Arca-Swiss RL4D Large Format Digital Camera

Arcia-Swiss RL3d 4x5 Camera

Arcia-Swiss RL3d 4x5 Camera
Arcia-Swiss RL3d Large Format 4x5 Camera

The Arca-Swiss RL3d is a large-format technical camera that can accommodate digital backs, film backs up to 4x5, and a wide variety of viewers, hoods, bellows and other accessories.

“Need a few more million?”
“The RL3d is the dream camera for 4x5” photography”
“A universal system with modular elements”

The new RL3d is available now!

This state-of-the-art professional viewfinder camera comes equipped with new functions for making great high-resolution images both digitally and on film. Following the success of the Rm3d, ARCA-SWISS has introduced the RL3d, a universal camera with increased shift, opening up new horizons by enabling you to take images in multiple formats up to 4x5”.

Features

The Arca Swiss F-Metric C 4x5 View Camera is an incredibly precise and professional view camera that features calibrated, easily accessed control blocks (they call them 'function carriers). Focusing is done with your right hand, with finely geared control available from both the front and the rear standard, unlike most field cameras. All camera movements are done on the left. This "C" version of the F-Metric 4x5 camera includes a compact 30cm collapsing bench rail, which offers built-in extension to 300mm but also can be folded in half for storage.

The 4x5 F-Metric offers an incredible 100mm of geared rise on each standard, with 30mm of geared lateral shift on each standard and ±80mm of total shift. It also offers unlimited vertical swing movement, to allow you to remove the bellows (which is a quick procedure) and pack the camera flat-making it a truly compact piece of equipment. The monorail itself slides directly into the included extension bracket, which fits into any tripod with an Arca-type quick release clamp. The Arca Swiss 4x5 is a high quality, easily transported, professional's tool that is ideal for use with 4x5 film, medium format film backs (up to 6x12), and digital backs made to fit medium format SLR system cameras or the 4x5 international Graflok standard.

    • An incredibly precise view camera made in France

    • Fully modular system with extensive accessories for viewing, conversion, etc.

    • Great for use with digital backs and lenses

    • Collapsing 30cm bench rail with included extension bracket

    • Conical 380mm bellows comfortably accommodate all camera positions within the monorail's range without interference

    • Geared rise and lateral shift movements, with no backlash

    • 100mm of geared rise upon each standard

    • 30mm of geared lateral shift upon each standard, with 50mm additional ungeared movement

    • Standard 141mm lensboard easily accommodates #1 shutters in recessed boards (adapters are available to accept Linhof Technika-type or Arca-Swiss 110mm lensboards)

    • Extension bracket inserts directly into any Arca-type quick release


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Specifications
Tilts Front and Rear (base): 30° forward and backward
Swings Front and Rear: 45° left, right - calibrated
360° swing capability
Rise & Fall Front and Rear: 3.9" (100mm) geared rise
Shifts Front and Rear: 1.2" (30mm) left and right geared, plus 50mm additional ungeared
Camera Back 4x5" Vertical/Horizontal quick-change Standard Graflok
Groundglass with grid-lines, 6x7, 6x9, 6x12, Polaroid markings, fresnel screen
Interchangeable Bellows Yes
Minimum Extension With standard bellows and flat lensboard: 3.2" (80 mm)
With standard bellows, 13 mm recessed lensboard: 2.6" (65 mm)
With wide-angle bellows, 13mm recessed lensboard: 2.2" (55 mm)
Maximum Extension 300mm with included bellows & rail
Lensboard 141 x 141mm Arca Swiss
Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight 7.5 lbs (3.4kg)

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Press Release
The just-announced Arca-Swiss RL3d is a large-format technical camera that can accomodate digital backs, film backs up to 4x5, and a wide variety of viewers, hoods, bellows and other accessories.

“Need a few more million?”
“The RL3d is the dream camera for 4x5” photography”
“A universal system with modular elements”

The new RL3d is available now!

This state-of-the-art professional viewfinder camera comes equipped with new functions for making great high-resolution images both digitally and on film. Following the success of the Rm3d, ARCA-SWISS has introduced the RL3d, a universal camera with increased shift, opening up new horizons by enabling you to take images in multiple formats up to 4x5”.

Capture the real moment

Ever dreamed of a few more million? Or wished for higher resolution? The RL3d, with its ability to produce images of over 200 Mb, will make your dreams come true. It allows you to take fantastic quality images – from medium format to 4x5” - with the utmost ease and efficiency, using a high precision hand-held camera.

Despite its solidly build quality, the RL3d remains light and compact and ideal for location photography.

The ARCA-SWISS R-Line has five exceptional functions to improve efficiency and ergonomics and help you capture all sorts of images:
- All In Plane vertical and horizontal shift
- An integrated ± 5° horizontal or vertical tilt function to provide optimum sharpness where required (Scheimpflug effect)
- Focus distance can be measured and displayed electronically
- Camera level can be found electronically* or using conventional spirit levels
- The camera comes equipped with focus sensors; framing is achieved using the new variable Vario viewfinder which covers focal lengths from 23 – 210mm.
- Lenses are fitted onto the ARCA-SWISS R via an exclusive bayonet mount. By equipping lenses with a bayonet mount and by opting to link the optical system to the helical focus mount, they can be used both on the RL3d and Rm3D, as well as a bellows camera.
* via the electronic module. An optional accessory.

Versatile

Photographers using the RL3d will be able to take pictures on film or digitally in a multitude of formats up to 4x5”. Thanks to ARCA-SWISS’ wide selection of interface plates it is possible to take anything from medium format images through to panoramas. The extraordinary versatility of the modular ARCA-SWISS photographic system enables you to use elements from the F- and M-Line cameras as well as a binocular viewer, lens hoods, bellows and other accessories to significantly enhance the functionality of the ARCA-SWISS R-Line.

The optional electronic module extends its versatility even farther as it electronically calculates and displays data relating to level, distance from the subject and focused distance, as well as depth of field.
The quality of the image is determined by the choice of digital or film back, and by the type of film or format selected. It is easy to use as a hand-held camera and enables you to do away with a tripod, particularly in tricky situations such as construction sites, working on scaffolding or even on ladders.

RL3d® technical specifications
Horizontal Shift 40 mm (20/20)
Vertical Shift 50 mm (10/40)
Tilt (horizontal or vertical) ± 5°
Weight (body only) 1500 gr
List Price Eur. 4650.-excl VAT.
(body, international back with ground glass and Fresnel lens)

Why stop there!

The ability to shift the lens has eliminated perspective distortion and the tilt or swing movement has extended the depth of field. The integrated bubble levels make it easy to keep the camera level, ensuring images are perfectly straight and accurately reflect reality. The shape and position of the hand grips make it easy to switch between landscape and portrait without having to change the position of the viewfinder or back.

Lenses are mounted using the exclusive ARCA-SWISS R bayonet system attached to a helical focus mount.

Its large diameter does not restrict the choice of lenses. The micro-precision helical focus mount, which has precise control using 1/100mm increments, is part of the R-line body guaranteeing extreme precision. The very bright multi-focal zoom viewfinder eliminates stray light and informs the photographer what movements are required. It also offers tips: points of light appear in the viewfinder generated by the format mask to indicate the amount of shift required. Each point of light equates to 5 mm of shift. The viewfinder bracket is identical to the tripod bracket, enabling the photographer to turn the camera over and thus achieve the maximum amount of shift both upward and downward.

All cameras come equipped with focus sensors. The electronic functions are provided by a separate optional electronic module that provides a wealth of information! It uses a ultrasonic device to measure the distance between the camera and the subject and also provides information on the distance on the focus ramp, the depth of field covering four F-stops and the camera level in any position.

The ARCA-SWISS R-Line cameras come with two built-in tripod mounts for regular or up-side-down configuration, but can be also slid onto a monorail to attach a bellows for the use of longer focal lengths. The R-Line extension kit provides a variable extension for use on long focal lengths or for still lifes.

The unique ARCA-SWISS Rotaslide® sliding back enables you to switch quickly between ground glass and digital back. This sliding back also enables you to rotate the digital back from landscape to portrait without having to remove it.

A wide selection of film and digital backs can be fitted to the ARCA-SWISS RL3d. A high-quality camera for high precision, high quality work!

The above is an unedited press release provided by Arca-Swiss.

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Arcia-Swiss RL3d 4x5 Camera
Arcia-Swiss RL3d Large Format 4x5 Camera


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