Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head with Arca Classic Quick Release

Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head with Arca Classic Quick Release

Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head with Arca Classic Quick Release

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 85 lb
  • Height: 4.3"
  • Weight: 2 lb
  • Precision Gears Provide Fine Adjustments
  • Lightweight and Compact for Travel
  • Optimized for Macro and Architecture
  • Reduces the Need for Focus Adjustments
  • Two Bubble Levels
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Quick-Release Type: Arca Classic

Arca Classic Flip-Lock MonoballFix

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Weight: 2.3 lb (1 kg)

2.3 lb (1 kg) 2.7 lb (1.2 kg)


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Arca-Swiss 8501003.1 overview

  • 1Description

The Arca-Swiss C1 Cube is a three-axis panoramic head with a 66 lb load capacity, making it ideal for use with the heaviest cameras while maintaining a high degree of accuracy. The C1 Cube allows for finely-calibrated gearless panning adjustments with tension control. The two panoramic axes permit you to first center the Cube's controls to your position with the bottom axis, and then readjust the camera to point straight ahead with the upper axis. The gears' rubberized knobs give pinpoint control even when wearing gloves, and don't obstruct the head's movements. On the bottom there's a hinge allowing 62° tilt so that most cameras can reach the 90° vertical position. On top of the Cube there are two bubble levels and Arca-Swiss' Classic style quick release clamp. Although universal, the Cube's main use is in architectural and studio work, where precise movements and adjustments are required. Also suitable for macro photography, its design allows far fewer focusing readjustments while creating images. It essentially places the camera inside a sphere, as if the axes met at a point upon the image plane itself, with the camera rotating around a stationary image plane. This engineering feat was achieved to minimize movements to the optical system's entrance pupil during composing, making for speedier field work free of perpetual height and focus adjustments.

Compatible with Arca's Classic quick release system
Sophisticated engineering, machined from a single billet
Designed in Switzerland, 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 the cold and with gloves
Movements allow camera's image plane to stay relatively stationary, easing macro work
In the Box
Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head with Arca Classic Quick Release
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Arca-Swiss 8501003.1 specs

    Head Type Geared Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Load Capacity 85 lb / 39 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Friction Control Yes
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Panning Range 360
    Dimensions H: 4.3 x W: 4.3 x L: 4.3" / H: 110.0 x W: 110.0 x L: 110.0 mm
    Weight 2.2 lb / 994.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.1 x 6.3 x 5.3"

    Arca-Swiss 8501003.1 reviews

    C1 Cube Geared Head with Arca Classic Quick Release is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! But Get the New Version with Geared Panning This works exceedingly and is rock solid. It is perfect for architeural and landscape photography. There is a newer variant of this with Geared Panning that statrted shipping very limited quantities in July 2017. Also the L bracket is must have so that once the geared head is set in position you go from horizontal to vertical without resetting geared head. The leather case is worthless and you can get cheaper and better protection for $25. The Arca-Swiss D4 head GP with geared panning is similar and less costly with an extremely slight compromise in stability.
    Date published: 2017-09-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stable macro head What a wonderful upgrade from my former ball head for macro photography of wristwatches and other small items! Basically, if you can't position the camera to get the shot with this head, it's not possible at all. Wonderful adjustability and stability in all positions, with zero creep once set and firm, positive control via the grippy knobs. I use focusing rails on top of the Cube, which takes the center of my sensor somewhat out of the virtual center of the rotational globe of the head. Even so, I do notice a reduction in the need for re-focusing relative to other heads I have used. As far as potential shortcomings: 1. It takes a bit of getting used to that you can't simply swing a lever, re-position by hand, and re-tighten -- you do need to crank the geared adjustments through their range from Point A to Point B 2. At forward tilts above 28 degrees you need to use the auxiliary tilt mechanism (which does allow positions of up to 90 degrees from horizontal but is a separate adjustment). So, in this sense also a bit more labor intensive than a simple ball head. That said, I love this head and it brings a smile to my face every time I use it!
    Date published: 2015-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Precise and Balanced Takes time to get used to but provides the best balance when working with full frame Dslrs with 70 200 lens or a medium format kit. The classic knob is preferred as opposed to the quick release when using L Brackets from different vendors.
    Date published: 2015-08-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing build quality I bought this here about two years and a half years ago, and since then have used it quite a bit - mostly on the road - on at least a few dozen flights and train trips already. It has been meticulously cared for, checked into baggage in a padded tripod case with foam wrapped around the head for extra security. Despite this I've noticed in the last year that the silver-colored +/- tension knobs have become sticky and often become totally stuck. I've learned to live with this because - stuck or unstuck - they don't seem to have much effect on the movements of the unit. What is most upsetting to me thought is that the black finish has become pitted in many spots - so that flecks of paint are missing on the sides and edges of the unit. The damage on the top of the unit both liquid levels are missing and two corners the aluminum is starting to degrade and crumble off. This despite the fact that the unit has never been dropped or taken a hit of any kind. The movements of the unit are still buttery smooth and accurate. The finish, however, is defective and continues to degrade.
    Date published: 2016-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what and Architectural photographer needs This is a precision instrument that is a pleasure to use. It has made it possible for me to take shots that would be been difficult if not impossible before. I can not recommend it more for anyone who shoots with tilt shift lenses and has to stitch panoramas on a regular basis. It's pricy but really worth it!
    Date published: 2016-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Arca C1 Cube is the highest quality device of its kind The Arca C1 CUBE is the highest quality device of its kind we haev ever used. We haev tried several others but continuously come back the the CUBE; it is mechanically solid, strong, with smooth adjustments, even under shearling load and it lasts and lasts and lasts. We have many of them now, used for several different applications, such as 360 VR camera positioning, as well as critical DSLR and medium format. NOTE: There are many different Arca Swiss C1 options made by Arca Swiss and even more 3rd party devices. We particularly enjoy the ones made by NOVOFLEX.
    Date published: 2016-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Invaluable precision The Cube is the perfect tool when accuracy and precision is needed.
    Date published: 2016-02-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid, beautiful...but a bit slow under fire I purchased the C1 about a year ago to support my Phase One XF cameras, which are beasts to hand-hold, particularly with the larger lenses. As expected, the C1 is of solid construction, aesthetically beautiful, and highly precise. The problem is trying to manipulate the cube under the pressure of an active shoot. For example, it's difficult to tighten the tiny pan knob that sits directly under my camera. I wish that it protruded further for better/quicker access. The classic release is another problem for me in that it is tightened with yet another very small knob situated directly under the camera, making it tough to access. Thus, I highly recommend buying the flip-lock quick release because the lever is easy to get to. As for overall security, be very careful when sliding your camera onto the mount, as you may drop it thinking it's been properly secured. Having said all of this, I've yet to find such a precise and sturdy instrument. I guess my only solution to moving around quickly when using a tripod is to just buy wrist, thumb and back supports!
    Date published: 2016-11-22
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