June 25, 2012

New Sunwayfoto Specific L Bracket for Canon 5D Mk III - Preview

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII Specific L Bracket for Canon 5D Mk III

After a series of quite convenient universal L brackets, Sunwayfoto have released earlier this June their first dedicated L bracket specifically designed for the new Canon 5D Mk III body (without a battery grip).

PCL-5DIII follows the skeleton design with convex edges as the PC-5DIII specific plate which was released a couple of months ago.

The L Bracket

Manufacturer Specification:
Length:114 mm
Width:52 mm
Height:84 mm
Dovetail Width:39 mm
Mounting screw thread:1/4"-20 UNC
Weight:102 gr 

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket back
PCL-5DIII is precision CNC machined from aircraft-grade aluminium with high quality surface anodizing.
Convex edges both at the front and the back sides of the base plate prevent it from moving or twisting.
Apart from the laser engraved Sunwayfoto logo and model name at the back side, there are two laser engraved Φ marks signifying the lens center axis both at the landscape and the portrait orientation.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket side view - remote gap detail
A gap on the vertical side of the bracket permits the use of a remote release cord without need of moving the bracket.
However, due to the gap, I feel that a longer quick release clamp would be required to support better the bracket. That is,  in order to clamp the dovetail on both sides of the gap, when in the portrait position.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket front view - convex edge detail
Front view shows clearly the convex edges on the base and the design of the vertical bracket.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket side/bottom view
The bottom side reveals the Arca Swiss® compatible dovetail, two threaded holes for M3 safety stop screws at the edges and an extra 1/4"-20 threaded hole for use on a tripod without removing the plate.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket bottom view
Any excess material has been removed from the L bracket, in order to minimize weight making it a skeleton design.
There exists also a strap mount hole at one side in order to facilitate the attachment of a wrist strap.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket bottom screw positioning
UNC 1/4"-20 Mounting screw and M3 safety stop screw positioning.

Mounting the Bracket on the Camera

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket on Canon 5D MK III back view
The convex edges embrace nicely the camera base curves making any twisting impossible. As does the vertical bracket to the side of the camera.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket on Canon 5D MK III front view
Front view of camera with L bracket.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket on Canon 5D MK III side view
The side view shows clearly the vertical bracket details that permit full access to the camera connectors under the rubber covers, as well as the top camera strap loop.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L Bracket on Canon 5D MK III landscape/portrait w rem release
Canon 5D Mk III with Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIII L bracket at all possible positions mounted on the new Sunwayfoto FB-44 ball head.

The package except for the PCL-5DIII L bracket, will include also 2 x M3 safety stop screws, 1 x 1/4"-20 captive screw and 2 x Allen wrenches for the M3 and 1/4"-20 screws respectively.
I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos: used by permission © 2012 Sunwayfoto.com

Price & Availability:
The estimated retail price for PCL-5DIII is US$ 110.00 59.95 and is available either from Amazon or from eBay

Referenced Articles:

New Sunwayfoto Specific Plate for Canon 5D Mk III

New Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket PCL-1DX for Canon 1DX


  1. Hi Sotiris C. Vlachos,

    Thanks for putting up these information. The images are well taken.

    Is it possible to include a pic to show the Before and After installation of the M3 Stop screw?

    I notice I have total of 4 M3 screws and one center 1/4 screw to mount cam to bracket.

    1. Hi Calvin,
      Thanks for commenting.
      Independent of the number of M3 screws supplied, only two can be installed on the base plate of the L bracket.
      I have included a photo marked with screw positioning for your information.