Here today we have the Peak Design Capture LENS. It’s availiable in Nikon F mount, Canon EF mount or Sony E and FE mounts. I have the Nikon F mount.
I was super intruiged by this product when I first saw it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!
It’s very similar to the Capture PRO camera clip, in fucntionality and quality.
The difference with this product however, is that it’s designed to hold 2 lenses for some super fast lens changes.
What’s in the box?
The Capture LENS is the full kit which includes the chassis, back plate, Lens kit and another couple of Anchor links. Oh, and a carry bag is included in each product.
How does it work?
The chassis and back plate work in the same way as the Capture PRO camera clip. Unscrew, attach and tighten. The Lens kit slides in the same way a quick release plate would and you’re ready to go!
The Lens kit (Lens mount) has 2 caps covering the holes on where lenses will be mounted. It’s best practice to keep these on when not in use so no dust or debris can fall inside.
There are a couple of red dots and arrows on the kit which indicate the way to place your lens into the mount. When securing the lens, make sure you hear and feel a definite click. The first few I tried, I wasn’t sure if I had put the lens on correctly, but after a few tries, I learnt how to get the click.
On each side of the Lens kit, there is a red button which will only release your lens when pressed. No worries about lenses falling off randomly.. I would have liked another button on each side for lens release though. On bigger lenses I found I’d have to go two handed to release it.
The Lens kit is able to be turned into 4 different positions to suit the user. You grab the kit and pull it away from the base and turn to the desired position. That’s all there is to it. The internal mechanism is designed to keep the Lens Kit in place, but it’s easy to move and manipulate when needed.
You don't even need to use it with the plate. You can attach the Anchor links to the holes on the side of the Lens kit and attach them to a Peak Design strap. For those days you don’t want to take a bag around with you. It is easier to manipulate with the kit firmly attached to Capture clip though.
I have found using a lens on both sides of the Lens kit is best for my personal shooting style. The covering caps are relatively easy to lose if you’re anything like me! As soon as you take a lens off the camera, you switch it for one from the kit. The ability to rotate lenses on the fly saves so much time! Having a wall or something to put a lens on while changing makes it so much easier.
The only issues I have, and these may be issues with myself:
1. Getting the lens on the kit is sometimes awkward. It’s pretty easy to miss the mount or put the lens in a slight angle. Yes, there are the dots on lens and mount, but it takes a little while to finese the technique.
2. The buttons. Using both hands on the Lens kit is fine. No issue there. But try one handed.. It’s weird. Pressing the button, twisting the lens and keeping a firm grip is awkward.
Although the Capture Lens kit is plastic on the outside, the lens mounts are metal and it all feels exceptional quality. Like the Capture PRO clip, this comes with a lifetime warranty so you can be confident it will survive any abuse you give it.
This isn’t a product for everyone. I love the concept but in practice it can be a little fiddly. With the Capture Lens mounted in the Capture clip and placed on a backpack or belt with small lenses, it’s a brilliant piece of kit. Shooting weddings or live music where lens changes are a constant thing, this piece of kit shines, provided the lenses you put on it aren’t huge and heavy.
However, I’m a fan of putting lenses into a camera bag where they aren’t as susceptible to knocks, bangs, scratches, weather etc. In a camera bag there is some form protection. Also, depending on placement, some lenses can get in the way, especially when using hoods.
It is a really good product. but as a standalone product, I can’t get comfortable with how long my camera sensor is exposed when changing lenses. In comparison, when using a messenger bag, my lens change technique takes about 1 or 2 seconds and my sensor is pretty guarded from the elements.