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

BH #ARC1CQ • MFR #8501000.1
Arca-Swiss
Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release
Key Features
  • Requires Plate
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.

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Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Overview

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 C1 Cube Specs

General
Head TypeGeared Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
Number of Bubble Levels2
Friction ControlYes
Pan & Tilt Range
Panning Range360°
Physical
DimensionsH: 4.2 x W: 3.3" / H: 108.0 x W: 84.0 mm
Weight2 lb / 925 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.965 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.25 x 6.45 x 5.3"
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I stay in Dubai , if i order this online will the warranty work ?
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Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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I have a Phase One XF with the L-Bracket. Are there any modifications that need to be made for the bracket I have? Which release would be ideal, the twist release or quick release?
Asked by: Rob C.
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How does it compare to the RRS BH-55?
Asked by: Gerald
I used the RRS BH-55 with my Canons for many years and was happy with it. I bought the Cube a couple of months ago, mainly for architectural work, and have been absolutely delighted with it. The only time I use the BH-55 any more is when I have to shoot straight down, as the degree of tilt is limited on the Cube whereas the BH-55 permits you to drop the rotated camera 90 sideway if needed. As Gerald V comments, having the geared movements is a big timesaver, maybe 10-15 seconds per shot and you know you have it perfect even if you can't see the built-in electronic level on your camera. So there's more time savings in post because you don't have to correct verticals any more. I greatly prefer the Cube, except for shots straight down.
Answered by: Charleston Dave
Date published: 2020-05-24

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Which quick release type is the best between the classic and the flip style? Do I need a different plate for one vs the other?
Asked by: Dan
So the next question is....which plate do I need to purchase? There are so many Arca Swiss plates but I can't tell which one is meant for the cube.
Answered by: Dan C.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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