September 16, 2012

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

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

After the release of PCL-5DIII  Specific L Bracket for Canon 5D Mk III in June, SUNWAYFOTO is aiming to the high end professional photographers by the release of a dedicated L bracket designed specifically for the new Canon flagship Camera EOS 1D-X.

PCL-1DX follows the skeleton design with convex edges which was inaugurated with PC-5DIII specific plate for Canon 5D Mk III last spring.

The new L bracket brags a very low weight and adopts an innovative two part design. It is expected to be in the market sometime by the end of September 2012 at a really exceptional price.

The Bracket

Manufacturer Specification:
Length:100 mm
Width:82 mm
Height:110 mm
Dovetail Width:39 mm
Mounting screw thread:1/4"-20 UNC
Weight:176 gr 

Sunwayfoto PCL-1DX Custom L Bracket  components
PCL-1DX is a combined two-in-one L Bracket. The vertical part of the bracket which is retained by two M4 screws, may be removed from the horizontal part if desired, leaving the horizontal part attached on the camera. This can save some bulk and some carrying weight. The horizontal part is also sold separately as PC-1DX base plate.  
Sunwayfoto PCL-1DX Custom L Bracket back-view
PCL-1DX  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 embrace the camera bottom, preventing it from moving or twisting.
Apart from the laser engraved Sunwayfoto logo and model name on the base plate, there are two laser engraved Φ marks signifying the lens center axis both at the landscape and the portrait orientation.
Sunwayfoto PCL-1DX Custom L Bracket side-back-view
A gap on the vertical side of the bracket permits the use of a remote release cord without need of moving the bracket. It is also clear that there are two M3 safety stop screws on the edges of the vertical Arca Swiss® compatible dovetail.
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-1DX Custom L Bracket side-view
The side view shows clearly the convex edges on the base and the design of the vertical bracket which permits the battery to be replaced without removing the L bracket.

Sunwayfoto PCL-1DX Custom L Bracket bottom-view
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.
There exists also a strap mount hole at one side in order to facilitate the attachment of a wrist strap.
Sunwayfoto PCL-1DX Custom L Bracket base top-view
Any excess material has been removed from any possible location, in order to minimize weight making it a skeleton design, while maintaining the strength of the structure.

The package except for the two parts of the PCL-1DX L bracket, will include also 4 x M3 safety stop screws, 2 x M4 connector screws, 1 x 1/4"-20 captive screw and 3 x Allen wrenches for the M3, M4 and 1/4"-20 hex screws respectively.
I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos: used by permission © 2012

Price and Availability:
The expected retail price for PC-1DX (base plate) is US$ 48.00 20.43, while the expected retail price for PCL-1DX (Full L Bracket) is US$ 138.00*, quite a surprise indeed !!!
PC-1DX Base Plate is available from Amazon and PCL-1DX L bracket from eBay

Relevant Articles:

New Sunwayfoto Specific Plate for Canon 5D Mk III

New Sunwayfoto Specific L Bracket for Canon 5D Mk III

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