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Peak Design CapturePro Review

Colin
December 5, 2016

Your camera is no good to you if it’s buried deep in your backpack. Photography is all about capturing a fleeting moment, whether it be a skier just as he/she grabs their ski or the look of focus in a climbers eyes as they survey a problem.

For the most part, pro DLSR’s are heavy and a little awkward to carry around, especially if you’re walking, climbing, or scrambling over obstacles and up steep inclines using your feet and hands. A camera around your neck or slung over your shoulder will move and swing around possibly smacking into something and cause some expensive damage.

Peak Design have come up with a clever solution to camera carry, the Capture. Basically, the Capture is a tripod plate that connects to the ‘clip’ which can be attached to pretty much and backpack strap, belt or any other strap or piece of webbing.

The simple dual bolt design allows for your camera to be accessible at all times but mounted sturdily keeping your hands free.

Mounting

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There’re a few models of the Capture, rated for different weights and designed to carry different camera systems. I tested the Capture Pro with my Canon 5d Mkiii with various lens combos. Rated for up to 200lbs the Capture Pro should handle any camera and lens set up you’re carrying, and 3/8th-inch tripod bolt will probably rip off out of the bottom of your camera body before it disconnects from the clip.

Attaching the clip itself is pretty simple too, undo the bolts, put the clip around your backpack strap or belt, and tighten the bolts. The bolt heads are textured around the edges large enough for you to get a good grip, the trouble is they’re not particularly long.

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My main photo backpack is the F-Stop Tilopia BC, a 40-litre pack designed to carry heavy loads. With this comes thick shoulder straps, which proved to be too fat for the bolts included with the Capture Pro. Initially, I ended up mounting the clip on the load adjuster webbing, and to my pleasant surprise provided a sturdy mounting point.

Peak Design does make a long bolt kit, which as you’d imagine are two long bolts. The standard bolts measure 15mm and the long ones 23mm which did allow the Capture to engulf the strap on my bag Tilopa BC.

Utilizing the tripod bolt on your camera, or lens shoe the Capture Pro plate comes with a small alley key ensuring the plate is securely fastened to your camera.

Open Carry

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I was hesitant at first to hang thousands of dollars worth of gear from something that costs less than US$100, but as time went on the Capture Pro proved its strength. The interface between the camera and the Capture Pro is unflappable. In fact, it takes some practice to smoothly clip and unclip the camera, in the first couple of weeks in use, I actually had to take my pack off to pull my camera out.

Once you’ve got the hang of it the camera to clip connection is strong, the trouble is what every the clip is attached to may not be. The inherent problem with this mounting system is whatever you’re attaching it to be it a backpack strap, belt or webbing is designed to conform around you in some way, and this flexibility with the right combination of forces pulls the clip out of whack.

If you hang the camera from the tripod shoe on a lens because of the way the weight of the camera is distributed it pulls the top of the clip out. With the same lens as you walk it will sway and bend because the Capture is pulling on the strap.

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When your using the Capture Pro it’s also important to think about the weight distribution of your pack. For example my Canon 5DMKiii with a Canon 24-104 f/4 lens attached weights 1.74kg. If I’ve have the Capture pro mounted on my left backpack strap, to somewhat balance the pack I’m going to want my tripod mounted on the left side of my pack, otherwise your shoulders and neck will be super sore.

The Capture Pro’s mounting plate also interfaces with a fair few tripods as well, and even though it’s not actually designed to interface with the Pro Master Ball head on my tripod it still works and creates a sturdy enough hold for long exposures.

Final thoughts

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The Capture Pro is an awesome camera carry option for being outdoors. It holds your camera study leaving your hands free but doesn’t allow for the swing like a standard camera strap. It has its limitations as for longer lenses it challenges the integrity of the mounting surface, but the plate holds strong

This is something I genuinely use almost every time I leave the house and is well worth the money.

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