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Peak Design Clutch review

Colin
July 17, 2018

I am a big fan of Peak Design camera straps. They are comfortable to wear, but the real drawcard for me is their customizability with the quick release system.

Highlights

Using the brand’s Anchor Links you can swap out camera straps or attach them to different parts of the camera quickly yet securely. They are light, small and tough, and I literally have them attached to everything.

The Clutch isn’t a traditional strap per say, but more of a hand strap which utilizes this system.

There are situations where a camera strap is a boon, but sometimes they just get in the way, and especially with one of my most used bags the MindShift rotation 180 Horizon. When I use this bag, I often run strapless, but I am always terrified I’m going to drop my camera, especially when scrambling up a rocky hillside or onto a fallen log to find a vantage point. The Clutch all but alleviates that fear.

I’ve been using Peak Designs nifty hand strap for a few months now and it literally has not left my camera body since.

No drops

First and foremost the Clutch allows you to ditch the strap and provides a sure grip at all times. If you cinch it right down over your hand you don’t even really have to wrap your fingers around the camera.

In use, I prefer the Clutch to be a bit loose as when I cinch it down I struggle to reach the AF-ON button on my 5DMKiii with my thumb. When not shooting you can also use the Clutch as a handle to carry the camera with.

The only real complaint I can muster for the Clutch is that it takes up the attachment point on the right side of the camera, and doesn’t utilize the Anchor Links. When I do use a strap I prefer to have it attached to the top camera anchors, bar when I’m using a long lens, and with the Clutch attached there is no room on for an Anchor Link.

So with this to use the Clutch, I have to remove the Anchor Links from the left attachment point on the body, and replace it in the situations I want to use a strap. While the way the clutch attaches to the body is robust, I can’t help but wonder Peak Design wouldn’t incorporate the Anchor Links here, especially given the bottom of the strap does.

I’ll admit this is a nitpick given that the Clutch also utilizes the Capture plate that’s always on my camera anyway, where a shoulder strap can be attached.

The build quality is top notch and the Clutch’s exterior is made from the same material as whitewater rafts and the hardware is made from Aluminium. It’s survived mud, volcanic dust, rain, snow and plenty of bumps scrapes and still looks exactly the same as the day I pulled it out of the box.

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