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Capture Camera Clip redesign worth funding (hands-on)

It's already blown past its $100,000 Kickstarter goal, and this simple but strong clamp that turns any strap or belt into a secure quick-release carrier for your camera is worth your $50.

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Anyone who's ever needed an extra hand when shooting with an SLR (or any other camera for that matter) will understand the attraction of the Capture Camera Clip System.

The two-piece device, which got its start on Kickstarter back in 2011, clamps securely onto any belt or strap up to 3 inches wide and 0.5 inch thick, while a quick-release plate attaches to the tripod mount on your camera. At the press of a button you can slide your camera off the clip, shoot, and slide it back on when you're done.

However, like many first-gen products, the Capture was a little rough around the edges. Armed with a lot of user feedback, though, Peak Design is back on Kickstarter with version 2.

The new model is considerably more polished. Mounting plates slide in and out more easily, so holstering and shooting is that much faster. It's more comfortable to wear and use. And, it locks and holds your camera more securely.

The differences between the first and second generation are detailed in the slideshow above. Suffice it to say, it's a much better product the second time around. Whether you don't like camera straps, want something a little more secure when you're out shooting, or want help when it comes time to change lenses or pop on a flash, the Capture Camera Clip is an excellent option.

The Kickstarter campaign for the Capture Camera Clip v2 is already more than $300,000 past its goal, with 25 days to go. As with a lot of Kickstarter projects, Peak Design has several reward packages that make funding it an advantage. Plus, according to the Kickstarter page, Peak Design intends to ship at the end of August when the campaign ends, so by contributing you can be among the first to get one.