Awkwardly enough, the new version does not follow the Sunwayfoto custom to include an "i" for improved at the end of the model name, which makes it a little difficult to discriminate it from the previous version.
The only hint is the silver wire retaining the index stop knob, which has a transparent coating instead of black.
I can only justify the lack of model name change, since the update does not actually change any of the functions or the mechanical design of its predecessor which I had Reviewed a year ago, but addresses some issues with the panning scale and the bottom mounting holes alignment.
Therefore, I shall concentrate on these improvements and differences discriminating the newer from the older.
The Package & Contents
|Sunwayfoto seems to have gone into a lot of trouble with this laser hologram, in order to discriminate their products from counterfeits that have emerged in the Chinese market. The lower segment of the hologram is scratchable, when scratched it reveals a 18 digit code. Unfortunately there's no lottery involved, but fortunately you can verify the authenticity of your Sunwayfoto product by inputting the 18 digit security code into the Anti-Fake Inquiry page at the Sunwayfoto.com website.|
|The DDP-64M travels in the box within a thick foam padding, with all the accompanying documents and accessories enclosed in separate zip-lock nylon bags. There is an "Operating Instructions" fan-fold leaflet with adequate instructions to set up and maintain the Indexing Rotator, in English. Also included come a good quality 1/4"-20 ~ 3/8"-16 thread conversion bushing and the fine quality microfiber Sunwayfoto Cleaning Cloth for cleaning and maintenance purposes.|
The usual up to now credit card sized Warranty Card stating Model and Serial Number and the "Customer Information Card" for use together with the Warranty card in case of a warranty claim, were missing from the box. As this box came directly from Sunwayfoto, I was informed that box contents differ according to sales area/market.
Nevertheless, Sunwayfoto offers a 6 year limited warranty extension, upon registration of certain products in their website. Knowing the product serial number, makes the Warranty Card redundant.
The Indexing Rotator
|Bottom mounting thread:||3/8"-16 UNC|
|Top mounting stud:||1/4"-20 UNC|
|Max Load capacity:||10.0 kg (22 lbs)|
* Verified weight on electronic scales: 328 gr
(The 400 gr figure in the Sunwayfoto site probably remains unchanged from the first DDP-64)
Nothing changes regarding the indexed stops from the previous DDP-64MX version. The rotator is suitable for lenses ranging from ultra wide angle up to 200 mm telephotos, with 10 different degree stop intervals (with equivalent number of click stops):
Comparison with the previous DDP-64M version
A side by side or top to bottom arrangement of the previous and the lately released Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Panoramic Indexing Rotators will reveal major and minor differences.
Torque Test Results
A further comparison concerning the torque capacity of the rotator would verify any changes in the structure. The method used with in the Sunwayfoto DDP-64MX+DDY-64 Panoramic Indexing Rotator Review was repeated for the DDP-64M in hand here.
An AM-01 Arca Mount Plate and a Sunwayfoto DDY-64i Discal Quick Release Clamp (Review) were attached on the rotator. After the rotator was securely clamped in a vertical position, between the jaws of a heavy workbench, both its panning lock levers were tightened as much as possible.
Using with Sunwayfoto Pano-3 Panoramic Head
A sneak preview of the DDP-64M Panoramic Indexing Rotator, used as an integral part of the Sunwayfoto Pano-3 Panoramic Head which I have under evaluation for some time now. A comprehensive and thorough review of the Pano-3 head is planned for publication in the near future.
|New DDP-64M equipped with the Sunwayfoto DDY-64i Discal Quick Release Clamp holding the Pano-3 components and the camera (left photo above) These photos were taken during a recent shooting on top of a hill with Olive-tree groves. Considering the rough ground and steep slopes the use of the Sunwayfoto DYH-66i Leveling Base pictured below the DDP-64M proved very convenient (right photo above).|
Sunwayfoto DDP-64MX+DDY-64 Panoramic Indexing Rotator Review for a thorougher description of the DDP-64M functions, more implementation and mounting examples, as well as a comparison table with similar spec Indexing Rotators.
Exceptional machining, finishing, fitting and build quality.
Compact size and low weight.
Convenient top rotating platform.
Very smooth panning operation of both top and bottom platforms.
Good quality metal 1/4"-20 to 3/8"-16 conversion bushing included.
Very good value for money ratio.
6 year limited warranty extension upon registration.
Not so important but Lever Lock-knobs are still Non captive that may fall off if unscrewed inappropriately too much.
The latest version DDP-64M maintains the merits of exceptional quality, smoothness in operation and great versatility of its predecessor.
With the new 0-360° panning base and relocation of the index pointer in a more visible position, Sunwayfoto engineers have addressed exactly the functional issues (read for details the "Issues and Comments on the Panning Base" in the previous Sunwayfoto DDP-64MX+DDY-64 Review) which deprived me of recommending it before.
Therefore, I can now fully recommend the DDP-64M as a very good value for money product.
Nevertheless, as a pure perfectionist I'm not ready to give it a 5 stars rating due to the minor engraving error on the panning base, a 4.9 this time. :)
The DDP-64M Indexing Rotator presented in this article is a complementary copy, kindly offered by Sunwayfoto, for evaluation and review.
I hope you found the article useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2013 S.C.Vlachos
Price & Availability:
Current price for the DDP-64M is US$
The updated versions of DDP-64MX (bundled with AM-01 Arca Mount plate) or DDP-MX + DDY-64i (bundled with AM-01 and DDY-64i Discal QR clamp) will also be available from Amazon.com very soon.
Update Jan 2014
The updated version of DDP-MX + DDY-64i (bundled with AM-01 and DDY-64i Discal QR clamp) is now available for US$ 179.00 from Amazon.com
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