August 5, 2015

New Sunwayfoto Specific L Bracket for Canon 5Ds and 5DsR - Preview

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DsR on Canon EOS 5Ds
Together with the PC-5DsR Quick Release plate (previewed yesterday), Sunwayfoto has also released a full L Bracket dedicated (or specific as they call it) to the all mighty Canon EOS 5Ds and 5DsR high megapixel digital cameras.
The L bracket is designed for the new EOS 5Ds / 5DsR camera body without a battery grip.

As with the PC-5DsR plate the R at the end of the model name denotes full compatibility with the RRS® lever release clamps.

The L Bracket

The L bracket follows the exactly the same skeleton design with convex edges as the PCL-5DIII specific L Bracket dedicated to Canon EOS 5D Mk III, with which it shares the same specification.

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-5DsR rear view
The Sunwayfoto PCL-5DsR is precision CNC machined from aircraft-grade aluminium with the usual Sunwayfoto high quality surface finishing and anodizing.
Two convex edges at the front and a convex ridge at the back side of the base plate promise a tight fit on the camera body, thus preventing the bracket from twisting. Somehow the base plate may be considered an extension of the PC-5DsR plate.
Unlike the PC-5DsR plate though, apart from the laser engraved Sunwayfoto logo and model name at the back side, here we have a laser engraved Φ mark signifying the lens center axis in the landscape orientation, but none for the vertical plain.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DsR top side view
In resemblance to most Canon L brackets,m a gap on the vertical side permits the use of a remote release cord without need of moving or removing the bracket.
Is obvious that any excess material has been removed from the PCL-5DsR L bracket, in order to minimize the mass making it a skeleton design.
A strap mount hole exists at one end of the horizontal base plate in order to facilitate the attachment of a wrist strap.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DsR bottom view
The bottom side view shows the Arca Swiss® compatible but also RRS® compatible dovetail, two small diameter tapped holes for using M3 safety stop screws at both ends and an extra 1/4"-20 threaded hole for use on a matching pod stud without the need of removing the plate from the camera.
For the record there is no provision for M3 safety stop screws on the vertical bracket.

Mounting the Bracket on the Camera

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DsR on Canon EOS 5Ds rear view
The convex edges of the horizontal rail have a tight fit on the camera base curves, as do the extensions of the vertical rail on the left side and front of the camera. In this way any movement or twisting seems impossible.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DsR on Canon EOS 5Ds rear side cable view
From the side we can clearly see the vertical bracket openings which permit full access to the camera connectors. Allowing opening of the rubber covers, while keeping a distance from the side of the camera for larger connector plugs. The top left camera strap loop is also kept clear of the bracket vertical side.
The Canon EOS 5Ds equipped with the Sunwayfoto PCL-5DsR L bracket is shown above clamped on the Sunwayfoto FB-44II ball head.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DsR on Canon EOS 5Ds rear portrait view
Nevertheless, when the camera is clamped in portrait orientation on the ball head, the Sunwayfoto PCL-5DsR L bracket leaves ample distance for right angle plugs without the need of an extender or moving the L bracket away from the camera side.
However, this design although considered by some versatile, some other photographers who prefer a slimmer vertical bracket flush against the camera side, may consider it bulky.

As usual with Sunwayfoto, the package except for the PCL-5DsR L bracket, will also include 2 x M3 safety stop screws, 1 x 1/4"-20 captive screw and 2 x Allen wrenches with appropriate size for the M3 and 1/4"-20 screw heads.

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos by courtesy of Sunwayfoto ©2015

Price & Availability:
The estimated retail price for PCL-5DsR is US$ 79.00 59.95 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available from or from

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Referenced Articles:
New Sunwayfoto Specific Plate for Canon 5Ds and  5DsR - Preview
New Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS 5D MkIII with Battery Grip - Preview
New Sunwayfoto Specific L Bracket for Canon 5D Mk III - Preview
New Sunwayfoto Specific Plate for Canon 5D Mk III -Preview

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