The latter applies to Desmond Photographic Distributors, who chose this month to introduce their first low-budget but sturdy Tilt / Monopod Head.
The DMH-1 follows the usual to date Desmond concept, of a sturdy structure in good finish accompanied by a low price tag.
The design is modular and the head can be purchased stand alone or combined with one the most popular Desmond quick release clamps.
The DMH-1 Tilt Head
|Height:||70 mm (2.76")|
|Width Top and Bottom:||38.0 mm (1.50")|
|Length Top and Bottom:||38.0 mm (1.50")|
|Bottom Mounting Hole Thread:||3/8"-16|
|Metal Conversion Bushing:||3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20|
|Weight:||193 gr (6.8 oz)|
|Construction:||All Metal Aluminium|
|Maximum Load:||10 Kg (22 lbs)|
The DMH-1 follows a simple design, resembling a pillar with a Doric order headstone. The top platform and the foot are rectangular 38 X 38 mm ending in an Arca-Swiss® and RRS®-lever compatible dovetail.
The structure is of Aerospace grade Aluminium, stainless steel axles and no other plastic or rubber parts than the Teflon breaks of the tilt mechanism.
|The top platform with its dovetail may accommodate a double subtend QR clamp like the Desmond DBC-50 50mm Dual Subtend QR Clamp for those in need of a quick re-orientation of the clamp jaw axes in relation to the tilt axis. Otherwise, DMH-1 has a center M6 threaded hole for direct mounting any Quick Release clamp, plus four M3 threaded holes which combined with two of the included M3 screws play the role of dowel pins for the re-orientation of the screw-on clamp by 90°.|
The rectangular dovetails both on top and bottom mentioned in the beginning enable bi-directional mount of Arca/RSS style clamps either way on the tilt head.
|And as we can see in the photo above, the DMH-1 dovetails are also Fully compatible with RRS® Lever Clamps.|
|Both QR clamps can be rotated by 90° increments in the desired position by the user.|
Having tested one of the DMH-1 prototypes sometime ago, I have a hands on opinion about the operational smoothness and the functionality of the design. As I had also suggested some design refinements which I see present on the final product, I will have a better picture after I review it in depth. I hope this will come sometime soon.
I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos © 2014 Desmond Photographic Distributors.
Price & Availability:
Current prices for the DMH-1 Tilt Head range from US$ 59.95 stand alone to US$ 69.95 or US$ 71.95 according to the accompanying QR clamp (+Free Shipping in the US). All head variations are available from Amazon.com
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