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Overview : Finally, a camera strap designed specifically for mirrorless cameras. SlideLITE contains all the revolutionary features of Slide™, but in a slimmed-down 1.25 inch (3.2 cm) wide strap, ideal for carrying mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Anchor Link connectors let you wear SlideLITE as a sling, neck or shoulder strap, and aluminum quick-adjusters let you change strap length on the fly.
- Slimmed-down webbing ideal for carrying compact/mirrorless cameras
- Converts to sling, neck or shoulder strap
- Camera stays positioned any way you like it without twisting
- Silicone grip on top of webbing allows you flip strap over for non-slip stability
- Ultralight strap packs down to fit in your pocket or bag
- Attach, remove, and reconfigure with ease
- Includes ARCA type quick-release plate for tripod compatibility
- Durable seatbelt style webbing with lifetime guarantee
Quality/Usability : For those familiar with Peak Design camera straps, SlideLITE sits in the middle of their lineup. It's like the Leash and Slide/Summit Edition meshed into one. Not too bulky, not too skinny, it's perfect for your ultralight mirrorless companion.
I'm not going to go too much into detail about the SlideLITE but more of a comparison and differences between LITE and standard Slide strap.
The same item that is included with the standard Slide strap is also included with the SlideLITE: strap, standard plate, hex tool, two anchor links, two additional spare anchor links, a pouch and quick start guide.
The SlideLITE is a slimmed down version of the original black Slide strap. The strap slims down from 45mm (1.8") to 32mm (1.25"). Minimum length stays the same at 99cm (39") but the maximum length increases slightly from 137cm (54") to 144cm (57"). The SlideLITE still has the seatbelt-style webbing but due to the size, it doesn't have the thick padding inserted into the strap.
The lever handle which allows you to cinch the camera strap is smaller in width but the same design and concept where it allows you to grab the handle to have the camera closer to your body or loosened.
The strap still has the smooth on one side and grippy on the other. So depending on your preference, you can choose which one will suit your needs and shooting situation.
Unlike the big brother version (left), the SlideLITE does not have a black Hypalon with red stitching that connects the anchor link to the strap webbing. Now, the strap webbing loops through the anchor link itself.
The anchor links are pretty much a standard piece for all Peak Design products. They were first introduced with the Cuff Wrist Strap and Leash Camera Strap.
To attach the anchor points:
A. Insert the anchor cord through the the loop at the bottom of your camera (grip) or quick release plate that is used for straps.
B. Create a loop with the anchor cord and bring the anchor disc through it.
C. Pull the anchor disc tight. The knot you created is called a cow hitch.
D. Attach the Clutch to the anchor by sliding the anchor disc into the housing in the direction shown.
E. When fully inserted, you’ll hear a “click.” The anchor is now locked in. To disconnect, press down on the anchor disc with your thumb and push the anchor out in the direction of the arrow.
The standard plate is the quick-release plate that comes with the standard Capture® Camera Clip. It's compatible with most ARCA-type tripods and fits in Capture® in 4 directions. It is made of die-cast/powdercoated construction. Using the standard plate is optional but it's nice that they included it.
When I used standard plate with the G1X Mark II, the plate is slightly big and extends out from the body of the camera. So when I need a plate, I would use the MICROplate which has a smaller footprint and still allows me to attach anchor links. Otherwise, I prefer to attach the SlideLITE to each side of the camera.
Conclusion : Overall, the Peak Design Slite LITE Camera Sling Strap is a great companion for smaller cameras such as the Canon G1X Mark II, Canon G7x and mirrorless cameras like the Sony A7R II. I see the SlideLite as a beefed up version of the Leash but with the Slide strap features and look and feel. It will work fine with smaller entry level DSLR's but once you get in to the mid-level/prosumer, I highly suggest the big brother Slide strap.
I've been attaching my G1X Mark II to the BlackRapid SnapR 35 bag/strap but the SlideLITE will be taking over the strap function of it from now on and the SnapR will be used solely for carrying and protection.