February 25, 2021

New Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II Custom L bracket for Nikon Z6II and Z7II Cameras

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II L Bracket on Nikon Z6II

Sunwayfoto® has announced the release of their new line of Custom L Brackets for the latest high end Nikon mirrorless Z6 II and Z7 II Cameras.
The first in the new line is the PNL-Z6II L Bracket, which is a two piece design with a moving but also removable vertical side plate.

More than that the new line differs from older dedicated Nikon  L Brackets with the inclusion of a QD (Quick Detach) socket, which tends to become a standard in the photographic support industry.

The L Bracket

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:PNL-Z6II
Base Plate Length:90 mm
Total Length:110 mm
Width:39 mm
Height:88 mm
Mounting screw thread:1/4"-20 UNC
Weight:121 gr

All quality characteristics shared among the Sunwayfoto plates and L brackets are met by precision CNC machining from aircraft-grade aluminium, followed by high quality hard coat surface anodizing.

According to the Sunwayfoto manufacturing standards the PNL-Z6II L bracket components are CNCed from one piece aluminum block maintaining utmost rigidity. The large bottom plate is simple in design with a flat surface, a rubber pad covering almost all the camera base and a mounting pin are there in order to protect the camera base and prevent the bracket from twisting. Two extra 1/4"-20 tapped holes exist, one is located towards the rear of the base plate and one on the side plate.
Furthermore one can also see the strap loop at the inner end of the base plate and a stainless steel reinforced QD socket sitting beside the mounting screw.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II L Bracket front view

The front side of the base plate features the Sunwayfoto logo and model, while on the rear side of the PNL-Z6II are located the laser engraved Φ lens centering marks both on the vertical side plate and the base plate.

The L bracket bottom is deeply carved where possible in order to eliminate excess material, thus keep the weight down. Quite successfully considering a total weight of 121 gr. Both the vertical side and the base plates are equipped with two M3 safety stop screws each at their dovetail ends.
The base plate dovetail and the side vertical plate dovetail are aligned so there is no need for any re-framing when changing from landscape to portrait orientation and vice versa.
The vertical side plate is held in place by a hex socket 1/4"-20 mounting screw which runs within a long captive slot. This permits movement of the L bracket vertical plate away from the camera side in order to allow for large plugs in the side connectors when mounted in portrait orientation.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II L Bracket bottom view

Another feature becoming a standard with Sunwayfoto L bracket designs lately is the incorporation of 3 bubble levels, giving the ability of proper leveling at any orientation might the camera be.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II L Bracket bubble levels




Attaching the L Bracket on the Camera

The PNL-Z6II L Bracket fits seamlessly on the Nikon Z6II and Z7II body without adding much bulk and if the user wishes, the vertical side may be removed lowering the bulk and weight more.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II L Bracket split in two

The base plate positioning and depth allow for the unobtrusive tilting of the LCD screen as illustrated below.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II L Bracket on Nikon Z6II tilt screen

Also special effort has been given by Sunwayfoto engineers so as the side connector covers may be opened without the need of relocating the vertical side plate in order to do so.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II L Bracket on Nikon Z6II side ports

As mentioned previously the 28 mm long captive slot of the vertical side plate mounting screw to the base plate allows the adjustment of the bracket by placing the vertical side plate in adequate distance from the camera side so the left-side connectors can accommodate cables with larger or longer jacks for tethered shooting in portrait orientation.
Obviously, the battery compartment door is fully accessible at any orientation.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II L Bracket on Nikon Z6II distanced

Due to their fast, strong and safe attachment and detachment mechanism QD Sling Straps have become very popular in the photography world, coming from the tactical arms world. Therefore, Sunwayfoto has adopted the system offering also a heavy duty Dacron sling strap the STR-01 to complement their recent L brackets which feature a QD socket.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II L Bracket on Nikon Z6II QD socket

Package Contents

The PNL-Z6II package, besides the L bracket it also contains all necessary screws and tools. In this case 4 x M3 safety stop screws for the bottom and side plates, 2 x 1/4"-20 captive screws and 2 x Allen wrenches 2.5mm for the M3 screws and 4mm for the 1/4"-20 screws respectively.
More than these, a velvet draw-string protective bag comes with it.

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos by courtesy of Sunwayfoto ©2021

Price & Availability:
Recommended retail price for the PNL-Z6II L Bracket is US$ 49.95 and will available from Amazon or from eBay soon.

Further you can buy a heavy duty Sunwayfoto STR-01 Dacron Sling Camera Strap at US$ 19.95 from Amazon as well.

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