As a professional photographer one thing I have come to despise over the years are camera neck straps. I find them cumbersome and clumsy. I much prefer to use hand straps as these allow you to hold the camera securely and for me they are a lot more comfortable than wrapping the neck strap around your wrist a few times.
I’ve had a number of hand straps over the years, some good, some bad, but I’ve never had a hand strap quite like Peak Design’s “Clutch”. It addresses a common problem with hand straps that no other brand I have tried does. Let me explain; often hand straps are designed to be snug fitting, but inherent in this snugness is restriction of wrist movement and when you need to move your index finger or thumb to other buttons and dials you either need to have really long fingers, or you need to remove your hand from the strap completely. It’s a pain I encountered on my recent safari where when I wanted to shoot video instead of stills on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 I had to take my hand out of the Olympus GS-5 to reach the record button.
The Clutch is a very clever design that prevents this from being a problem. Not only is the strap exceedingly simple to attach to your camera by using Peak’s patented quick release Anchor Links, its snugness can be adjusted really quickly, simply by lifting the buckle (which is cleverly situated on the outside of the grip, as opposed to the inside where most other manufacturers place it). This gives your wrist more room to move when making adjustments with your index finger and when you want the grip to be tighter you simply pull down on the adjustment strap. It is actually brilliantly simple design!
Clutch comes with an ARCA style plate that attaches to the tripod socket of your camera and a couple of Anchor Links. Once you loop the top part of Clutch through your normal camera strap lug on top of the camera, you attach the bottom part to the plate using the Anchor Links. It goes on and comes off in a matter of seconds, unlike some of my other hand straps which require masterful disassembly and reassembly, one of which (made by Canon) I never quite got right the first time I took it off.
Included in the packaging is a soft pouch (looks like a sunglasses case with a drawstring) that you can store it in, as well as a 4mm Alley Key with a key chain loop so that people like me who are forever losing these things can keep one attached to their camera bag (or bunch of keys).
Stay tuned for reviews of Slide, Leash and Capture Pro in the weeks ahead, but in the meantime if you have any questions about Clutch please just pop them in the comments and I will address them.