Desmond DBC-50 is a dual subtend clamp featuring two individually regulated opposing jaws, that promise compatibility with virtually any Arca-Swiss® compatible rail or plate combination clamped over and under.
|Height:||22.0 mm (0.87")|
|Width w/ Screw Knobs:||113.0 mm (4.45")|
|Jaw Length:||50.0 mm (1.97")|
|Center Mounting Hole Thread:||3/8"-16|
|Metal Conversion Bushing:||3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20|
|Weight:||118 gr (4.16 oz)|
|All Metal construction:||Aluminium|
DBC-50 comes in the common to all Desmond clamps and rails, small, plain, white box with a model and code sticker. The QR clamp travels within a zip-lock nylon bag and is accompanied by a good quality 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 reducer bushing.
Comparison with DAC-X1
Although the clamps are of different nature and function, a direct comparison between the DBC-50 and the DAC-X1 shows a common design origin.
|Due to the dual jaw guiding tongues, it was not possible to follow the fully DAC-X1 skeletal design. However, jaw geometry and the safety screw openings remain there to signify that both belong to the same family.|
Fitting the QR clamp on a Ball head
Despite the double jaws, the clamp can also be mounted on a ball head. Depending on the ball head design it can be mounted on top of a ball head stem either using a pass through M6 or 1/4"-20 screw or by screwing it directly on a 3/8" or an 1/4" stud (via the provided conversion bushing).
|When the ball head ball-stem is equipped with anti-twist bosses and a threaded hole like the Triopo RS-3 ball head pictured in the above illustration, the DBC-50 may be attached using an M6 or an 1/4"-20 flat head screw with a hex socket and then just tightened with a 4mm Allen hex key.|
Using with Arca compatible Rails.
Nevertheless, the real purpose of a Dual Subtend Clamp is to facilitate clamping and adjusting Arca Rails over and under. In this respect the DBC-50 comes to complement the Desmond DLR-2502B (preview) Multipurpose rail and the DAC-25 QR clamp (under evaluation) in formatting a Long Lens Support Bracket.
|Desmond DLR-2502B Multipurpose Rail combined with DAC-25 small QR Clamp and DBC-50 Dual Subtend Clamp.|
|With the addition of a Yoke like the Sunwayfoto YLS-01 (Review) shown above we have a fully adjustable Long Lens Support Barcket holding the Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM zoom lens.|
The DBC-50 quick release clamp was tested with various camera plates and lens plates, as well as with multipurpose long rails of various thicknesses and widths. Plates / Rails tested were from Benro, Desmond, Kiwi Fotos, Fotoporo, Marumi and Hejnar PHOTO, without any issue whatsoever.
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 in mm||top jaw||bot jaw|
|Steady Jaw Height||05.04||05.05|
|Moving Jaw Height||04.86||05.10|
|Min Jaw Lip Opening||32.04||32.12|
|Max Jaw Lip Opening||36.50||36.88|
|Min Base Opening||39.22||39.20|
|Max Base Opening||44.45||44.70|
|Top and Bottom jaw dimensions fall within average.|
Low weight for the clamp size and nature.
Original and innovative design.
Very good machining, finishing and anodizing quality for the price.
Very good fitting with very small tolerances and smooth operation.
Good quality metal 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 conversion bushing included.
Excellent value for money.
None found up to the time of this review.
I believe this clamp is a very good machining example and considering the proven by now Desmond quality standards, combined with a very low price tag, I can recommend it as an excellent Value for Money !
Note : The DBC-50 Dual Subtend Quick Release Clamp presented in the comparison and usage illustration of this article is a pre-production prototype, kindly offered by Desmond Photographic Distribution, USA, for evaluation and review. Therefore it is missing the laser engravings present in the production model, shown in the beginning.
I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
Photos ©2014 S.C.Vlachos and Desmond Photographic Dist.
Prices & Availability:
Current price for the DBC-50 Dual Subtend Clamp is US$ 29.95 while for the Desmond DLR-2502B + DAC-25 Combo is US$ 49.97. All items include Free shipping in the US and are available from Amazon
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