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Universalis demonstration video

We get a great look at the versatility of the Universalis view camera in this demonstration video by Martin Vogt from Arca-Swiss, Int.

The Universalis can be ordered in DSLR, medium format, and 4X5 configurations. Conversion kits are available between the formats and all accessories are modular components as normal within the Arca-Swiss design philosophy.

This camera is our smallest view camera, but works great in studio or on location. It is easily packable for the outdoor photographer.

Video is shared by Eddie NG from YouTube. Thank you Eddie.

Arca-Swiss New Products Photokina 2016

ARCA-SWISS is exhibiting at Photokina 2016 in Cologne, Germany in Hall 2.1, Stand B028.


ARCA-SWISS Canon  Aperture Control Lens Board 

Our new Canon bayonet lens board will mount Canon lenses onto our entire range of 6X9 cameras and have full electronic adjustment of aperture settings. The focal length and aperture setting of the lens is displayed on a bright OLED display built into the lens board.

Two buttons on the lens board allow a change of aperture up or down in 1/3 steps. Pressing both buttons simultaneously will fully open or close the lens to the selected aperture.

Using mirrorless full frame cameras like the Sony A7/A7RII mounted on the rear standard of the view camera, lateral and vertical movements can be adjusted on the rear standard of the camera within the image circle of the Canon lens. It is recommended to use Canon T/S lenses as those lenses will allow larger movements of up to 12mm in each direction without moving the lens.

Tilt and swing can be adjusted on the front standard using the exclusive symmetrical designed tilt and swing movements available on all ARCA-SWISS cameras.

The lens board is equipped with a mini USB port, compatible with any battery power pack that can connect and deliver a 5 volt current through a USB cable.

The ARCA-SWISS  Canon lens board (110x110mm) is compatible with the following medium format  (6x9cm) View Cameras: F-classic, F-metric, M-monolith, M-two and the latest the ARCA-SWISS Universalis pictured above.

ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube gp and D4 gp


arca-swiss_c1-cube-gpFor ultimate Control – Geared Pan

The patented ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube and ARCA-SWISS D4 with their unique design and innovative construction have been further developed and are now available with a gear driven self-locking pan device situated underneath the camera quick release for secure and precise positioning. These new versions of our heads will be designated “gp” for geared panning control.

The photographer now has a choice when using pan for an image — gear driven or free movements. When the gp knob is pulled out, the pan movement is free for coarse and quick panning adjustments. When the gp knob is pushed in, the gears inside the panning device are re-engaged and will offer precision geared rotation of the camera.

Using the new geared panning device, cameras and lenses can be moved micro-metrically in three axes. Due to its location at the top of the head, once leveled, the panoramic movements will allow perfect horizontal panning.

Additionally, ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube gp and ARCA-SWISS D4 gp are equipped with a second manual panning control at the base of the head for positioning the head on the tripod.

The new C1 Cube gp and D4 gp will be offered separately and are not replacing the current versions of C1 Cube and D4 heads.


ARCA-SWISS p0 Hybrid


Introducing ARCA-SWISS p0 Hybrid 

ARCA-SWISS is offering a new version of the compact and lightweight p0 tripod head in a hybrid design with the simplicity of the original p0 monoball and the geared precision of the C1 Cube.

ARCA-SWISS p0 tripod heads are fitted with an aspherical ball and a patented locking mechanism based on three planetary locking elements. These locking elements apply uniform force around the ball ensuring smooth movements of the camera in any axis.

Above the head’s locking mechanism, ARCA-SWISS has now integrated two self-locking, geared segments, each of which can precisely adjust up to a range of plus or minus 10° in the X or Y axes. This allows the photographer to adjust or level the camera coarsely with the ball-head using the p0 locking ring, and then fine tune their camera position precisely in both axes using the MicroMetric gear driven knobs. These mechanisms have been designed so the camera moves within a circular arc over the center. Additionally, if the nodal point is adjusted for, there will be virtually no change in the distance to the subject that can be seen in the viewfinder or display.

After the alignment and leveling of the camera, a panoramic swivel device placed above the two axes, allows for a completely level rotation of 360°, with no further adjustment of the camera required. It’s the perfect solution in applications requiring fast but precise adjustments — for architectural, table top, macro and panoramic photography.

Despite its new hybrid design, the ARCA-SWISS p0 hybrid tripod head will weigh only 500 gm/1.1 lbs, and is perfect for traveling light.


