March 5, 2021

New Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6IIG Custom L bracket for Gripped Nikon Z6II and Z7II Cameras

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6IIG L Bracket on Nikon Z6II with Grip

Finally we come to the third member of the new Sunwayfoto® line of Custom L Brackets dedicated to the latest high end Nikon mirrorless Z6 II and Z7 II Cameras.
After seeing the two piece  Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6II  and one piece structure Sunwayfoto PNLO-Z6II L Brackets.
The PNL-Z6IIG in discussion here is a solid structure of one piece design, intended to support the Z6 II and Z7 II cameras equipped with MB-N11 battery grip.

The PNL-Z6II will be released worldwide including the United States.

As mentioned in the previous posts the new line of dedicated Nikon L Brackets feature a QD (Quick Detach) socket, which is becoming a standard in the photographic support industry.

The L Bracket

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:PNL-Z6IIG
Total Length:122 mm
Width:81 mm
Height:133 mm
Mounting screw thread:1/4"-20 UNC
Weight:142 gr

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

According to the Sunwayfoto manufacturing standards the PNL-Z6IIG L bracket components are CNCed from one piece high grade aluminum block maintaining utmost rigidity. The large bottom plate is a little more complex in design than the PNL-Z6II or PNLO-Z6II. Its surface is flat in the middle with a raised convex edges at the front and the rear, in order to embrace the battery grip base and thus protect it while preventing the bracket from twisting.

Further the standard strap loop is there at the inner end of the base plate and a stainless steel reinforced QD socket sitting behind the mounting screw slot, towards the end of the base, close to vertical plate.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6IIG L Bracket top front view

The L bracket bottom is deeply carved wherever possible in order to eliminate excess material, thus keep the weight down. Quite successfully considering a total weight of 142 gr for such a sizable brcket.
Both the vertical side and the base plates are equipped with two M3 safety stop screws each, positioned at their dovetail ends.
Two extra 1/4"-20 tapped holes exist, one is located towards the mid-rear of the base plate and one low on the side plate.
The base plate dovetail and the side vertical plate dovetail are not completely aligned so there may be a minor need for re-framing and/or re-focusing when changing from landscape to portrait orientation and vice versa.

The Bracket is equipped with a 1/4"-20 D-Ring captive camera mounting screw, which runs within a quite long captive slot.
This design allows movement of the whole L bracket away from the camera side in order to use large plugs in the side camera connectors when clamped in portrait orientation.

The flat external side of the base plate hosts the Sunwayfoto logo and model name.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6IIG L Bracket bottom detailed  view



Attaching the L Bracket on the Camera

The PNL-Z6IIG L Bracket much like its sibling fits seamlessly on the Nikon Z6II and Z7II bodies equipped with the MB-N11 battery Grip, maintaining the smallest bulk possible, while reinforcing the camera combo adding rigidity.
Obvious when looking from behind, we can see the laser engraved Φ lens centering marks at the rear side of the PNL-Z6IIG base and on the vertical side plate.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6IIG L Bracket on Nikon Z6II with Grip rear


The large extensions which hold the vertical side plate on the base plate are bent and positioned in such a way to allow for the unobtrusive tilting of the LCD screen as illustrated below.

Also special effort has been given by Sunwayfoto engineers so as the side connector covers as well as the battery drawer may be accessed and opened without the need of relocating the L bracket distancing the vertical side plate in order to do so.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6IIG on Nikon Z6II w/ Grip LCD /side detail

As mentioned previously the ample length of the slot where the mounting screw runs gives enough space between the vertical side plate and the camera body, in order to accommodate larger plugs in the side connectors of the camera when in portrait mode.

Sunwayfoto PNL-Z6IIG on Nikon Z6II w/ Grip portrait orientation

Many photographers nowadays appreciate the merits of the QD Sling Straps as they are a fast, strong offering a safe attachment and detachment mechanism, which made them very popular, borrowed from the tactical arms world however.
Nonetheless, Sunwayfoto has adopted the system offering also a heavy duty Dacron sling strap which features a QD socket, the STR-01, to complement their recent L bracket lines.

Sunwayfoto PNLO-Z6IIG L Bracket on Nikon Z6II w/ Sling Strap

Package Contents

The PNL-Z6IIG package, besides the L bracket contains also 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 D-Ring captive screw and 2 x Allen wrenches 2.5mm for the M3 screws and 4mm for the 1/4"-20 screw respectively.
A velvet draw-string protective bag is also supplied to accommodate everything.

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-Z6IIG L Bracket is US$ 69.95 and is available from Amazon and will be available worldwide 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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