Much like its siblings DDY-64iL and DDY-64i, although it can be used with virtually any ball head via either a screw through its center hole or its 3/8"-16 thread, Sunwayfoto's main intention for this clamp is to complement the functionality of the Sunwayfoto DDH-03 Panning Clamp.
DDY-58 is merely a reduced size version of the DDY-64i by 6 mm in diameter. So if you have already read the Sunwayfoto DDY-64i Discal Quick Release Clamp or the more extensive Sunwayfoto DDY-64iL Discal Quick Release Clamp reviews there is nothing more to add for the design concept except for the small differences between them.
However, the reason I present this clamp is mostly due to its role as a companion to the Sunwayfoto DDH-03 Panning Clamp in order to be used together as a versatile vertical panoramic rotator. Either independently or as part of the Sunwayfoto Pano-3 Panoramic Head bundle.
This post will stand as a reference for the Sunwayfoto DDH-03 Panning clamp and the Sunwayfoto Pano-3 Panoramic Head reviews.
The Package & Contents
|The DDY-58 Discal QR clamp together with accompanying screws and tool are nested in a pre-cut foam piece that keeps them safely in place for transportation.|
|Bottom mounting thread:||3/8"-16 UNC|
Comparison with DDY-64i Discal QR Clamp
|There are minor design differences between the DDY-58 and DDY-64i (pictured above) Discal QR Clamps.|
The major difference is the diameter size as denoted by their model name, ∅ 58 mm vs ∅ 64 mm, which drags with it all the dimensions of the clamp.
Clamp jaw length 28 mm vs 32 and side mounting holes distance 40 mm vs 50 mm.
However, due to the reduced jaw surface and the existence of holes in the safety screw relief grooves, a bubble level was omitted from the DDY-58. Considering the fact that the main purpose of existence of the DDY-58 clamp is to be attached at the bottom of the DDH-03 Panning Clamp (shown in more detail further down), the addition of a bubble level would be of no use.
Mounting on a Ball Head
|DDY-58 will be sturdy enough to clamp and hold heavy loads. It is a good match for large capacity but low profile ball heads as the Sunwayfoto XB-44 pictured above. Its dimensions deprive the clamp from interference with other ball head parts, which is quite frustrating as you may recall from the Sunwayfoto XB-44 Low Profile Ball Head review. In my opinion DDY-58 is a far better match to the XB-44 ball head than its original rectangular QR clamp.|
Mounting on Sunwayfoto DDH-03 Panning Clamp
Nevertheless, as mentioned in the beginning of this article, the perfect match for DDY-58 is the Sunwayfoto DDH-03 Panning Clamp (Review) by design, fitting exactly DDH-03's dimensions and mounting holes.
Therefore, I shall elaborate more at this point as this may serve as a reference for future articles that involve the DDH-03 combined with DDY-58.
|Using a little your imagination you may visualize DDY-58 as the top part (without the panning base) of the DDH-03 panning clamp, give or take a bubble level and two mounting holes.|
|The DDY-58 + DDH-03 assembly with a 90 degree angle between the screw-knobs and crossing jaw axes.|
|Top side or DDH-03 side view. For more information and ideas about the implementation of the combo you may refer to the Sunwayfoto DDH-03 Panning Clamp Review|
Mounting on a Monopod
Sunwayfoto has a complete range of universal or dedicated camera and lens plates as well as a series of multi purpose rails which cover almost any need. Of course DDY-58 Discal quick release clamp is fully compatible with Sunwayfoto's own gear.
On the other hand, in order to check its compatibility with other manufacturers plates and rails, DDY-58 was tested with various camera plates, lens plates and multipurpose long rails of various thicknesses and widths.
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||04.24|
|Moving Jaw Height||04.37|
|Min Jaw Lip Opening||33.83|
|Max Jaw Lip Opening||37.68|
|Min Base Opening||39.60|
|Max Base Opening||44.82|
The yellow figures in the above specs are considered a little lower than 5 mm which is the middle of the dovetail V cut but can still clamp a dovetail securely. All other dimensions fall within the average limits, consisting the clamp compatible with a large number of Arca-Swiss® type plates and rails.
Excellent machining, finishing, fitting and build quality.
Very good scratch proof anodizing.
Very smooth operation in all aspects.
Very low weight for the size.
Excellent value for money ratio.
Clamp jaws are a little short for the dovetail edge radius of some 1/2" & 5/8" thick rails from other manufacturers.
Another great example of design and CNC machining, complementing the Sunwayfoto line of Discal clamps.
Of course the best possible companion for Sunwayfoto DDH-03 Panning Clamp, but DDY-58 shape, size and particularly low weight, make it a great option for many ball heads and monopods.
Once again the high standards of build quality for the price give an excellent value / money ratio.
The DDY-58 Discal Quick Release Clamp presented in this article was kindly offered for evaluation and review by Sunwayfoto. Many thanks once again, for the dedication on the serial number.
I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2012-2013 S.C.Vlachos
Price and Availability:
Current price for the DDY-58 QR clamp is US$
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