I’m a cyclist. My bike is my primary means of transportation. I pedal from home to work and from work to home every day, spring, summer, fall and winter. Each day, I haul around a change of clothes, my computer, various tech accessories and my camera. It goes without saying that I look more like a mule than a cyclist, but I’ve made my peace with that…and it’s great for the calves. During my lunch hour, however, I become a pedestrian. I wander the streets armed with my camera, imaging myself as a modern-day Cartier-Bresson.
That background is to let you know that I have a certain amount of experience in the various methods of transporting a camera. And, on top of that, my needs change throughout the day. In the morning, I like my camera to be securely attached with easy access, but at lunchtime, accessibility comes first.
I’ve tried about all the options on the market. The majority of them rival each other in their ingenuity, but there’s always a little something that I would change if I could. The strap attachment isn’t very ergonomic or the system monopolizes the tripod socket and prevents the camera from laying flat on a surface.
That’s what led me to the Peak Design universe, which consists of a group of products for transporting your camera, each compatible with the others. Promising… For several weeks now, I’ve been using the CapturePRO Camera Clip and the Slide strap.
CapturePRO Camera Clip
Flawlessly constructed, this aluminum device attaches to the strap of your backpack or belt and becomes the base station for your camera once you have attached the Arca-Swiss-compatible PRO plate to your camera body.
On paper, it’s exactly what I’m looking for, and in practice…almost. It’s extremely sturdy and secure, like its competitors. Attaching and detaching the camera can be done in a relatively fluid movement—not as smooth as the Cotton Carrier StrapShot, but better than the B-grip.
I like the Arca-Swiss-compatible plate because it allows the camera to rest flat on a surface. There’s no retractable lever to transform it into a mini-tripod (like the B-grip), but it’s more user-friendly than the Cotton Carrier, which needs an additional adapter in order to use a tripod.
I should point out that the way it attaches to a strap is very nice: Peak Design uses two plates that are held together by force with two screws. It’s a clear advantage over other systems that often require an extra attachment to ensure that the system doesn’t slide too far down the strap. Secure, but cumbersome.
That said, there is a downside to the gravity-defying compression holding the plates in place: there’s a chance it could damage the strap of your backpack. And if it is particularly well padded, it will be so compressed that it will probably never go back to its original size once you remove the Capture Pro Camera Clip.
The Slide is discreet, adjustable and very comfortable. And it doesn’t obstruct the tripod socket. You start by attaching several Anchors to your camera. I attached three: one on each of the two eyelets (where you normally would connect the strap) and one to the Peak Design quick-release plate, which is made to be an attachment point. You can connect and disconnect the camera quickly at these points, according to your set-up preference. Want the camera around your neck? Choose the eyelets. If you prefer to carry it sling-style, just connect the strap to one eyelet and the QR plate.
In short, if you’ve been wanting an efficient method of carrying your camera while keeping it within reach at all times, the Peak Design universe is worth considering. Me? I am still hesitating. Can I give up the fluidity and speed of the Cotton Carrier? I’m not sure. That said, nothing is stopping me from creating my own combination: Cotton Carrier for the anchor system and Peak Design for the strap.