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    Arca Swiss 75

    Recieved the Arca Swiss 75 a couple minutes ago and want to share a couple thoughts.

    I had used the Cube for many years shooting Phase One and Tech and enjoyed it. I sold the Cube (I'll start calling it Pop) shortly after I stopped using eith the Phase and Tech. I still used an Arca Swiss head and missing Pop I decided to buy the 60 which until the 75 was introduced was called the "Mini". I caught myself thinking of getting Pop again when Arca Swiss introduced the 75 and I held off. I ordered the 75 (which I am now calling Mini) mid Novemeber from B&H and received it today. Just so we can all keep up I've begun calling the 60 "Baby"; the 75 "Mini" and the orginal is "Pop".

    The Mini is much smaller than Pop as I remember. It is however slightly larger than Baby. There's a lot to like about the Mini. Slightly larger, with larger numbers and control knobs. It can also be adjusted higher than the Baby.

    Here's what the Baby and Mini look like together...



    Here are a couple shots of the Mini configured at the stops...







    Here's what they weigh

    Mini



    Baby



    Both heads are attached to a RRS QR plate. Checked B&H and find they are currently in stock with free shipping.

    Was spending $725 worth it? I'd have to say yes it was.

    Happy New Years to all


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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Thanks for the info.
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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    I'll just leave this here, for those that haven't seen it. Our extensive Arca Swiss Head Primer, including comparisons and stats for the L60 and L75 mentioned here:
    https://www.dtcommercialphoto.com/ar...ential-primer/

    All heads available for order from our eStore or via one of our sales team, including custom detent'ing and expert personalized support and service.
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    Office: 877.367.8537. Cell: 740.707.2183
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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Quote Originally Posted by dougpeterson View Post
    I'll just leave this here, for those that haven't seen it. Our extensive Arca Swiss Head Primer, including comparisons and stats for the L60 and L75 mentioned here:https://www.dtcommercialphoto.com/ar...ential-primer/All heads available for order from our eStore or via one of our sales team, including custom detent'ing and expert personalized support and service.
    Are they in stock or do you need to order and wait?...
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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    isn't the D4 metric more universal ?

    only 300gr more but with metric AND free movements !

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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Quote Originally Posted by archivue View Post
    isn't the D4 metric more universal ?

    only 300gr more but with metric AND free movements !
    It could be however I remember trying one and didn't like it. All comes down to personal preferences..
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    Re: Arca Swiss L75 Leveler

    I modified my Arca-Swiss L75 Leveler by replacing the A-S Classic clamp with an RRS lever clamp and by adding an RRS dovetail to the bottom for easy mounting and removal from my tripod (which is equipped with an RRS clamp). I'm not a fan of either the A-S Classic clamp or their lever clamp. This modification isn't for the faint of heart and definitely voids the warranty.

    Here's the result:





    The modification retains the detents on the top stage. If anyone is interested in the details, please contact me.

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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Joe, are there any markings on the RRS clamp? I couldn’t see them on your image and I hate not to have a zero point. (So that the camera is parallel to one movement.)
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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    I think my AS 60mm is one of the best accessories I have ever bought so I imagine the 75mm would be just as good.
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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
    Joe, are there any markings on the RRS clamp? I couldn’t see them on your image and I hate not to have a zero point. (So that the camera is parallel to one movement.)
    There isn't an index marking on the RRS clamp. But the detents on the top panning stage (every 90°) allow the clamp to be aligned parallel to either of the two movements.

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    Re: Arca Swiss L75 Leveler

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Colson View Post
    I modified my Arca-Swiss L75 Leveler by replacing the A-S Classic clamp with an RRS lever clamp and by adding an RRS dovetail to the bottom for easy mounting and removal from my tripod (which is equipped with an RRS clamp)... This modification isn't for the faint of heart and definitely voids the warranty... The modification retains the detents on the top stage. If anyone is interested in the details, please contact me.

