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Arca-SwissC1 Cube Geared Head w / Arca-Type Flip-Lock Quick Release
 
4.5

(based on 37 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (23)
  • Attaches firmly (18)
  • Large range of motion (17)
  • Strong clamp (17)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (28)
  • Night shots (9)
  • Portraits (8)
  • Travel (5)
  • Architecture (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A most practical jewel

Whereas most engineering processes involve a balance of performance, ie when an engineer improves one aspect, other aspects decline. This Arca Swiss Cube is definitely all-rounded in every aspect.

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Whereas most engineering processes involve a balance of performance, ie when an engineer improves one aspect, other aspects decline. This Arca Swiss Cube is definitely all-rounded in every aspect.

Construction achieves the level of watch-making, I find every piece of metal flawless. Movement is smooth and even, with absolutely no loose play. Adjustment is fast and simple, don't be frightened by all the knobs, using this Cube is definitely easier than a traditional ballhead. When you release a ballhead, the whole assembly is released and you cannot fine tune the movement of one direction without distracting other directions. The Cube on the other hand, moves immediately to where you want to aim and the camera is always locked rock solid whenever the aim is achieved. Wildlife photography certainly needs this, and I even use it to pan my moving baby son with a tripod (I could never do this with a traditional ballhead).

For all traditional ballheads, the camera always tilt a bit after the ballhead is locked, for heavy cameras or lenses, the photographer has to anticipate the tilt so that he/she has to aim slightly higher to allow the drop. This Cube completely eliminates this problem. That's why aiming is much faster.

Panning is much easier and more accurate, the panning mechanism is positioned right next to the flip lock and above the levelling platform, which means once you have levelled the levelling platform, the whole panning process is always perfectly levelled. Most other panning ballheads require a perfectly levelled tripod to start off with(which is difficult or even dangerous when you are standing on a rock), but the Cube can compensate for an off level tripod. Adjustment of level is ultra-fast and can always be done within seconds.

Function-to-weight ratio is good, I am currently using it on a Gitzo 3541 and find no difficulty to carry it uphill 200 meters for landscape shooting (together with a medium dslr, one 400mm tele and two 700g lenses)

The price is high when compared with traditional ballheads, but the functional improvement worths it. Considering the money we spend to upgrade a glass from 1.2 to 1.0, the Cube is more cost-effective.

Thanks to the Cube, I am now missing less and less important shots---success rate is MUCH higher. With this reward, I am willing to pay even more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Be careful

I love the precision of the Cube. Treated this with upmost care. Always had bagged and bagged in tripod bag. The mico-gears collect sand and water like fly paper in a horse barn....Read complete review

I love the precision of the Cube. Treated this with upmost care. Always had bagged and bagged in tripod bag. The mico-gears collect sand and water like fly paper in a horse barn. Had it three years and it started feeling sloppy and had tension problems. And Images started have issues, esp w/200-400 when compared to same setup but with BH-55. Sent the unit back....This product gears are precision and made of soft metal and will wear out. They do no sell or offer lubricant. They will void warranty for the slightest problem. You will pay $250-350 for repair. They will claim it is in spec when it feels like slop to you. They do not stock parts in USA. They cannot get parts out of France. They do not stock loners. You have $xxxx of junk. Also the 'flip lock' is messy French design and will have you very frustrated. If you replace with a good plate, ie RRS, they will void warranty. The will send to France if they can't fix it. US Service is a bloody mess if you have any issues beyond normal repair. I love the precision of the cube, I guess one has to say that $xxxx + $xxx / 1000 day = $2/day to own....before you have to replace....

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5.0

The Cadillac of all tripod heads !

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The Cadillac of all tripod heads !

