It is a little larger than DAC-01 Quick Release Clamp reviewed recently, featuring a jaw length of 6 cm instead.
Except for the size the two clamps differ in the bubble level positioning. Most of their other characteristics are the same, therefore you may find these two reviews quite similar.
|Width with Screw Knob:||83.0 mm|
|Jaw Length:||60.0 mm (2.36")|
|Metal Converter:||3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20|
|DAC-02 comes in a small plain white box with a model and code sticker. It is wrapped in an air-bubble bag and is accompanied by a good quality 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 reducer bushing.|
Fitting the QR clamp on a Ball head
Depending on the ball head design the clamp can be mounted on top a ball head stem either by screwing it directly on a 3/8" or an 1/4" stud (via the conversion bushing)...
|...or as with most ball heads nowadays that have a threaded hole and anti-twist bosses, simply by aligning it on the bosses and by using an M6 or an 1/4"-20 flat head screw, tighten it with the appropriate Allen hex key.|
|The clamp is perfectly aligned and fixed in place as pictured above.|
Using with an Arca compatible plate/rail.
The DAC-02 quick release clamp was tested with various camera plates and lens plates, as well as with multi purpose long rails of various thicknesses and widths. Plates / Rails tested were from Benro, Kiwi Fotos, Fotoporo, Marumi and Hejnar PHOTO, showing a small issue with very narrow rails like the Kiwi fotos and 5/8" (16 mm) thick rails from Benro and Hejnar PHOTO.
For the readers that like numbers, I hereunder quote detailed measurements of the clamp Jaw dimensions, so as they can decide whether this clamp is compatible with the dimensions of their plates or rails.
|Clamp Jaw dimensions||mm|
|Steady Jaw Height||05.88|
|Moving Jaw Height||05.84|
|Min Jaw Lip Opening||32.94|
|Max Jaw Lip Opening||37.18|
|Min Base Opening||39.20|
|Max Base Opening||44.10|
The orange figures in the above specs are a little over 5 mm which is considered the middle of the dovetail V cut. As mentioned also in the Desmond DAC-01 50mm Quick Release Clamp Review there will be no issue with standard 10 mm high plates but only with the ones that are thinner than 10 mm.
All other dimensions fall within the average limits, consisting the clamp compatible with a large number of Arca-Swiss® type plates and rails.
In regard of the 5/8" (16 mm) thick rails mentioned above, due to their different design dovetails, there might be an issue of the clamp jaw hitting the rail side. With a little manipulation the rails will be clamped but may cause a little frustration to some users.
Anyway, the clamp jaws are very strong and due to the very small tolerances there is no play or deformation of the moving jaw as with some really cheap clamps.
I have contacted Desmond Photographic Distribution on the matter and was informed that they have pinpointed the issue, and that their engineer is working on it, so next batches will be even more compatible.
Exceptional machining, finishing and anodizing quality for the price.
Excellent fitting with very small tolerances.
Very smooth operation.
Good quality metal 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 conversion bushing included.
Accurate and always visible Bubble level included.
Slightly higher weight than average for the clamp size.
A small compatibility issue due to the jaws height.
Desmond clamps are not racing for lightweight champions, but their weight is an acceptable fact since as I had explained in the Desmond DBA-1 Bogen (Manfrotto) / Arca Clamp Review, lowering the weigh by a few grams would involve extra machining and finishing time, which would subsequently rise the manufacturing cost substantially.
The small issue with the clamp jaws is not so significant for the majority of camera plates and rails expected to be used with this clamp. Nevertheless, while it has a low price tag, it maintains the same Desmond good quality standards and excellent Value for Money !
Note : The DAC-02 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.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2012 S.C.Vlachos
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