos that show the visual differences between the original Capture Camera Clip and the all new Capture v2.
CapturePro vs. Standard
The Capture Clip is being offered in two very distinct versions. The standard Capture ($50 on Kickstarter) is designed for hobbyists whereas the CapturePro ($65) version is targeted at professionals. CapturePro has the added advantage of an aluminum back plate that has the standard 1/4 inch tripod thread incorporated into it. The standard Capture uses an ultralight glass reinforced nylon backplate.
CapturePro Tripod Adapter
One of the new features of the CapturePro version is the ability to function as a quick-release mount for a standard tripod. The aluminum backplate of CapturePro has a standard 1/4 inch tripod thread in the center.
This allows it to be attached to any tripod so that it can function as a quick release mount. I love this option for those times when I'm out shooting a lot of photos and find myself switching between tripod and handheld all the time. Here's a very short Instagram video of the tripod option in use.
How to Get Yours (10% Discount)
If you want to be one of the first people to get your hands on a Capture v2 Camera Clip, then you'll want to become a backer on the Kickstarter campaign that is still running. There is plenty of time and money saving options available via Kickstarter - Capture Standard is $50 and CapturePro is $65. If you don't want to wait until September, you can still order the original Capture clip, Leash, and Cuff via the Peak Design website.
As a way of saying thank you, readers of Brian's Backpacking Blog can use the custom discount code “bgreen” at any time to receive a 10% discount off any purchase of Peak Design camera accessories – just not on the Kickstarter campaign.
As I said earlier, the Capture Camera Clip is hands down my favorite way to carry a camera. It's securely held right in front of me, and is instantly accessible. The new Capture v2 has been redesigned from the ground up with some significant improvements. For anyone who carries a camera and wears a backpack or belt, this is a must have piece of gear.