I used my Peak Design Micro clutch for the first time on the World Wide Photo Walk in Oxford. Fitting my Micro Clutch onto the camera was OK except for the pushing the adjuster strap onto the keeper stud. This is (necessarily) very tight.
An added wrinkle was that I had to take one of the the Anchor straps off the camera’s slot attachment in order to fit the Micro clutch. Rather than leave it lying around I looped it onto the other slot. The plate has an attachment point for an anchor and this allowed me to add a Peak Design Cuff for added safety.
Changing the battery (Updated)
The plate of the Micro clutch completely covers the battery access. This meant that I had to use the provided tool to undo the fastener (screw) so the plate could be removed to gain access.
It is a great feature that a simple tool is magnetically held in the side of the plate itself. I undid the fastener (screw) and immediately it fell off the table that I was using onto the floor.
The issue for me was holding the camera, turning the tool to release the plate and (with your third hand) making sure the fastener doesn’t fall. Once the battery was changed, putting the Micro clutch back was easy as long as I used the table to support the camera.
On close examination in the instruction leaflet the fastener is left in the base of the camera while the battery is being changed. Peak Design’s very helpful support sent me this short video after I queried the process.
I clearly need to practice more battery changes!
Storing the Micro clutch
The original outer packaging for the Micro clutch isn’t designed to be re-used. I raided the kitchen cupboard for a small resealable IKEA bag.
The Micro clutch came with a second fastener (screw) longer than first. This was to be used with the provided tripod plate when using a tripod as well as the clutch
BUT two fasteners (screws) loose inside the bag would not the best idea as probably they’ll fall out and get lost. This Peak Design product didn’t come with a storage bag (unlike my other straps etc). I don’t think the designers have thought about how to store when off the camera.
My ‘hack’ was to cut off the part of the inside packaging that held the screws. This then I could use as a holder for them. Hopefully, it will retain the fasteners until I can find a better solution.