ARCA-SWISS - C1 Cube gp (geared panning) with Classic Quick Release


The ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube is an engineering masterpiece. The major X/Y movements meet on an axes at the image plane near the lens entrance pupil. This keeps the camera centred rather than tilting forward and backwards or left and right so that the relationship between the subject and the image plane is maintained.

ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube gp (geared panning) with Classic Quick Release features the classic thumb-screw release knob for the camera plate and geared panning mechanism of the top plate for even more precise control.

NB: ARCA-SWISS tripod heads do not come with a camera plate, please select an appropriate camera plate or L-bracket from the Related Products below.

Product code ARC-8501303.1

The ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube gp (geared panning) with Classic Quick Release features:

• movements which keep the camera’s image plane centralised
• precise geared separate X/Y adjustment with 28° of motion
• Additional lower 62° tilt mechanism to achieve overhead position
• panning at top and bottom allows for panorama movement in correct alignment

Weight: 1105g
Payload: 40kg
Dimensions: 110 x 110 x 110mm

The ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube is perfect for macro and still life studio photography as well as architecture and interiors.

About the Cube
The Cube is reputed to be one of the best tripod heads in the world and its unique design makes it immediately recognisable.

It is a best seller, and a favourite of the most renowned photographers: its patented design and robustness are acclaimed by the most demanding among them.

The Cube is a geared tripod head which provides fine and completely secure positioning of all camera types through a combination of high-precision movements.

Efficient, gear-driven tilts
The perpendicular levelling cradles, each with a tilt range of +/- 30°, have their axes of rotation close to the optical centre of the camera.

Their adjustment therefore has very little effect on framing and perspective, which means setting-up is now faster than ever. The controls are so easy and instinctive to use that both axes can be adjusted at the same time with a minimum of corrections.

Each axis can be moved by a pair of knobs which can be used together for heavy cameras, or separately when operating in tight spaces.

A separate friction control is provided for each axis, for ease of use when working with the lightest or heaviest of loads.

The Cube’s geared controls are self-locking, so when a change is needed, simply turn a control knob to make a change then release it.

90° Tilt movement:
With a combination of the base manual tilt and the top geared tilt, the Cube can be moved into extreme positions.

A feature of the C1 Cube is the ability to open up like a clamshell to allow for vertical shooting without an L-bracket, or to increase the degree to which you can pitch and roll the camera.

The Cube base is hinged and is secured with a locking knob. Once unlocked, the Cube may be opened manually and relocked at 60° to the horizontal. To achieve the final vertical position, the geared tilt control can fine tune the camera position beyond 90°. Overhead views may be achieved in this same position, using top pan to rotate the camera upwards.

Dual Panning mechanisms:
Manual base panning permits initial alignment of the camera with the subject.

A second, top panning mechanism sited above the levellers gives precise and stable rotation once all is levelled horizontally. A scale graduated in degrees enables control of the rotation angle. It is manually operated as standard fit: additionally, two options are available:

- The gp option provides a fine geared control of rotation (gp = geared pan)

- The cp option provides panning in pre-set selectable steps (cp = clicPan®)

Both panning mechanisms can be locked with levers.

Large and visible level controls:
Two large, clear and easy-to-read bubble levels are located on the top plate.

Classic quick-release:
The Classic quick-release has two channels, which make it compatible with Classic ARCA-SWISS plates (the most widely used) as well as plates made to the narrower monoball®Fix.

Tightening is done by a simple screw knob with which the photographer can ensure the camera is properly and securely fixed in position. It is equipped with a target bubble level to visualise levelling.

We recommend the use of original ARCA-SWISS plates, but the Classic quick-release is also compatible with different plates made to ARCA-SWISS Classic standards, although tolerances may vary between brands.

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