Updated Gear Review: Peak Design’s CapturePRO Camera Clip and Accessories

Over the past six months we’ve used our CapturePRO Camera Clips in Canada and New Zealand, on several hikes in fine weather and in snow, tramping around on a glacier, exploring an active volcanic island, at Mount Doom and in Hobbiton. We’ve attached them to quite a variety of packs and bags, as well as a few different tripods. On top of all that, Mr. GeoK has started using Peak Design’s Leash. And we took advantage of a sale earlier this year to purchase two more Clips and some long clamping bolts. So it’s time to put all of those things into an update of our original review.

Peak-DesignThumbnail – We continue to be very happy with our decision to back Peak Design’s Kickstarter project. The Clips work really well with our Olympus MFT format cameras. I’ve noticed that two members of our family mount their clip on their right pack strap while the other two prefer the left. We regularly use our CapturePRO Clips when hiking, walking and snowshoeing. The biggest plus for me is that I no longer get a headache from carrying the weight of my camera around my neck all day.

Don’t Mount on Pack Strap When Climbing – During our four-week vacation in New Zealand, I can only remember one instance when we removed our cameras from the Clips and stowed them in our packs. It was when we harnessed up to ascend the chimney to the summit of Single Cone mountain just outside Queenstown, NZ. There was too much risk of damage to our cameras if we left them clipped to our pack straps. So three cameras were stowed away and Mr. GeoK commandeered our youngest son’s E-P3 (the oldest and least expensive to replace if something went wrong) and latched it to his pack where it was readily available for taking at least a few photographs on the way up. Fortunately, the “sacrificial camera” made it safely to the summit!

Peak-DesignStandard vs. Long Clamping Bolts – Over the months, we’ve attached our clips to a variety of backpacks, both in terms of size and brand. Mr. GeoK is a bit of a compulsive shopper when it comes to packs, so we have quite a range. Anyhow, with the exception of a couple sizes of Deuter daypacks and one Osprey daypack, the standard bolts worked every time. I tried switching out the standard bolts for the longer clamping bolts just to make it easier to attach the clip to one of my packs, but then they protruded from the back of the clip so far that I figured they would either tear my sleeve or – if I’m wearing a sleeveless top – rub a sore spot onto my upper arm. So unless you have a pack with really thick foam padding in the area of the strap where you’re going to carry your camera, the standard bolts should do the job for you.

Why Buy An Extra Capture Clip? We bought four clips through the Kickstarter campaign and there are four of us, so why did we buy a couple more clips in February? First off, as I mentioned in our original review, I was looking for a way to keep using my JOBY Gorillapod Hybrid without having to remove the microplate every time. None of our full-sized tripods had a removable head compatible with the Gorillapod. A stand-alone ballhead to mount to the Gorillapod so I could leave the microplate on my camera all the time was one option. But for a little more money, I bought another CapturePRO to mount to my Gorillapod (as did Mr. GeoK). Now, not only can we use our Gorillapods just like we used to when we’re out and about in Calgary and Canmore, but we also have a couple of CapturePRO Camera Clips to loan to friends who want to “try before they buy”.

Peak-DesignCaring for Your Capture Clip – We’ve been to some very dusty places over the past several months. Try walking past Mount Doom when a howling wind is blowing volcanic dust all around…or on White Island (New Zealand’s most active volcano) where sulphur fumes have you reaching for your gas mask every few minutes. Back in our hotel room, we’d clean our CapturePRO Clips right after we finished cleaning our cameras. A rocket blower bulb and a slightly damp cloth did the job. One Clip wouldn’t release after one of our outings, but with a little patience and a lot of blowing, Mr. GeoK managed to coax it back into working order. The support team at Peak Design recommended we try a little compressed air if the problem recurs, but so far it’s been fine. One other thing worth mentioning is that it’s a good idea for at least one person in the group to carry the allen key that comes with the Capture Clip. We’ve found that when the temperature dips much below about -15C (around 5 degrees F), the Pro Drive Screw that fastens the plate to your camera tends to work a little loose, so it’s good to have the right tool along to tighten things up in the field.

