Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a Classic Knob Quick Release (Geared)

Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a Classic Knob Quick Release (Geared)

Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a Classic Knob Quick Release (Geared)

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Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a Classic Knob Quick Release (Geared)

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Product Highlights

  • Leverage Weight Capacity: 75 lb
  • Height: 4.3"
  • Weight: 2.1 lb
  • Classic Arca- & MonoballFix-Type Compatible
  • Manual & Gear-Driven Functionality
  • 360° Panning Devices at Top and Base
  • 2 Bubble Levels
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Control: Geared

Geared Manual

Quick-Release Type: Classic Knob

Classic Knob FlipLock Lever MonoballFix


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Arca-Swiss d4 overview

  • 1Description

Tilt and pivot your camera in three-dimensional space with the Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a Classic Knob Quick Release, which combines the advantages of a spherical head and a 3D tilt head in one compact system.

Small at only 4.3" high and 1.8 lb, yet comprising a 75 lb leverage weight capacity (which accounts for the added stress of a heavy lens) and unobtrusive yet functional controls, the d4 can be used on a tripod like a normal spherical head. When both X- and Y-axes are open, one can move the camera freely. But, in contrast to a spherical head, X- and Y-axis movements can also be made separately, one at a time. And, if one of these axes is fixed, movements can be performed with even more precision.

The design of this head puts the center of rotation of X and Y- tilts in the same place, making the pivoting radius of these movements very small, thus allowing users to maintain perspectives during readjustment. Also, a self-locking shock absorption feature for the swivel function allows for near total compensation of the camera's weight.

In addition to manual operation, the d4 also offers the precision of separate gear-driven vertical/horizontal movements when the locking levers are fixed, with quick release clutches for fast large adjustments.

Another notable feature is the separate 360° panning devices at the top and at the base of the head. The bottom device allows for camera alignment, while the top device facilitates the performance of accurate panoramas and rotational stitching. Two spirit levels, arranged at 90° angles underneath the upper panorama adjustment, are sufficiently visible to facilitate effective leveling, even from a low viewpoint. This head is compatible with either classic Arca-Swiss-type or newer Arca-Swiss MonoballFix-type camera plates.

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Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a Classic Knob Quick Release (Geared)
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Arca-Swiss d4 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type, Classic Arca Swiss
    Load Capacity 75 lb / 34 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -40 to +40
    Vertical Tilt -40 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Dimensions H: 4.3" / H: 110.0 mm
    Weight 2.1 lb / 977.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 6.2 x 5.2"

