Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a FlipLock Lever Quick Release (Geared)

Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a FlipLock Lever Quick Release (Geared)

Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a FlipLock Lever Quick Release (Geared)

B&H # ARD4QSFLG MFR # 870104
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Product Highlights

  • Leverage Weight Capacity: 75 lb
  • Height: 4.3"
  • Weight: 1.8 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

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Quick-Release Type: FlipLock Lever

Classic Knob FlipLock Lever MonoballFix
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Arca-Swiss d4 overview

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Tilt and pivot your camera in three-dimensional space with the Arca-Swiss d4 Tripod Head with a FlipLock Lever 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 FlipLock Lever 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 1.8 lb / 800.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 6.1 x 5.3"

    Arca-Swiss d4 reviews

    d4 Tripod Head with a FlipLock Lever Quick Release (Geared) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Lightweight Geared Head Stable, smooth panning, no backlash or slop in the geared movements, quick to position. Use in the field for landscape, still-life, environmental portraiture, and some documentary work. Has done occasional double-duty for outdoor sports, dogs, and wildlife with the pitch and yaw axes loosened and the roll left tightened down (kind of like a gimbal head). Replaced two Manfrotto 410 heads with the D4. The 410 is comfortable to use with larger knobs and geared panning, but heavy, bulky, and the gears wear out every six months. Still use a 410 in the studio, but the D4 in the field. Had two 410s due to the high failure rate. The speed and versatility make the D4 a better fit for my uses than the Arca Cube.
    Date published: 2016-05-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warning: Warning: Make sure to adjust the thumb screw wheel for varying plate widths to be clamped. Too much clamping pressure may result in a broken Flip-lock lever. The Flip-lock lever mechanism and/or top component it attaches to cannot be purchased individually. Arca Swiss and B&H Photo could not or would not provide these parts individually. If you have a variety of differing plates (from Really Right Stuff or say Hejnar) I would suggest purchasing the 'Classic' style instead of the 'quick release' model.
    Date published: 2016-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Head for Large Format Cameras I purchased this head for my 8x10 and 4x5 large format cameras. I am so impressed with the geared movements that I am not sure how I composed my image precisely on my ground glass previously. The gears allow me to easily adjust my bulky cameras precisely to how I want the image to look without "struggling" with the shifting of the camera (when the knobs are loose) and having to readjust the camera position several times to get it right. Completely worth the money! I initially purchased the Flip-Lock version but exchanged it for the Classic knob because I found the Flip-Lock version to be too much of a hassle; simplicity is best.
    Date published: 2018-10-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly functional, beautifully designed and made I use this product on a Gitzo CF tripod, supporting MF equipment (Leica S). Years ago tried the Arca-Swiss cube but found it too finicky. Instead, I have stayed with an Arca-Swiss B1B that I've had a dozen years. Great head for quick movement but frustrating for small movements (which is why I looked at the geared Cube). I wanted the best of both -- quick large movements and controlled fine movements. Then Arca-Swiss released this head. It has it all. With a quick twist of a teardrop knob I can make large movements quickly. With a separate knob on two axes I can limit my freedom either or just go wild and adjust in both axes. Twist them shut and the gears support fine adjustments. Very precise, very controlled. The FlipLock has a micro adjustment to perfect the fit on whatever Arca-Swiss style plate you have (I have RSS plates) and it really quick yet secure to operate. It makes all other locking mechanisms seem imprecise and/or clumsy. The top and bottom pans work fine. It's got everything and it is a beautiful piece of manufacturing. A real joy to use. Ok. On the downside was waiting 8 months to get it (it was backordered) but worth the wait. And the price is on the high end but I expect it to last a couple of decades of use.
    Date published: 2015-07-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sometimes the Internet is Right Summary: Great head, but avoid the Fliplock clamp. This is a terrific head. If you need rock solid, good precision, and relatively compact, this is for you. But it isn't perfect, and the price is high. Please consider the classic screw-clamp version. This is the ideal geared head for travel - it is surprisingly compact. For better or for worse. I'm returning this and will buy a C1 Cube. It's a tough choice, and really do try to get your hands on both. It is not a clear cut decision. I like that you can make gross movements quickly with the tension locks. That said, I was very surprised to find that there is interferance more often than you would think between the tension knobs and the geared knobs. Fliplock is the worst. Seriously, it's awful. No offense if you already own and maybe even love it. But it feels flaky, and it is super fiddly. Please get the classic screw version. If you really need a flip style locking clamp be prepaired to pay to have a better one installed. RRS leverclamps are not technically as secure, but are much more enjoyable to use. Considering that the clamps are not user changeable, I strongly urge you to go with the classic screw-clamp. Good luck!
    Date published: 2016-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like silk. Oh my, I just turn the knows to precisely compose with no frustrating bounce like a ball head. Worth the extra weight.
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tripod head, precise and fast I shoot architecture which makes this head a big time saver when levelling the camera fast when shooting is essential.
    Date published: 2017-02-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I almost love this great product! It is a beautiful machine -- almost. I use it for architectural photography, of course, but also for a lot of video work. It is wonderful to be able to quickly and accurately level the camera. The FlipLock is almost good. Great idea. Pathetic implementation. My copy takes a lot of fiddling around to get it to actually lock in the closed position (looks like a weak spring behind the pin in the lever). I almost returned it to get a new one, but have learned to deal with it. Maybe the RRS folks will make something like this and scare the Acra-Swiss folks into action.
    Date published: 2017-07-17
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