Looks like a normal strap with the exception of the ingenious patented Anchor Link ® connection that allows for easy attachment and detachment of the camera. If you are one of the many kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peak-design/slide-and-clutch-versatile-camera-sling-and-hand-s/description backers, then you know the Peak Design Slide is far from a normal camera strap.
Upon initial examination, the first feature that stands out is the quick-pull adjusters that allows for quick lengthening for shooting and shortening of the strap for a snug fit in a resting position laying on your back. I must say that the use of the quick-pull adjusters was as easy and smooth as seen in the kickstarter video. As a previous user of the Peak Design Leash, the Slide is of no comparison. I use the Peak design Leash as it’s named a leash which acts as a means to tether devices and for stabilization.
The Peak Design Slide also comes with 4 anchors and 1 standard plate. I pretty much used three anchors. One on each strap loop of your camera and one attached to the standard plate which leaves me with one extra just in case I lose an anchor, which is not likely if you keep it on your camera.
Once you your camera is configured you are pretty much ready to take your setup on the road.
AFTER FIRST USE:
My first experience with the Peak Design slide was actually during a leisure garden stroll taking pictures of flowers. No, I don’t like taking pictures. I was with the wife during a walk through of Descanso Gardens where she makes available her handmade lightweight clay flower accessories http://www.kogeiology.com during a trunk show twice a year at the gardens.
During my garden stroll, I was able to get used to the pull and retract motion needed to get the camera in the ready position (retract) and stand-by position (pull). I was pleasantly surprised how quickly and easily I was able retrieve my camera behind my back in the stand by position to the ready shooting position. Once you find the perfect length in the ready position you just need to flip the strap around so that the side of the strap with the non-slip material is pressed against your clothing.
After about 2-3 hours of roaming around the gardens in the hot sun, my shoulders were ok considering the Peak design Slide doesn’t have any perforated holes for air circulation.
I am looking forward to using the Peak Design Slide at a wedding or Photoshoot and see how it stands in terms of comfort in that type of shooting pace and environment.
A FEW OF THE FEATURES I FOUND MOST USEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: (view a full listing at the manufacturer website
- Works with any camera with the anchors
- Quick Connection due to patented Anchor Link ™ System
- Tripod compatible with most ARCA-type tripod heads
- Lifetime Warranty
If you are already apart of the Peak Design Ecosystem (have anchors in all your cameras), then the Peak Design Slide is a welcomed addition to your camera strap arsenal. I don’t know about you but I like the ability to quickly take off straps from my camera when not needed. With the Peak design Ecosystem, I find it very easy to easily switch between the Peak Design Slide to the Cuff or Clutch. Look out for the Clutch review.
Disclosure: We’ve received this product at no cost for this review. The views and opinion expressed in this review are mine and cannot be bought.
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