 
4.0

Expensive and poor documentation, but a great time-saver

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very pricey, but once you have one you'll wonder how you lived without it. A real time-saver if you're used to fiddling with a ball head; figure 15 seconds of aggravation saved per shot and the confidence that even the first shot will be perfectly composed before you release the shutter. Especially useful for architecture, because you need those verticals vertical and sometimes when shooting interiors you cannot stand behind the camera. With the Cube it's easy to tell if the camera is flat and vertical without even being able to see the back of the camera. Works fine with RRS L-brackets. Limited range and tricky adjustment for plate/bracket width, so it works best to stick with one supplier of L-brackets across all my cameras. Minimal documentation that left me with multiple questions, and it took me a while to figure out the features I need. One limitation: the range of adjustment is limited and you can't shoot straight down, so I still use my ball head for that. The Cube handles a heavy camera (5 pounds with lens) quite well if the center of gravity is centered on the tripod. I'm using it for 99% of my work, even portraiture and landscapes. The flip-lock is secure enough that I carry the tripod with camera attached, without worry (hint: the flip-lock has an obscure release lock). Downgraded one star for poor documentation. Two months of using it, and I still don't know what some of the Cube's controls do, or if I'm using an optimal workflow.

 
5.0

Dare I say... The perfect head.

By Miller

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This beautifully machined head is akin to my Swiss watch, and before you go judging such an egocentric statement; think about that build quality. Whether shooting products, architectural, or landscape this is the head you should have bought before the six others that led you here. The control capable is breathtaking, the smallest and most exacting adjustments can be made without worry of a sloppy movement, like you might get with a ballhead. I would suggest this to any and all who have stared and thought long hours on it. Jump in and do it!

 
5.0

Superb Tripod Head

By Greg

from Undisclosed

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

I am a long time RRS user. I love their product quality, and could not imagine using my tripods [all RRS now, but still some legacy Gitzo and Manfrotto, and trying the intriguing Sirui T-025X] without an RRS head of some sort. Until now. I've only had this head for a month, but I just returned from a trip to the Maldives, where I used it extensively for landscape, nature, and astrophotography. I used the RRS55 just once. I found myself going out of my way to swap the Cube between different tripods, which was, in retrospect, a bit inefficient. But its ease of use, its nearly-instinctive controls, its precision and rock-steady positioning all made it a joy to use. Once I was familiar with its controls, it was just as quick as my RRS ballheads, and significantly more precise. In the dark, it is significantly more reliable, and with a red headlamp, it is very easy to use. If I have a criticism, it is that the tilting, ungeared hinge really needs to be locked down when you are carrying your equipment. For example, the combo of D810, battery grip, and Otus 1.4/28 can be enough to overcome the frictional knob tightness when carried in a horizontal plane [such as an extended tripod over one's shoulder] and the "opening" side of the tilt pointed skyward. I learned to check which way the cube was oriented before setting off. Some sort of lock would be an improvement here, because it's not hard to think that continually tightening the knob will wear something out. But when set up, there is absolutely no load I put on the head that caused it to shift or sag from set position. Even when the hinge was wide open at 60 degrees, and the geared level added another 30. Very impressive. However, I did prefer to use my L-plate to switch the camera's H/V orientation rather than adjusting the Cube from horizontal to vertical. That's one adjustment at which a ball head can be faster. I share some concern about the longevity of the Cube based on comments I have read here, but only time will tell for me. I did not treat it with white gloves, but I didn't toss it around like a frisbee either. I am ordering a second one, and have pre-ordered from Area-Swiss directly the geared paling version coming out this year.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SIngular

By JeffH

from WI

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Too Many To List

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Any And All

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

The cube is by a wide margin the best and most useful tripod head I have ever used. The precise adjustments allow any user to quickly frame the shot just the way they like it. The design and execution are at a level rarely seen these days.

Others have complained that it is heavy but I disagree it is a full 9 ounces lighter than the Manfrotto 410 an entry level geared head. The cube is also often referred to as bulky but again since there are no protruding handles for adjustment it is in fact rather compact considering it will easily support an 8x10 camera.

Yes Arca is a quirky company but the proof is in the using and this head delivers with any camera and just about any set of legs. I use mine on a studio stand, Gitzo 3 series, and even on a Gitzo GT 1541 yes that's right because it is balanced and always centered it works exceptionally well with smaller lighter legs. If you balance the load carefully using the cube will greatly reduce the risk of crashing your expensive gear and that alone makes the price more palatable.

