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

Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Flip-Lock Quick Release & Leather Case

Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Flip-Lock Quick Release & Leather Case

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Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Flip-Lock Quick Release & Leather Case

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Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release Arca-Swiss Leather Case for C1 Cube Ballhead Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Flip-Lock Quick Release & Leather Case

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You Pay: $1,924.50

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Overview
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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.

This version of the C1 Cube is delivered with a gorgeous, handcrafted leather case with permanently-attached shoulder strap.

Note: Requires Arca-Swiss type quick release plate.

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

    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
  • Arca-Swiss Leather Case for C1 Cube Ballhead

    This Arca-Swiss Leather Case is an example of classic leather styling being used for a very modern device; the futuristic C1 Cube head. Like many other Arca-Swiss cameras and components, materials used are of the highest quality and match the design of other Arca-Swiss components like the Misura camera and its own custom leather case (not included).

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Specifications
  • Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release
    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)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 6.2 x 5.3"
  • Arca-Swiss Leather Case for C1 Cube Ballhead
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 5.3 x 4.8"

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