Friday, 8 January 2016

Travel Photography - New Free eBooks

We have recently launched 2 NEW eBooks titled -

"Travel Photography - 10 tips for monochrome photography"
"Travel Photography - 10 tips when photographing water"

In these eBooks we have shared some valuable tips and techniques that will really help you in your photography. The eBooks are ideal for the beginner/amateur/enthusiast and is Free by clicking on the titles below.

Other titles include available are -

"Travel Photography - 10 tips to get you started" - Free
"Travel Photography - 10 steps when using Neutral Density Filters" - AUD$2.99
"Fiji Islands - The Heart of the South Pacific" - Free. This is also available as a 80 page hard cover printed book.

Over the coming months we will be launching more eBooks so Sign up for our Newsletter to be notified. To get the eBook click on the images below.




It would be great to hear any comments you may have about the eBook so that we can make improvements to any future releases.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Review: Peak Design "Capture" Camera Clip

We recently started using the Peak Design "Slide" Camera Strap for days when we are using our cameras without a backpack camera bag. Although we find the strap to be very functional we have found it is less than ideal when using a backpack. We spoke to the wonderful people at Peak Design and they recommended we try the Capture Camera Clip instead.

There are 2 versions of the clip - the Capture Camera Clip and the Capture Pro Camera Clip. This review is based on the Capture Camera Clip which is the entry level version of the clip. The only real differences between the two are -
  1. The ability to mount the Pro version on a tripod 
  2. The Pro's larger plate will also fit Manfrotto RC-2 quick release tripod heads (the most commonly used heads). 
  3. The Pro is all aluminium construction
Entry-level version
https://www.peakdesign.com/product/clips/capture/
The Positives

The first thing we noticed when we received the clip is how solid it is. It is constructed from aluminium and glass reinforced nylon.  We really could not imagine this clip ever breaking. As a matter of fact the Quick-release lock is supposed to withstand over 200 lbs. (90kgs) of force, making Capture strong enough for even the heaviest of professional cameras and lenses. This really is a serious looking piece of hardware that appears very well designed. They are designed for all levels of photography and can be connected securely on any backpack strap, belt (works with straps up to 3 inches/7.6 cm wide and 0.5 inches/1.3 cm thick) or a bag. 

There is a quick-release locking action that allows you to release the camera with the click of a button (the red one) and a Plate Lock which rigidly secures the quick-release plate in the clip for stabilization while taking POV videoThe included camera mount is compatible for those that have Arca mounts on their tripods making it easy to unclip from the clip and mount straight onto the tripod. If you have a Manfrotto RC-2 quick release tripod head then you would be better off getting the Pro version which is only an extra US$10.00.


Pro Version
https://www.peakdesign.com/capturepro
The really cool thing we like about the Capture Clip is for security while travelling. Once your camera is attached to the clip it would be extremely difficult for thieves to steal your camera. As an added feature the red release button can also be turned 90 degrees so that it is locked and depressing the red release button will not release the camera. A camera strap can be slashed and your camera stolen in moments however the Capture clip totally eliminates this scenario.

Unlike other camera carrying solutions, Capture holds your camera completely rigid, making it ideal for more intense activities like hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding and climbing.

Below is a short introductory video about the Capture Clip. It runs for under 2min.



The Negatives 

These clips really need to be tested on your own setup before purchasing. Whereas it works OK on our Lowepro Mini Trekker camera bag it really does not work for us on our Lowepro Transit Backpack 350AW (we found it really tight and hard to attach to the bag). We have tried every position on this bag but none of them work for us when attached to the shoulder straps. 

We also really suggest that this be used in conjunction with a wrist strap attached to the camera to reduce the chances of dropping the camera. Conventional neck straps or sling straps attached to the camera does not work great in our opinion with the Capture Clip. Peak design do make a two options - The Cuff or The Clutch which would work really well with the Capture Clip.
The Clutch
The Clutch
The Cuff
The Cuff
Lastly, you would need to remove the camera from the Capture Clip if you want to remove your backpack camera bag. This would mean putting the camera down to access the camera bag with both hands (unless you also have a strap attached).

Below is a more detailed video about the Capture clip. It runs for about 10min.



In conclusion, we think that this is an awesome product and will be a great addition to many photographers' kit, however for us in our workflow the Capture Clip provides us no real benefits over using a Joby Sling strap underneath our backpack camera bag. Used in combination with The Cuff or or The Clutch and attached to your belt would be one scenario that this product would work really well. 

If you have any comments or questions about this product then we'd love to hear from you.

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