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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Peak Designs Capture V3 camera clip.

 Carrying any sort of DSLR or 4/3rds camera or compact for that matter when hiking can be a bit of a pain. I have never been very comfortable with the options available. There are many different types of camera support systems on the market but none had taken my fancy. They were basically designed for street photographers and I say that respectfully, rather than backpackers on long trips where you don't want to keep stopping to de-bag the camera whether it be in a separate camera case or worse still in the rucksack.

That was until I was watching a YouTube video during the first covid lockdown period and the American backpacker was using this clip system. I couldn't catch the name of the clip from the video but after some googling I managed to find out who the manufacturer was.

It was Peak Designs. 



It turns out that this kit was originally a Kickstart item in 2011. It raised $15 million. Since then there have been 3 versions. The clip that I purchased and which this review is based on is the V3 which was released in 2018.

I won't bore readers with the history of the previous 2 versions because it's all available on line for those who want to know. What I will say though is that the V3 is the smallest and lightest version without distracting from the carrying specifications.

The clip weighs 84 grams and includes the locking plate that attaches to the camera base.

Beautifully smooth CNC machined and anodised aluminium, weatherproof and finished in black as mine is or silver option.

Image from Peak Design website.

The clip has an impressive carry weight of 90kg plus. or 200lb in old money. Far more than any camera.

Item 1, fits to your rucksack strap or it can also be tailored to fit on trouser belts or other types of bags. A separate strap for this method is available as an add an accessory. I didn't purchase this addition as I will probably only use it on my rucksack strap.
The dimensions are, width 8.3cm, height 4cm, depth 2cm.

Item 2, this fits onto the base of the camera using the tripod location. The thread is 1/4 -20 UNC. Standard on all cameras. It is a 4 way fitting into the clip so it doesn't matter which way round you locate it to the camera base. You fit it in a way which best suits the lenses you want to attach. You can't get it wrong. Honest.

Item 3, 2 sets of screw are provided, one pair which are finger tightening and the other pair hex head tightening.

Item 4, Hex key for tightening the plate to camera and the optional use screws. Complete with ring attachment to a key fob.

Item 5, Carry case.

In Use.

Fitting the clip to the rucksack strap was a bit of a faff at first and it is MOST IMPORTANT to be aware that the clip is made to fit straps that are no bigger than 6.4cm (2.5") wide and 1.5cm (0.6") thick using the finger tightening screws or a thicker strap, up to 2.2cm (0.88") with the 2 additional set screws.
I refitted the clip three times before I had a comfortable position for the camera on the strap and which was easy to release the locking pin to remove the camera.
By using the 2 set screws my feeling is that by pinching in the straps you could probably get away with straps that are slightly wider than 6.4cm but I haven't proved that yet.
To stop the clip from sliding down the rucksack strap the clip has an injection moulded PVC pad fitted. I haven't had any problems with it sliding down at all. I guess it depends on the total weight of your own set up.

I have seen some videos of the clip in use where users say it was awkward to remove and replace the camera but I found it very easy indeed after 3 or 4 goes. It's all about familiarity and dexterity. If I can do it easily, then anyone can.

Once you slide the camera into the clip you hear a click which is the locking pin latching securely. If the camera is to be in the clip for a period of time or you are going through difficult terrain like forestry etc etc where you may have to bend or climb over obstacles then by turning the locking pin 90 degrees this stops the pin from being inadvertently released. When safe, turning the pin 90 degrees again releases it.
If you look at the clip and pin you will see a pair of lines, one on the body and the other on the pin head. When aligned the pin is free to unlock.

Peak Designs Capture clip in situ.


Locking pin in unlocked position

Peak Designs recommend that you fit the clip on the right hand strap but from what I found I prefer it on the left strap. It makes no difference to its operation, it is what ever suits you best. It is trial and error and personal preference.

It will come as no surprise that with an expensive camera and lens set up that I was quite nervous about it falling out and causing damage when I first used it. I can put your mind at ease, that feeling soon disappears as you get used to locking and unlocking it. It is a solid assembly and I never have any reservations about using it now.