ARCA-SWISS Quiklink tripod head mountarca-swiss_quick-link

To solve an issue that has been an irritation to many photographers over the years, ARCA-SWISS announces the new ARCA-SWISS Quiklink tripod head mount system.

Combining a breach mount receiver for the tripod along with a tripod head base plate, the ARCA-SWISS Quiklink makes attaching and removing your tripod head from your tripod a fast and easy operation. Installation is simple and once installed, ARCA-SWISS QuickLinkcomponents can remain in place.

Thread the Quicklink mount receiver to the top of your tripod. Next, attach the Quicklink head connecting plate to the base of your tripod head using the supplied allen wrench. Once both components are mounted, drop the tripod head into the tripod receiver mount and rotate the knurled locking ring clockwise until snug. To unlink, turn the knurled ring counter clockwise and lift the head to remove.

Additional Quiklink tripod head plates may be purchased separately.


ARCA-SWISS Monoball Z1+ 


Improved ARCA-SWISS Monoball Z1+

The ARCA-SWISS Monoball Z1+ is the latest tripod head in the Monoball Z family. Following the introduction of the Z2+ and Z1g+, the new Z1+ will benefit equally from the further refined “Motion Related Gravity Control” system (MRGC).

MRGC is a variable bi-directional drag system which operates independently on both axes but is stabilized in all directions.

With horizontal movements, the friction setting of the ball head remains the same, whereas vertical movements take advantage of the aspherical ball which leads to a progressive increase of the friction as the camera & lens is tipped forward or back. This increase makes our ball head the safest available — no flopping around!

Intelligent engineering and precise manufacturing guarantee a well distributed radial grip force to provide a strong hold, while simultaneously allowing smooth and accurate positioning of the camera.

The new Monoball Z1+ is available in single pan (sp) or double pan (dp) models. Using the dp top pan, level the  spirit level on the quick release, and Z1+ dp will allow perfect horizontal panning irrespective of the tripod placement.

Photokina 2016 
Visit us at Hall 2.1, Stand B028 Cologne, Germany.
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. September 20th – September 25th, 2016

For more information, contact rod.klukas(at)

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Arca-Swiss at Photokina 2016

Update – Product information added here:

Arca-Swiss New Products Photokina 2016


Arca-Swiss will be exhibiting at Photokina 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Visit us at Hall 2.1, Stand B028.

Photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for professional photographers, the photographic trade and consumers alike.

For visitors
Tuesday, September 20th to Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Arca-Swiss: Hall 2.1, Stand B028

More info about new products to come soon!

Contact if you need more information.


Arca-Swiss MF2 Monorail Camera

Arca-Swiss MF2 Camera

MF2 Specifications

Tilt: +/- 30° (front) Micro-Orbix geared
Swing: +/- 90deg; (front) geared
Rise/Fall: 2.75″ / 70mm (rear) geared
Shift: 2.75″ / 70mm (rear) geared
Weight: 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs

Maximum extension: 7.5″ or 190mm without changing bellows or adding rail extension. Rail extensions and bellows are available to 500mm.
Formats: digital medium format backs, digital Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras, medium format roll film backs
Lens Mount: accepts R-mount lenses using the optional bayonet board or lenses on traditional flat or recessed 110x110mm lens boards.
Modular: compatible with many accessories in the Arca-Swiss product line.

Arca-Swiss MF2 Camera with DSLR

Arca-Swiss MF2 Camera with Nikon D800E DSLR

Bayonet style lensboard for R-Mounted lenses

Bayonet style lensboard for R-Mounted lenses

Arca-Swiss at 2015 PhotoPlus Expo

We’ll be exhibiting at the 2015 PhotoPlus Expo, (Booth 855) taking place October 22nd-24th, Javits Convention Center, New York City. The expo includes seminars, educational training, and networking opportunities.

PhotoPlus Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 21,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, filmmakers, students and educators from around the world.

PhotoPlus 2015

We will be demonstrating the Arca-Swiss R-Line technical cameras, the new ultralight Universalis (a modular design view camera that works with Sony, Canon, Nikon, Phase One/Leaf digital backs, and 4×5″ film), M-Line & F-Line view cameras, gear driven tripod heads (D4 & C1 Cube) P-monoball, Z-monoball, L-Brackets and more.

We will be in New York a few days early so if you would like a hands-on demo of any of the cameras before the expo, please contact me in advance to schedule an appointment. Hope to see you in New York!

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