The Hip Clip Lock-On Quick-Release is a
camera belt carrying system for the active person who
also likes photography. It consists of a 2" wide
fabric belt, a receptor plate with a quick-release slot
and a slide bar clip that screws into a camera or camcorder
tripod socket. The slide bar clip easily slides into the
belt plate and locks in place as shown here on a Canon
EOS A2 SLR with a Sigma 70-300mm tele-zoom lens.
Individuals who hike, climb,
bike, or are involved in any similar type of outdoor activity often
like to have a camera along to record the event. Carrying a camera on
a conventional neck strap is not practical because the weight of the
camera causes it to swing about like a pendulum. This can be uncomfortable
and can damage the camera. A small waist carrying case might be a practical
solution, but removing the camera from it can be slow and slightly tedious,
especially if you want to record a fleeting subject or view very quickly.
A new device offers a practical solution for the active person who enjoys
photography. The Hip Clip Lock-On Quick-Release, consists of a 2"
wide fabric belt, a receptor plate with a quick-release slot and a slide
bar clip that screws into a camera or camcorder tripod socket. The belt
portion consists of a strong steel plate which is securely fastened
to a flexible plastic plate that is wide enough to prevent the camera
from rubbing against your body. The slide bar clip affixed to your camera
or camcorder will easily slide into the belt plate and lock in place.
Unlike some other devices I saw a few years ago, this slide bar clip
slides in and out without the aid of a separate locking or release device.
Thus it is much easier to use without having to fumble about to locate
It is recommended that the camera or camcorder lens be pointed down
toward the ground, so it is a simple matter to fasten the removable
clip to the standard 1/4-20 tripod socket to be positioned properly.
A rubber plate fits snugly to the camera base to assure that the clip
will stay securely in position once the screw is inserted and locked
into the tripod socket. The rounded part of the clip should face the
lens in order to orient the clip properly. Once it is attached, you
simply slide the knob into the plate socket, then push down to snap
it into place. Now the camera is securely latched in place and comfortably
secured to your side, ready to be pulled back up when needed. Although
there is no separate lock mechanism, the clip snaps into a notch and
stays in place with spring pressure until you pull upward to remove
I found the Hip Clip quite comfortable to wear. I tried it out at home
while moving up and down stairs at least a dozen times in a normal afternoon.
I also used it when I walked our dog so both of us could get some additional
exercise. I did find the camera's neck strap got in the way, so
it either had to be removed or wrapped around the camera then held in
place with a rubber band.
I tried the Hip Clip with a Canon EOS A2 SLR camera with a Sigma 70-300mm
mid range zoom lens attached or with a Panasonic VHSC camcorder and
it held these rather bulky units quite securely. The camera stayed in
position with the lens down. There was no tendency for the camera to
loosen itself unless you purposely removed it from the waist plate.
The wide plastic plate under the receptor plate is flexible so you don't
feel any pressure from it while you move. The belt is infinitely adjustable
in length and the quick-release buckle snaps shut and unfastens easily
when you want to put it on. Everything seems to be well made thus it
should be suitable for lengthy use with little wear.
For the active person who always wants a camera conveniently ready to
capture those elusive shots that always occur when you are in the field
away from your equipment, this could be just the solution you are looking
The Hip Clip Lock-On Quick Release is made by Product Inno-vations,
4869 S Bradley Rd. No. 178, Santa Maria, CA 93455; (800) 959-2547 (CA
residents only); fax: (805) 934-2257.