ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube with clicPan®

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The ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube with clicPan® 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.

ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube with clicPan®
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ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube with clicPan®

The ARCA-SWISS C1 Cube with clicPan® 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.

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.

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.

Two large, clear and easy-to-read bubble levels are located on the top plate. The Cube is machined from solid, aeronautical quality aluminium which gives lightness and robustness. It weights around 1 kg (2.2 lb.) and can support a load of up to 40 kg (88 lb.).

ARCA-SWISS makes no compromise on quality: the Cube is manufactured and assembled by hand with the greatest care to ensure an outstanding experience and

many years of pleasure when using it.


The clicPan® is a low-profile and lightweight mechanism which provides a variable interval top panning base. It can be easily switched from free to angular, step-by-step rotation.

10 positions can be selected on a setting ring – 40° (9 steps), 30° (12 steps), 24° (15 steps), 20° (18 steps), 15° (24 steps), 12° (30 steps), 10° (36 steps), 7.5° (48 steps), 6° (60 stops) with an off position for free panning movement.

Once a setting is chosen, the camera will pan in equal increments, and give a tactile and audible clic as it stops at each set step. The graduated scale around the edge of the base shows the exact angle turned through and a locking lever prevents further movement of the panning base.

ARCA-SWISS is a company of Swiss origin founded over 80 years ago, and is based in Besançon in France, at the heart of the European centre of microtechniques. The company specialises in view cameras (film and digital) and photographic accessories. ARCA-SWISS has built its reputation through developing innovative and highly practical solutions for the most discerning photographers. All its products are designed, made and assembled by hand. They combine robustness, precision and smoothness of movements with the brand’s signature minimalist design. Each ARCA-SWISS product is a long-term investment that will last you a lifetime. It can be serviced or repaired in the manufacturer’s workshops to ensure your continuing enjoyment.

Additional information

Weight 15000 g


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