Well, it is winter time and I am gearing up for the spring photographically. It has been a long and very cold winter. Not much inspiration to get out and shoot, especially since cameras and their batteries do not like the cold. So it is time for me to look at some more comfortable options for my cameras and how to carry and hold them while shooting.
As you may know by a previous review I posted, I simply love the Spider Holster Black Widow kit for my Panasonic GX7 and my Olympus OM-D E-M5. I do not intend to retract anything from that review, but will add to it in this review. But, what most are unaware of, is that I had about 2 years back purchased the Peak Design Capture Clip. I have to say that the Capture Clip has been a system in development. After stating how uncomfortable using the Capture Clip on my belt was, the team at Peak Design suggested the use of a Pro Pad would address the issue. They were right, but the heavy-duty construction of the Capture Clip system in my opinion required a larger camera system to work with. I had my E-30 which I still use from time to time but it would be a shame to dedicate the Capture Clip for that camera.
Then, last June, Samsung had a promotion at Times Square in New York City in which you could trade in an old DSLR and they would give you a new NX30 camera, no strings attached. Well a free camera, I was there and long story short, after a full day spent, I had a new Samsung NX30, a rather substantial sized new camera, which I use for personal projects.
Now with two versatile and heavy duty belt systems that are to my liking, there was still one gnawing thing that made me feel not all that secure, something that would help protect my gear in case of a bump or if my hand loses grip for some reason. That matter could be solved with a comfortable and strong hand strap.
Well, it happens that Peak Design and Spider Holster within a matter of a month designed and had on crowd funding hand straps that would go with their respective systems late last summer. Both were similarly priced for the pre-production purchase, so I decided to give both a try. I carefully reviewed the videos and the offerings from each hand strap.
The first to arrive was Peak Design’s Clutch strap. I was impressed at its feel and how fast it installed to the camera body, in this case the Samsung NX30 and integrated with the Capture Clip’s arca swiss plate. I had to make sure I had the bottom fastener called an anchor link was positioned properly, but that was a “me” issue rather than a design issue. The only concern I had was the anchor link’s construction which is plastic with cord/cable loop which affixes to the plate. The strap is otherwise strong and comfortable to use and the body felt secure on my hand using it. The strap is also adjustable for large and small hands. To me it completes the system with Capture Clip, now that I have the Pro Pad and the Clutch strap.
About two months ago, Spider Holster’s Pro Hand Strap arrived. From opening the packaging I could see a lot of thought went into the Pro strap’s design. The only negative I could find immediately, was the installation took more than the 5 minutes I expected. It was more like 15 minutes. I installed it on the Panasonic GX7 which along with the Olympus OM-D that use the Spider Holster Black Widow system. The Pro strap is more contoured for one’s hand making it very comfortable to work with along with it being easily adjustable. The Pro strap also has one additional feature that I have not seen on a hand strap to date, and that is a wrist strap attachment that is included with the strap. By using this additional wrist strap I could completely relax my hand and the body would not fall. I intend after using this strap to purchase another to put on the OM-D. I like it that much.
Both the Peak Design Clutch and Spider Pro Hand Straps are compliments to the respective systems. Because of the weight and construction of Peak Design’s Capture Clip, I would really only see it used for large cameras like DSLRs or large mirrorless cameras. The Spider Holster system I personally find to be a bit more versatile as a belt and hand system.
For a rating, I would have to give the Peak Design Clutch an overall rating of 4 stars out of five. The anchor link design concerns me as possibly having a failure due to wear when one does not want one. To remedy that though one should inspect their gear before and after each use. To be fair, they do include an extra one just in case wear shows, and additional anchor links can be purchased separately. The production price for the Clutch according to Peak Design’s website is $39.95. If you are wondering what the Capture Clip, Pro Pad, and Clutch strap will cost together, that according to their website is approximately $140.
The Spider Holster Pro strap I am going to rate 5 stars out of 5 possible stars. I find the construction, design, comfort and versatility to warrant this rating. The price for this strap is a bit more at $65 but I think it is an investment well thought out for those that are not into neck and sling straps. For those that may be curious, the Spider Holster Black Widow kit which includes the Black Widow clip along with a belt and pad along with the Pro strap the price would be approximately $130.99.
Both systems I can recommend, but as to which would be better for you to have and use depends on your gear, the environment you intend on using it in, and your personal shooting preferences. Either system to me is well worth the investment.
Spider Camera Holster