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

BH #ARD4QSCG • MFR #870103
Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with Classic Knob Quick Release (Geared)
Key Features
  • Leverage Weight Capacity: 75 lb
  • Height: 4.3"
  • Weight: 2.1 lb
  • Arca & MonoballFix-Type Compatible
Tilt and pivot your camera in three-dimensional space with the Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with Classic Knob Quick Release, which combines the advantages of a spherical head and a 3D tilt head in one compact system.
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Arca-Swiss D4 with Classic Knob QR Overview

Tilt and pivot your camera in three-dimensional space with the Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with 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.

Arca-Swiss D4 with Classic Knob QR Specs

Head
Head TypeBall Head
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type, Classic Arca Swiss
Number of Bubble Levels2
Pan & Tilt Range
Lateral Tilt-40° to +40°
Vertical Tilt+90° to -40°
Panning Range360°
General
Load Capacity75 lb / 34 kg
Weight2.1 lb / 977 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.77 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.3 x 6.1 x 5.2"

Arca-Swiss D4 with Classic Knob QR Reviews

Expensive, no doubt, but worth it.

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-26

I've had the Arca-Swiss Cube on my big studio tripod for years now, but I had an RRS ball-head on my smaller location tripod. Ball heads work fine, but man they are crazy annoying to fine tune once you've gotten used to how amazing geared heads are. A geared head is a game changer for architecture, real estate, product, or really any kind of commercial work where precision and working speed are important. The knob layout is going to take some getting used to compared to the Cube, but this head is a much better choice for outdoor use since the gearing is all internal and not exposed to dirt/elements, and this d4 head is smaller and a bit lighter while still having a huge payload rating.

Great head but really small base

By Patrick
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-29

Generally I liike this head but when I put it on my Gitzo plate it did not line up with the set screw well. The set screw just barely contacted the outer edge of the bottom plate, causing it to scratch and not prevent turning. I contacted the B&H support department, and they did call me back, but I already knew what I had to do -- I drilled another hole in the Gitzo plate closer to the center and tapped new threads. Once I did that all is well, just beware it might not mate up to all tripods.

Good

By Meshal
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-07

The finishing and the quality are great. It's not questionable. I got benro gd3wh and i used it for couple of years with no problems.. when i compare it to the arca, the arca is more precision when you turn on the knob beside the pano movement is much easier and smoother. beside that you can remove the clamp, its not glued. The quick release clamp on benro is longer and more secure. on arca i have to hold the cam if i open the clamp so the camera wont fall. there is no security pin to hold the camera. (I use arca swiss type L plate) what i miss from benro is the 3th knob that move the head left/right. (pano movement) its really useful. Does the arca deserve that high price? No.

Love It!!!!

By Ian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-10

Beautiful design. Nice and compact. Wish I invested in this a long time ago.

So far, so good.

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-25

I'll preface this by saying I already own the Arca-Swiss Cube. Iv'e had the Cube for 5+ years now and use it on all my commercial studio shoots. Love it! But I needed/wanted a head that was appropriate for a lighterweight tripod and outdoor use. I'd been using the RRS BH55 ball head for over a decade, and had a lightbulb moment that ball heads actually aren't that great. Using a ball head outdoors to compose product shots was frustrating for so long it never occurred to me to look for an outdoor-alternative to the Cube that I love. Geared heads are amazing. With a ball head, you get the shot all set up, looking at this and that, then you realize the horizon is off a smidge... start all over again. Not with a geared head! Incremental composition adjustments without losing your place. The d4 definitely takes some getting used to, coming from the Cube. The controls are laid out differently, and the locking knobs are a concept not found on the Cube. I've only had the d4 out for a couple of shoots so far, but the quality and precision are exactly what you'd expect from a $1k+ head.

Great product

By Hayes
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-27

I wanted this head for years. Trusted B&H with my purchase once again. 40 years of terrific service!

the most amazing pro ball head I've ever owned

By Laurent
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-22

This is a magnificent, efficient, ultra fast and precise to setup ball head. I shoot architecture all day long, and this piece of kit has changed my life. Choose the geared option and also watch if you want the Arca specific quick realease or the screw on. Bear in mind that the ArcaSwiss spread isn't exactly the same as RRS (that I also own and love)

Absolution!

By Nhan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

I have to disagree with some said that D4 isn't worth its price, it's worth every penny. The ability to fine tune under load is remarkable, even my dedicated astro wedge isn't that smooth tilting heavily one side. But there is some problems in the classic clamp, it's very stiff in holding the load but release the clamp takes some force, now I'll follow some advice here and soon to change it to a RRS Lever Clamp. Happy purchase! And recommended for anyone want to precision and remarkable engineering product!

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question

Can anyone explain the difference btw this model and the model that sells for $849? thanks.
Asked by: Tod C.
The Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a Classic Knob Quick Release (Geared) B&H # ARD4QSCG MFR # 870103 uses a standard Arca-Swiss style plate.And the Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a MonoballFix Quick Release (Geared) B&H # ARD4MBFG MFR # 870105, uses the smaller plate specific for the Monballfix.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-28

can this gear head be locked once you have ...

can this gear head be locked once you have adjusted it?
Asked by: jeffery
Yes.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-14

If I am reading the descriptions accurately the ...

If I am reading the descriptions accurately the D4 (and the P0 hybrid from Arca) are 2 way geared, not 3 way geared. The Panning rotation cannot be adjusted through a knob. Is this correct?
Asked by: Ken
Correct, it is not geared, just a locking lever.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-02-11

For real estate and geared head, do you think ...

For real estate and geared head, do you think this would work better than the P0 hybrid?
Asked by: Rustin
Yes, more versatile head.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-07-03

question

These have been on back order forever. The quick release are in stock. Is Arca discontinuing the classic knob?
Asked by: Herb C.
Please email us at [email protected]<a href= http://bhphoto.com target= _blank >bhphoto.com</a> for assistance with your inquiry.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Does this come with the plate?

Does this come with the plate?
Asked by: James
The d4 Tripod Head does not include an Arca Swiss type plate. A compatible plate is the Arca-Swiss Universal Quick Release Plate with 1/4" Screw (40mm) and Rubber Surface, BH # ARQRP40.25 https://bhpho.to/3rTfQR2
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-02-15

Does it work well when mounted at 90 degrees and ...

Does it work well when mounted at 90 degrees and camera hanging on the side pointing towards the ground? Want to use it for precise micro adjustments for 1:1 macro/reproduction with DSLR being pointed downwards toward a light table.
Asked by: Pavel
Yes, the Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with Classic Knob Quick Release does work well when mounted at 90 °.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-06-07

question

if i am not tied to a plate system, should i go for monoballfix or classic arca plates? Not sure I understand the benefits of MonoballFix
Asked by: Pierre-Henri V.
This is an outstanding tripod head. I recommend it highly.
Answered by: DAVID S.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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