Tom Westbrook

Note: These photos are of my Arca Swiss Field camera with the older 171mm rear standard. I'll post newer photos somoe day, but the new rear standard is similar to the front, but a bit bigger. There are a couple of pix of the new rear standard on the parent page.

Arca Swiss Field camera

This shot shows the left side of the camera with the Schneider 72mm Super Angulon XL lens mounted and monorail collapsed. The upper knobs are for rise/fall control and the lower are swing (outer) and tilt (Inner).


Arca Swiss right side

The right side of the camera. Shows the focusing knobs. The inside knob is for friction control, but not for locking. The outside knob is for focusing. The lens is the Schneider 110mm Super Symmar XL. This picture also shows the rail fully extended (with more bellows draw than the lens really needs).


Arca Swiss front standard

Detail of the front standard. The spirit level is in front on the front standard, and on the back of the rear standard. The split duckbill looking thing is the friction control for the shift—there is a similar one on the rear standard. You just pinch it to use shift. the knobs on your right are tilt (inner) and swing (outer) controls. The left knob is for focusing. Also note the cross-section of the rail and how it fits to the function carrier.


Arca Swiss rear carrier

Detail of the rear standard. Shows the tilt/swing controls (left knobs) and focusing knobs (right).


Arca Swiss control knobs

The knobs shown here are the swing & tilt controls. The outer knob is for swing and the inner lever is for tilt. Note the 8.5cm extension bracket near the bottom (see parts list). Its duty is to hold the rail. The little  lever is to tighten or loosen the rail so it can be slid back and forth. That's handy for close-ups to easily adjust magnification levels.


Arca Swiss front lens release catch

Detail of the lens board lock. The lens board fits into a lip at the bottom of the standard & the lock engages automatically when you push in the upper part of the board. The front standard has a thumb wheels, but the rear standard is a up/down slider (see photo below).


Arca Swiss back release catch

Rear standard detail showing ground-glass locking slider. It, too, engages automatically when the back is pressed into the standard. There is an identical one on the other side for the bellows.


Arca Swiss extended leather bellows

The leather wide-angle bellows at full extension (or at least as much extension as you can get with the supplied 30cm rail). The max with this rail is about 250mm-260mm.


Arca Swiss focussing knobs

Detail showing the right side: focus knobs below, rise/fall above. Note the A-S B1 ball head quick release attached to the 8.5cm extension bracket which in turn holds the rail.


Arca Swiss back with polaroid back

The back with a Polaroid 545i holder installed. The back has a nice stiff spring so heavy holders like this stay firmly in place even with the camera pointing straight up.


Arca Swiss folding rail

Detail of the monorail in its collapsed state. The ribs in the faces engage when the rail is screwed together to prevent twisting. The gear rack joins up perfectly so there is absolutely no noticeable difficulty when moving the standards over the break. I'd like it better if fewer turns of the screw-down knob were required to assemble the rail.


Lowe Pro Trekker AW

The camera & accessories shown packed into my LowePro Pro Trekker AW backpack. I originally bought the pack for my old Mamiya RB67 stuff. The LF gear is a good deal lighter! I just lay the BTZS dark cloth over the top of everything before zipping up. See my Travel Gear page for more on the subject of packs.

The pack holds 3 lenses, a pouch full of filters, Polaroid 545i back, Kodak single sheet Readyload holder, center filters, camera, camel hair brush, lens cloth, small can of air, Lee filter holder & filter pouch, focusing loupe, additional rail, extra batteries, cheat sheet, and various other things. Not shown is an additional side-attached pouch for the 150mm and 300mm lenses. The pouch has to come off for air travel.

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