Arca-Swiss News – Photokina 2012

Arca-Swiss Continues to Set Standards — Big and Small at Photokina 2012

Arca-Swiss goes big with the new LulF large and ultra-large format camera but doesn’t forget the “little things” with its latest compact option — the new Rm3d factum, the world’s smallest technical camera with both tilt and shift.

ARCA-Swiss will be demonstrating these new products and many more during Photokina 2012, exhibition area Hall 2.1, Stand B-024 in Cologne Germany.

*Update 9/20/12 – a few photos from the exhibition area taken by Paul Freeman. Thank you Paul! Scroll down to read the press release details.

Rm3d factum

The world’s smallest technical camera with tilt and shift

ARCA-SWISS proudly introduces a new model to the R-camera line, the Rm3d factum. The new Rm3d factum is the logical offspring of ARCA-SWISS’ unmatched solution of combining a precise and highly exact focusing camera with a tilt mechanism.

ARCA-SWISS Rm3d factum is a combination of a new camera body and the current focus/tilt unit of the R-line. Photographers with Rm3di will be able to order the body separately (called Rm3d fac) and install their tilt/focus module (called tum module) into the Rm3d fac body for a smaller and lighter travel camera option.



The shift mechanism allows horizontal and/or vertical movements of +/- 15mm and tilt movements of +/-5°.

The new Rm3d factum, with its extraordinary compact design and unlimited functionality performs with the tightest requirements of on-location photography. The Rm3d factum has the same well-known ARCA-SWISS precision without compromise and the offered technical possibilities are equal to current R-line models.


The LulF from ARCA-SWISS is the camera for large and ultra-large format photography. When all the millions of pixels are still not enough, the LulF delivers for your most demanding pictures.

At a film format of 11X14” and 8X10″ (with accessory reducing back), this is the camera for those wanting images of power and unforgettable emotion with infinite richness in tone and detail.

The ARCA-SWISS LulF is the result of a new concept in large format camera design that provides the best of both worlds  only slightly heavier than a wooden camera (at approximately 15 lbs) but significantly more precise and the stability to withstand adverse weather conditions.

monoball Z1g+

With the Monoball Z1g+, ARCA-SWISS has improved all aspects of the well-known ballhead Z1g. The new head incorporates an additional panning top above the ball and its weight is reduced significantly.

The Monoball Z1g+ guarantees a smooth, even movement and accurate positioning of the camera. The MRGC (Motion Related Gravity Control), a variable and bi-directional drag is independently operative on both axes and stabilized in all directions —  with a horizontal movement the resulting friction remains constant, whereas with vertical movements the friction increases progressively.

monoball Z2+

Improved as well, the larger ballhead Monoball Z2+ is now equipped with a second panning top and additionally, its weight has been reduced considerably.

The Z2+ combines the advantages of a ballhead with the features of a multiaxial tripod head. The secret hides in a newly designed ball unit that allows individual and independent control of the x- and y-axis, with gravity compensation and separate locks. The upper knob locks the smaller ball in the x-axis (80°; 40°; -40°), whereas the lower knob is locking the bigger ball in the y-axis (140°; 90°; -50°).

The Monoball Z2+ sports two panning mechanisms — one at the base of the head, the other (a proper panning top for panoramic photography) is located above the ball, allowing perfect and level panoramic stitching.

Innovative and ready for all circumstances, the ARCA-SWISS monoball Z2+ is a clever synthesis of the ease of a ballhead and the exacting features of a three-way head.

 e-module Cloud

With the e-module Cloud, ARCA-SWISS has developed a world benchmark for measuring distances without the inherent danger of laser devices,and therefore presents no risk while photographing people.

The new measuring device is capable of measuring both short and long distances and is equally accurate in bright or dim light. Measuring through windows or in highly reflective surroundings will not hinder the efficiency of the e-module Cloud – in fact, the name of our product is meant to infer that even clouds can be measured properly. A digital display clearly reveals the distance and indicates four relevant f-stops for depth of field and, as a bonus, the e-module Cloud helps to level the camera. The ARCA-SWISS e-module Cloud is the perfect complement to the ARCA-SWISS e-module sonar.



The ARCA-SWISS RL3d has undergone a face-lift to become RL3di with added shift capabilities and a newly designed integration of the reversible focusing module.

The RL3di offersas all R-Line cameras do, self-locking AIP (All in Plane) shift in the film plane, independent for x- and y-movements, and a tilt mechanism for the application of the Scheimpflug-principle. The precision of focusing is unparalleled and is coupled with an integrated electronic sensor, while continuing to use the same R-Line bayonet lens-mount.

A real multi-format performer, the ARCA-SWISS RL3di works with all digital formats and film formats up to 4X5″ with ease. Intelligently ergonomic, the ARCA-SWISS R-Line cameras exceed all known cameras in precision and functional possibilities.

For more information contact Rod Klukas, US Representative, ARCA-SWISS, Inc. or your ARCA-SWISS dealer. Pricing and availability will be released after Photokina.