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Talking about Peakdesign’s latest inventions the SLIDE camera sling strap and the CLUTCH hand strap, I see a perfect resemblance.
Peakdesign’s CEO Peter Dering was so kind to send me a pre-production kit last week. It consists of the camera sling, the hand strap and a set of anchor links (more about those a little guys later). Regular readers will know that I am a longterm user and fan of the full product range from the CAPTURE CLIP to the LEASH and CUFF for one simple reason: They are designed and manufactured by Photographers for Photographers. The best camera is the one you have with you and it becomes even better when you have it at hand just in the right moment to capture the shot you were looking for.
There are countless camera straps on the market – what makes the range of Peakdesign products stand out from the crowd is the fact that we are looking at a complete and grown up system here. Fully adjustable to all kinds of cameras and different types of use. I shoot both in the studio and ‘on location’ respectively outdoors. No matter what’s the job, I need a secure way to transport my gear and be ready to shoot at the same time. The core elements are the little connectors between the camera and the strap – the so-called anchors.
Attached to the strap eyelets of the camera or the adapter plate underneath it, they allow a quick connection to the strap (leash or SLIDE) or hand strap. Up to now, “nothing special …” one might say.
Compared to the old leash the SLIDE strap is three times wider, has one smooth (for operation in slide mode) and one more sticky side (when carrying your camera) and feels super comfortable over your shoulder or around your neck. Two elegant brackets allow to change the length in one quick movement – a little bit longer when in use as a ‘classic sling’ or shorter as a neck strap.
The workmanship of all components is excellent, staring from the precision machined metallic parts to the stitching of the belt. From smaller system cameras to heavy DSLRs – the weight of the camera is nicely distributed and allows painless carrying also for several hours.
In some situations it’s better to have the camera tightly fixed to your hand – this is where CLUTCH can show off. Peakdesign’s latest hand strap has the unique feature of being adjustable from ‘really tight’ to ‘more loose’. Shooting public events where you push yourself through the crowds is exactly the situation where CLUTCH gives you the extra safety and flexibility on the job. Using the same anchor links as the other family members CLUTCH is just one additional component of the system.
For even more flexibility and in order to offer options for further customization, the ANCHOR LINKS (placed inside the loop of the SLIDE camera sling in the Photograph above) permit the use of third party or vintage or even the original camera strap (where I ask myself who would like to do that ?). The creative mind will come up with different and new possible uses.
Working with two cameras on the shoot rather often (as during the last BERLIN FASHION WEEK), it’s now very easy to keep both of them handy and having your hands free. The SLIDE and the CAPTURE CLIP form a perfect team. One camera at your hip the other one around your neck allows for a quick change from one focal length to the other.
I am very much looking forward using the new kit during an extensive shooting next week. So be prepared to see some behind the scenes images soon …
Stay tuned …