    Arca-Swiss d4 reviews

    d4 Tripod Head with a Classic Knob Quick Release (Geared) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I Had This Long Ago FYI, B&H says this weighs 800gr, but mine weighs 986. For years I've tried to use ball heads with a view camera and have always been frustrated at how hard it is to get everything straight. But with the geared D4 it is quick, easy and precise. It usually only takes a few seconds to level both axes and then I'm set. Sometimes, like last week in Yosemite, I don't have enough front rise and have to tilt the head a little. Here, too, the D4 is great. I dial in as much front rise as I can with everything level and then use the geared controls to tilt the head back a little bit. I wish I had had one of these years ago.
    Date published: 2015-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't skimp on yourself About a year ago I purchased a knockoff of the Arca Cube, and although it initially worked ok, it slowly but surely became more and more difficult to use, until finally about two months ago, it just fell apart. Frustration, impossible to get repaired, so i bit the bullet and purchased a real Arca d4. What a difference !. Movements are silky smooth and solid. I can't say enough about the quality construction of this head. I'm an architectural shooter, and exacting movements are important to me. This head handles all my requirements and more. Yes, it's expensive, but worth every penny.
    Date published: 2017-05-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice action, too bad about the clamp I find the D4 to be an improvement over the Cube, which I had for 7 years. The Cube's lubricant dried out and got dirty over time, and the knobs became unbearably stiff in the cold. I had to send it in for re-hab, and that was almost $300. In contrast, the D4 is lighter and the gears are enclosed, so I don't anticipate the same problem. Plus the knobs are bigger and easier to turn. The D4's big disappointment is that A-S has made it impossible to switch out the old fashioned knob clamp or their lame lever clamp for a Really Right Stuff level clamp, which is a great piece of gear. So I'm stuck with the #$%^ knob. Nevertheless, this is still a better rig than the Cube for my purposes.
    Date published: 2018-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great geared head Before buying this head myself, I had a chance to play with friend's tripod. Liked the smoothness, sturdiness and quick axis unlocking. This head is relatively compact and lightweight, with two geared axes which could be quickly unlocked for major movements. It's possible to use a camera in vertical orientation even without an L-plate (by rotating the top panning base sideways), but it wouldn't be advisable for front-heavy cameras. This head is significantly smaller, cheaper and lighter than the Arca Cube, but the camera doesn't rotate close to the lense's nodal point so the Cube could be better for macro/product work.
    Date published: 2017-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Happy. Plus, some good news. Short version: this is the perfect head for both the picky and practical. Get this Classic version. AVOID the Fliplock version. The good news: the D4 I received from B&H does NOT have the clamp glued in place. Some people prefer using a different brand's clamp. At some point, the factory began permanently attaching their clamps. But the clamp is removable on the D4 I received marked (under the clamp!) 11/2016. Personally, I think the provided clamp is good, but it's nice to have the option to change or replace it. For anyone weighing whether to buy a D4 or the C1 Cube: I thought I needed an Arca Swiss C1. But I discovered, after a lot of time wasted, that the D4 is 98% as useful, and also has some advantages. I'm not going to lie to you, the C1 Cube is a glorious device. But the real reason to use a C1 is load capacity. It has a higher load rating. Do you shoot 12x20 format? Maybe a 20x24 Polaroid? OK. I can also make a case for using the C1 as a studio head where it do doubt excels. But I think most people buying either of these heads will be using them for location work. If you're one of those people, then I'm talking to you: the design of the C1 makes the gears sets more likely to be damaged if the head takes a fall. It's bulky design means that it is more likely to bear the impact of such a fall or rough handling. I would not travel with a C1 without a hard case for the head. The more humble D4 is more practical in every way. Smaller, and safer to transport. ROBUST. And it will leave $400 in your pocket. Be aware that new Arca Swiss has some new heads coming out. Th D4gp and C1gp heads have been announced. These new heads add a geared panning movement and have substantially higher prices. If you're determined to always have the best and pay the most, well, you could wait until 2017 for the GP models. For my money, the current D4 with the Classic clamp offers the best useful return for the price. There is also a new geared version of the P0 called the P0 Hybrid' announced. This looks very interesting and will be a good multi-purpose, compact, travel or budget option, although it won't replace the D4 or C1. My 2C.
    Date published: 2016-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality Fine Control on Movements Being a user of the Arca Swiss Monoball Z1 SP with Quick Set Device for 9 years, I'd been looking for a geared tripod head which allows easier control of camera movements in landscape and macro types of photography. This head d4 is the one I've been waiting for quite some time, since it's always out of stock. But I'm very glad to have it as a new addition to my tripod heads. The head is very smooth and of extremely high build quality, the craftsmanship is simply excellent. The control knobs are very easy to use, with high precision. If I release the two teardrop-like knobs, I can freely position the camera, in a way pretty much like a monoball head. This allows very quick setting of the approximate positioning, a starting point where more fine tuning can be applied. The other two round shaped knobs allows precise geared movements. This is so useful for fine control of movements using macro lenses or telephoto lenses. The top rotating base allows 360 degrees rotation after leveling the base, which is very easy for panorama shots. The head is super strong, and the camera is very steady on this head. Z1 has been very good and so good for most portraits type of work where quick movements would be essential. But for fine tuning, it's just not as convenient as the d4 which can save me lots of time for fine adjustments of picture composition. To me, this d4 is something between Z1 and C1. I don't have a C1 because I prefer much quicker setup for landscape shots. d4 fits the bill.
    Date published: 2016-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 'Petit' Geared Head The Bentley of tripod heads. A true pleasure to use - Erogonomically and functionally in a class of its own. It holds a 645z with the heavy 28-45mm with a vice like grip.
    Date published: 2016-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Architecture and Product work When you need super accurate composition out of camera, this is a great tool for the job. Up to spec for Arca Swiss - excellent on all levels. You get what you pay for.
    Date published: 2016-08-01
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