July 20, 2017

Announcement of Desmond DB-52 top line Ball Head

Desmond DB-52 Dual drop notch Ball Head

Desmond Photographic have introduced their top of the line DB-52 ball head with independent friction control and panning lock, combined with the well known by now Desmond DAC-X1 (review) skeleton Arca style quick release clamp.

The number 52 stands obviously for the diameter of its massive ball which is capable to hold up to 35 kg (77 lbs) of gear loads.

The Ball Head

Manufacturer Specification:
Type:Dual Drop Notch Classic
Ball Diameter:52 mm (2.05")
Base Diameter:68 mm (2.68")
Height:107 mm (4.21")
Clamp Length:50 mm (1.96")
Bottom  Mounting Thread:3/8"-16
Metal Converter Bushing:3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20
Max Load:35 Kg (77 lb)
Weight:668 gr (1.75 lb)

Somehow, the DB-52 design is a hybrid maintaining the best parts of Sunwayfoto, Desmond and LFM as I look at it.
Dual drop notches at 90 degrees apart for convenience, silver ball and silver control knobs with knurled grooves.
Desmond DB-52 Dual drop notch Ball Head clamp detail
Desmond DB-52 Dual drop notch Ball Head with DAC-X1 QR clamp

Quite prominent is the golden FLM style friction control ring concentrical with the main ball lock knob. Actually this is a very good idea, far more convenient to handle than the usual Arca-Swiss® style thumb screw on the face of the main lock knob.

Desmond DB-52 Dual drop notch Ball bottom detail
Desmond DB-52 with silver and golden control knobs and 3/8"-16 bottom mounting hole

Dresmond DB-52 Dual drop accompanying bushing
Dresmond DB-52 comes with a 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 conversion bushing

The DB-52 also comes with a nylon padded case in the box.

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All photos by courtesy of Desmond Photographic Dist.© 2017

Price & Availability:
Introductory price for the Demon DB-52 ball head is US$ 129.95 and is available either from Amazon or from eBay

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