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

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  • Requires Plate

Case: Yes

No Yes

Quick-Release Type: Flip-Lock

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 C1 Cube overview

  • 1Description

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).

  • Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release
    General
    Head Type Geared Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Friction Control Yes
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Dimensions H: 4.2 x W: 3.3" / H: 108.0 x W: 84.0 mm
    Weight 2.0 lb / 925.0 g
    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"

Arca-Swiss C1 Cube reviews

C1 Cube Geared Head w / Flip-Lock Quick Release & Leather Case is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This tripod head is worth every cent. On my lens testing rig, I used a Manfrotto 405 geared head which was satisfactory for most lenses. However when it came to 600mm F4 lenses focused at 5.5m lens vibration caused by touching the focus ring made manual focusing impossible. Hence I purchased the C1 geared cube after reading many reviews. The gearing is necessary for my purposes due to the heavy weights of some lenses and the fine adjustments that have to be made. The C1 Cub geared head was rock solid with the 600mm F4 on it and the Cube is now my go to tripod head for most uses (chasing wildlife shots with big lenses is still best done with a Wimberley or RRS gimbal head) Some reviews I have read have complained that the leather carry case for the Cube was too big, however the case I was supplied with was a nice snug fit the the C1 Cube. I don't use the leather case much because the Cube is permanently mounted on a tripod. I can thoroughly recommend this tripod head and once you use it you know that it's worth the money.
Date published: 2017-03-21
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