My Favorite Hiking Accessory (For Photographers)

When I first decided to leave my family in the Midwest to move out to Colorado, one of my initial impulse purchases was a DSLR camera.  Of course, I had no idea how to work my way around a camera like this (still a work in progress), but I knew that I wanted to visually do justice to the adventures I would soon be going on so that my family could follow along, and figured my iPhone wouldn’t cut it.  So next thing I knew, I was dropping $350-ish on a Nikon D3200 bundle on Groupon and calling myself an amateur photographer.

Little did I know that carrying around a DSLR camera on moderate/intense hikes would be an absolute pain in the butt!  If I just had it hanging from a neck strap, then that thing would be swinging all over the place, nearly crashing into trees on narrow trails and switchbacks.  So obviously that wasn’t going to work.  However, if I stored my camera away in my pack, I noticed that I didn’t take as many pictures.  As lazy as it sounds, I simply didn’t want to go through the laborious process of stopping, taking my pack off, fishing the camera out, snapping the picture, putting the camera away, putting the pack back on, and getting back on my hike.  I needed a way to have my camera easily accessible, but secure at the same time.

I found my solution in Peak Design’s Capture Clip.  

This awesome little gadget is a clip that clamps onto a backpack strap, belt, camera bag loop, etc. and a plat that screws onto the bottom of your camera.  The plate locks right into the Capture Clip and does EXACTLY what I needed it to.

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When I slide the camera into the clip, it becomes securely locked in place.  When you press the release button on the clip, the camera slides right out, allowing you to point and shoot in no time! (demonstrated below)

Release Peak Design Capture Clip

The model I’m currently rocking is their older version, so if you check out their website it’ll probably look a little different than mine.  Capture Clip also sells attachments for GoPros, Binoculars, and camera lenses.  I have the GoPro attachment as well which is super handy if you want to do a timelapse of your hikes, bike rides, ski sessions, etc.

I’ve used this thing while hiking and mountain biking, and I’ve never once had to worry about the safety of my camera.  If you’re a photographer that loves to take their camera on their adventures, I can’t help but recommend this awesome gadget.  If I’m bringing my DSLR along, I don’t leave home without it.

Check out the 12 Essentials that I bring on every hike.

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