Arca-Swiss F-Classic 5x7 View Camera

Arca-Swiss F-Classic 5x7 View Camera

Arca-Swiss F-Classic 5x7 View Camera

B&H # AR57F MFR # 12157

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Product Highlights

  • Incredibly Precise View Camera
  • Fully Modular System
  • Great for Digital Backs & Lenses
  • Telescoping 40cm Bench
  • Conical 500mm Bellows
  • Ungeared Movements
  • ±75/100mm F/R Rise
  • ±50mm F/R Shift
  • #1 Shutters in Recessed Boards Usable
  • Made in France
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Arca-Swiss 12157 overview

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The Arca-Swiss F-Classic 5x7 View Camera is an incredibly precise and professional view camera that features calibrated, easily accessed control blocks (they call them 'function carriers). Focusing is done with your right hand, with finely geared control available from both the front and the rear standard, unlike most field cameras. All camera movements are done on the left. This "F-Classic" version of the 5x7 format offers a basic telescoping bench rail, which fully accommodates the included 500mm bellows. It can be extended with optional longer bellows and bench extensions.

The 5x7 F offers an incredible 100mm of rise on the rear standard to reach down into elevated views, along with 75mm of rise and 25mm of fall on the front standard. The front rise is especially helpful with ground-level architecture. It has 50mm of lateral shift on each standard as well, and offers unlimited vertical swing movement to allow you to remove the bellows (which is a quick procedure) and pack the camera flat. The monorail slides directly into any tripod with an Arca-type quick release clamp, which is itself an adored professional standard.

The Arca-Swiss 5x7 is a high quality professional's tool that is ideal for use with 5x7 film (a host of B&W options remain), medium format film backs (up to 6x17), and digital backs with interfaces such as the Silvestri 5x7 Sliding Back Adapter.

An incredibly precise view camera made in France
Fully modular system with extensive accessories for viewing, conversion, etc.
Great for use with digital backs and lenses (requires digital back 5x7 interface, such as Silvestri 5x7 Sliding Adapter)
Standard telescoping 40-60cm bench rail
Conical 500mm bellows comfortably accommodate all camera positions within the bellows range without interference
Rapid, friction-based ungeared movements
75mm of rise and 25mm of fall upon front standard
100mm of rise upon rear standard
50mm of lateral shift upon each standard
Standard 141mm lensboard easily accommodates #1 shutters in recessed boards (adapters are available to accept Linhof Technika-type or Arca-Swiss 110mm lensboards)
Rail inserts directly into any Arca-type quick release
In the Box
Arca-Swiss F-Classic 5x7 View Camera
  • Monorail - Expanding/Telescopic - 40cm
  • Function Carrier for F-Line
  • Function Carrier with Markings for F-Line - Rear
  • 4x5" Format Frame for Front F Line - 141mm
  • #062021 Rear Format Frame
  • #088012 5x7 Film Holder & Groundglass Frame with Fresnel
  • 50cm Synthetic Bellows for 4x5" Camera, 141mm Standard
  • 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Arca-Swiss 12157 specs

    Tilts Front and Rear Base: 30° forward and backward
    Swings Front and Rear: 45 ° left and right, calibrated
    360° total swing capability
    Rise & Fall Front: 75mm rise, 25mm fall
    Rear: 100mm rise only
    Shifts Front and Rear: 2" (50mm) left and right
    Camera Back 5x7" Vertical/Horizontal quick-change Standard
    Groundglass with grid-lines and fresnel screen
    Interchangeable Bellows Yes
    Minimum Extension 3.2" (80mm) with standard bellows and flat lensboard
    2.6" (65mm) with standard bellows, 13mm recessed lensboard
    2.2" (55mm) with wide-angle bellows, 13mm recessed lensboard
    Maximum Extension 500mm Bellows
    40-60cm Telescopic monorail
    Lensboard 141 x 141mm Arca-Swiss
    Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Weight 8.4 lbs (3.8kg)

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