Not only do the TCS staff like to chat about photography together, and hum and haw about shooting and composition – sometimes the staff here like to go out and shoot. When we do we’re always looking for quality products to carry our gear around. Peak Design has proven itself to us time and time again. One of the things we really appreciate is Peak Design’s commitment to a lifetime warranty. Directly off of Peak Design’s site they state:
Every single Peak Design product comes with a no-hassle, no-rhetoric lifetime guarantee. If any part of your Peak Design product becomes non-functioning or defective, we will repair or replace it with a fully-functioning item in the same or better condition.
Across everything that they offer, Peak Design equipment is always functional, well-built, well thought out and, at least to me, aesthetically pleasing. One of the largest reasons I continue to use their bags is because of their subtle branding. Camera bags with brands all over them just scream ‘steal me.’ These bags are often holding thousands of dollars worth of equipment, and although you should be covered professionally by insurance if you’re a professional, even getting your gear stolen as an amateur can be absolutely devastating. I like to minimize that risk as much as possible.
There are a lot of reasons why Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack is number 1 on our list. Both the 20L and 30L packs are excellent and evoke quality and thoughtfulness throughout the entirety of their design. Carrying tripods is a breeze with locks and straps already included in the bag. A beautiful side-loading design lets you access your gear quickly so that you’re not bumbling about when you see a shot but have already put your camera away. Perhaps the most important, at least to me, is the fact that the side pockets located on the exterior of the bag can fit and carry water bottles which are extremely important to me when I’m on the go. I despise having to reach into and unzip my bag to get some water. There are a lot of other reasons why this bag is excellent, but these key points are why I personally love it.
The key thing we love about the Capture Clip is the versatility it provides as a support system in your ecosystem as a photographer. Your camera is clipped on via an arca-swiss plate, which enables it to quickly be mounted onto a tripod if needed. (Manfrotto-compatible plates are also available at an extra charge in case you’re already immersed into their system.) The clip itself is easy to install and we have found it to be extremely secure in virtually any setup – be it strap or belt. It is difficult to remove via force after installation. We’ve found that the clip really shines with a mirrorless application as DSLR’s with heavy zoom lenses don’t do as well and are more prone to bumping into things while clipped to a shoulder strap, but when paired with a mirrorless camera it’s an excellent hands-free device to carry your camera around all day.
The Everyday Messenger is a solid choice if you’re not in the market for a backpack and are looking for something a little more slick and stylish. Like every other Peak Design product, there’s room for almost anything that you’ll need on the go, including an excellent dedicated laptop/important stuff pouch located behind the main section of the bag. Again, access to hydration is fast and easy with no frills. Tripod attachment is simple and easy, and again, the bag doesn’t particularly look like a theft target any more than other bags that may be located around it.
The cuff incorporates PD’s excellent anchor design into a nice and small package. The anchor has always been excellent, although recently there have been some performance issues with one of their newer designs. In line with their excellent customer service, this has also been immediately addressed by the company and will be replaced free of charge for any users that are affected. The anchors are tested to withstand up to 200 lbs of force and I have never had any issues with them. Having a quick release system is always a nice boon, whether it’s to move to a tripod, or just put away quickly.