What is Arca Swiss?

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Kev_24 Forum Member • Posts: 95
Re: What is Arca Swiss?

The Arca-Swiss quick release system is based on a two-piece mechanism. The first piece, generally referred to as a “plate”, is attached to a camera or a lens (or any other device). It comes in a standard, “arca-style” 35mm wide form with a 45° dovetail and can vary in length.

The simplest of all Arca-Swiss plates is the “base” plate, typically a single-piece CNC-machined component that gets mounted on the bottom of the camera. ... However, camera-specific plates often cost more, and cannot be reused with another camera body.

Not all quick release plates are the same, unfortunately. At one time, practically every tripod maker used a different system, but there has been a degree of standardization since then, thankfully. The most popular and hence desirable type today is the Arca Swiss compatible type, often abbreviated to 'Arca Swiss'

To summarize: all Really Right Stuff plates and rails will work in all screw-knob versions of Arca-Swiss style clamps. This includes screw-knob versions of Arca-Swiss style clamps from Markins, AcraTech, Arca-Swiss, and Kirk.

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