Poor man's C1 Cube?

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SrMi
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Re: Poor man's C1 Cube?

JimKasson wrote:

I saw an ad for a 500 buck small geared tripod head that looked a lot like an Arca Swiss C1 Cube. I bit.

Here's what it looks like next to the C1:

It appears to be reasonably well built, but there's no yaw possible below the pitch and roll axes. It needs to be attached to a base that provides yaw, at least for my uses. It is fitted with an Arca dovetail on the bottom, so that's presumably what the designer thought, too.

Here's what it looks like in use:

Plusses:

  • Small
  • Light
  • Cheap
  • Well constructed

Negatives:

  • Only plus and minus 15 degrees of roll and pitch
  • No geared yaw
  • No base yaw

Conclusion: won't replace the C1, but might keep you from having to buy more than one.

Have you looked at the Arca Swiss Core 75 Leveler (link)? It seems to have about the same weight as Swebo (625g vs 630g), it's a bit smaller (3.46 x 3.46 x 3.46 inches vs. 3.1 x 3.8 x 3"), 15 degrees of roll and pitch, but is a bit more expensive ($499 vs. $725).

Aliexpress specifies the load (capacity?) of Swebo as 11lb-22lb, which seems low compared to the 66lb load capacity of L75.

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