The fliplock is a bit fussy but even here if you take the time to properly adjust it you will quickly get used to it and begin to appreciate the two step clamping process that allows safe micro adjustment of balance with gear attached. With regards to having to always adjust the clamp remember Arca invented the dovetail clamp interface and all of these copycat systems use slightly different geometry to avoid copyright infringement so yes if you have a bunch of different brand plates you need a screw clamp. If you have all one brand you are set the fliplock stays put job after job year after year.

This is a procession component and as such requires careful handling no more than the rest of your gear though. Keep the gears clean with air and a brush do not drop and like mine it will last longer than you will.

Price is the final issue and yes it is pricey but time is money even with regards to hobbies so I maintain the time savings and precision alone justify the premium price.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Support your investments & vision

By Michel Thibert

from Quebec, Canada

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Precise
  • Smooth
  • Stable Under Weight

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Weight

Best Uses

  • Architecture
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Stiching

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

I know, its not cheap, But the final result is a cumulative of a weak link. No more with this head

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No replacment for the best

By Hong Kong Cat

from Hong Kong

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Large format photography
  • Marco

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

I already own the Linhof 3D micro head,
but I decided to buy this finally with no regrets, it is better than my Linhof head in operation, they look like similar items, but they are not the same !!

I chose the quick release version, It works well with my Linhof Techno 69, although it is a bit hard to reach the flip lock release at times, after a few tries for getting use to, it turns out to be fine, otherwise choose the classic turning knob version, which shall be more appropriate for large format cameras with a huge camera base,

This head is great for marco work and Large format photography, because it has the most precise movement of Geared Heads,
I use this on a Gitzo 3 series tripod with Geared Center Column GS3311GS, this set up is simply the best for my use with Medium Format Cameras like 503CW, and Linhof Large Format Cameras, because it is very stable,

I would also recommand the Arca Swiss Univeral L Bracket to use with this head, it will make the entire setup very user friendly and versatile in operation,

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Wish everything was this well-made

By Gilgamesh

from Gatineau

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

After acquiring some key elements in the passed two years to pursue a growing fascination for macrophotography I quickly realized all this fine gear was almost useless with a serious tripod head. I had had my sights on the cube for over a year but despite all the raving reviews the price tag kept me away... Until my last frustrating experience with a ball head and the constant readjustments I had to do. On a recent trip to NYC and B&H amazing superstore I finally got to handle the cube, and I must say all the favorable reviews do not do it justice. The craftsmanship is flawless, the gears precise and intuitive, the design very impressive. I can't wait for winter to be over to try my new toy outside

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best tripod Head

By Fazambuja

from Rochester ny

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Large Range of Motion
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Portraits

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

Pros:
-amazing gears
-really precise and sturdy
-it's a workhorse
Cons
-pricy
-the package and the manual are cheap
-the lock it's a bit annoying (the only real defect)

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As promised

By Abdiel

from Miami, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Precise control

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Product shots

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

    It does exactly what it's supposed to do.It allows for very precise, quick and effortless camera positioning.On the other hand, the quick release mechanism needs to be adjusted specifically to your camera plate before using it. Once adjusted it works fine. But the adjustment of this mechanism is cumbersome and rough compared to the rest of this head's operation.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (15 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Great, but clamp is useless...

    By RGA

    from Bay Area, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion

    Cons

    • Weak Clamp

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    Great piece of equipment EXCEPT the clamp that holds your camera onto the head is impossible to adjust. Noted on several forums, the wheel in the clamp that adjusts the width so that the three locking mechanisms work as described cannot be turned without damaging/scratching the clamp.

    The clamp lever has 3 positions: 1-Full closed - locks the camera onto the head fully. 2-half open - holds the camera tight but allows one to move the plate in the clamp to adjust where the camera sits in the clamp, and 3- open - allows removal of the camera. A small wheel next to the nut inside the clamp that holds the clamp to the head is documented in the manual to make small adjustments so that the three positions may be used in this way.

