The unique Seize Clip was a darling of Kickstarter, elevating practically $15 million again in 2011. V2 debuted in 2013 and was changed by V3 originally of 2018.

First launched on Kickstarter in 2011, the Peak Design Seize Clip aimed to present photographers a better solution to carry their digicam. Seven years later, we now have the Seize model V3, a a lot sleeker and extra streamlined iteration of the unique product.

Key Options

  • Arca-compatible plate
  • Aluminum building
  • Anti-slip pad on mounting floor
  • Fast launch button with safety lock
  • Clip matches straps as much as 6.Four cm vast and 1.6 cm thick
  • System can maintain as much as 90 kg (200 lb)
  • Accessible in silver and black

Design

$69.95 will get you the Seize Clip, an Arca-compatible plate, x2 hand-drive screws, x2 4mm hex screws (not proven), a hex wrench and a microfiber pouch for storage.

V3 boasts a ‘smaller, lighter and decrease profile’ than V2 – extra particularly it is 57 g / 2 ounceslighter (clip plus plate), 2.1 cm narrower, 1.2 cm shorter and 0.Eight cm thinner. From a design perspective this implies an adjunct that appears much less like a chunky piece of substances and extra like an built-in piece of design affixed to your bag or strap. It is product of all aluminum (minus some rubber bits for gripping your bag strap) and has a clean anodized end, in comparison with the power-coated end of its predecessor. The Seize Clip can be now obtainable in two colours; Silver and Black.

With V3, Peak Design has simplified the Seize lineup to only one product – V2 supplied each the Seize Commonplace and CapturePro at completely different worth factors. The previous had a glass-reinforced nylon again and was cheaper than the all-aluminum Professional.

Just like the V2, you possibly can nonetheless combine quite a lot of add-ons to your Seize system such because the Manfrotto RC2 appropriate Twin Plate or the Peak Design Lens Package. This implies you should utilize the Seize Clip for its base goal however nonetheless have the choice to broaden its performance nicely past simply carrying a digicam in your bag.

What’s additionally good is V3 ships with two completely different units of clamping bolts, hand-driven ones and a set which might be pushed in utilizing a hex key (included).

In Use

The Seize Clip, in motion.

The Seize system is extraordinarily nicely designed and works precisely how you’d count on it to: With the plate connected to your digicam, merely slide it into the clip from above. While you need to retrieve your digicam, press and maintain the small button on the best facet whereas sliding your digicam again upward.

The primary time I connected the system to my bag, I actually didn’t count on to adore it however shortly discovered myself having fun with the comfort it offers. The truth is, all the following gripes I’ve are admittedly nit-picky stuff as a result of frankly the Seize Clip works nicely.

Even with a heavy digicam connected, the Seize feels very safe

Attaching the clip portion to your bag for the primary time could be a little bit of a trouble however the hot button is simply to loosen it greater than you assume it is advisable. Most folk will connect it to a backpack however it may possibly simply be connected to a messenger bag, belt or one thing else completely. As soon as connected to one thing it is not exhausting to take away and exchange. I attempted it on each my Peak Design On a regular basis Backpack and my practically decade previous Camelbak backpack and it match securely on each.

Even with a heavy digicam connected, the Seize feels very safe. The one time I frightened whereas utilizing it was when pulling my backpack off my shoulders. I generally instinctively wish to toss my bag round – not a good suggestion when your treasured gear is linked to the entrance.

Whereas scripting this assessment, I used the Seize with Four completely different cameras: a Nikon D750 w/ 50mm 1.8 (1 kg / 2.19 lb), Nikkormat FTN w/ 50mm 1.4 (1.1 kg / 2.43 lb), Bronica RF645 w/ 65mm f/4 (1.1 kg / 2.44 lb) and Hasselblad 501C w/ 80mm f/2.8 (1.47 kg / 3.25 lb). All of those felt confidently safe.

Peak Design says the Seize is rated for as much as 90 kg / 200 lb so safety-wise virtually something you’d placed on there’s a non-issue. For me personally, the Hasselblad was a bit too heavy to be comfy. But it surely wasn’t simply the load; I additionally didn’t really feel comfy with the way in which massive cameras or these with lengthy lenses have a tendency to tug down, doubtlessly jabbing into your physique.

Backside line

The Seize system not solely makes it easy to hold your digicam, nevertheless it additionally means you all the time have a plate connected for tripod mounting.

My largest hangup with the Seize is simply getting used to having your digicam in your chest (that’s the place I wore it no less than), nevertheless it solely took me about an hour of strolling round in a park to get used to it. And by later that very same day – whereas on a distinct shoot – I discovered I used to be utilizing it instinctively.

My largest hangup with the Seize is simply getting used to having your digicam in your chest

Total for the worth level of $69.95 the Seize Clip V3 isn’t low cost, nevertheless it’s well worth the cash if you happen to’re on the lookout for a brand new strategy to the way in which you carry your digicam. And if you happen to’re wanting so as to add one other clip to your arsenal or improve from a earlier model, you may have the choice of shopping for simply the Clip alone for the cheaper price of $49.95.

Peak Design continues to convey a photographers-first strategy to their design with a really sturdy sense for what works and what doesn’t. On this author’s opinion, the brand new Seize Clip falls squarely within the “works” column.

What we like:

  • Very comfy, light-weight and slim
  • Rated for as much as 90 kg / 200 lbs, very safe and secure
  • Very fast studying curve and intensely simple to get used to
  • Feels nice ergonomically
  • A number of choices for placement and increasing makes use of with different add-ons
  • Fashionable, actually

What we don’t:

  • Expensive
  • Gear hangs ahead on chest
  • Hex screw requires you to maintain the hex wrench with you

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