The world is filled with photographic gadgets made to make life for photographers that much easier. Many of these seem pretty cool and novel at first but often lack the build quality or functionality to really be used over and over again. I was quite excited to test out some of the gear from the Peak Design team on our Svalbard Expedition, particularly since it added value and filled some gaps on my existing setup.
The Peak Design Leash
I am not a fan of camera straps as I find they often get caught on items in and around a game drive vehicle and on other camera gear when hauling a camera out of a bag. That being said, there have been a number of times where I wished I had just taken the time to thread the straps through the mounting points and have my hands free (during walks on our Tuli Nature Photography Workshop for example).
The Peak Design Leash is punted as “The most versatile and quick-connecting camera strap in the world…” and can adapt to any camera and any shooting situation.
The leash uses a very clever and simple design which allows you to easily attach and detach a strap or leash to your camera gear without having to thread those clumsy straps through the mounting points each and every time. This means that it can be setup as and when needed rather than being a “permanent” fixture to your camera.
By attaching a number of tag attachments to the mounting points on your gear, you can easily slip these into cleverly designed “docking points” on the strap which provides a secure attachment to the camera. Rated to 45kg’s you should have a problem carrying the heaviest of bodies/lens combo’s with one of these and they also come with a lifetime guarantee.
The tags are unobtrusive and typically lie flush against the camera body when they are not attached to a docking point which is also great.
As if the ease with which you can attach and detach the leash to the camera wasn’t enough, you can also wear the strap in a variety of positions.
- The stock standard strap position uses two tag attachments (one on each side of the camera) to provide you with your usual neck strap.
- Releasing one side of the tag attachments you can now wear the leash in a sling strap position where the camera rests comfortably at your side (Left or right depending on which side you find more accessible).
- The third position may not be used much but can be quite useful for those who have a compact point and shoot as at secures one end of the strap to a belt (or any other object) with the other secured to the camera. This can be very handy when looking to stabilise a camera for shooting video.
I tried out all of these positions during my trip to the Arctic but, for obvious reasons, was wearing a number of layers of clothing and jackets and didn’t feel any pressure from the strap although it may be a bit thin and cause some discomfort without the protection from the layers.
Apart from that, I found the leash to be a great way to free up both hands when carrying a single body and it made working with multiple bodies that much easier.
For wildlife photographers who would enjoy the ability to add and remove a strap to their cameras with ease, I would suggest investing in a leash which comes with 2 docking points and 4 tags for you to attach to your cameras at a cost of R 449.00.
We think that this piece of gear is pretty useful so we will be stocking the Peak Design Leash along with our range of Clik Elite & Redged gear at the office! If you’d like more info or would like to order a Peak Design Leash, drop me an email!
Later this week I will be looking at another handy piece of gear from the Peak Design team…
Here’s a hint: