View Full Version : How can I identify the model of Arca Swiss Camera I have just purchased?

Bob Millard
10-Jul-2001, 16:27
I have just purchased an Arca Swiss Mono Rail 4x5 camera on e-bay. The seller was not the owner. The camera is apearently about 12-15 years old. Although I have visited various sites including amplisand the fstop s ites, I am unsure how I can tell what model this camera is. Can anyone help me f ind out whether this is a model that is currently being produced? I hope to buy accesories for this camera in the near future and need to know wha t will work and what won't. I am also interested in the specs.for this camera, s o I can better understand it's capabilities The are several sites that deal with current models,but none that I have found so far to tell me exactly what I have purchased.

ed kang
10-Jul-2001, 17:18
Most likely an Arca Swiss "Basic" A, A&B or B. P

http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=000x4A (http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=000x4A)

http://hv.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=003aWR (http://hv.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=003aWR)

http://hv.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=0001Wc (http://hv.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=0001Wc)

Ellis Vener
10-Jul-2001, 17:54
can you post a URL for the auction item? That will help.

Ellis Vener
10-Jul-2001, 20:15
If it is the older version, the main part that is not interchangable are the bellows. Also you'll want flat lens boards: the standard lens boards for the 4x5 (and larger versions) of the F and M series cameras have a 13mm recess.