Wrist straps can arguably be categorized as the most comfortable and ergonomically sound straps based on how cameras are supposed to be held. They’ve traditionally had very common designs: with some being thin pieces of leather while others are a bit more grippy for your hand/wrist. Then there is Peak Design’s latest entry: the Clutch. The Clutch is inspired by climbing gear for those great outdoors types–and while it isn’t necessarily reinventing the wheel, it is surely making a big improvement on it.
Though we typically tend to review more fashionable straps, we in no way discriminate against those that try to appeal more towards the functional side of things–like the new Peak Design Slide camera strap. The strap feels essentially like a seat belt that can buckle you up to your camera as you cruise together down the road of life.
That was a pretty cheesy line, right?
Seriously though, the Peak Design Slide strap is a bit deceiving. At first, it looks like a typical sling strap like those from BlackRapid. But in actuality, it’s much cooler than that. In fact, it’s the single most versatile camera strap that we’ve ever seen and tested.
Peak Design makes some uniquely interesting camera strap accessories that can be easily clipped together and taken off. Now the company is out with a more substantial camera strap called the Slide that can quickly transform from a full sling, to a shoulder strap, and even a neck strap.
Unlike Peak Design’s previous Leash Strap, the Slide comes with a seatbelt-style strap that’s roughly twice the width. What’s more, the Slide features custom hardware inspired by climbing gear with a lever that users can grab to adjust the length of the strap similar to a Chrome bag or Joby’s Ultrafit Slingstrap. Everything is still connected together by Peak Design’s Anchor Link system, which uses nickel-sized coins that snap into place with the Slide’s anchor points. The Anchor links themselves are also strung together using braided Kevlar thread.
Put all together, the Slide strap should be just as strong as Peak Design’s products to hold up a full-frame DSLR with a heavy L lens attached. The wider base on the Slide, meanwhile, looks promising to be a more comfortable experience on our necks and shoulders, which was our chief complaint with the skinny Leash Strap.
In one other addition Peak Design also introduced the Clutch, a quick-adjusting camera hand strap featuring a similar buckle adjustment lever to the Slide.
Currently the camera accessory company is trying to launch both its new products on Kickstarter, which has already blown past its $50,000 goal with more than double the amount of money. Interested buyers can pick up a Clutch for $30, $50 for the Slide strap, or $80 for the dual package containing both items.
Check past the break for more images and a video featuring the Slide camera strap.
Back at Photo Plus last year, we caught a first glimpse at Peak Design’s new P.O.V. Kit, which is a GoPro mounting solution that builds on the company’s Capture Camera Clip. Back then, the P.O.V. Kit had just been funded via Kickstarter, and now Peak Design has officially announced it for general availability.
The P.O.V. Kit is not a standalone product, but builds on the Capture Clip platform, which makes it incredibly versatile as the Capture Clip can be attached to numerous locations on your body or accessories: your belt, your backpak strap, you name it. And though it has been designed with action cams such as the GoPro in mind, it can actually take up alomst any camera with a compact form factor.
The P.O.V. Kit is available on its own (if you already have a Capture Clip) for US-$ 29.95, or it can be bought in kit with the Capture Camera Clip for US-$ 84.95, saving you $5 over the individual price for each item. And if you’re not convinced yet, head past a break to see Peak Design’s awesome advertising video for the P.O.V. Kit.
Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.
They appear all over the web: street fashion blogs and images are the thing of Tumblr and Instagram amongst many of the images that you see on Pinterest. The street fashion world is one of finding cool locations out in the busy streets of a city and capture a moment that looks candid. And to do that, you don’t need the most sophisticated of gear. However, the details and a vision can surely help.
Peak Design, the guys behind the Capture Clip which we reviewed here at The Phoblographer (both the original and the new pro version), have recently been funding a new product via Kickstarter, called the POV Kit. Basically, it’s an attachment for your Capture Clip, and it lets you use pretty much any camera like a GoPro. At Photo Plus Expo 2013, we got a short demonstration of the device, and we have to say that Peak Design seems to have done it again.