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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.


Arca-Swiss at Photokina 2012 Hall 2.1, Stand B-024

Tuesday, September 18 to Sunday, September 23, 2012

Opening times
For visitors daily from 10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
For exhibitors daily from 09.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.

I’m excited to say I’ll be attending and representing Arca-Swiss at Photokina 2012 in a few short weeks. Photokina is a biennial event held in Cologne, Germany and is the leading international trade fair for the entire photographic 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 consumers and professionals alike.

The show this year encompasses 7 exhibition halls, so be sure to plan ahead and make time to see us because we have some exciting new products to reveal.

Our exhibition area will be in Hall 2.1, Stand B-024.

Sutro Baths SF Large Format Photography Meetup 6/10/2012

Sutro Baths, San Francisco, Cal, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views

I am meeting the SF Bay area Large Format Photography group for a Meet-up at Sutro Baths on Sunday June 10, 2012.

The Baths
Sutro Baths opened March 14, 1896 with a $1 million pricetag — an extravagant public bathhouse envisioned and developed by the eccentric one-time mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro. After working its way through its many lives (Playland, 1960s ice rink, etc..)— burned down while being demolished on June 26, 1966. In 1980 the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) bought the land for $5,500,000.

Sutro Baths is on the ocean on the far west edge of San Francisco, just north of Ocean Beach and south of Land’s End. It’s immediately north of the legendary Cliff House.

We are meeting in the parking lot at Cliff House at 10:00 AM.

I will have the Arca-Swiss 141 4X5 Field Camera, D4, C1 Cube, and Z1 tripod heads, plus other accessories. If anyone is interested, I will also have the new RL3d 4×5 technical camera for demonstration.

Please contact me if you need more details, otherwise, hope to see you there for a great day of photography!

SILVER & LIGHT Wet Plate Project by IAN RUHTER

This is a “must see video” and you won’t be disappointed!

Be sure to check out Ian’s Tumblr site too:

The Last Stand, Project by Marc Wilson

The Last Stand from Marc Wilson on Vimeo.

Congrats to Marc, who has recently funded his project, “The Last Stand” on IndieGoGo through private donations. The following is an excerpt from his project description on the IndieGoGo website.

The Last Stand
“Those decaying vestiges of life-and-death human struggle — falling monuments to bellicosity — have a curious attraction to them. The paradoxes are rich. They once showcased unbridled strength and had the prowess to intimidate as they repelled intruders by unrelenting force. This was human power in its rawest form. Now these feeble structures derive their power from something else. With their guns and posts silent, they stand to testify that all things perish. No act of human defiance can possibly win the greatest of all battles of attrition, that of time…It is vitally important historical work.”

My name is Marc Wilson. I have been working as a photographer for over 15 years and I am currently working on my latest project, The Last Stand. I have previously exhibited my work throughout the UK and also in shows abroad in France, Italy and the USA. I have always found myself drawn to the landscape that surrounds us and our interaction with it.

For the past fifteen months I have been researching, reccieing and starting to shoot the photographs that will make up The Last Stand, which aims to document some of the physical remnants of war in the 20th century in the UK and northern Europe. The subjects I am photographing are the remaining military defence structures situated around their coastal areas.

Why it matters
These man-made objects and zones of defence now sit silently in the landscape, imbued with the history of our recent past. Some remain proud and strong, some are gently decaying. Many now lie prone beneath the cliffs where they once stood. Through the effects of the passing years, all have become part of the fabric of the changing landscape that surrounds them.

Whilst I capture the individual beauty of these objects in their landscapes, the series of photographs become much more than a set of traditional landscapes. My aim is that the collection will become a permanent photographic record of the past. A testament to the physical form of the subjects and the histories, stories and memories contained within.
With each passing year the evidence and memories fade a little more and it is especially for this reason that I am undertaking this project. I see each and every landscape as a witness to war with a story to tell, whether it is one of unfulfilled defiance or one of tragedy”.