June 24, 2012

New Sunwayfoto Specific Plate for Canon 5D Mk III - Preview

Sunwayfoto PC-5DIII Specific Plate for Canon 5D Mk III

Upon the release of the new Canon 5D Mk III in the  market, Sunwayfoto has also released in the end of last March a Specific Arca Swiss® compatible base Plate model PC-5DIII

Up to now Sunwayfoto was offering universal camera base plates in different dimensions and designs.
The PC-5DIII is the second product of a new Sunwayfoto series of base plates, specifically designed for certain camera models of Canon, Nikon and Sony.

The Plate

Manufacturer Specification:
Length:64.00 mm
Width:52.11 mm
Thickness/ Height:13 mm
Dovetail Width:39 mm
Mounting screw thread:1/4"-20 UNC
Weight:40 gr

Sunwayfoto PC-5DIII Plate top-side
PC-5DIII is precision CNC machined from aircraft-grade aluminium with high quality surface anodizing.
Convex edges both at the front and the back sides prevent the plate from moving.
Sunwayfoto PC-5DIII Plate bottom
The bottom side reveals the Arca Swiss® compatible dovetail, two M3 safety stop screws at the edges and an extra 1/4"-20 threaded hole for use on a tripod without removing the plate.
Any excess material has been removed from the plate, 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.

Mounting the plate on the Camera

Sunwayfoto PC-5DIII plate on Canon 5D Mk III base
PC-5DIII plate fits perfectly under the camera with its center exactly at the lens center axis.
In the photo above the strap mount hole is more visible on the left.
Sunwayfoto PC-5DIII plate on Canon 5D Mk III back-view
The base plate mounted on an Arca Swiss® compatible quick release clamp.
However, a nice to have Φ index mark, marking the plate center and in extension the lens center, is missing from the sample-plate ridge, pictured above.
Sunwayfoto PC-5DIII plate on Canon 5D Mk III side-view
The convex edges embrace nicely the camera base curves making any twisting impossible.

The package except for the PC-5DIII plate, includes 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 recommended retail price for the PC-5DIII plate is US$ 42.00 and is still available from Amazon

Update Jan 2015
With the new PC-5DIIIR version price has been reduced to US$ 29.00 where R at the end stands for RRS® lever release clamp compatibility. It is available from Amazon or from eBay

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