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Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release

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Designed for a realm where functionality trumps all concerns, the Arca-Swiss C1 Cube simultaneously achieves mastery of control with an appearance approaching the status of jewelry.  The head allows users to place their heavy cameras with a degree of accuracy they could never have had before except in exchange for a large increase in weight.  There are still plenty of shooters around wishing to actually travel with their best stuff, and no geared head seemed practical to endure on one's person before the C1 arrived.

The C1 Cube has finely calibrated ungeared panning adjustments under and above ±28° x-y geared axes with adjustable tension.  Why two panoramic axes?  So that you can first center the Cube's controls to your position with the bottom axis, then readjust the camera to point dead ahead with the upper axis.  The gears' knobs have a little scrap of rubber running around them, to give pinpoint control while wearing gloves without being broad enough to obstruct the head's movements.  On the bottom of it all, there's a third (ungeared) hinge which allows 62° of tilt so that any camera can reach the 90° vertical position.

On top of the C1 you'll find 2 sensitive bubble levels and an Arca-Swiss flip-lock quick release clamp which has its own advantages in compactness and security.  Given all that's going on here, the weight's astonishingly low; just 2.03 lbs (925g), as light as could be imagined and considerably more compact than other geared heads.

The C1's ultimate advantage lies in the world of macro shooting, where its design allows far fewer focusing readjustments while creating images.  You see, all other geared heads (and all other 3-way pan/tilt heads for that matter) execute movements upon circular axes which are centered far below the actual camera-your gear moves along the outside of a sphere.  The C1 Cube, however, places the camera inside of a sphere.  It is almost as if the x/y axes meet at a point upon the image plane itself, with all the camera rotating around a stationary image plane.  This remarkably difficult engineering feat was chosen to minimize movements of the optical system's entrance pupil during composing, making for speedier field work free of perpetual height and focus adjustments.

Note! Requires Arca-Swiss type quick release plate.

Sophisticated engineering, beginning with a single hunk of metal
Designed in Switzerland and manufactured in France
Geared x-y axes with adjustable gear tension and 28° of motion
Third 62° tilt-only axis underneath geared adjustments
Rubberized knobs easily manipulated in cold & with gloves
Two-stage flip lock quick release lever
Movements allow camera's image plane to stay relatively stationary, easing macro work
Maximum Camera Supported Large format up to 8x10
Load Capacity Not specified by manufacturer
Pan Range 360°
Height 4.25" (108mm) [folded position]
Width 3.3" (84mm) [folded position, excluding knobs]
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes (x2)
Tension Control Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 2.03 lbs (925g)
Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release
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    Arca-SwissC1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release
     
    4.5

    (based on 32 reviews)

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      (10)

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (23)
    • Attaches firmly (18)
    • Large range of motion (17)
    • Strong clamp (17)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (6)
    • Pricey / poor value (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Night shots (9)
    • Portraits (8)
    • Travel (5)
    • Architecture (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A most practical jewel

    Whereas most engineering processes involve a balance of performance, ie when an engineer improves one aspect, other aspects decline. This Arca Swiss Cube is definitely all-rounded in every aspect.

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    Whereas most engineering processes involve a balance of performance, ie when an engineer improves one aspect, other aspects decline. This Arca Swiss Cube is definitely all-rounded in every aspect.

    Construction achieves the level of watch-making, I find every piece of metal flawless. Movement is smooth and even, with absolutely no loose play. Adjustment is fast and simple, don't be frightened by all the knobs, using this Cube is definitely easier than a traditional ballhead. When you release a ballhead, the whole assembly is released and you cannot fine tune the movement of one direction without distracting other directions. The Cube on the other hand, moves immediately to where you want to aim and the camera is always locked rock solid whenever the aim is achieved. Wildlife photography certainly needs this, and I even use it to pan my moving baby son with a tripod (I could never do this with a traditional ballhead).

    For all traditional ballheads, the camera always tilt a bit after the ballhead is locked, for heavy cameras or lenses, the photographer has to anticipate the tilt so that he/she has to aim slightly higher to allow the drop. This Cube completely eliminates this problem. That's why aiming is much faster.

    Panning is much easier and more accurate, the panning mechanism is positioned right next to the flip lock and above the levelling platform, which means once you have levelled the levelling platform, the whole panning process is always perfectly levelled. Most other panning ballheads require a perfectly levelled tripod to start off with(which is difficult or even dangerous when you are standing on a rock), but the Cube can compensate for an off level tripod. Adjustment of level is ultra-fast and can always be done within seconds.

