The just released Desmond DBH Ball Head does not resemble to the majority of ball heads which follow the Arca-Swiss® concept and design pattern.
It differs a lot by following a concept introduced by Gitzo® ball heads some years ago, which exercises pressure to the ball-head ball sideways, counterbalanced by an opposing spring.
This design promises a very smooth operation and precise tension control, featuring an oversized comfort-grip control knob, independently adjustable tension control and an independent pan lock knob.
|Ball Diameter:||42 mm (1.65")|
|Base Diameter:||54 mm (2.14")|
|Height with clamp:*||101-104 mm (3.97-4.09")|
|Bottom Thread w/ Metal Converter:||3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20|
|Load:||10 Kg (22 lb)|
|Weight:*||544-575 gr (19.18-20.28 oz)|
Desmond DBH is offered with a broad selection of five Desmond Arca-Swiss® compatible screw-knob quick release clamps and one duo Lever / Screw-knob quick release clamp by Sunwayfoto to suit almost any need.
Once again the goal was to introduce a product, maintaining the Desmond quality standards at a low budget price. So most Desmond DBH model prices are kept below the US$ 100.00 figure, ranging from US$ 93.77 to US$ 98.77 and only the one with the lever clamp reaches US$ 135.00.
I'm very eager to see how successfully the ball-head design concept has been implemented, maintaining such a low price, so stay tuned for a full evaluation and review soon.
Update August 23, 2013
The DBH Ball Head has arrived in my hands for test and evaluation. First impressions are surprisingly better than anticipated, but more in the upcoming review.
Unfortunately this excellent ball head was discontinued by the OEM manufacturer.
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