    There is no way on this earth to make those adjustments/turn the screw without using a screwdriver to turn it, and even then you scratch the clamp and may not be able to adjust. The advice on forums is to replace the clamp with a RRS clamp. Unbelievable that a manufacturer would engineer such a fine product and charge such an exorbitant price and have this known critical flaw. If you buy, be prepared to replace the clamp...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (49 of 64 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Be careful

    By Buslink

    from Albany,NY

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

    I love the precision of the Cube. Treated this with upmost care. Always had bagged and bagged in tripod bag. The mico-gears collect sand and water like fly paper in a horse barn. Had it three years and it started feeling sloppy and had tension problems. And Images started have issues, esp w/200-400 when compared to same setup but with BH-55. Sent the unit back....This product gears are precision and made of soft metal and will wear out. They do no sell or offer lubricant. They will void warranty for the slightest problem. You will pay $250-350 for repair. They will claim it is in spec when it feels like slop to you. They do not stock parts in USA. They cannot get parts out of France. They do not stock loners. You have $xxxx of junk. Also the 'flip lock' is messy French design and will have you very frustrated. If you replace with a good plate, ie RRS, they will void warranty. The will send to France if they can't fix it. US Service is a bloody mess if you have any issues beyond normal repair. I love the precision of the cube, I guess one has to say that $xxxx + $xxx / 1000 day = $2/day to own....before you have to replace....

    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Brilliant design - pity about the clamp

    By Landscape photographer

    from Australia

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    This must be the only tripod head designed by someone with actual experience of taking carefully composed images using a tripod set up on rough ground. I became very frustrated with ballheads many years ago because of the impossibility of making a fine adjustment without the camera shifting in all three dimensions. More recently I have used a levelling base under my tripod head but this is only a partial solution.With the Cube the camera can be levelled very easily and accurately, and adjustments can be made on each axis independently. Geared adjustment of rotation would be nice but is not important – the key thing is that the camera remains level when rotated.The levels are visible when viewed horizontally – very important when setting up on a tall tripod with the camera at eye level – most levels are only visible from above and are often obscured when the camera is mounted.Of course it would be good if it was smaller, lighter and cheaper but I doubt if this could be achieved without losing functionality. If I was rating the quick release clamp separately I would give it 1 or 2 out of 5. The instructions contain an additional warning about not damaging the quick release by applying excessive force. This would be very easy to do because it is not self-evident how it works. I had to re-read the instructions several times before I understood. There are two safety catches to prevent it being opened unintentionally. The quick release lever is not something that is likely to be opened by mistake so I do not understand why one safety catch is considered necessary, let alone two!The quick release clamp also has a thumbwheel for fine adjustment of the distance between the two sides of the clamp. The clamp was not usable until this was adjusted but the thumbwheel was so tight that it had to be levered with a small screwdriver.Now that I have made the fine adjustment and understand the two safety catches the quick release clamp works satisfactorily, but is still unnecessarily tedious to operate. If I could figure out how to remove it (it is attached by a non-standard bolt) I would replace it. Other manufacturers can make very similar quick release clamps that work straight out of the box – they do not require fine adjustment or careful reading of the instructions. Arca-Swiss need to address this – it is a major deficiency on an otherwise brilliant design.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Arca C1

    By Philip

    from Hong Kong

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion

    Cons

    • Weak Clamp

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    First of all excellent service boy B&H I received the parcel in 3 days after order in Hong Kong!

    The Cube is everything you read on forum, superbly built, precise and yet easy to use. It is intuitive except adjustment for the flip type QR clamp which came with the Cube. The clamp will be very tight or not usable for plates other than Arca's. adjusting the clearance needs some small tricks and you don't find instruction in the manual to do it. Rod of Arca US was very kind to help by message communication.

    If an option is available, I would prefer to have the traditional screw type clamp with the Cube.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rock solid fast alignment

    By DanO.

    from Arizona

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Wildlife

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

    Been using this for about a month now and I can say that it does what it's designed to do quite well. I was afraid it would overpower my series-two tripod but as it turns out it fits just fine. The C1 allows me to level the camera with the greatest of ease in about three seconds. I no longer have the frustration of dancing with a ball and multiple readjustments. The process is handled so efficiently that I don't know how I ever got along with a ballhead. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.