    Function-to-weight ratio is good, I am currently using it on a Gitzo 3541 and find no difficulty to carry it uphill 200 meters for landscape shooting (together with a medium dslr, one 400mm tele and two 700g lenses)

    The price is high when compared with traditional ballheads, but the functional improvement worths it. Considering the money we spend to upgrade a glass from 1.2 to 1.0, the Cube is more cost-effective.

    Thanks to the Cube, I am now missing less and less important shots---success rate is MUCH higher. With this reward, I am willing to pay even more.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Be careful

    I love the precision of the Cube. Treated this with upmost care. Always had bagged and bagged in tripod bag. The mico-gears collect sand and water like fly paper in a horse barn....Read complete review

    I love the precision of the Cube. Treated this with upmost care. Always had bagged and bagged in tripod bag. The mico-gears collect sand and water like fly paper in a horse barn. Had it three years and it started feeling sloppy and had tension problems. And Images started have issues, esp w/200-400 when compared to same setup but with BH-55. Sent the unit back....This product gears are precision and made of soft metal and will wear out. They do no sell or offer lubricant. They will void warranty for the slightest problem. You will pay $250-350 for repair. They will claim it is in spec when it feels like slop to you. They do not stock parts in USA. They cannot get parts out of France. They do not stock loners. You have $xxxx of junk. Also the 'flip lock' is messy French design and will have you very frustrated. If you replace with a good plate, ie RRS, they will void warranty. The will send to France if they can't fix it. US Service is a bloody mess if you have any issues beyond normal repair. I love the precision of the cube, I guess one has to say that $xxxx + $xxx / 1000 day = $2/day to own....before you have to replace....

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    5.0

    Support your investments & vision

    By Michel Thibert

    from Quebec, Canada

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Precise
    • Smooth
    • Stable Under Weight

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Weight

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Stiching

    Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

    I know, its not cheap, But the final result is a cumulative of a weak link. No more with this head

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    5.0

    No replacment for the best

    By Hong Kong Cat

    from Hong Kong

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Large format photography
    • Marco

    Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

    I already own the Linhof 3D micro head,
    but I decided to buy this finally with no regrets, it is better than my Linhof head in operation, they look like similar items, but they are not the same !!

    I chose the quick release version, It works well with my Linhof Techno 69, although it is a bit hard to reach the flip lock release at times, after a few tries for getting use to, it turns out to be fine, otherwise choose the classic turning knob version, which shall be more appropriate for large format cameras with a huge camera base,

    This head is great for marco work and Large format photography, because it has the most precise movement of Geared Heads,
    I use this on a Gitzo 3 series tripod with Geared Center Column GS3311GS, this set up is simply the best for my use with Medium Format Cameras like 503CW, and Linhof Large Format Cameras, because it is very stable,

    I would also recommand the Arca Swiss Univeral L Bracket to use with this head, it will make the entire setup very user friendly and versatile in operation,

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    5.0

    Wish everything was this well-made

    By Gilgamesh

    from Gatineau

    Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

    After acquiring some key elements in the passed two years to pursue a growing fascination for macrophotography I quickly realized all this fine gear was almost useless with a serious tripod head. I had had my sights on the cube for over a year but despite all the raving reviews the price tag kept me away... Until my last frustrating experience with a ball head and the constant readjustments I had to do. On a recent trip to NYC and B&H amazing superstore I finally got to handle the cube, and I must say all the favorable reviews do not do it justice. The craftsmanship is flawless, the gears precise and intuitive, the design very impressive. I can't wait for winter to be over to try my new toy outside

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    4.0

    Best tripod Head

    By Fazambuja

    from Rochester ny

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Portraits

    Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

    Pros:
    -amazing gears
    -really precise and sturdy
    -it's a workhorse
    Cons
    -pricy
    -the package and the manual are cheap
    -the lock it's a bit annoying (the only real defect)

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    5.0

    As promised

    By Abdiel

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Precise control

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Product shots

      Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

      It does exactly what it's supposed to do.It allows for very precise, quick and effortless camera positioning.On the other hand, the quick release mechanism needs to be adjusted specifically to your camera plate before using it. Once adjusted it works fine. But the adjustment of this mechanism is cumbersome and rough compared to the rest of this head's operation.

