October 24, 2019

Sunwayfoto One Piece Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS RP - Preview

Sunwayfoto PCLO-RP L Bracket for EOS RP

Just a few days after the announcement of the modular Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS RP entry level Full Frame mirrorless camera, a solid one piece model is also announced which we see here today the PSLO-RP

Somehow, except for some minor details the design and shape of this L bracket reminds me a lot of the Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS R the PCL-R.

As I have mentioned in the PCL-R article, Sunwayfoto engineers when designing the PCL-R, had to choose between full versatility and function. Since it is of an one piece design, they had to chose between the classic approach maintaining lens manipulation with left hand easier, allow access to all side ports but compromise full tilting of the LCD screen when extended.
The L bracket allows for the articulated LCD screen to be extended out, or be turned forward for vloggers but has no clearance for tilting up down when fully extended out.

Having said that, lets see the L bracket specs in detail.

The PCLO-RP L Bracket

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:PCLO-RP 
Length:102 mm
Width:39 mm
Height:78 mm
Dovetail Width:39 mm
Mounting screw thread:1/4"-20 UNC
Mounting Screw Slot:22 mm
Weight:88 gr 

Standard characteristics of the Sunwayfoto plates and L brackets are seen on the  PCLO-RP as well. It is precision CNC machining from aircraft-grade aluminium followed by high quality finishing and military grade hard coat surface anodizing.
The PCLO-RP L bracket is made of one piece aluminum block maintaining exceptional torsional rigidity. The large bottom plate is completely flat, while a set screw as we shall see in detail, prevents the bracket from twisting.
The usual extra 1/4"-20 tapped hole and a strap loop are also present.
The vertical plate is shaped appropriately to allow for remote release cable and easy opening of the side connector ports.

Sunwayfoto PCLO-RP L Bracket top front view

As illustrated clearly below, the vertical side plate dovetails are placed exactly in line with the base plate dovetails in order to allow for changes in camera orientation without need for other corrections even focusing. Differing from the PCL-R design the vertical plate features also two 1/4"-20 tapped holes, which may prove convenient for attaching extra devices like microphones, fill lights, magic arms etc.
A couple of M3 safety screws are found on either end of both the base and the vertical Arca style dovetail plates. The larger D-Ring type captive mounting screw comes standard, featuring also a slot for easier tightening with a coin described in detail in Sunwayfoto QRS-01 Hinged D-Ring 1/4"-20 Screw article.

Sunwayfoto PCLO-RP L Bracket bottom side view

As we have seen on other Sunwayfoto L Brackets the mounting screw slides within its 22 mm captive slot. This permits moving the L bracket away from the camera side adequately, in order to accept cables with larger/longer plugs when clamped in portrait (vertical) orientation.
The Set pin, that corresponds to a specific alignment hole at the bottom of the camera, moves also in a captive slot, so as to remain in the alignment hole when the L bracket is moved away from the camera side..



Mounting the Bracket on the Camera

The PCLO-RP fits tightly on the base of the EOS RP as is very explicitly illustrated below, fulfilling all of its role requirements which are to protect the camera body, allow for LCD screen articulation and of course...

Sunwayfoto PCLO-RP L Bracket on EOS RP

... to allow for mounting the camera either in landscape (horizontal) or in portrait (vertical) orientation without changing the perspective. As it was mentioned previously the L bracket can be slid adequately away from the camera side as far as 22 mm so as larger and/or longer plugs may be connected in the side connectors, while in portrait orientation.

Sunwayfoto PCLO-RP L Bracket on EOS RP portrait orientation

The side connector ports and their respective doors are fully accessible. While the same applies for the battery door which can be unlocked and opened without having to remove the L bracket as the common sense calls for from an L bracket.

Sunwayfoto PCLO-RP L Bracket on EOS RP side connectors and battery

Package Contents

The PCLO-RP package, besides the L bracket it also contains all necessary screws and tools. In this case 1 x Sunwayfoto QRS-01 Hinged D-Ring 1/4"-20 camera mounting screw, 4 x M3 safety stop screws for the base and vertical side plates,  and 1 x Allen wrench 2.5mm for the M3 screws.
Also included is a velvet protective bag with draw-string closure.

Sunwayfoto PCLO-RP L Bracket box contents

Following the Sunwayfoto standards which were implemented at the end of 2017 and concern the geometry of all Sunwayfoto Arca style dovetails. The PCLO-RP 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 © 2019-2020 Sunwayfoto.com

Price & Availability:
Current retail price for the PCL-RP L Bracket is quite competitive at US$ 59.95 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available either from Amazon or from eBay

Referenced Articles:

Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS RP - Preview
Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS RP - Preview
Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS R with Battery Grip - Preview
Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS R with Battery Grip - Preview
Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS R - Preview
Sunwayfoto Custom L Bracket for Canon EOS R - Preview
New Sunwayfoto QRS-01 Hinged D-Ring 1/4"-20 Screws Preview
New Sunwayfoto QRS-01 Hinged D-Ring 1/4"-20 Screws Preview







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