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Peak Design Shell Ultralight Camera Cover

December 26, 2017

Peak Design’s Capture Pro camera clip offers a unique carry solution which allows your camera accessible at all times, and offers miles more stability than a standard camera strap.


The trouble is, it also leaves your equipment to take to the full brunt of the elements wherever you may be shooting.

PD’s answer is the Shell Ultralight Camera Cover. This tight-fitting neoprene cover tightly fits around your camera to keep the elements out.

It’s designed to work with the Capture Pro, as well as the brand’s camera straps which use the Anchor Link quick release system. The Shell also provides a bit of protection for your camera should you want to toss it in a standard backpack among other gear.

It’s quite a simple design, the cover slips over the front of the lens, around the body and the drawcord on the main opening cinches the back around the bottom of the camera. There’s also a similar elastic cord on the front to size it around your lens, and a visor too to keep precipitation off the front element of your lens.

The Shell is made from thin four-way stretch fabric that feels like neoprene – it also feels like there is a DWR coating applied too.

Light and small

It’s super light tipping the scales at just 96g, and it’s compact enough that it can be stuffed into a small mesh pocket situated inside the cover. It also packs down to a fraction of the size of other rain covers.


I’ve got the size larger cover, and it easily fits over my Canon 5DMKiii with a short prime or zoom lens on and will even fit my Canon 100-400ii with the tripod shoe attached.

The best use for the capture is definitely in combination with the capture clip, as the opening in the cover lines up perfectly with the bottom of the body, ie right where the Capture plate is mounted. There are provisions to feed the Anchor Links through the top of the cover, but it’s a fiddly process.

This also limits how much you’re able to hold the cover up to access the viewfinder and controls.

The inherent problem that I foresee with the Peak Design Shell is that there’s no to provisions to access the viewfinder of controls through the cover itself – meaning you have to remove it to use the camera.

Trying to keep your camera dry in adverse conditions is usually a losing battle, and having to remove the cover to use the camera, means to take a photo you have to expose your gear to the weather you’re trying to protect it from.

My go-to camera covers are the Vortex Media Rain Jackets for light precipitation, and the Think Tank Hydrophobia for serious downpours.

I’d still be inclined to lean towards these in the rain, because they allow you to shoot with your camera still protected.

However, in the snow, the Shell might be a good option as long as it’s not too windy.

With the Shell, I think it’s important to make a delineation in that it’s a cover for protecting your camera in adverse weather, not a cover to shoot in bad weather.

I do think it’s a worthwhile purchase if you’ve got a capture clip because it’s the best way to keep protect your camera using the clip.

I’ll be keeping the Shell in my bag over the next few months for when I am inevitably confronted with some adverse weather. Be sure to check back for my full review.

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