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      2.0

      Great, but clamp is useless...

      By RGA

      from Bay Area, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

      • Weak Clamp

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

      Great piece of equipment EXCEPT the clamp that holds your camera onto the head is impossible to adjust. Noted on several forums, the wheel in the clamp that adjusts the width so that the three locking mechanisms work as described cannot be turned without damaging/scratching the clamp.

      The clamp lever has 3 positions: 1-Full closed - locks the camera onto the head fully. 2-half open - holds the camera tight but allows one to move the plate in the clamp to adjust where the camera sits in the clamp, and 3- open - allows removal of the camera. A small wheel next to the nut inside the clamp that holds the clamp to the head is documented in the manual to make small adjustments so that the three positions may be used in this way.

      There is no way on this earth to make those adjustments/turn the screw without using a screwdriver to turn it, and even then you scratch the clamp and may not be able to adjust. The advice on forums is to replace the clamp with a RRS clamp. Unbelievable that a manufacturer would engineer such a fine product and charge such an exorbitant price and have this known critical flaw. If you buy, be prepared to replace the clamp...

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      1.0

      Be careful

      By Buslink

      from Albany,NY

      Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

      I love the precision of the Cube. Treated this with upmost care. Always had bagged and bagged in tripod bag. The mico-gears collect sand and water like fly paper in a horse barn. Had it three years and it started feeling sloppy and had tension problems. And Images started have issues, esp w/200-400 when compared to same setup but with BH-55. Sent the unit back....This product gears are precision and made of soft metal and will wear out. They do no sell or offer lubricant. They will void warranty for the slightest problem. You will pay $250-350 for repair. They will claim it is in spec when it feels like slop to you. They do not stock parts in USA. They cannot get parts out of France. They do not stock loners. You have $xxxx of junk. Also the 'flip lock' is messy French design and will have you very frustrated. If you replace with a good plate, ie RRS, they will void warranty. The will send to France if they can't fix it. US Service is a bloody mess if you have any issues beyond normal repair. I love the precision of the cube, I guess one has to say that $xxxx + $xxx / 1000 day = $2/day to own....before you have to replace....

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      5.0

      Brilliant design - pity about the clamp

      By Landscape photographer

      from Australia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

      This must be the only tripod head designed by someone with actual experience of taking carefully composed images using a tripod set up on rough ground. I became very frustrated with ballheads many years ago because of the impossibility of making a fine adjustment without the camera shifting in all three dimensions. More recently I have used a levelling base under my tripod head but this is only a partial solution.With the Cube the camera can be levelled very easily and accurately, and adjustments can be made on each axis independently. Geared adjustment of rotation would be nice but is not important – the key thing is that the camera remains level when rotated.The levels are visible when viewed horizontally – very important when setting up on a tall tripod with the camera at eye level – most levels are only visible from above and are often obscured when the camera is mounted.Of course it would be good if it was smaller, lighter and cheaper but I doubt if this could be achieved without losing functionality. If I was rating the quick release clamp separately I would give it 1 or 2 out of 5. The instructions contain an additional warning about not damaging the quick release by applying excessive force. This would be very easy to do because it is not self-evident how it works. I had to re-read the instructions several times before I understood. There are two safety catches to prevent it being opened unintentionally. The quick release lever is not something that is likely to be opened by mistake so I do not understand why one safety catch is considered necessary, let alone two!The quick release clamp also has a thumbwheel for fine adjustment of the distance between the two sides of the clamp. The clamp was not usable until this was adjusted but the thumbwheel was so tight that it had to be levered with a small screwdriver.Now that I have made the fine adjustment and understand the two safety catches the quick release clamp works satisfactorily, but is still unnecessarily tedious to operate. If I could figure out how to remove it (it is attached by a non-standard bolt) I would replace it. Other manufacturers can make very similar quick release clamps that work straight out of the box – they do not require fine adjustment or careful reading of the instructions. Arca-Swiss need to address this – it is a major deficiency on an otherwise brilliant design.

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      4.0

      Arca C1

      By Philip

      from Hong Kong

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

      • Weak Clamp

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

      First of all excellent service boy B&H I received the parcel in 3 days after order in Hong Kong!

