May I present to you, the adventure photographer dilemma, and the $60 solution that is the Peak Design Capture Clip.
Here’s the problem. As an adventure photographer or adventure traveler in general, you go to the most incredible places. You have the most incredible adventures and see the most incredible sights. And odds are, because of all that, you’ve invested in an incredible camera.
But you end up taking more iPhone photos than you’d like, or you miss the moment altogether because your nice DSLR is safely tucked away in your pack under your puffy, water bottle, and some extra snacks.
It’s a hassle to take it out because your pack weighs maybe 50 pounds and you’re already exhausted. You’re trekking in the backcountry, on the sides of mountains, in the middle of storms, or for whatever the reason, you just don’t stop to take out your nice camera as much as you know you should or want to.
It is so amazingly frustrating to return home from your adventures and look back, knowing you could have snapped award-winning photos, (or at least Unsplash worthy photos), but you didn’t because in the moment it was too time-consuming, annoying, or difficult to get that camera out. No more!
The solution my friends is the remarkably simple Peak Design Camera Clip. The Peak camera clip allows you to safely attach a camera, even your large DSLR, to a belt or backpack strap keeping it instantly accessible for quick snaps during physical pursuits such as hiking.
My first test with this genius little clip was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this past July and I was absolutely blown away! After attaching the plate (just the same as you would from any tripod) to the bottom of your camera, and the connector clip to one side of your pack straps, you are good to go. Hike away, climb on, run and jump, whatever! And rest assured, if you’ve assembled your clip correctly, your precious camera is 100% secure and safe.
Because of this little clip, I was able to keep my Canon EOS 80D securely attached to my left backpack strap and ready at any instant to capture the otherworldly images of Kilimanjaro. Instead of coming home wishing that I had found the motivation to stop and unpack my camera more, I snapped every unbelievable moment I could during that climb.
And with the quick release button able to withstand up to 200lbs of force, there wasn’t an ounce of concern for the well-being of my camera. Not even while glissading down the 18,000-foot scree fields that descend from the summit!
On a side note, I do have to commend my camera for holding up to the cold! While I wasn’t worried about it dropping off my Peak Design clip, I was wondering if my camera would even turn on when I reached the summit. That would have been a bummer if it didn’t.
But I kept my Canon right there on the clip the entire summit morning push. Through the middle of the night, with temperatures nearing -10 degrees F, all the way to the 19,341-foot summit cone of Kibo Peak, my camera worked perfectly and sat securely near my left shoulder ready for anything.
Because of the ease of use, the accessibility, and the stunning photos that resulted from having my camera ready at my shoulder, I’m going on record saying the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip has to be one of the best $60 I’ve ever spent and I recommend it 100% to anyone who finds themselves wandering some of the world’s most amazing places wishing they would take more photos.
Because I had this clip, these are some of the moments I was able to capture while climbing…