Peak Design SlideLITE Review

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It’s here!!! From left to right is my Peak Design Leash, brand spanking new SlideLITE and original Slide.

The Leash is perfect for my small Canon G15.

The Slide is perfect for my large Canon 7D, 70-200mm f/4L IS and battery grip.

But for my Fuji X-T1 which I use the most, the Leash is not great for multi-hour use and the Slide is too big, but the SlideLITE fits perfectly. You can see the difference in sizes better here:

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Or here in this test shot.

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I could erase the color difference in Photoshop, but I was not inspired by what I saw in the camera so I didn’t do one without the sheet which I had planned to use as a guide to do this:

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Not perfectly lined up straight, but, again, I went a different direction with the photos.

The build and materials are exactly what I expected from PD — full of careful considerations and high quality control. (I recently got to examine a knock off Leash when I helped a friend Dremel the extra bit off to make the Leash like a mini-Slide. The quality of the knock off was awful.)

You can see the evolution of the SliteLITE from the Slide. For example: the new adjustment buckles give a satisfying “click” when fully locked. The (silicone?) strips for helping keep the strap on your shoulder (when not used as a sling strap) are wider and hopefully won’t buckle like they did on my original (Kickstarter) Slide.

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The buckling is due to flexing and isn’t as noticeable as in my exaggerated photo. I don’t ever use the anti-slip side — I prefer the strap as a sling. When I use the Sling I never notice the strips.

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The bag that comes with it juuust fits the strap with some wiggling. It would have been nice to get a slightly larger bag so storing away the strap after an event would be easier/faster. I actually have the strap hanging out of the bag a little just because it is easier to get it in the bag this way.

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I’m also excited that it comes with the latest version of their anchor links with super-duper materials that would make Spider-Man jealous. Above is my worn out anchor, an unused last-gen anchor and the new anchor.

Here is a close-up of the worn out anchor:

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I’ve used ones until they were far worse than this, but this gives you an idea of what the last-gen anchor would do.

I received the SlideLITE the day AFTER I had a 5 hour shoot (which I used the larger Slide), but it won’t be too long before I get to use this new strap. (So excited!)

For more information on Peak Design straps, see my post on Sling Straps.


 

And here is how I shot these images.

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I need to get some new materials for a seamless background. This one was not built for this. It was made to bounce lighting.

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