Peak Design CapturePro review

The Peak Design CapturePro Camera Clip lets you secure your camera to a belt loop or backpack strap, but it's not useful for longer lenses.

The Peak Design CapturePro ($79.99 direct) is an innovative accessory that allows you to secure your camera to your belt or to a strap on your backpack or camera bag. The rear of the clip is removable, so you can latch it onto the belt or strap and secure it with two thumbscrews. It’s useful for shooters who use a D-SLR without a battery grip, or a smaller mirrorless camera, but the design doesn’t lend itself to for use with tall cameras or big lenses. It’s a neat concept that will appeal to hikers and anyone who is tired of tangled straps, but if you regularly shoot with big lens, you may find a sling strap like the BlackRapid Curve to be more comfortable.

The CapturePro is constructed from aluminum and attaches securely via two thumb screws. A quick release plate is included—you have your choice of one that is compatible with Arca tripod heads, one that works with both Arca and Manfrotto, or one that is smaller in size for use with mirrorless cameras. Our review unit shipped with the Arca plate, which is square so that it can be inserted in any orientation, but the other plates are rectangular and can only be inserted so that the long side is parallel to the bottom of the clip. The rear plate has a tripod thread, so you can mount it; if that’s a feature that you don’t need, there is also the less-expensive Capture ($59.99). It can’t mount to a tripod itself, lacks an all-aluminum design, and is only available with an Arca quick release plate.

I used the CapturePro with a couple of different cameras. It paired well with the Canon EOS 6D with a 50mm prime; I opted to attach it to the strap of my Crumpler Six Million Dollar Home camera bag. I was happy with the way it balanced against my chest, but I’d be wary of using it with a 70-200mm or larger lens, and I wouldn’t dream of pairing with the monster Sigma 120-300mm F2.8-DG OS HSM. The clip itself holds the camera very securely, but if you’ve got it attached to your backpack or camera bag strap, the movement of those straps are going to be an issue, and if you opt for a belt mount you’ll only have to contend with your legs.

I wouldn’t recommend using the clip with a Nikon D4 or another big SLR with a vertical shooting grip; those are a bit too tall and will rock up and down when you move. I actually had the best experience using an old 35mm SLR, the Nikon F3, and a 50mm prime. That camera is squatter than modern D-SLRs and stayed relatively still. Peak offers the PROpad accessory ($20), a pad that acts as cushion and a more robust mount for the clip itself; if you plan on using the clip with a big camera or lens, it’s likely going to make your life easier. Action cam fans should consider the POV Kit ($20). It’s an add-on that makes it possible to mount a GoPro or similar camera directly to the plate, so you can use it as a body mount for recording footage.

If you’re a fan of the idea of clamping your camera to your body, the CapturePro is a good way to do so. How much it moves when you do is going to depend on your body type; I found that mounting on a belt wasn’t an option, but slimmer shooters may find that to be the most comfortable choice. I think a sling style strap like those from BlackRapid is a bit more versatile. It makes it easy to bring the camera up to your eye for a shot in one motion; you’ll have to depress the release and remove your camera from the CapturePro in order to do the same. But a sling strap gives your D-SLR room to bounce around at your side, where the clip secures it closer to your body, which is a better option when navigating the uneven terrain that outdoor photographic enthusiasts encounter when hiking.


Verdict
The Peak Design CapturePro Camera Clip lets you secure your camera to a belt loop or backpack strap, but it's not useful for longer lenses.
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