A nice and very affordable Long Lens Support Bracket has been introduced as a kit, by Desmond Photographic Distributors. As expected from Desmond the kit has nothing to be jealous of known brand name kits with a quadruple price tag.
The kit is comprised by two main components, that are the Desmonf DLY and the Desmond DVC-220, which were selling as stand alone units, for quite some time now.
The DLY Yoke
In more detail the DLY is a modular Arca style yoke acting as a rest for the long telephoto lens front barrel. It is an all metal construction with only rubber parts the O rings around the lens support wheels.
|Maximum Height:||147 mm|
|Lens Support width:||96 mm|
|Groove Length:||84 mm|
The DLY features a double Arca style dovetail (front & rear) compatible with any Arca style quick release clamp, meaning that it is fully compatible also with RRS Lever Clamps. Since there is also a vertical groove present, it can be mounted either way, by the dovetail via a quick release clamp or by a screw on a a rail featuring a front hole.
|Desmond DLY Arca style modular Yoke|
On the other hand the DVC-220 is a thick double Arca dovetail rail with an integral on-end quick release clamp. Once again all metal construction with no rubber parts even on the clamp screw knob.
|Maximum Height w/clamp:||220 mm|
|Height w/o clamp:||200 mm|
|Width rail only:||39 mm|
|Width w/ clamp knob:||73 mm|
|Bubble Level diameter:||16 mm|
|Clamp Length:||37 mm|
|Mounting holes:||2 x 1/4"-20|
|Safety stop screws:||2 x M3|
The original intention for the DVC-220 is to be used as a vertical rail in Panoramic photography, but the existence of laser engraved scales on both sides as well as the 16 mm bubble level, make it ideal for use as a Long Tele Lens Support rail with on-end clamp.
The integral "on-end"clamp fits to all Arca standard quick release plates and rails, while the dovetails are even RRS Lever Clamp compatible.
Further the DVC-220 as all Desmond products is precision machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminum, Anodized to a scratch-resistant, black finish..
The rail has two holes for safety stop screws on bottom side, while on more hole exists on the open end of top side.
|Desmond DVC-220 rail with right angle Arca style QR clamp on one end.|
|Screws and Allen keys accompanying the Long Tele Lens kit|
Adding a Dual Subtend Clamp
Although the kit can do the job by mounting the lens foot directly on the DVC-220 rail, I would suggest the addition of an also affordable Dual Subtend Clamp by Desmond the DBC-50, for increased versatility in mounting and dismounting as well as the adjustment of a large and long telephoto lens on the Support bracket.
|Desmond DDC-50 Dual Subtend Clamp viewed from top illustrating its laser engraved scales on each clamp for precise adjustment.|
|Desmond DDC-50 Dual Subtend Clamp side view reveals the two subtend clamps|
|Usage of the Desmond DDC-50 Dual Subtend Clamp illustrated when inserted between the lens plate and the rail.|
For your reference, the DBC-50 was thoroughly reviewed back in 2014 in the Desmond DBC-50 50mm Dual Subtend QR Clamp Review.
Furthermore, for detailed information about the purpose and use of a Long Lens Support Bracket please read the articles in the "Relevant Articles" section below.
I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
Photos of implementation ©2015 S.C.Vlachos, all Long Lens kit and components by courtesy of Desmond Photographic Distribution ©2017.
Price & Availability:
Current price for the Desmond LLS Kit is US$ 54.95 available either from Amazon.com or from eBay.com
In addition current price for the Desmond DBC-50 is US$ 19.95 also available either from Amazon.com or from eBay.com
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