      The Cube is everything you read on forum, superbly built, precise and yet easy to use. It is intuitive except adjustment for the flip type QR clamp which came with the Cube. The clamp will be very tight or not usable for plates other than Arca's. adjusting the clearance needs some small tricks and you don't find instruction in the manual to do it. Rod of Arca US was very kind to help by message communication.

      If an option is available, I would prefer to have the traditional screw type clamp with the Cube.

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      5.0

      Rock solid fast alignment

      By DanO.

      from Arizona

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

      Been using this for about a month now and I can say that it does what it's designed to do quite well. I was afraid it would overpower my series-two tripod but as it turns out it fits just fine. The C1 allows me to level the camera with the greatest of ease in about three seconds. I no longer have the frustration of dancing with a ball and multiple readjustments. The process is handled so efficiently that I don't know how I ever got along with a ballhead. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.

      Even so, all of this newfound convenience comes at a hefty price. I'm not a professional photographer and currently I'm just using this thing' for my DSLR and some fast glass. I considered returning the Cube but it doesn't take long to become very spoiled.

      A word about the double lock clamp: I read so much about this part and how many have replaced it with something else. Instead of trying to fiddle with the flaky little adjustment wheel I decided to give the Arca Swiss L-Bracket a try. The superior lock-up and added convenience of removing the 'L' is quite nice. Likewise it places the camera just a tad higher above the clamp so that access and visibility of your spirit levels is maintained. The method to unlock the leaver is not near as finicky as reported.

      Overall this is one sweet addition to my camera kit that is completely universal and not slaved to any particular camera or tripod. It has replaced everything else I have tried and I can easily recommend it. In fact I have heard from at least one distributor that the price of the product line is going up so you may not lose any money down the road.

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      4.0

      Built like a tank

      By Saber

      from Yuma, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

      • Spotty Finish

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits

      Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

      Well I purchased this thing' as a gift to myself. Still, I have to say that as a DSLR enthusiast it's really overkill and hard to justify.

      Insomuch as it's functional attributes, it does what it's designed to do. The controls are rather tight but maybe they'll ease up after a while. The C1 isn't as complicated as it looks and it's quite simple in design.

      The clamp is well made although I would stick with Arca Swiss plates just because. I was anticipating yanking the thing' off when I got it and sticking on something else. However the locking mechanism is actually quite impressive. I have a BH55 with a lever-release and I'm always more careful with that one. Just so you know the method to open and close the double lock clamp is much easier than I anticipated. You don't really need to use your fingernail unless you want to. Even so, glove operation is a no-go.

      Overall I enjoy it although I'm hard pressed to rationalize the cost to value, unless you really want this level of gear. The finish isn't as good as it should be for the price but I'm rather picky that way.

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      4.0

      Excellent but pricey

      By June

      from Toronto, Ontarion, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Light weight
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

      • Bad quick release
      • Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Star scapes

      Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

      My C1 supports a Sinar P2, all of this sitting atop an Induro AT313. The C1 works wonderfully. The geared movements are stiff but surprisingly easy to use, holding the Sinar at various angles, securely. The two pan features, one on top and one in the base of the head, are fantastic. Even the tilt is secure.
      There are three issues, that, I don't like. 1) the flip lock has a two stage release mechanism. A quick release that isn't quick.. 2) the clear colored spirit levels are a little difficult to use in low light. And, of course 3) the price. If you can afford it, you'll love it. If you can't, don't worry, you can get just as good. For a lot cheaper.
      But I have yet to find a tripod head that is prettier.

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      5.0

      It is a great tool.

      By Lulumi

      from Taiwan

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits

          Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

          It is a great tool for professional photographer. I would recommend this to all my friends.

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          5.0

          I love it

          By Jon

          from Lutherville, Maryland

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Beautiful design
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Price but worth it

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Travel

          Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

          I use the Cube as my everyday tripod head. It is not only a breeze to level, it is easy and precise to use. I have not had the slightest problem with instability or drift, both of which were problems with my previous ball heads, which were not cheap and were from reputable manufacturers. I have also not had any problem with looseness with the camera in the flip lock. It is easy to use and the camera is in tight. The only bad news is the price but I think it is worth it. I would buy it again. I use a Nikon D3x, a Hassleblad 205 TCC with heavy glass, and an ARCA Swiss 4x5. No problems with any of them and none is lightweight. It is also esthetically extremely pleasing. I just enjoy looking at it.

