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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps



Anyone with any first-hand experience with any of these?

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/906573-REG/Sunwayfoto_DDC_60i_Screw_Knob_Clamp.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1007335-REG/sunwayfoto_dac_x1_50mm_quick_release.html

Durability, reliability, longevity, fit and finish?

At 1/2 to 1/4 of the price of other such clamps, are you (not) getting what you are (not) paying for? Speculating, I would guess "yes", but if someone has first-hand or otherwise practical experience with them, would love to hear your opinions.



Aug 21, 2017 at 05:07 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


I can't speak for those, but I do use generic eBay PU-50 or PU-60 clamps and plates and they are fine for my light use.

If you have lots of money sloshing about then go for the best.

However, that's not me.



Aug 21, 2017 at 05:20 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


I have the Sunwayfoto Discal Clamp DDY-64i, which has unique characteristics not available from mainstream makers. It's decently built, but I would not put high dynamic loads on it.
The types you have linked are available from Kirk, RRS, etc. so I would consider them instead, depending on the support needed.

Also see this thread. http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1478886

EBH



Aug 21, 2017 at 10:13 AM
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EB-1 wrote:
I have the Sunwayfoto Discal Clamp DDY-64i, which has unique characteristics not available from mainstream makers. It's decently built, but I would not put high dynamic loads on it.
The types you have linked are available from Kirk, RRS, etc. so I would consider them instead, depending on the support needed.

Also see this thread. http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1478886

EBH


Thanks. When you say "dynamic load" do you mean, e.g., at the end of a strap or while on a tripod or while moving on a tripod? I have the RRS equivalents, and they are great, but need one more and want to see if the bucks I save by going this route are going to come back to bite me in the butt when something fails. The bucks I save are considerable -- $16 vs. $60 --- but, of course, the bite, if it comes, is going to cost a LOT more in the other direction!



Aug 21, 2017 at 03:59 PM
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Paul Mo wrote:
I can't speak for those, but I do use generic eBay PU-50 or PU-60 clamps and plates and they are fine for my light use.

If you have lots of money sloshing about then go for the best.

However, that's not me.


Lots of money --- no! But I do want something reliable for whatever money I DO spend. When you say "light" what do you mean? E.g., body + 24-105? And, it looks like the point of contact for the PU-50/PU-60 are scew-in plates rather than quick release clamps?



Aug 21, 2017 at 04:01 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


Hejnar clamps are good, use them quite a bit. He's on ebay.


Aug 21, 2017 at 04:13 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


Have the Sunwayphoto DDy-64i clamp as well, along with Sunwayphoto L-plate and the quality is all the way up there with the big brands.


Aug 21, 2017 at 04:20 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


EA6B wrote:
Hejnar clamps are good, use them quite a bit. He's on ebay.


Thanks! Your nick/screen name after the Growler?



Aug 21, 2017 at 08:05 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


mbphoto_2.8 wrote:
Have the Sunwayphoto DDy-64i clamp as well, along with Sunwayphoto L-plate and the quality is all the way up there with the big brands.


Thanks!



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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


jeetsukumaran wrote:
Thanks. When you say "dynamic load" do you mean, e.g., at the end of a strap or while on a tripod or while moving on a tripod? I have the RRS equivalents, and they are great, but need one more and want to see if the bucks I save by going this route are going to come back to bite me in the butt when something fails. The bucks I save are considerable -- $16 vs. $60 --- but, of course, the bite, if it comes, is going to cost a LOT more in the other direction!


Maybe 10 lbs.

EBH



Aug 21, 2017 at 09:22 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


I have two (2) of the Desmond clamps, the 50mm and a 100mm.

I have found them adequate in every way.

The only thing better has been their customer support.



Aug 21, 2017 at 10:43 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


No experience with the products referenced, but I do own a Sunawayphoto L-plate (for a Sony A7R2 body) as well as one of Desmond's carbon fiber tripod / ball head combos and can 100% vouch for the astounding deals both represent. EASILY in the same league as the big names mentioned elsewhere in the thread. Been shooting on Gitzo stuff for decades (still own 4 of their tripods in various sizes, etc) and was stunned when I discovered both Desmond and Sunawayphoto. EXCELLENT products, no doubt.


Aug 22, 2017 at 01:05 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


EA6B wrote:
Hejnar clamps are good, use them quite a bit. He's on ebay.


+1



Aug 22, 2017 at 09:46 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


Thanks all. Gives me confidence to get these much more economical alternatives!


Aug 22, 2017 at 12:27 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


Not all Desmond clamps are made great, but the one I owned (DDSC-60 model discal) was pretty damn good. I like WImberley clamps a whole lot...although they are a hybrid/copy of several other brands. Sunwayfoto makes good stuff.







Aug 23, 2017 at 02:09 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


Sometimes I wonder if there is one factory in Asia making a dozen similar brands of products.

EBH



Aug 23, 2017 at 11:26 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


I have the Sunwayfoto DDC 60L, the long knob version of the OP's 60i and it's a fine little clamp: smooth mechanicals and clean build. I prefer the longer stem so it easily clears the camera body.


Aug 24, 2017 at 08:27 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Desmond, Sunwayfoto etc. Quick Release Clamps


I chose the shorter version to avoid the long stem whacking objects or being damaged from hitting the ground. However, I was using it to mount a head, not a camera directly.

EBH



Aug 25, 2017 at 01:42 AM







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