The plate which screws to the camera is Arca type and therefore doesn't fit that many tripods. Quite a lot of tripods with slide in guides use RC2, for example the Manfoto tripods. (See Footnote)
Peak Designs do provide a solution with the dual plate accessory which currently costs £19. 


What I liked.
  • Overall weight of the assembly and the weight it can support.
  • Small size
  • Locking mechanism
  • Numerous accessories for lenses and Go Pro's etc.
  • Feel of security
  • Beautifully engineered design
  • Weatherproof.

What I didn't like.
  • The plate attached to the camera could cover some camera battery box covers. Its ok on my Nikon and Olympus.
  • Need to carry the Allen key with you. A coin screw lock would be better. The Allen key can be attached to your key fob.
  • Doesn't fit to all tripods.
  • The restriction on rucksack strap width.

Summary.
 I haven't mentioned the cost as a like or dislike because it depends on everyones personal perspective. It costs £52. I believe it is a price worth paying because cameras are expensive pieces of kit and I wasn't prepared to pay for something cheap that may or may not work. I wasn't prepared to take the risk.

It is well made, will last and very little if anything to go wrong. It is very comfortable and after only 10 or 15 minutes you forget you have it with you.

I wouldn't be without it. It's a fantastic piece of kit.

Footnote. Since publishing this post I have played around with my Manfoto travel tripod and found that if you leave off the quick release plate and just use the Peak Design clip plate attached to the camera base. It is functional and will attach to the tripod adjustable vice. There are no override stops as with the Manfoto quick release plate but its a small price to pay considering that you don't need to buy the dual plate or have the hassle of changing attachment plates. 

Disclaimer. I bought this item with my own money. I wasn't asked to do a review and have no affiliation with Peak Designs.




Sunday, January 3, 2021

Can I give NHS Vaccine injections?

 

Many people already trained to give injections have been confronted with this pile of RED TAPE. So they back off. Utter ridiculous and may cost lives.


The checklist to become an NHS vaccinator

Recognising and managing anaphylaxis

Resuscitation, level 2

Safeguarding adults, level 2

Safeguarding children, level 2

Vaccine administration

Vaccine storage

Health, Safety and Welfare, level 1

Infection Prevention and control, level 2

Introduction to Anaphylaxis

Legal aspects of vaccination

Moving and Handling, level 1

Preventing radicalisation, level 1

Conflict resolution, level 1

Core knowledge for Covid-19 vaccinators

Covid mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine)

Data security awareness, level 1

Equality, Diversity and Human rights, level 1

Fire safety, level 1



NO WONDER ITS GOING TO TAKE OVER 12 MONTHS TO VACCINATE THE POPULOUS. HOW PREVENTING RADICALISATION HELPS GIVE INJECTIONS IS SHEER MIND BLOWING.


Saturday, January 2, 2021

John Rousseau RIP.

 Very sad to hear today of the sudden death of John Rouseau from Broughton Mills. John was a Lakeland photographer and a real character. Sheila and I very much enjoyed his company over a beer in the Manor Arms in Broughton in Furness.

I remember talking to him about his camera work and he was so 'matter of fact' I just use an Olympus Pen, set it up and it does the rest. I have since bought an Olympus and I wish it was that easy. He had a great talent and will be missed by many.

 It's with a great sadness that I write this post note and our thoughts are with daughter Jayne and the family.

Here is a link to john's and Jayne's work.  http://www.rousseaugallery.co.uk/john.htm

John Rousseau. RIP.



Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Rules for hiking in Tier 3

 

If I walk with my family we are allowed 6 people from 6 households. And as family we would know if they were covid secure or not.

If I walk with a club it’s 30 people. That’s potentially 30 households. 

If you understand this logic then let me know because it beats me. 

Friday, October 30, 2020

Kingsley, the River Weaver and Frodsham Cut.

