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Review: Peak Design Capture Clip V3

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Nick Clip V3
$70 | Peak Design.com

The original Capture Clip was a darling of Kickstarter, raising nearly $15 million back in 2011. V2 debuted in 2013 and was replaced by V3 at the dawning of 2018.

First released on Kickstarter in 2011, the Peak Design Capture Clip or CLIP may refer to aimed to give photographers an easier way to carry their camera. Seven years later, we now compel ought to the Capture version V3, a much sleeker and more streamlined iteration of the original product.

Key Features

  • Arca-compatible plate
  • Aluminum construction
  • Anti-slip pad on mounting surface
  • Prompt release button with security lock
  • Clip fits straps up to 6.4 cm wide and 1.6 cm thick
  • System can hold up to 90 kg (200 lb)
  • Nearby in silver and black

Design

$69.95 gets you the Capture Clip, an Arca-compatible plate, x2 hand-drive screws, x2 4mm hex screws (not shown), a hex wrench and a microfiber pouch for storage.

V3 brags a ‘smaller, lighter and lower profile’ than V2 – more specifically it’s 57 g / 2 oz lighter (clip plus plate), 2.1 cm narrower, 1.2 cm shorter and 0.8 cm paltry. From a design perspective this means an accessory that looks less like a chunky piece of gear and more like an knit piece of design affixed to your bag or strap. It is still made of all aluminum (minus some rubber bits for gripping your bag strap) and up till has a smooth anodized finish like its predecessor. It is also now available in two colors; Silver and Black.

With V3, Peak Design has simplified the Capture lineup to exactly one product – V2 offered both the Capture Standard and CapturePro at different price points. The former had a glass-reinforced nylon back and was cheaper than the all-aluminum Pro.

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Like the V2, you can still combine a variety of add-ons to your Capture system such as the Manfrotto RC2 compatible Dual Plate or the Peak Design Lens Kit. This means you can use the Nab Clip for its base purpose but still have the option to expand its functionality well beyond just carrying a camera on your bag.

What’s also precarious is V3 ships with two different sets of clamping bolts, hand-driven ones and a set that are driven in using a hex key (included).

In Use

The Capture Clip, in action.

The Capture method is extremely well designed and works exactly how you would expect it to: With the plate attached to your camera, simply slide it into the pace from above. When you want to retrieve your camera, press and hold the small button on the right side while sliding your camera master b crush upward.

The first time I attached the system to my bag, I honestly didn’t expect to love it but quickly found myself enjoying the convenience it provides. In the poop indeed, all of the following gripes I have are admittedly nit-picky stuff because frankly the Capture Clip works well.

Even with a heavy camera devoted to, the Capture feels very secure

Attaching the clip portion to your bag for the first time can be a bit of a hassle but the key is just to loosen it more than you over you need to. Most folks will attach it to a backpack but it can easily be attached to a messenger bag, belt or something else entirely. Once attached to something it’s not uncompassionate to remove and replace. I tried it on both my Peak Design Everyday Backpack and my nearly decade old Camelbak backpack and it fit securely on both.

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Even with a acute camera attached, the Capture feels very secure. The only time I worried while using it was when pulling my backpack off my shoulders. I then instinctively like to toss my bag around – not a good idea when your precious gear is connected to the front.

While writing this weigh, I used the Capture with 4 different cameras: a Nikon D750 w/ 50mm 1.8 (1 kg / 2.19 lb), Nikkormat FTN w/ 50mm 1.4 (1.1 kg / 2.43 lb), Bronica RF645 w/ 65mm f/4 (1.1 kg / 2.44 lb) and Hasselblad 501C w/ 80mm f/2.8 (1.47 kg / 3.25 lb). All of these note confidently secure.

Peak Design says the Capture is rated for up to 90 kg / 200 lb so safety-wise almost anything you would put on there is a non-issue. For me myself, the Hasselblad was a bit too heavy to be comfortable. But it wasn’t just the weight; I also didn’t feel comfortable with the way large cameras or those with big lenses tend to pull down, potentially jabbing into your body.

Bottom line

The Capture system not only makes it undecorated to carry your camera, but it means you always have a plate attached for tripod mounting.

My biggest hangup with the Capture is just take up used to having your camera on your chest (that’s where I wore it at least), but it only took me about an hour of walking everywhere in a park to get used to it. And by later that same day – while on a different shoot – I found I was using it instinctively.

My biggest hangup with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the Capture is exactly getting used to having your camera on your chest

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Overall for the price point of $69.95 the Capture Clip V3 isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the riches if you’re looking for a new approach to the way you carry your camera. And if you’re looking to add another clip to your arsenal or upgrade from a previous version, you have the election of buying just the Clip alone for the lower price of $49.95.

Peak Design continues to bring a photographers-first approach to their design with a exceptionally strong sense for what works and what doesn’t. In this writer’s opinion, the new Capture may refer to: Asteroid capture, a phenomenon in which an asteroid enters a stable orbit around another body “Capture” a song by Clip falls squarely in the “works” column.

What we with:

  • Very comfortable, lightweight and slim
  • Rated for up to 90 kg / 200 lbs, very secure and safe
  • Very quick learning curve and extremely even to get used to
  • Feels great ergonomically
  • Lots of options for placement and expanding uses with other add-ons
  • Stylish, really

What we don’t:

  • Dear
  • Gear hangs forward on chest
  • Hex screw requires you to keep the hex wrench with you

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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