October 12, 2013

New Custom L Bracket with Grip for Fujifilm X-E1 from Sunwayfoto

Sunwayfoto CFL-XE1 on Fujifilm X-E1 camera
It seems that Fujifilm X-E1 is gaining more and more fans around the globe so another dedicated L bracket, customized to the X-E1's dimensions, was just released.
This one comes from Sunwayfoto, a brand that is also gaining popularity in the photographic community due to its continues improvement and steady quality.
The Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 follows a three part modular design, which besides the usual horizontal and detachable vertical plates features also a removable Hand-Grip.

The L Bracket

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:PFL-XE1
Length:141 mm
Width:47 mm
Height:70 mm
Mounting screw thread:1/4"-20 UNC
Weight:121 gr
Type:Modular with Grip

Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 L bracket front view
Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 modular design is CNC machined from Aluminium with a total weight of 121 gr.
Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 L bracket side-front back and side-back views
The Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 L Bracket is comprised of three pieces. The hand-grip and the vertical plate may be removed very easily using the included Allen hex keys and be operated as a simple base plate when even the the slightest weight matters. The vertical plate is aligned and held in place by two screws and a dowel pin, while the hand-grip is attached via 3 smaller screws.
The hollow hand-grip embraces the right side of the camera adding some extra protection against bumbs (bottom right photo).
Two Φ center marks, one on the horizontal and one on the vertical plates, indicate the lens center axis for better alignment on precision critical applications like panoramas (bottom left photo).
Besides the camera attachment 1/4"-20 captive screw, there is also an 1/4"-20 threaded hole on the base plate for direct mounting on a pod for example.

Mounting the Bracket on the Camera

Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 on Fujifilm X-E1 front - bottom and connector side views
The L Bracket embraces the Fuji X-E1 body seamlessly leaving free access to the camera connector ports on the left side (bottom right photo) as well as the battery door at the bottom (Bottom left photo).


Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 on Fujifilm X-E1 landscape and portrait positions
As all L-Brackets the PFL-XE1 permits the quick change of the camera orientation from landscape (horizontal) to portrait (vertical) avoiding the trouble of re-framing and rearranging the tripod and head setup.

Update Feb 2014
Starting February 2014 the Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 L bracket is available with a slightly modified hand grip.

Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 L bracket R2 front view
In this new release, a small piece of the top corner of the hand grip is cut off in order to avoid interference with the on camera Focus Assist light.
Sunwayfoto PFL-XE1 L bracket R2 back view
Quite clear when the L bracket is viewed from the back.
Owners of the first release PFL-XE1 may request an exchange of the original hand grip with the improved one free of charge, coming in contact with their supplier.

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos by courtesy of Sunwayfoto ©2013-2014

Price & Availability:
Estimated price for the new PFL-XE1 L bracket is US$ 106.00 (+shipping where applicable) and it is expected to be in the market sometime next week.
Update Dec 18, 2013
The PFL-XE1 L Bracket is currently available for US$ 78.00, a quite more attractive price than originally announced, from Amazon.com
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2 comments :

  1. Geia sou Sotiri,

    thanks for the post, that is exactly what I was looking for !

    xairetismous,

    Konstantinos

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  2. Geia sou Konstantine,
    I'm glad you found it useful.
    xairetismous,
    Sotiris

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