Battery Compartment & SD Card Access – Speaking of plates, we have microplates and ARCAplates. Here’s a rundown on whether you can access the battery compartment on several models of Olympus cameras with the either of these two plates attached:

Camera Battery Access SD Card Access
Olympus PEN E-P3 no no
Olympus E-PL5 no no
Olympus OM-D E-M5 yes yes
Olympus OM-D E-M1 yes yes

Peak-DesignLeash – A few months back, Mr. GeoK opted to swap out his padded, name-brand camera strap for a Leash. It sits loosely around his neck when his camera is mounted in the CapturePRO Clip so that he’s automatically got a safety strap in place when he unclips his camera to start taking photographs – one that’s much lighter (and cooler) than his old strap. Another safety strap option would be the Cuff, which (as the name implies), goes around your wrist. You’d use Peak Design’s quick-release anchor system to attach your camera to your Cuff just before removing it from your Clip.

Use with Tripods – We’ve found it very easy to securely fasten our cameras into our tripods using both the microplate and the ARCAplate. We have a couple of models of Sirui and a Manfrotto. I’ve actually found myself using a tripod more than I used to, because it’s already got a mounting plate attached which saves me a bit of effort when getting ready to use a tripod.

In case you’re more into videography, using a GoPro Hero or a little point-and-shoot in video mode, Peak Design recently released the Capture P.O.V. Camera Clip which they describe as “the most versatile action camera mount ever created.” Hmmm….something to think about for mountain biking season!

DISCOUNT CODE – Finally, I just wanted to remind anyone who’s reading one of our Peak Design product reviews that we’re happy to offer all of our readers a 10% discount on any Peak Design orders of $19.95 or more (doesn’t apply to bundles). This offer is good at the Peak Design online store and is available to anyone (referral link updated as at Dec 1/2015).

As always, if you have a question about any of the Peak Design products we own, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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7 thoughts on “Updated Gear Review: Peak Design’s CapturePRO Camera Clip and Accessories

  1. Hi. Have you ever had a problem with sunlight entering through the viewfinder (esp the E M1) and damaging the viewfinder display, eg with yellow / green spots and blobs? It seems to be a problem with a number of mirror less cameras – see web chats re Olympus.
    I used a Peak clip to carry an Olympus with a VF2 finer mounted while trekking around Mont Blanc earlier this year and suffered such damage. The way that the clip carries the camera with the viewfinder pointed at the sky seems inevitably to exacerbate the risk. Shame as otherwise the functionality of the clips is great.
    Richard

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    • Hadn’t noticed a similar problem, but now that you’ve mentioned it Mr. GeoK checked his E-M1 and he’s got a bit of a greenish tinge on one side of the view finder. I have several smaller greenish-yellow blobs on my E-M5 Mark II viewfinder. Neither of us ever noticed them before; we mainly use the LCD screen to compose and focus. Of course, now that we know they’re there, we’ll see them ever time! Going to check the web chats to learn more about this particular issue. Especially curious whether it’s related to higher elevations / more UV exposure.

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      • Sorry to have triggered your awareness of this issue……..
        I think the issue is heat not UV. Effectively, the optics in the vf are acting like a magnifying glass and focussing sunlight on the mini sensor in the display. Some of the web chat suggests that it is caused by people setting high diopter adjustments on the vf but although this may make things even worse it is not a necessary condition. My vf is zero diopter adjustment and I suffered the problem albeit on an old VF2 not a M1, thank good ness! Olympus seem to be aware of the issue but have done nothing about it as far as I can tell. Makes using the Peak clip something of a risk unless the VF lens is protected. Sadly, there is no vf blind on these mirror less cameras. (Incidentally, although this relates specifically to Olympus models I think the issue is more general and may affect other mirror less eg Panasonic and Sony.) Note – it makes no difference whether the camera is switched on or off or whether the VF is activated in preference to the LCD. The electrical state is irrelevant – the damage is to the polymer not the pixels on the sensor.
        I suppose one could mount the camera on the clip with the vf down / lens up but this would be very awkward with anything other than a small lens. Maybe mounting sideways so that the optical axes are horizontal not vertical?

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  3. Hi, thanks for the review! i’m trying to figure out what plate i should get with my e-m1. Are there any functional issues with the 4-way arca plate on the E-M1? i.e. Does the plate extends past the bottom part of the LCD screen? Does the screen touch the plate when tilting it? Thoughts on if the microplate would be better? Thanks in advance.

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    • Just checked with Mr. geoK, who owns and uses the E-M1 as his primary camera. He hasn’t noticed any functional interference from the four-way ARCA plate, which is what he uses. The tilting display screen works just fine. It’ s really a matter of preference. The ARCA plate gives more mounting flexibility than the micro plate, but he hasn’t yet taken advantage of that fact.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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