I recently reviewed the SunwayFoto PCL-R5 L-Bracket for the Canon EOS R5/R6. Shortly afterward, I found another interesting L-Bracket made by Peipro, which has an interesting feature that other L-Brackets do not, so I chose to buy one and check it out.
My Canon EF 100-400mm lens dictates the use of a tripod head that is Arca-Swiss compatible. That, combined with my distaste for flippy-floppy ball heads, means that a gimbal with an Arca-Swiss mounting system is the best choice for me.
When it comes to L-Brackets, I have three requirements:
- It must have a connection point for my wrist strap, as I don't use a neck strap.
- It must have a removable vertical portion.
- It must have several 1/4"-20 accessory mounting locations.
What makes the Peipro L-Bracket unique is that it extends the entire length of the Canon EOS R5 or R6 body, providing extra support under your pinky finger and protection for the camera body around the battery compartment. I have large hands, so I was definitely interested in anything that would extend the grip area of my R5. If you like the grip extension feature, but you're not interested in the L-Bracket, Peipro also makes a "Baseplate only" version of this without the vertical portion.
The only place I have found to purchase the Peipro L-Bracket for the Canon EOS R5/R6 is on AliExpress — so you have to order it directly from Hong Kong. There are some Peipro L-Brackets for other cameras on Amazon, but none for the Canon EOS R5/R6.
I did have difficulty getting the L-Bracket. The first shipment was "lost" and had to be sent a second time. Initially, I was trying to get a red anodized one because I thought it would photograph better, but by the time the re-shipment was to go out, the store was out of them, so I chose to have the black one sent to me. I chose express shipping, and it arrived in about one week. This was my first time ordering through AliExpress, and it was relatively easy.
Design and Features
When the Peipro L-Bracket arrived, I was initially disappointed that the design varied slightly from the photos on the website. However, once I analyzed the differences, I think I like the design I received more. It differed in two ways. First, the vertical portion doesn't slide out but is removable and reversible. Second, the thickness under the body is less (8mm vs. approximately 13mm).Overall, the Peipro L-Bracket is well built, and the fit and finish are top-notch. There are five 1/4"-20 accessory mounting holes on the left of the vertical portion and four in the bottom of the base plate. The base plate also includes a spot for a hex key that includes magnets for holding the hex key in place. There is full access to the battery door, and there is a connection point in the bottom for connecting a wrist strap or other strap or safety device. Even when using the wrist strap, the camera battery door can fully open.
The full-width nature of this L-Bracket is one of my favorite things about it. Not only does it help protect that corner of the camera, but it also provides about 9.5mm (about 3/8") extra space for my pinky finger to rest. Usually, my pinky finger would hang half the way off the camera grip.
It also provides a full-width surface for the camera to sit on, making it more stable and less likely to scratch the bottom of the camera if you were to set it on a rough surface. I think it also makes for a better, uniform appearance. It doesn't have an aftermarket add-on appearance.
The vertical portion includes a cut-out section for the flippy screen. This opening is larger than the opening on the SunwayFoto PCL-R5 L-Bracket, which means the screen can rotate more when in the extended position.
Two small hex screws allow the vertical portion to be either removed or rotated 90 degrees, pointing down. Although that's not optimum for compactness, it does allow for full access to the audio/video camera ports. The small hex screws also enable you to slide the vertical portion forward and backward to access the camera ports. The small hex screws might be easier to lose than other designs, but I don't plan to take them off very often.
The Peipro L-Bracket does not have safety stop screws. If that's a feature you like to have on your plates/L-Brackets, you may have to go with another brand.
What's in the Box
- Peipro L-Bracket
- Two hex wrenches
- User Manual
What I Like
- Low profile design
- Full length for more grip space and protection
- Reversible vertical portion
- Nine accessory mounting holes (1/4-20), five on the side bracket and four on the bottom
- The slotted screw can be tightened with a coin, slotted screwdriver, or hex wrench
- Very nice hard-anodized finish
- Slot for attaching a wrist strap (I use this on all my cameras)
What I'd Change
- No sensor centering mark on the back but does have one on the front
- Does not have safety stop screws
I'm incredibly pleased with the Peipro L-Bracket. It fits perfectly, works as it should, and provides that little bit of extra grip area that makes holding the Canon EOS R5 just that much better. The added protection is a nice bonus to an already nice product. It also looks great, if that's your thing. For clarity, I purchased the Peipro L-Bracket with my own money.