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    Hi Joe,

    This looks great. Maintaining proper alignment of the detents would be a requirement for me. I'm wondering how non-faint of heart one needs to be to carry out a DIY clamp swap? I recall Dave Chew at some point describing this for the L60 (not the one involving a Sawzall ) but I lost enthusiasm for the idea when I imagined itsy bitsy parts flying across the room. I wonder whether Bob Watkins at Precision Camera Works can/will do this modification as he did for my Cube.

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    Re: Arca Swiss L75 Leveler

    Quote Originally Posted by jng View Post
    Hi Joe,This looks great. Maintaining proper alignment of the detents would be a requirement for me. I'm wondering how non-faint of heart one needs to be to carry out a DIY clamp swap? I recall Dave Chew at some point describing this for the L60 (not the one involving a Sawzall ) but I lost enthusiasm for the idea when I imagined itsy bitsy parts flying across the room. I wonder whether Bob Watkins at Precision Camera Works can/will do this modification as he did for my Cube.John
    John, every time I've one of these it included a heat gun and a lot of cussing. It can be done - just not easy to do,
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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Thanks, Don. I might leave well enough alone or seek professional help (literally) if I ever decide to do the swap. As I've found the RRS lever clamp doesn't always securely grasp some manufacturers' base plates, the original screw-type clamp is in fact a bit more versatile so I may just leave well enough alone. For now.

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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    I heard that Dave Chew is working for Precision Camera now.

    Mad skills.


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    My reputation precedes me. Beats being the Walmart greater.

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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Quote Originally Posted by dchew View Post
    My reputation precedes me. Beats being the Walmart greater. Dave
    I had that job for about 30 minutes!
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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Quote Originally Posted by dchew View Post
    My reputation precedes me. Beats being the Walmart greater.

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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Blowtorch

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    Heavy duty gloves

    Fire Department on stand by

    But never needed a hack saw!

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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    First, I'm pretty sure that Precision Camera would offer the clamp swap service to those who don't want to take on the task themselves. They're good. Real good.

    Removing the Arca-Swiss clamp is actually the easy part. A-S has stopped using the permanent equivalent of Loctite. I used a properly sized Allen key held tightly with a pair of Vise-Grip pliers to remove the clamp screw.

    Once the clamp is removed, you have to put on your "big boy pants" to take on the rest of the modification. This is where the YouTube videos say, "Don't try this at home".

    The A-S clamp has two locator pins that fit into the upper panning stage and allow the clamp to be rotated and indexed to the detents.



    These locator pins are not present on the RRS clamp and have to be duplicated by pins or set screws. I chose two dog-point set screws that are threaded 1/4"-20 and 1/4" long (available here). I held the set screws in place with Loctite (the blue removable kind), making sure that they extended only to the length of the point through the back of the RRS clamp.




    Since the points of my set screws were slightly larger than the index holes in the upper panning stage, I had to drill out those holes to 5/32" diameter. I used a drill press and clamped the parts securely while drilling. I do not recommend undertaking this step using a hand drill. The detent holes DO NOT need to be enlarged. I had to order a pack of 25 set screws, so I have extras in case you want to attempt this foolhardy endeavor.



    The delicate part of the process is associated with the ball bearing and spring that are essential to the detents. I worked on a white textured surface and made sure not to lose the tiny ball bearing and spring that sit in a hole on the panning stage. The ball bearing and spring are lightly oiled and I used a small dab of oil (applied with a toothpick) after drilling the index pin holes and replacing the bearing.




    I reassembled the head in the reverse order of disassembly, making sure the ball bearing was positioned on top of the tiny spring as I added the circular index plate. It took several tries before I had everything reassembled and panning correctly.

    If you're not scared off by now, God bless you. Be aware that this modification voids your Arca-Swiss warranty and I can't be held responsible for any screw-ups. If you have any questions, please ask.

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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the detailed description. Reading this reminds me of my reaction when I first watched the movie "Scared Straight." I think I'll continue to enjoy my L60 (and perhaps in the future the L75) in its unmolested state.

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    Re: Arca Swiss 75

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Colson View Post
    ...and I can't be held responsible for any screw-ups.
    No pun intended...

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