    Even so, all of this newfound convenience comes at a hefty price. I'm not a professional photographer and currently I'm just using this thing' for my DSLR and some fast glass. I considered returning the Cube but it doesn't take long to become very spoiled.

    A word about the double lock clamp: I read so much about this part and how many have replaced it with something else. Instead of trying to fiddle with the flaky little adjustment wheel I decided to give the Arca Swiss L-Bracket a try. The superior lock-up and added convenience of removing the 'L' is quite nice. Likewise it places the camera just a tad higher above the clamp so that access and visibility of your spirit levels is maintained. The method to unlock the leaver is not near as finicky as reported.

    Overall this is one sweet addition to my camera kit that is completely universal and not slaved to any particular camera or tripod. It has replaced everything else I have tried and I can easily recommend it. In fact I have heard from at least one distributor that the price of the product line is going up so you may not lose any money down the road.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Built like a tank

    By Saber

    from Yuma, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • Spotty Finish

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Portraits

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

    Well I purchased this thing' as a gift to myself. Still, I have to say that as a DSLR enthusiast it's really overkill and hard to justify.

    Insomuch as it's functional attributes, it does what it's designed to do. The controls are rather tight but maybe they'll ease up after a while. The C1 isn't as complicated as it looks and it's quite simple in design.

    The clamp is well made although I would stick with Arca Swiss plates just because. I was anticipating yanking the thing' off when I got it and sticking on something else. However the locking mechanism is actually quite impressive. I have a BH55 with a lever-release and I'm always more careful with that one. Just so you know the method to open and close the double lock clamp is much easier than I anticipated. You don't really need to use your fingernail unless you want to. Even so, glove operation is a no-go.

    Overall I enjoy it although I'm hard pressed to rationalize the cost to value, unless you really want this level of gear. The finish isn't as good as it should be for the price but I'm rather picky that way.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent but pricey

    By June

    from Toronto, Ontarion, Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Light weight
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • Bad quick release
    • Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Star scapes

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

    My C1 supports a Sinar P2, all of this sitting atop an Induro AT313. The C1 works wonderfully. The geared movements are stiff but surprisingly easy to use, holding the Sinar at various angles, securely. The two pan features, one on top and one in the base of the head, are fantastic. Even the tilt is secure.
    There are three issues, that, I don't like. 1) the flip lock has a two stage release mechanism. A quick release that isn't quick.. 2) the clear colored spirit levels are a little difficult to use in low light. And, of course 3) the price. If you can afford it, you'll love it. If you can't, don't worry, you can get just as good. For a lot cheaper.
    But I have yet to find a tripod head that is prettier.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It is a great tool.

    By Lulumi

    from Taiwan

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits

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

        It is a great tool for professional photographer. I would recommend this to all my friends.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love it

        By Jon

        from Lutherville, Maryland

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Beautiful design
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Price but worth it

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Travel

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

        I use the Cube as my everyday tripod head. It is not only a breeze to level, it is easy and precise to use. I have not had the slightest problem with instability or drift, both of which were problems with my previous ball heads, which were not cheap and were from reputable manufacturers. I have also not had any problem with looseness with the camera in the flip lock. It is easy to use and the camera is in tight. The only bad news is the price but I think it is worth it. I would buy it again. I use a Nikon D3x, a Hassleblad 205 TCC with heavy glass, and an ARCA Swiss 4x5. No problems with any of them and none is lightweight. It is also esthetically extremely pleasing. I just enjoy looking at it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great head, but no geared pan control

        By Ross the Boss

        from Rye, NH

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Compact
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Low weight
        • Precision control
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • Lacks rotation gear

        Best Uses

        • Anything stationary
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

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

        This is a great, though expensive, head. I've always preferred a geared head to a ball head, for stationary subjects. I used the Manfrotto 410 for years, but it is heavier, extends higher above the tripod, and is less precise.

        I was surprised that the Cube lacks a control that the 410 has -- the ability to pan (rotate) using gears. With the cube, you need to pan manually, which is less precise. The 410 has geared controls for all three axes, the cube has only two geared axes. Also, the 410 has clutches so you can make larger adjustments in all three axes without using the gear control knobs.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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