Photos Courtesy of Peak Design
While I was hiking the North Kaibab trail into the Grand Canyon in September I ran into a fellow who had is digital SLR camera attached to the shoulder strap of his backpack. I was immediately intrigued by this and started to ask him questions about it. Turns out, the product he was using was the Peak Design Capture Pro. I knew I needed to add this product to my arsenal.
Being the travel and adventure photographer that I am, having quick and easy access to my camera has always been a struggle. I could keep it around my neck and an arm using a camera strap, but I found myself worrying about bumping my lens into things while it hung down at my side. Often subconsciously following the out of site out of mind Mentality.
The Capture Pro, by Peak Design is a pretty simple and low profile product that attaches to a variety of different strap widths and thicknesses and can even attach to a belt if that is what you want out of the product. The idea is simple. You take the capture pro which has two screw down knobs to adjust the thickness. You undo one of the screws to swing the device open, and then you place it around the strap of your choice, which in my case was my Lowepro camera bag. I found that getting the placement right is much easy if you only attach the Capture Pro loosely, the put the backpack on your shoulders, adjust it, then tighten it down.
I tried fitting the device to a variety of backpacks with little issue, though I did find that on bigger expedition size bags such as the Granite Gear Blaze AC 60, the padding of the straps are thicker and it takes a little more effort to get the foam compressed enough to get the Capture Pro on. That being said, once it was on and tightened down, the Capture Pro worked great with that pack too.
The camera attaches to the Capture Pro via a few different choices of plates that screw into the tripod thread. Fortunately, if you find yourself using a tripod frequently as I do, there is a plate available from Peak Design that works with a variety of tripod heads. I use a Manfrotto 49RC2 ball head, and plate works great.
Once the plate is on the camera, holstering your camera is as simple as sliding it down into the Capture Pro, giving a wiggle to make sure it locked, and away you go. It really can’t get any simpler than that. When you are ready to shoot, all you need to do is press the release to the right side of the capture pro and lift the camera up.