I have been looking for an affordable L-Bracket for my Fuji X-T1. The L-Bracket had to be Arca-Swiss compatible to fit on my Really Right Stuff Tripod heads. I know that Really Right Stuff has one and I can count on it to fit, but I just couldn’t justify to myself to spend $135 for an L-Bracket. I went off looking for a cheaper solution. I first went with the cheapest option via Amazon.com and ordered the Neewer L-Bracket for $40. It worked, but the fit wasn’t quite there and you couldn’t open up the battery door so I sent it back.
I’ve seen some positive things with Sunwayfoto’s products so I decided to give them a try. They were a little more expensive and got this Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R Dedicated L plate for Fujifilm X-T1 for $59 via B&H. The product came nicely packaged all in foam cutouts that fit the product so it wouldn’t get damaged during shipping.
It came with a nice bag filled with the bolts to mount the L-Bracket and also the bolts for mounting the side bracket to the bottom bracket and all the various sized allen wrenches to go along with the different size bolts. It’s probably best to keep them in the pouch in a safe place so you don’t lose them.
The bottom bracket has a great fit to the bottom of the Fuji-X-T1 and the side bracket fits snugly on as well. The product is nicely machined and precise. I didn’t see any major gaps with the fit of the bracket or its side mount. Quite surprisingly even though it looks heavy it doesn’t add that much more weight and feels good in the hand.
The bracket is mounted with an add-on metal grip that is an extension to the existing hand grip. It is metal and it feels good in the hand. I wonder if this will change with temperature extremes so I’m leery that it won’t feel as nice in cold or very hot weather. It might be nice if this was coated like the hand grip on the X-T1, but as it stands it’s a good feel.
The bottom has an opening for the battery door and unlike the Neewer, it does open without issue. You can also see from the below image that if you don’t want the metal grip extension, it can be removed with the included allen wrench. There are 3 bolts holding it on.
The one concern with this bracket is access to the side door. I was not able to pry the side door open with my fingers and had to use the small allen wrench to pop it open. I don’t think this is a deal breaker. The door does open fine once you can get to it. I can tell though that if you plan to use a cable release on the side and want to shoot vertical, it will not work, but I think even the Really Right Stuff bracket has the same issue and so some type of extension would have to be engineered. Luckily the Fuji has remote firing tools so I can just use my iPhone to trigger the camera.
The bracket is Arca Swiss compatible so it fits perfectly on my Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball-head both in horizontally and vertically. It also is marked nicely for center reference as shown below.
The tilt out screen also tilts in and out with no issues. It is a little tight to get it flipped open but I had no issues working with the screen.
Overall I give this a 4 out of 5. If you are looking to spend a little less money on a Arca-Swiss L-Bracket I recommend Sunwayfoto! I have been eyeing their panorama gear and may try that next.
- Price – Less than 1/2 of the RRS L-Bracket
- Fit and Finish
- Battery Door and Side Doors Open
- Side Door – Can’t get it open with my fingers
- Side Bracket – will not work in vertical mode with cable shutter release
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