Desmond DAC-25 is a multipurpose mini QR clamp featuring three Strap Bosses according to Desmond (or simply Strap Loops) and an extra dovetail at the bottom.
Package and Contents
Desmond DAC-25 comes in the common to all Desmond clamps and rails, small, plain, white box with a model and code sticker. The QR clamp travels within a zip-lock nylon bag and is accompanied by a good quality 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 reducer bushing.
|Height:||15.25 mm (0.60")|
|Width w/ Screw Knob:||78.0 mm (3.07")|
|Jaw Length:||25.0 mm (0.98")|
|Center Mounting Hole Thread:||3/8"-16|
|Metal Conversion Bushing:||3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20|
|Weight:||37 gr (1.3 oz)|
|All Metal construction:||Aluminium|
|The bottom (back) side view of the clamp reveals the elongated alignment grooves across the center hole an the Arca style dovetail that runs parallel to the clamp jaws.|
|Desmond DAC-25 Mini QR Clamp top and bottom angled views with and without the provided 1/4"-20 to 3/8"-16 bushing. The angled view makes the existence of the bottom dovetail more evident.|
Fitting the QR clamp on a Ball head
Although the strap bosses / loops and the dovetail on the bottom suggest a different role for the DAC-25, the clamp can also be mounted on a ball head. Depending on the ball head design it can be mounted on top of the ball stem, of a rather small ball head, either using a pass through M6 or 1/4"-20 screw or by screwing it directly on a 3/8" or an 1/4" stud (via the provided conversion bushing).
|When the ball head ball-stem is equipped with anti-twist bosses and a threaded hole like the Triopo RS-3 ball head pictured in the above illustration together with an appropriate M6 hex socket flat-head screw and a 4mm Allen hex key.|
|Then, the DAC-25 may be easily attached using an M6 in this case, or an 1/4"-20 flat head screw with a hex socket and then just tightened with the 4mm Allen hex key.|
Using on a Small Pod
|With the aid of the included 1/4"-20 to 3/8"-16 conversion bushing screwed on the DAC-25 it may be combined with the Fotomate V-Pod-S (Review)...|
|...in order to facilitate the quick mounting and dismounting of a small camera or a flash unit on top of the table top tripod.|
|If you intend to use the V-Pod-S as a Grip...|
|The DAC-25 clamp can also be mounted directly on top of the pod via its 1/4"-20 stud using once again the 3/8'-16 conversion bushing.|
Using with DLR-2502B Multipurpose Rail
Nevertheless, the real purpose of the DAC-25 is to facilitate clamping and adjusting Arca Rails over and under. In the following example the Desmond DLR-2502B (preview) Multipurpose rail and the DAC-25 QR clamp are the base for a Long Lens Support Bracket.
|The Desmond DBC-50 50mm Dual Subtend QR Clamp (Review) comes to complement the structure of the Long Lens Support Bracket as a lens foot horizontal regulator.|
|With the addition of a Yoke like the Sunwayfoto YLS-01 (Review) shown above we have a fully adjustable Long Lens Support Barcket holding the Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM zoom lens.|
Plus a Shoulder Strap
|The combination of the Desmond DAC-25 Mini's strap bosses / loops with the strap loop found on the other end of the DLR-2502B MPR provide anchor points for a shoulder strap on both sides of the Lens Bracket for a balanced carrying.|
Using with a Shoulder or Sling Strap on a Camera
Last but not least we come to justify the purpose of the strap loops on the DAC-25 fully. One solution is the use of the two side strap loops with a camera shoulder strap, while a second solution can be to use the front strap loop with a Sling strap instead.
The DAC-25 mini quick release clamp was tested with various camera plates and lens plates, as well as with multipurpose long rails of various thicknesses and widths. Plates / Rails tested were from Benro, Desmond, Kiwi Fotos, Fotoporo, Marumi, Hejnar PHOTO and Sunwayfoto, without any issue whatsoever.
For the readers that like numbers, I hereunder quote detailed measurements of the clamp Jaw and the clamp dovetail dimensions. So as anyone can decide whether this clamp is compatible with the dimensions of their plates or rails.
|Steady Jaw Height||05.00|
|Moving Jaw Height||05.10|
|Min Jaw Lip Opening||32.09|
|Max Jaw Lip Opening||37.14|
|Min Base Opening||39.17|
|Max Base Opening||43.83|
|Desmond DAC-25 Mini QR Clamp top and bottom views with closed and opened jaw.|
Dimensions of jaws fall within the average limits, consisting the clamp compatible with all variations of Arca-Swiss® type plates and rails. On the other hand the existence of a lower dovetail adds another compatibility parameter, but as the numbers declare it is also well suited for most Arca-Swiss® style quick release clamps.
Lightweight and innovative multi-functional design.
Very good machining, finishing and anodizing quality for the price.
Very good fitting with small tolerances and smooth operation.
Good quality metal 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 conversion bushing included.
Excellent value for money.
None found up to the time of this review.
This miniature DAC-25 clamp can find numerous implementations in a photographers arsenal of support gear. It is a very good machining example, combined with the proven by now Desmond quality standards Considering the very low price tag, I can recommend it for low to medium weight gear, DSLR or ILC cameras.
Note : The DAC-25 Quick Release Clamp presented in this article was kindly offered by Desmond Photographic Distribution, USA, for evaluation and review.
I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
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Prices & Availability:
Current price for the DBC-25 Mini QR Clamp is US$ 19.95 while for the Desmond DLR-2502B + DAC-25 Combo is US$ 49.97. Both items include Free shipping in the US and are available from Amazon.com
If you are looking after a quick connect Sling strap, there is also a large selection of Camera / Sling Straps starting from US$ 5.99 from Amazon.com which may fulfill the purpose.
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