August 5, 2017

Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Gripped Canon 5D Mk IV - Preview

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG on Gripped Canon 5D Mk IV

Quite some time after the introduction of Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon 5D Mk IV and Sunwayfoto Custom Plate for Canon 5D Mk IV both previewed last March, Sunwayfoto releases the Custom L Bracket for the 5D Mark IV equipped with the BG-E20 Battery Grip.

Or of course, any third party Battery Grip identical to the Canon BG-E20 in size and shape.
In my opinion Sunwayfoto always takes safe steps in their production without rushing in introducing new products before demand becomes strong.

The PCL-5DIVG 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 

Standard features shared among the Sunwayfoto plates and L brackets as well as with PCL-5DIVG is precision CNC machining from aircraft-grade aluminium followed by high quality hard coat surface anodizing.
The PCL-5DIVG L bracket as its PCL-5DIV sibling is made of one piece maintaining utmost rigidity. The large bottom plate has convex edges at the front and rear embracing the battery grip preventing the bracket from twisting.
The vertical plate has all appropriate cuttings for the remote release cable and the side connector ports.

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG front side view
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG side openings for battery and cable connectors
Further, the side plate is placed above the battery grip in order to allow for the battery drawer to be drawn out with out need to dismount the L bracket.
Two M3 safety screws are found on either end of the Arca style dovetail.

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG side view
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG details of vertical plate and safety screws

Unlike the PCL-5DIV model for the un-gripped camera body, is not completely skeletal. Nevertheless, any excess material has been removed from the L bracket bottom, in order to minimize weight.  Another differentiation is that the mounting screw slides within a captive slot, that permits movement of the L bracket away from the camera side in order to accept large plugs.
The extra 1/4"-20 tapped hole and the strap mounting hole at one side are still there though. These facilitate for direct mounting on pods and for the attachment of a wrist strap, respectively.

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG bottom view
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG bottom plate, mounting screw and safety screws details
In the next illustration one can find exact dimensions and measurements of bottom and side arca style dovetail plates.

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG detailed dimensions
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG detailed dimensions illustration

Mounting the Bracket on the Camera

The PCL-5IVDG fits as a glove on the Gripped EOS 5D MkIV as is very explicitly illustrated below, while allowing ample access to the left strap loop...

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG fitting on Canon EOS 5D MKIV
Details of Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG fitting on Canon EOS 5D MKIV Grip and side.
As well as the side connector ports and their respective doors and of course the battery drawer.

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG on Canon EOS 5D MKIV side
Details of Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG openings on Canon EOS 5D MKIV side allowing for remote release cable and opening of side ports.

Canon EOS 5D MKIV w/ Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG on tripod
Gripped Canon EOS 5D MKIV with Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG L bracket clamped on the Sunwayfoto T2C40C Carbon Fiber Classic Tripod (preview).

Package Contents

The package according to quality manufacturer standards except for the PCL-5DIVG L bracket, also includes all necessary screws and tools. In this case 4 x M3 safety stop screws for the bottom and side plates, 1 x 1/4"-20 captive screw and 2 x Allen wrenches 2.5mm for the M3 screws and 4mm for the 1/4"-20 screw respectively. Plus a draw-string accessory bag.

Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIVG box contents

The PCL-5DIVG is compatible with almost all Arca style clamps including RRS lever release clamps.

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos: used by permission © 2017

Price & Availability:
Current retail price for the PCL-5DIVG L Bracket is quite competitive at US$ 99.50 (+Shipping where applicable) and is at the time available from Amazon or from eBay

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