Our Relationship with Arca-Swiss

We received factory training on the repair and maintenance of all the ARCA-SWISS models, and we have close ties with the US importer and ARCA-SWISS headquarters. Our large inventory of spare parts enables us to work on any Arca model, plus their line of Monoball tripod heads and other accessories such as film backs, viewing systems, and more.

We are expert at mounting view lenses and installing Fresnel inserts. Many photographers send us their cameras for periodic preventative maintenance, which is always a good idea!

History and Identification of Arca-Swiss View Cameras

The first ARCA-SWISS cameras were made in the 1950s, when they quickly established a reputation for precision and flexibility. Designed to be stable, modular, and easily transportable, the cameras were adept at both studio and location work. Ansel Adams used an ARCA-SWISS camera toward the end of his photographic career. The original Arcas were manufactured to high quality standards, with many still in service with professional and advanced amateur photographers.

The original line was made until 1984. It consists of the Model A (with axis tilts); Model B (with base tilts); and the Model C (with both axis and base tilts.) These cameras use spring backs; the 4x5 is compatible with the Polaroid 545 and 405 holders, plus most “slide-in” roll-film backs. Graflock backs are not usable, although a Graflock compatible back was available as an accessory. ARCA-SWISS also made many specialty cameras, including rare panoramic and medium- and large-format SLR types.

Rails and format carriers for both the old and new series are compatible. Old lensboards will work on the newer cameras, but only the flat versions (not recessed) of the newer lensboards will fit the older cameras. None of the bellows or format frames/standards are interchangeable.

We maintain a stock of repair parts for older Arcas that we repair. We do not sell parts directly.

 

History and Identification of Arca-Swiss View Cameras

The first ARCA-SWISS cameras were made in the 1950s, when they quickly established a reputation for precision and flexibility. Designed to be stable, modular, and easily transportable, the cameras were adept at both studio and location work. Ansel Adams used an ARCA-SWISS camera toward the end of his photographic career. The original Arcas were manufactured to high quality standards, with many still in service with professional and advanced amateur photographers.

The original line was made until 1984. It consists of the Model A (with axis tilts); Model B (with base tilts); and the Model C (with both axis and base tilts.) These cameras use spring backs; the 4x5 is compatible with the Polaroid 545 and 405 holders, plus most “slide-in” roll-film backs. Graflock backs are not usable, although a Graflock compatible back was available as an accessory. ARCA-SWISS also made many specialty cameras, including rare panoramic and medium- and large-format SLR types.

Rails and format carriers for both the old and new series are compatible. Old lensboards will work on the newer cameras, but only the flat versions (not recessed) of the newer lensboards will fit the older cameras. None of the bellows or format frames/standards are interchangeable.

We maintain a stock of repair parts for older Arcas that we repair. We do not sell parts directly.