 Friday, 30th October 2020

We managed to attend one of Martin B's walks today which made a pleasant change for us. As a bonus it was also in an area that we had never walked in before.

It started from the village of Kingsley, near Frodsham in Cheshire. Finding the start point at the community centre was easy enough and parking was not a problem. 

Kingsley, from what we saw is quite a small but nice village with good local amenities. Our small group of 7, which is allowed I may add under current covid restrictions set off past the well stocked Co-op and the Church of St John's to an ancient stepped style onto open fields between Hollows Lane and Pike Lane.

At the first fence we came to an obstacle which was going to play a major roll in this walk, MUD. We didn't know this at the time but we soon found out. It was a blessing that it was raining which meant we had over trousers on already which saved our trousers from the gloop.

A broken stile and knee deep gloop.
We crossed Pike Lane and dropped down through a wooded glade, crossing a small stream via a foot bridge. The adjoining field path brought us in front of Peel Hall.

This image doesn't do the Hall justice as this is a moated site. The current residence dates to around 1840 but the moat which is a scheduled monument is pre 1660 when this was the seat of the Ardernes family, probably Henry. The original house burnt down. 

The moat is now a source of water for the local cows which seem to be a shy lot.

The lane away from Peel Hall was another muddy trod but we past a nice piece of kit. A McConnel centre mounted backhoe tractor attachment.

On route across fields towards the River Weaver Navigation we had the first of only two meanders on this walk. Meanders are where we stray away from the set route. We don't mind meanders.
However the mud became deeper and deeper and at one point I thought we might loose Sheila as she struggled to get over a really deep section of mud and slurry.


This way or that way?
Walking into the gloom and rain.

A darkening view over Sutton and Frodsham.
Signal Box on the Frodsham Line.
Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge and signal box on the railway built around 1850.

The field in the foreground of the above image was a field of corn. Quite a few husks were still on the ground even though it had been harvested. Sheila gave us a quick lesson in how to remove the grubs that hide in the stem of the corn. Her expertise in the subject was gained from her time in the USA where she used to sell corn on the cob direct from a farm wagon. 

The weather closed in again for a short period of time before finally we got to see the sun. After our second meander we found the path and stile which led to the Weaver river side.

The River Weaver navigation was built to ship salt and clay from Cheshire. It was built in the 1750's.
There is a guillotine lock still surviving even though the "cut" stopped being navigated in the 1950's.

Disused guillotine lock.

Here we found a bench which brought about 11'is or 12' is as it was now. It was actually sunny, well bright anyway.

The muddy crew lunch break.
The "path" along the "Cut" was a real mess, made worse by hundreds of cows hoofs. We couldn't walk in the adjacent fields because they were just as bad and habited by Canada geese and Gulls.

Walking the muddy cut.

Once away from Frodsham Cut we made way for a group of young quad bikers led by an instructor. It was a guided route across farmland so I guess its a way of diversifying. It looked worth trying out one day.
I should of took a photo.....




Back into Kingsley, we retraced our steps past the church and the Co-op back to the car park.
St. John's Church Kingsley. Built 1850 by George Gilbert Scott.

Benchmark found on st John's Church Gate post.
This is a cut benchmark. 0.3m above the ground. It is 56.56 metres above OS Datum Newlyn (Tide gauge bolt Newlyn Pier. Last verified in 1964. Grid ref. SJ 5473 7500.


Just time for one more tractor pic. John Deere 6130R.

Todays route 10.80km. We walked in a clockwise direction from the red dot.

Thanks to Martin B for organising the walk. It was most enjoyable as was the company. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

All quiet in Manchester.

 Photographs of Manchester during the day. 

Eerily quiet. 

I have heard that Manchester is not complying with the Governments Tier 3 rules. Well here is the proof that they are and this is rush hour 4.40pm.. 

But, there was no hussle and bustle at the Covid Nightingale Hospital. In fact just the opposite. 

Strange considering. Why don't they do covid testing whilst they are doing very little instead of folk having to pay between £120-£200 for the privilege. Or do we forward the expense to Chinese Embassy.











Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A short visit to Dunnerdale.

 Monday 12th - Thursday 15th October 2020

I had originally planned this camping trip for last week but a sore achilles put paid to that. We were just a little disappointed because we hadn't been up to see our friends in Seathwaite since before the covid lockdown in March.

We had to camp because we couldn't visit their house, but to be honest I was quite looking forward to getting the camping gear out again. If I could find it all.

Monday was forecast a wet day and it proved correct. It rained most of the way and had set in for the day by the time we arrived at the campsite in Seathwaite. We waited in the car for a short while to see if the rain would abate but no luck, so it was just a matter of getting the waterproofs on and getting the tent up ASAP.

I took the Kuiu Mountain Star tent which is an easy tent to erect and it doesn't matter if its raining, the inner tent doesn't get wet. Five minutes after the tent was up the rain eased slightly but it wasn't to last. At least I managed to make a brew before it started again. Only at this point did we realise that we had forgot the coffee so it was green tea.

Tranquility in the Duddon Valley.


I had a short wander around the site and found there was only one other tent.

We lazed around in the tent for the rest of the afternoon, it just wasn't worth getting wet through, but later we had arranged to meet up with our friends in the Newfield Inn at 6.00pm come rain or shine.

The Newfield Inn opened its doors on 1st September under new management so we were more than looking forward to seeing what had changed. Considering it was a wet Monday night there was more folk in than I had expected. It was good to see our friends again, but no hugs. 

I have to say that the menu was very good and the food was excellent. I had Steak and Ale pie and I wished I had taken a photo because it looked wonderful and the portion were very large. I struggled to finish it all but I wasn't going to leave any. 

A notice on the bar said, "Breakfasts being served from 9.00am". This is new. I took a mental note.

Tuesday.

The rain had stopped and it wasn't a bad day. My achilles was not causing me too much pain but I knew I daren't risk going on the high fells. I planned a short walk up the Walna track to take some photos but it seemed we just diverted and went up the good track to Seathwaite Tarn and back. 

Once up at the reservoir it was a different day. From being a warm day down in the valley, it had now turned into a very nippy and windy day. Not a day to linger and have a picnic. On the way back we passed quite a few folk on their way up. I thought "I bet you think its a lovely day but just wait till you get up there".

When we got back we spoke to a lady who had gone up to Dow Crag. However, she had got blown over at Buck pike so decided to get off the mountain. Wise decision.





Harter Fell


Wednesday.

The night turned into one of gale force winds with rain lashing down. We didn't sleep much until about midnight when the wind abaited a little. I slept ok until about 5 am but Sheila didn't sleep much. As it was we had a bit of a lie in.

Once the sun was up it proved to be a lovely day so another short walk was called for. We headed for Fickle Steps, which is a series of large boulders and a wire handrail across the River Duddon. Luckily the river was not too high and we got across with dry feet. 

It had been many a year since I had walked the Duddon Gorge and so it proved to be a good decision. We loved it. Such a peaceful path which undulates with great views of the river and higher up onto the fells. I had to be a bit careful in parts and just watch my footing on the rocky path. I din't want to twist my ankle and make it worse. We were in no rush anyway so it didn't matter how slow we walked.










In the evening we headed back to the Newfield to socialise with our friends before leaving for home tomorrow. We suggested to have breakfast here in the morning which would be better than us cooking it. All agreed.

Wednesday night proved to be a bit of a chilly one and we were grateful for our -5 PHD sleeping bags. Just before we packed up we had a chat with the owner of the campsite and he was telling us of his good fortune at the Tup auctions were he had sold one for £18,000. Fantastic price.



Breakfast at the pub turned out to be an excellent choice. Bacon, sausage, 2 eggs, tomato's, mushrooms, black pudding. Toast and coffee. It cost £9.95 and I know some will think this is a lot but it was worth it. It was quality and I look forward to next time.

Well that just about ends our short trip. Hopefully next time my ankle tendon will be much improved.

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