May 23, 2014

Sunwayfoto Released Two New Custom Plates with Grip for Fujifilm X-T1

Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R L Plate with Grip overview

One month after their announcement in the recent China P&E Show in Beijing (April 25-28, 2014) Sunwayfoto® has released two Custom Plates with Grip for the very successful Fujifilm X-T1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

The plates have a modular design, with the two part PF-XT1R sporting a removable hand Grip while the three part PFL-XT1R featuring also a vertical plate, thus forming an L plate / bracket.

Both plates follow the latest changes in Sunwayfoto finish we saw recently in the Sunwayfoto PCL-6DR Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS 6D (Body) Update, which means a more robust satin hard-coat anodizing as well as the letter "R" at the end of their model name, which signifies full compatibility of their Arca-Swiss® style dovetail with RRS® Lever Release clamps.
On top of the enhanced features, their price tag is set unbelievably lower than what we were used, for quality products coming from Sunwayfoto, up to now.

The PFL-XT1R L Plate

Manufacturer Specification:
Length:140 mm
Width:57 mm
Total Height:63 mm
Mounting screw thread:1/4"-20 UNC
Weight:115 gr

Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R L Plate with Grip front view
The Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R L Plate is a full length plate designed to cover the base of the camera. A quite long ridge at the front and a curved ridge at the back undertake the role of immobilizing the L plate on the camera.
It is worth mentioning that the base plate dovetail and the vertical plate dovetail are aligned unlike many rival L plates. So that a change in camera orientation does not affect framing or focusing.
Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R L Plate with Grip bottom view
The hollowed out bottom of the plate has a large opening for easy battery door access and an M3 safety stop screw on one side. Besides the camera attachment 1/4"-20 captive screw which conveniently sports both a hex socket and a slot, there is also two 1/4"-20 threaded holes in the middle of the base plate; facilitating direct mounting on a pod or other device with a 1/4"-20 stud.
Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R L Plate with Grip dismantled
As mentioned in the beginning the Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R L Plate is comprised of three parts. The hand-grip and the vertical plate may be removed anytime the user finds it convenient, via the provided Allen hex keys and be operated as a simple base plate. The vertical plate is aligned and held in place by two screws, while the hand-grip is attached via 3 smaller screws.

Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R vertical plate detail
The vertical plate has all appropriate cut-outs in order to allow full access to the left-side camera connectors and strap loop.
Sunwayfoto PF-XT1R plate hand grip detail
The small removable hand Grip enhances the handling of the camera while protecting the camera grip from bumps.

The PF-XT1R Plate

Sunwayfoto PF-XT1R plate overview

The PF-XT1R is exactly the same with the PFL-XT1R minus  the vertical plate.

Although the price difference between them is not so substantial as with rival products, users that do not require a vertical plate may opt for the PF-XT1R plate, saving also a mere 10gr of carrying weight.

Manufacturer Specification:
Length:131 mm
Width:47 mm
Total Height:50 mm
Mounting screw thread:1/4"-20 UNC
Weight:95 gr&

Sunwayfoto PF-XT1R plate front view
Sunwayfoto PF-XT1R plate bottom view
All characteristics and features of the PFL-XT1R are found on the PF-XT1R as well.

Same as with all Sunwayfoto products, all necessary stainless steel screws and tools are included in the package. Both plates are accompanied by 1 x M3 safety stop screw, 1 x 1/4"-20 captive screw and the appropriate sizes of Allen hex wrenches for the M3 and 1/4"-20 screws. The PFL-XT1R though, will come together with an extra Allen wrench for the vertical plate retaining screws.

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

Price & Availability:
Expected prices for the new PF-XT1R and the PFL-XT1R L plate are US$ 45.00 and US$ 59.00 respectively. Both plates are expected to be in the stores sometime next week.

Update: June 6, 2014
The PF-XT1R plate and PFL-XT1R L plate are available from Amazon and eBay

Referenced Articles:

Sunwayfoto PCL-6DR Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS 6D (Body) Update

Relevant Articles:

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

New Dedicated Modular L Bracket for Fujifilm X-T1 from Hejnar Photo

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