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          4.0

          Great head, but no geared pan control

          By Ross the Boss

          from Rye, NH

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Compact
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Low weight
          • Precision control
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Expensive
          • Lacks rotation gear

          Best Uses

          • Anything stationary
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

          This is a great, though expensive, head. I've always preferred a geared head to a ball head, for stationary subjects. I used the Manfrotto 410 for years, but it is heavier, extends higher above the tripod, and is less precise.

          I was surprised that the Cube lacks a control that the 410 has -- the ability to pan (rotate) using gears. With the cube, you need to pan manually, which is less precise. The 410 has geared controls for all three axes, the cube has only two geared axes. Also, the 410 has clutches so you can make larger adjustments in all three axes without using the gear control knobs.

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          5.0

          Amazing Gear Head !!!

          By Johnw2k

          from Pleasant Hill, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Beautifully designedmade
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Expensive but worth it

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro and Technical

          Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

          I've been gradually moving toward doing more marco work of flowers and small mechanical and electronic components. I also do some 35mm format architectural work.
          What I kept finding was that conventional tripod heads, even the nice Manfrotto Ball Head that I love for general use are not good for holding heavy lenses or making precise fine adjustments needed for specialty macro pursuits. This thing however is perfect.
          I'm still exploring all the features but the build quality is EXCELLENT. This is one of the most beautufully designed and manufactured mechanical instruments I've even seen; I've owned cameras and lenses which weren't as nicely made. Adjustments are fine, smooth and the head plus attached camera stays where you put it 100% of the time in every conceivable position. Make sure it's on a sturdy tripod.
          This is worth every penny for the work I do. A fantastic machine that's a pleasure to use.

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          4.0

          Disappointing quality control

          By dlmphotog

          from Honolulu

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Compact
          • Good Stability
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Architectural
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

            For the amount of money and the reputation for quality that Arca Swiss has I was greatly disappointed to find two small scratches by the base tilt indicator markings as well as the numbering for the base tilt indicator to be faded or worn, not crisp and white like the other numbers. Granted this is purely cosmetic but for the amount of money spent I was expecting perfection.

            I purchased the Cube C1 for my architectural photography and after using it I would not use any other head. Adjust the height of the tripod, level the head using the longitudinal and transversal adjustments and then pan the camera to frame the shot. Simple and fast. The compact design and the lack of handles make placing the camera into tight spots easy. No slop or sagging, stays were you adjust it and is rock solid.

            The quick release works with Really Right Stuff camera plates. Be careful when adjusting the tension wheel, I went too far and the lever came off. I had to take the quickset clamp off the head to get it back together, not a big deal. I wish it came with a padded slip on cover for protection. I found out the Kirk BH-1 Pouch is to small so for now I am wrapping the head with some closed-cell foam (cut piece of a Ridge-Rest sleeping pad).

            Other than the disappointing cosmetic defects the Cube C-1 helps me to be more productive doing my job.

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            5.0

            Brilliant design

            By Nof

            from Israel

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Substandard instructions

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

            I am a pro using medium format digital. I was tired of using tripod heads that move slightly when you tighten them, or slip under weight, and wanted the best. I wanted something rock-solid that stays where you put it, but is till relatively small and light. This is the item I was looking for, very expensive, but just about perfect, so worth it. Others have mentioned some problems adjusting the spring clip that holds the mounting plate of the camera, so I was super-cautious when trying to adjust it initially, but still had a problem - I loosened the adjustment screw too much and the whole piece came apart, springing across the room. It is a real pain to put it back together, but when I did so I rearranged the convex washers that act as a spring to give me slightly greater width for the universal Wimberley plate that I purchased with this head - and now it is perfect.

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            5.0

            Would buy this product again

            By Blue Frog

            from San Juan Capistrano, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots

            Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

            Fine control for macro Photography. Easier to adjust settings than a ballhead
            Very pricey but in the long run it is worth it.

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            4.0

            Solid, solid, solid

            By Hobbit

            from Fairfield County, CT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Exposed gears possdirty
            • Heavy
            • Would prefer manual clamp

            Best Uses

            • Flowers
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots

            Comments about Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release:

            Nowhere near as "fast" as a ball-head, but I consider that a plus. Makes me slow down and take my time, composing, measuring light, focusing, etc.

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